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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The lagoon-ringed west coast of Reunion.

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

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.

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Chilling in a hammock above the Indian Ocean!

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A stunning lagoon created by ancient lava flows.

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

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

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The local rhum is absolutely superb!

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Gorgeous Maloya dancers.

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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 2 Comments

The Grand Dame of Toronto

The Gooderham Building (or Flatiron Building) in Toronto is one of the city’s most loved icons. Many locals refer to it as the Grand Dame. This red-brick beauty was completed in 1892 and is located at the intersection of Front Street and Wellington Street, a short walk away from the famous St. Lawrence Market.

Read the accompanying post: “A Forest of Glass and Steel“.

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 North America 1 Comment

La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid

The La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid (or if you prefer its full name: Santa María la Real de La Almudena) is situated directly opposite the Royal Palace. Strangely enough for a predominantly Catholic country, Madrid didn’t have a cathedral until La Almudena was completed in the 1990′s. The cathedral is a mix of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles. The interior, with its soaring columns and cavernous nave, is certainly impressive.

Read the accompanying post: “Ten Things To Do in Madrid“.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Europe No Comments

The curves of the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is one of the largest art galleries in North America, featuring more than 80,000 works of art from the 1st century to more contemporary pieces. The gallery has been renovated several times during its existence; the latest renovations were designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry (think Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao) who was born in Toronto. The artworks at the gallery, from Renaissance to Canadiana, were certainly impressive but the most striking features of the museum were, in my view, the gorgeous curves designed by Frank Gehry.

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The entrance of the AGO

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In the entrance hall, visitors are greeted by a stunning winding path.

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In the central hall, I gasped when I saw this stunning curly staircase!

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The upper gallery features an impressive curvy wall of glass and wood.

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The exterior (rear) of the gallery are adorned with more curly staircases!

If you’re in Toronto, the AGO is absolutely a must-visit, if only to admire its gorgeous curves!

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 North America 1 Comment

St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City

One of many great things to do in the Vatican City is to climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, that’s if you’re not afraid of narrow, curvy staircases! The view from the top of St. Peter’s Square and Rome is phenomenal!

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 Europe 1 Comment

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