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Seaview Predator Park

30 Dec

There’s cliché about Americans that they think they can come to Africa to see lions and tigers. Tigers – ha! Silly tourists – this isn’t the jungle, this is the savannah.  Except that seeing (and touching!) tigers is exactly what I did last Tuesday, at the Seaview Predator Park just 25km on the Jeffery’s Bay […]

Switzerland

29 Mar

Flims ski slope1

After all the sightseeing and culture in Istanbul and Munich, the Swiss leg of our holiday was busy in a very different way.  No sooner had we arrived at the amazing Alpine house of a family friend where we were staying near Tomils, than we headed straight back down to the village to rent our […]

Munich in Winter

16 Mar

The English Garden

Five years ago, after failing to find a willing friend to take time off and part with lots of money to go see the world with me, I decided to go it alone on a short Contiki tour through Europe.  Eight countries jam-packed into twelve days was definitely a worthwhile whirlwind experience (and a lot […]

Two days in Istanbul

10 Mar

The Blue Mosque

Istanbul was a revelation for me. It was by happy chance that we spent two and a half days there on route to our holiday in Germany and Switzerland with H’s family. After arriving at our hotel at 6:30am (6 hours too early to check-in), we suited up against the 1 degree chill, stashed our […]

Thailand Part 4 – Diving the Similan Islands

10 Mar

Turtle

Having learnt to scuba dive just over a year ago in preparation for our honeymoon to Mozambique, and braving enough cold water dives in Cape Town to get through the Open Water and Advanced PADI courses, I have decided that tropical water is what diving must have been invented for in the first place. After […]