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2015 : A review of my blogging year

Thank you to all my loyal subscribers and followers for your support during 2015. As the year draws to a close, it is time to recap the events that filled it. 2015 was a busy year, even though we were limited to traveling during school holidays and weekends - for local getaways. This is a […]

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How to apply for UK Visas

The US visas were relatively easy to obtain. Then it was time to apply for the UK visas for the whole family. We qualified for the Standard Visitor Visa. I spent hours completing the most comprehensive online visa application forms I had ever done before. The section that took me the longest was the travel […]

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US Visa Application Process (for children)

It took me a full year to recover from the Schengen visa application, before I could muster up the courage to apply for a complex visa again. And this time I was aiming for a double whammy - US and UK visas, although the US visa was only for my children. Why on earth would […]

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My week in London

I have often been accused of wanting to do everything in a place in a short space of time. It comes from my inherent FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. Although it is impossible to do everything there is to do in London for a tourist – in a week - we (my husband and […]

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Best of the North-West Province – Insiders Guide

This is the best of the North-West Province . From food and accommodation to entertainment and activities, it’s all covered. Do Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris There are few more magical experiences than a hot air balloon ride as the sun appears over the horizon. As you drift lazily with the wind, enjoying the panoramic […]

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Review: Riverside Sun Hotel

“Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.” - (A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh) Indeed, rivers are relaxing, de-stressing and calming. And a resort by the river is one of the best places to enjoy a weekend away with the family. Especially if it is a Tsogo Sun resort by the […]

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Sleeping Beauty - The Pantomime

Once upon a time, a beautiful princess was cursed by an evil fairy.  She pricked her finger on a spindle and fell off to sleep for a hundred years until a charming prince came and woke her up from her deep slumber… From the time I first saw the Janice Honeyman pantomime billboards appearing on […]

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Stepping back in time in Florence

Florence is often called the best city in the world. It was ranked top of the list in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards for two years in a row. I took some photos of Florence that will give you an idea of what it is like, if you haven't been, and bring back […]

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Review: Cathedral Peak Hotel

To say that I was impressed with Cathedral Peak Hotel would be an understatement. Its allure began before we even got there. As we drew closer to the hotel, the air became fresher, the mountains greener and the views more spectacular. I pulled out my camera hastily and began snapping away merrily - as my […]

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How to apply for a Schengen visa for Italy

I had been avoiding Europe for a while. But when Italy and a Mediterranean cruise beckoned, I couldn’t resist any longer. This, of course, meant that I had to apply for a Schengen visa . Not for the first time, I bemoaned the fact that I was a South African passport holder. It seemed that […]

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Titanic – The Artefact Exhibition

The Titanic has fascinated people from the time the idea of the “unsinkable ship” was conceived. It took three years and 15 000 people to make. More than 100 000 people attended its launch in 1911. On 12 April 1912, it embarked on its maiden voyage, setting sail from Southampton to New York, and sank […]

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Review: Clico Boutique Hotel

The appetising welcome platter of salmon-topped crackers and macaroons was just a teaser of the delectable dinner that was awaiting us. Later that evening, we indulged in a five-course tasting menu tailored to our dietary requirements - creamy tomato soup with parmesan tuilles, seared scallops with butternut puree, kingklip with mushroom risotto, sesame-seared salmon fillet […]

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