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Maboneng Precinct , Johannesburg - Place of light

I love this board in Maboneng- an African variation of a board found in many cities around the world.  Some of the quirky things others had written were "Go to Hogwarts" and "Understand Women". What do you want to do before you die? I think that I'd like to visit every country in the world... […]

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Levelling with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

It is the only building in the world that millions of people have “tried to straighten”…and have failed. Yes, I am talking about the leaning tower of Pisa . Photographing oneself holding up the tower is a touristy must-do in Pisa.  The precise distance from the tower and the angle of one’s body tilt is usually […]

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2014: My year in blogging

2014 was a wonderful year for me in terms of travel. I got to tick off some major items on my bucket list. January My first weekend away for 2014 was to Askari Game Lodge and Spa in Magaliesberg where we had some delightful elephant interactions. March We had a family weekend away at Sparkling […]

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Exploring Ephesus and Kusadasi

Exploring Ephesus and Kusadasi In its heyday Rome was a superpower. The Roman Empire stood for over a thousand years and at its peak, it ruled from the borders of Scotland to the deserts of Egypt and in between. I am often surprised when tours in non-European countries, like Morocco and Lebanon, include a visit […]

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Review : Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

Zebula Golf Estate and Spa Review Having heard much in praise of Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, my curiosity had been piqued. How does one please a group of people with diverse interests at one destination? Amongst our family alone, we have a golfer, spa and wildlife enthusiasts.  When I finally got there and heard […]

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Magnum Pleasure Experience - Indulge yourself!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design your own ice-cream? It’s every child’s dream and I daresay many adults’ too.  Now is your chance to do just that. The Magnum Pleasure pop-up store has been travelling all over the world since 2013, in celebration of Magnum’s 25th anniversary. New York, Paris […]

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Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures

Around 3300 years ago, in ancient Egypt, a young boy became a Pharoah at the tender age of eight. He ruled for about ten years at a time when the Egyptian Empire was at its height and died at the age of eighteen under mysterious circumstances. He was hastily buried in an underground tomb in […]

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Cruising with children - A child's perspective

Today's post is a very special one because it was written - not by me - but by my two budding travel writers, my son and my daughter. These are their accounts of their cruising holiday. Read my account here. A Mediterranean Cruise holiday - By My Daughter (10) The best holiday of my entire life […]

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How to Plan a Caribbean Cruise

How to Plan a Caribbean Cruise “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines! Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!” Mark Twain If you’re considering various cruises […]

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The magic of cruising - Splendour of the Seas

I stood on the top deck of my floating “hotel”, the Splendour of the Seas , and savoured the breath-taking views from my lofty vantage point as we sailed out of Venice’s Giudecca Canal. We passed pointed church steeples and ancient palaces, sidewalk restaurants and bridges traversing narrow canals. The little black and gold gondolas and […]

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Nizamiye Mosque - Istanbul in Johannesburg

Nizamiye Mosque - "Where heart and mind meet" As one travels on the busy highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is likely that one’s eye will be caught by a striking vision of domes and minarets, a sight one would be much more likely to see in Istanbul, Turkey than in Midrand, Johannesburg. It is […]

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How to travel on a budget - Part 2

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” Susan Heller Save on extra baggage costs Carry a luggage scale with you and check the weight of your baggage before going to the airport to see that your baggage is within the […]

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How to travel on a budget - Part 1

How to travel on a budget - Part 1 For most of my life I’ve suffered from a serious ailment – a chronic case of the travel bug. After a few weeks at home, I feel like I need to travel. But I prefer not to spend too much on my holidays because that makes […]

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Animal World at Emerald Resort

The Animal World at Emerald Resort in the Vaal is probably not its most popular attraction for families with children. That title would probably go to the Aquadome - a climate-controlled indoor water wonderland. But in my opinion, it is underrated.  With approximately 500 animals from over 80 species, it is worth a visit. Here […]

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Matjiesfontein – A small village with a huge history

The quaint Victorian village of Matjiesfontein whispers of a rich history filled with money, murders and ghosts. It was established in 1883/1884 by a Scotsman, James Douglas Logan, as a health resort where those with lung complaints could recuperate. Logan believed that the Karoo air had cured his own weak chest. Lampposts from London were […]

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