The colours of Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, about 200km southwest of its more famous neighbour, Mauritius. A French overseas department, Reunion is an island of stunning natural beauty. In addition, inhabited by a mix of French, Creole and Asian people, the island is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Above all, it’s an island of colour! LOTS of colour. Here are sixteen photos portraying the colours of Reunion Island.


The beautiful Hotel de Ville or City Hall in St. Denis, the capital of Reunion.


The glorious white sands and multi-coloured lagoon in La Saline les Bains.


The Bourbon or Dodo beer is synonymous with Reunion. It’s one of my favourite beer logos!


And have some delicious spicy Creole sausages to go with Dodo beer!


The majestic Piton de Neiges, at 3,071m, the highest peak on the island.


The red, Mars-like landscape of the Plaine des Sables.


The lagoon-ringed west coast of Reunion.


The skate-park in the town of St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.


Chilling in a hammock above the Indian Ocean!


A stunning lagoon created by ancient lava flows.


The little village of Cayenne in the mountains of Cirque de Mafate.


Jace is a local Reunion artist who created the world-famous (faceless) Gouzou character. This is one of his biggest pieces in St. Denis.


The local rhum is absolutely superb!


Gorgeous Maloya dancers.


And last but not least, a stunning sunset!

Read more about Reunion Island on Velvet Escape.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 Africa No Comments

The colourful Selarón stairs

The Selarón staircase is the work of Jorge Selarón, a Chilean-born artist, as a tribute to the people of Brazil. The staircase connects the Santa Teresa and Lapa neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro and has become a prime tourist attraction in the city. One could spend a long time admiring the 2000 tiles from around the world. I found quite a few Dutch tiles myself.

Read the accompanying post: ‘Chilling in Rio‘.








Friday, April 4th, 2014 South America No Comments

The perfect way to explore Victoria, Australia

Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but with its varied landscapes – from towering ocean cliffs to rolling green hills and expansive forests – and multitude of natural, historical and cultural attractions, it definitely is a part of Australia that shouldn’t be missed! Due to its relatively small size, many places are not more than a few hours drive from its vibrant capital, Melbourne. And the perfect way to explore this beautiful state? Yes, a road trip!

Read: “My First Ever Solo Road Trip Part One” and “Part Two“.


My road trip took me through the stunning Grampians in western Victoria.


Friday, February 28th, 2014 Oceania No Comments

The invisible car

So you, like me, thought invisible cars (such as the one featured in the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’) don’t exist? Well, think again! On a trip to Melbourne, Australia, I spotted this invisible taxi and took a photo before it vanished!


You didn’t really believe me, did you? Haha! I was going to take a photo of the Flinders Street train station when my camera for some reason decided to take multiple ‘bursts’, creating this strange effect as the taxi passed by. A failed photo but the effect certainly is intriguing. :-)

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 Oceania No Comments

Colourful boats in Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village situated at the southern end of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Its harbour is full of colourful fishing boats, making it a favourite photo opportunity for visitors.

Read more about my trip to Malta at: “Impressions of Malta“.



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Friday, February 14th, 2014 Europe No Comments




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