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The Weakest Link Takes A Hike

The Weakest Link Takes A Hike

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel

History tells us that contemplation, meditation, soul-searching and philosophising often takes place on mountain tops. Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Mandela and Ghandi did it. I had a close call, a wake-up call, a bruised ego, a sore bottom and a chipped toenail. Last week we packed our back...


In Etosha We Slosha In Galosha

In Etosha We Slosha In Galosha

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A distant rumble, a short, sharp whip cracks, the skies light up while the heavens become darker, heavier. The smell of rain rolls over the dry, cracked earth. Every animal becomes aware and focuses on the storm as it gathers momentum. Stifling heat cools down. We’ve arrived in Etosha. That...


Resolution, Revolution Or Right On From Where We Left Off

Resolution, Revolution Or Right On From Where We Left Off

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The choice is always ours.  New years have come and gone a few dozen times in my life, some good, some indifferent and some jolly awful. My New Years' resolutions have been a fickle affair, being of the opinion that if we try and don’t succeed this time we can start all over again in 365...


Monday Musings And Trip Advising

Monday Musings And Trip Advising

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A week ago one of the children asked me how old I felt, without missing a beat I said 18. We must never get wiser with age, just a little more careful, then, we're sure to keep our freespirit alive. This morning while spinning I forced myself to stop looking at the very slow tick of the clock...


Treading Lightly On The Earth

Treading Lightly On The Earth

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Sometimes one meets a person who makes the right impression. I did, he's a strange man, quiet, introspective, solitary, a lot like the animals he loves. At first he is also quietly arrogant and a snob. He's a free spirit and born free, he played his guitar in pubs during the seventies,...


R is For Rhino Rob Restaurants and Red Wine

R is For Rhino Rob Restaurants and Red Wine

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Animals, Beer/Braai, Creation Dinner, Elephant, Fishing, Giraffe, Hermanus, Impala, Jâgermeister, Knights, Long Street, Mama, Newton-Johnson, Open Bus, Precious, Quiet, Rhino, Sunshine, Tortoise, Unique, Vineyards, Watches, X-factor, Yellow African Sun, Zebra – this was the brief, we had to...


It's The Final Countdown

It's The Final Countdown

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My throat closes, my pulse quickens, there’s a hand gripping my heart and nausea is creeping up on me, I’m not pregnant. Only one sleepie left. Their visits are always too short.  Women used to shave their heads, wail and keen for their children, I could too.  The pillow we shared this...


Shark Cage Diving in  Kleinbaai

Shark Cage Diving in Kleinbaai

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Being charged by a Rhino or stormed by an Elephant is exciting but nothing is as chilling or as exhilarating as being in a cage out at sea observing a Great White Shark in Shark Alley. He went from the very North of South Africa where he saw a very rare sighting, two Rhinos being hunted by a...


Road  Tripping, Rondawels and Rhinos

Road Tripping, Rondawels and Rhinos

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Elephants! That was the brief. We did the groundwork, puffed South Africa up without sounding too arrogant or full of ourselves, now it had to prove itself. Not that we have any doubts on that score, but expectations had to be met.   Fortunately the Kruger National Park does speak for itself. ...


Stay a while Crocodile

Stay a while Crocodile

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Make haste while the sun shines! Time waits for no man as we trundle along. It's true,   we can  see our lives flash past us when we have fun. When those glass doors at the Johannesburg International airport swooshed open I became one happy Mama, my girl was safely back on African soil. I...


My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine

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Like minced beef I forced myself into my new contouring spandex figure-hugging petticoat and sexy, lacy, red bra, a birthday gift from Precious when I was a size smaller but had no need of support, as we were camping in a rooftop tent in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, a decade ago! On Saturday evening my...


Morning After The Valentine Night Before

Morning After The Valentine Night Before

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I have carpet burns on both knees and my forehead is blood red and burning. On Sunday morning I had: lower backache, a blinding headache, swollen ankles and my pedicured toes had blistered, I throbbed!  I have no regrets and I'm not complaining.   I am “just” over the 50 year mark so “regret”...


Moon On The Water - Where a Simple Life Comes Together

Moon On The Water - Where a Simple Life Comes Together

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As soon as the furniture is arranged on the veranda and the long table is placed against the railing I sit down and feel my shoulders drop, my neck becomes looser and the tension flows like blood     through my veins out through my toes. I can breathe again, long slow inhalations,...


Good, Better, Mozambique

Good, Better, Mozambique

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It’s a long and winding road getting to Lua No Mar, a cottage on the beach in Tofo, a pinprick on the map of Mozambique in the Province of Inhambane. This is the place of long white beaches, mosquitoes, sand flees, balmy days, and the friendliest most accommodating people in Africa.   Vasco...


The Fast Lane to Bloemfontein

The Fast Lane to Bloemfontein

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You may well ask, what on earth were we doing in Bloemfontein? The home of the Safari Suit; indeed, one only goes there for a wedding, a funeral or a meeting. But someone’s wagon stopped there. My Ouma was a student at the Teacher’s Training College in 1929. Today, unless you’re accepted...


Clickety-clack choo-choo

Clickety-clack choo-choo

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Clickety-clack, Clickety-clack choo-choo-choose your train wisely! Trains and Champagne. I’m neither an Anorak nor a Trainspotter but I love the huge beasts. Skinny bandy legs, new black lace-up shoes the dress 6 inches off the floor when kneeling. A very wobbly chin, I'm petrified I’ll...


Halo! Halong is Halong Bay?  Halong can I stay?

