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An Instagram tour of Reunion

Réunion Island is a volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, just 200km southwest of Mauritius (map). An overseas department of France, Réunion is the outermost region of the European Union. French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. Formed by millions of years of volcanic activity, […]

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Six Stellenbosch wineries to visit

Stellenbosch (map) is a picturesque university town in the Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, filled with historic Cape Dutch buildings, ancient oak trees, art galleries and laid-back cafés. A short drive in any direction, along one of the many Stellenbosch Wine Routes, will take you through gorgeous vineyards and imposing mountains. Nestled […]

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The magic of Rio de Janeiro in photos

Rio de Janeiro is a city of contrasts and great diversity. Squashed in between imposing mountains, the ocean and a massive bay, the city enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the world. There’s no denying that the city has a lot of issues – poverty, inadequate infrastructure, high prices and crime to name […]

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History brought to life

“A theme park?”, I asked my guide as we strolled around Melbourne. Cartoon characters and wild, adrenaline-inducing rides immediately sprang to mind. “Well, no”, she replied, “it’s more like an open-air museum. If you’re interested in history, you’ll love it there”. It was the first of several times that day that a local recommended a […]

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History and wine in Rheingau

Rheingau is one of the most historically significant wine-producing regions in Germany. Situated along the Rhine River just west of Frankfurt, the region is characterised by hilly landscapes, castles, monasteries and picturesque towns (the most famous of which is Rüdesheim am Rhein (a fairy-tale like historic town in the heart of the Rheingau), one of […]

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Wine-blending at Middelvlei Wines

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Almost every time I take a sip of a white or red blend, I try to differentiate the different grape varieties that have gone into the wine and their specific impact on the resulting bouquet, taste and finish. I’ve often wondered what my perfect wine would be and […]

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Tulips in Holland – oh what a sight!

It’s my favourite time of the year; when the trees and plants awake from their winter slumber and celebrate this with a riot of colours, the family of green frogs in my pond pop their heads out of the water, and everything looks so incredibly fresh. I love spring! One of the things I most […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the […]

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A weekend in Berlin

It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d […]

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Bologna on my mind

My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so […]

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