Velvet Escape

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    Visiting the Beautiful Horizon

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    2015: my year of travel in Instagrams

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    A jungle adventure in Brunei

    Brunei Darussalam is a small Sultanate on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, sandwiched between the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the South China Sea. With a population of less than half a million and a sizeable income from oil and gas production, Brun...
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    Collecting Starpoints that deliver getaways like no other

    Collecting points for freebies is fun isn’t it? When I was a kid, I had a piggie bank which was filled almost religiously every week, and a little box in which I stashed coupons from the neighbourhood supermarket and fast-food chain. Reaching the required ...
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    Mauritius – an epic travel video

    It’s a trip I’ll never forget. A deep blue ocean, blinding white beaches, colourful lagoons, rugged mountains and smiling faces all around. And not to mention some of the most stunning hotels I’ve ever visited! My trip to Mauritius is etc...
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    A food tour around Modena

    Modena is a historic town in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. The town is perhaps most famous as the home of some of Italy’s most famous automotive brands such as Ferrari and Maserati – a tour of the Motor Valley is a must! – but foodi...
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    Montréal in five restaurants

    If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know by now how much of a fan of Montréal I’ve become. I first visited this city in the summer of 2013 and fell in love with it in an instant. My second visit, in February 2014, in the throes of wi...
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    Rail away in Europe

    There’s just something special about travelling by train. The rhythmic sounds and motion, the scenery that whizzes by, the other travellers you meet along the way, and pulling into the heart of a city make train travel anywhere a unique experience. W...
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    Inspired by Rio

    Rio de Janeiro is a city that bewilders and inspires. Its spectacular setting is the first thing that will grab your attention but once you start exploring, you’ll discover a city of contrasts, but above all else, a city of immense beauty, colour and...
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    Experiencing Réunion

    Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare endless...
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    Things to do in Malta, Gozo and Comino

    Arriving with Air Malta from any of the 45+ European destinations, you won’t always be treated with the most lush views from the sky. Especially when visiting in the dry, warm months of June-August, before the rain falls. But there is much more to th...
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    A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

    Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,5...
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    Spectacular Table Mountain views

    Whether you arrive in Cape Town by air, rail, road or sea, it’s the first thing you’ll notice: Table Mountain. This flat-topped mountain, at 1,085 meters high, is Cape Town’s most iconic and photographed landmark… and rightly so. It...
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    A celebration of friendships

    The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. – Hubert H. Humphrey I truly have. I feel really blessed when I think of the many friends I have, like my childhood friends, Allan and Eugene, whom I grew up with. Though we live in thr...
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    Inspired by Rio

    Rio de Janeiro is a city that bewilders and inspires. Its spectacular setting is the first thing that will grab your attention but once you start exploring, you’ll discover a city of contrasts, but above all else, a city of immense beauty, colour and...
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    The land of a thousand castles and palaces

    Lower Silesia is a region of vasts forests, snowy peaks, picturesque villages and historic towns in southwestern Poland, bordering Germany and the Czech Republic. Power over the region exchanged hands many times through its history; from the medieval Kingd...
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    A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

    Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,5...
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    A tower of strength, unity and balance

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    Seasons greetings from Velvet Escape

    Here’s wishing all my readers a lovely festive season and a happy, healthy and safe 2014! I’m grateful to have had a fulfilling year with lots of wonderful travel experiences, good health and time with my loved ones and friends around the world...
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    Inside the most opulent suite I’ve ever seen!

    On my recent trip to the Southeast Asian Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, I had the opportunity to stay at the country’s premier resort, the Empire Hotel & Country Club. The hotel is huge and comprises several wings, various restaurants, a stunnin...
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    A passion for Lambrusco

    Travel is an endless source of inspiration (and wisdom) and I find nothing more inspiring than meeting people during my travels who are so passionate about what they do. On my recent trip to Reggio Emilia [map], I had the opportunity to meet a crowd of peo...
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    Velvet moments: travel photo – Old Church, Amsterdam

    The Oude Kerk or ‘Old Church’ is one of my favourite churches in Amsterdam. Built in the 14th century, the church is one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. It’s a sight to behold on the outside but step inside and you’ll be greet...
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    25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin – cool, funky, quirky

    “So where are the bikinis?” That was my first thought when I entered the hotel… and I’m sure I’m not the only one with that thought! As I stepped inside, I was greeted by a concrete-clad, industrial-looking space with a car in...
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    Sabah – where I was born

    Sabah is a Malaysian state that occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. Blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands, and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests, Sabah is a nature lovers paradise. Sabah is also the home of M...
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    25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin – cool, funky, quirky

    “So where are the bikinis?” That was my first thought when I entered the hotel… and I’m sure I’m not the only one with that thought! As I stepped inside, I was greeted by a concrete-clad, industrial-looking space with a car in...
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    An oasis in the snow

    It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam lightly hovering above the surface of the water, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. There was complete silence aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spr...
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    Season’s greetings

    Here’s wishing you a fabulous festive season and a very happy, healthy and travelicious 2015! Have a wonderful time with your loved ones this festive season and travel safe! Lots of hugs, Keith
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    An oasis in the snow

    It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam lightly hovering above the surface of the water, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. There was complete silence aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spr...
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    A weekend in Berlin

    It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner join...
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    All pepped-up to #LoveWinter

    I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery when its snows and when the lakes, rivers and ponds freeze up. I’m not a fan of the cold. I’ve certainly been pretty chirpy about the mild winter we’ve be...
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