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Velvet Escape travel blog

The Velvet Escape blog covers the world of luxury travel, slow travel, food and inspiring experiences. Velvet Escape is an independent resource for travel ideas  ...

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  • TEDx Talk by Keith Jenkins on passion and empowerment

    velvetescape.com 27 Nov '16, 6pm

    It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2012 for me: my TEDxTalk for TEDxSaxion . I felt very honored to be invited and I chose to tell a simple personal story about passion, empowerment and social media. Standing there on that red spot was an incredibly exciting and nerve-wrackin...

  • A magical safari in the Phinda Private Game Reserve

    velvetescape.com 22 Nov '16, 3pm

    We’d just passed the main gates of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve when we spotted something moving stealthily through the tall grasses. Someone in the van yelled “STOP” and the driver hit the brakes. We trained our eyes on the patches of tall grass that lined the road, alert ...

  • Witnessing the Catalan casteller tradition

    velvetescape.com 08 Nov '16, 12am

    Despite the seemingly chaotic scenes, I felt a strong sense of unity and discipline in the group. Slowly but surely, I began to understand the value of the casteller tradition. Everyone – from the kids to the adults and from the Catalans to migrants – was welcome and each was responsi...

  • Spain Archives | Velvet Escape

    velvetescape.com 22 Nov '16, 11pm

    Costa Brava (Catalonia, Spain) and Emilia Romagna (Italy) are two of my favourite regions in Europe as they offer all the elements of a perfect Velvet Escape – think romantic medieval towns, gorgeous hotels, colourful markets, beautiful nature, history, art, beaches and last but certa...

  • Witnessing the Catalan casteller tradition

    velvetescape.com 14 Nov '16, 4am

    Despite the seemingly chaotic scenes, I felt a strong sense of unity and discipline in the group. Slowly but surely, I began to understand the value of the casteller tradition. Everyone – from the kids to the adults and from the Catalans to migrants – was welcome and each was responsi...

  • Exploring the Itria Valley in Puglia | Velvet Escape

    velvetescape.com 27 Nov '16, 2am

    is situated in the heart of the region of Puglia, in the ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula (map ). This area is characterised by charming villages, historic towns, wooded slopes, vineyards, mile after mile of olive groves and the intriguing ‘trulli’ (whitewashed, cone-roofed houses) tha...

  • The ultimate Europe food trip in Emilia Romagna and Costa Brava

    velvetescape.com 16 Nov '16, 1pm

    (Italy) are two of my favourite regions in Europe as they offer all the elements of a perfect Velvet Escape – think romantic medieval towns, gorgeous hotels, colourful markets, beautiful nature, history, art, beaches and last but certainly not least, some of the most divine food and w...

  • An unforgettable tour of Ecuador | Velvet Escape

    velvetescape.com 16 Nov '16, 10am

    It was a photo of the spectacular Cotopaxi volcano that first captured my imagination. I was ten years old and I promised myself that I would one day visit Ecuador . I had an opportunity in 2008 while I was in South America on my round-the-world trip . I’d planned to fly to Lima from ...

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