September 16, 2017

This is the Sabi Sabi story, in one big fat marathon post. You might like to read it in a couple of sittings, or make yourself a big cup of coffee and settle in. 

I know I told you this story about leaving Joburg on our way to Sabi Sabi Sands in an email but I'd like to...

September 11, 2017

Mountains rise dramatically around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch 

When I was planning this trip, friends Sandy and Derek Newton from Stanthorpe contacted me to say that their daughter Sam and her family live in Stellenbosch. Sam in turn contacted me and put me in touch w...

September 10, 2017

Because the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek valleys with their vineyards and wineries are only a bit more than forty minutes drive from Cape Town, it's possible simply to do day tours from the city, but there are so many wonderful hotels in the area, we'd decided to shift...

September 9, 2017

After our musical evening last night, we decided to sleep in this morning.

It meant foregoing our trip in the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, but here's a photo of sparkling Cape Town by my Noosa bridge partner John who very kindly emailed it to me so that you d...

September 8, 2017

One of the wonderful associations I have always made with Africa is the sound of a capella music and singing. There's something about the evocative harmonies of those beautiful black African voices that lives inside me, probably inside all of us. We simply had to hear...

September 7, 2017

photo courtesy Cape Grace Hotel 

The Cape Grace Hotel is known for its wonderful staff - so wonderful in fact that our darling friend Jo Dallamore said she once tested them out by asking for a treadmill in her room - which was duly delivered and installed while she was...

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One should always have something

sensational to read on the train."  

                                - OSCAR WILDE

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