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Ten things to do in Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city (after Berlin) and is its main port. It’s a very cosmopolitan city with a small historic section (Altstadt) – most of the city was destroyed during the Second World War) – and large portions that have been redeveloped. The city is hemmed in by two lakes (the Binnenalster and […]

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The Velvet Parade – celebrating 150 velvet escapes

It all started with a simple “Hello world“. I was just back from an exhilarating and in certain ways life-changing five month round-the-world trip. I had experienced so much, seen so many places and met so many fascinating people that when I returned home, I felt I had to share it all. The creative and […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Palma de Mallorca

What: Tuna Tataki (seared tuna with baby salad leaves, pear, cucumber, avocado and ginger dressing) Where: Caballito de Mar (Palma de Mallorca, Balearic islands, Spain) Notes: The tuna was perfectly seared and the combination with the fresh garden leaves, pear, avocado and cucumber was beautiful. The ginger dressing was an excellent touch, giving the tuna […]

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Matador Network’s ‘Travel Therapy’ Photo Essay

I received some great news today. A photo taken by me during one of my trips to Bali won a prize at Matador Network‘s ‘Travel Therapy’ photo essay contest! It’s the first time a photo of mine has won anything so, as you can imagine, I’m thrilled to bits! 🙂 This is the winning photo […]

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A world of inspiration: NYC

This week’s edition of  ‘A world of inspiration‘ is a wondrous tale that reads like a novella. Written by Jennifer Laceda, this story takes place in New York and beautifully captures the rush of energy that one often experiences in big cities. Jennifer is an avid blogger and photographer who is based in Canada. Her […]

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Sundays in San Telmo

I love Buenos Aires (BA). BA is one of those unique, terribly fascinating cities that one stumbles upon, falls in love with and keeps coming back to. One of my favourite things to do in Buenos Aires is join in the festivities during the Sunday Market in the borough of San Telmo. San Telmo (map) […]

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What do you look for when booking a hotel?

Choosing the right hotel is one of my main priorities when I book a holiday. Factors like location, service, hygiene, comforts and facilities can make or break a holiday. To find out which factors influence the decision to book a certain hotel, I asked my followers on Twitter what they look for. The response (in […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Whitsunday islands

What: Green tree ant Where: Whitsunday islands (Queensland, Australia) Note: I got the unique opportunity to taste a green tree ant during a bushwalk on one of the Whitsunday islands. Our guide took us on a walk around the island to get acquainted with the vegetation and to show us how the Aboriginals utilised the […]

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A little piece of heaven

A little piece of heaven (a page from my Travel Journal) I remember a quote by the late Pavarotti (bless his soul) when he first visited Pangkor Laut, an upscale resort in Malaysia. He said that when he saw the island, he wept because it was so beautiful – obviously, the resort uses that quote […]

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Ten tips for planning a RTW trip

Planning a trip is always part of the adventure of travelling, and even more so if it’s a round-the-world (RTW) trip across many countries on various continents. Planning a trip around the world is a fun experience but keep in mind that there are various distinct aspects involved that are usually a non-issue for a […]

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