Halo! Halong is Halong Bay? Halong can I stay?

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“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value.”  and “To contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;” I must confess I knew very little about Halong Bay except that it was exceptionally...


Decidedly Dilly Divas and other Dramas

Decidedly Dilly Divas and other Dramas

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Confucius say “short man who dance with tall woman get bust in mouth”. That is indeed a pearl of wisdom! As we were privy to local lore we were treated to strange customs in Ha Noi.  So instead of watching the famous Water Puppets we went in pursuit of Fre Astair and Ginga Roger (in keeping...


Street food in the fast lane

Street food in the fast lane

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Streets are swarming with scooters, rickshaws, hookers and hawkers. The sidewalks bustle with traders, pedestrians, street cafes, and panhandlers This frisson is like a needle in a vein and addictive. The steamy life on the street is heady and the cacophony of sound and raw energy makes any...


In a Singpore Grip

In a Singpore Grip

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Lets agree prohibition sucked and led to all sorts of mischief. Imagine a government that bans chewing gum? The fear of the law was put into me and I had visions of sniffer dogs discovering my Imodium and Vomifene so I rushed to my G.P for prescriptions in case I got the chop, no questions...


Yikes bikes, peddling power

Yikes bikes, peddling power

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“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring.” Desmond Tutu, high-fi! This afternoon I donned my cycling shorts and reluctantly went off to the gym to attend a Spinning...


Trekking in Sa Pa with Zer-Zer

Trekking in Sa Pa with Zer-Zer

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On 24th August Butch Googled “trekking in Sa Pa Vietnam” and found a guide called Zer-Zer followed by a telephone number. Little did we know that a life changing experience was awaiting us. To contact Zer-Zer: phone +84 16 75312817 Butch was quick out of the blocks, phoned the number and...


Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

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Boozy lunches can lead to  trouble and this one was no exception, at our table there's always good food, good company and copious amounts of champagne and wine.   As the afternoon unravelled we decided we’d flip a coin, September was a good month to either start Banting or to travel. It was...


Les Girls are Frenching It - Menerbes

Les Girls are Frenching It - Menerbes

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Au Revoir Paris! All too soon we had to pack our bags and make our way down our narrow staircase to our taxi to board the TGV to Avignon.   Thankfully we had someone who very kindly carried our bags down those stairs and waved and airkissed us, shouting "Au revoir" to us as the door closed...


Les Girls are Frenching It - Paris

Les Girls are Frenching It - Paris

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The three days in Paris were just fabulous, our apartment in the Hotel Verneuil Saint Germaine  beautifully appointed, modern, immaculate and slap in the middle of Saint Germaine, pure indulgence. A stones throw from the Louvre, the Seine, the shops, eateries, cafés, bakeries and all...


Ranthambore National Park - India

Ranthambore National Park - India

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We travelled halfway around the world to visit Ranthambore National Park for one reason only. To see the mightly and very elusive Bengal Tiger. I wonder if they exsist?In Ranthambore village Precious decided to employ the services of a tailor to make some shorts, after a lot of haggling...


India by Rail

India by Rail

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Whether you travel like a Prince or a pauper, in India there will be a train to suit your needs and your pocket.  It's poplular and a great way to experience the culture, landscape and the people.   You can dine with a Maharajah on the Rajastan Express or enjoy street food on the platform on...


Being Catherine De Nerve

Being Catherine De Nerve

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"Work is a sideline - Live the holiday I’ll probably never see the Voyager blast off into space, but, it’s like Cape Canaveral in this house as we start the countdown to lift-off on Tuesday. Old habits die hard.   When I was growing up there were certain things that had to be done before...


Gorilla De Ville Goes Camping - Botswana

Gorilla De Ville Goes Camping - Botswana

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“Precious”, promised himself that he would go to the bush in 2014.  Reservations were made with Banks, the Camp Official at the Khwai Community Camp.   This is bush camping at it's best, hard to beat and hard to find.   We camped for eleven nights. N.B here's a link to "Youtube link to...


Have Passport Will Travel

Have Passport Will Travel

Posted in Travel / Musings

For weeks we’ve spoken about nothing except Princess Open Book's holiday to Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.   The child’s tired, over-worked, stressed and fatigued and needs to detoxify of all her physical, mental and emotional toxins.   We’ve sent lists of what to haves, what to take, what not to...


Flower Power in Namaqualand

Flower Power in Namaqualand

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There’s nothing as rewarding as a trip to the Namaqualand in spring.  Figuring out when spring has sprung is the question, traditionally we “celebrate” spring day on the 1st September, but, we’ve not informed Nature.   Our experience has been that the best flowers are to be seen during...


Caravan Capers

Caravan Capers

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We're back from Botswana via the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park, and what an adventure we had! Not a day past without a mishap or surprise!Thank goodness we were able to keep our fine sense of humour!   AND the world hasn’t ended, winter has come and gone and South Africa still rocks! The...


Actually India!

Actually India!

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A year ago we were persuaded to get to India   So one day whilst surfing the web I spotted some really cheap tickets and while Georgie went off to Town to do the groceries I booked our flights.   1st May we set off to India, after we’d spent 4 days walking in the Kruger National Park. We did...


Les Girls are Frenching It - The Backgound

Les Girls are Frenching It - The Backgound

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Where do I start with this travellogue I wonder? Just a few minutes ago whilst hanging up the washing I thought about the last couple of months, first an epic adventure to India and then France,  son magnifique! India was a life changing experience and left it’s indelible mark on my soul,...