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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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Ten cities I would visit again

and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire […]

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Babylonstoren – a heavenly Cape Dutch wine farm

A special guest post by Lezaan Roos. Don’t ask me to compare Babylonstoren with other Cape Dutch farms. That would be tricky. For starters, it produces wine – a feature typical of estates. It offers a variety of unique food experiences, which could put it firmly in the restaurant category. It has a hotel, it’s […]

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Exploring Bo Kaap in Cape Town

The Bo Kaap neighbourhood in Cape Town is a historic enclave that graces the slopes of Signal Hill. The first thing anyone will notice about this neighbourhood are the gorgeous, brightly-coloured houses lining steep cobbled streets. The second thing: the faint scent of spices such as cardamom and cloves in the air. Bo Kaap is […]

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A dream home away from home

I walked into the living room and I gasped. Right there before me was one of the most stunning views from any house I’ve ever been in. The cloudless blue sky stretched into the distant horizon whilst the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean shimmered in the afternoon sun like a blanket of diamonds. I […]

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A spectacular drive around the Cape Peninsula

The drive around the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town is one of my favourite routes in the world. I’ve driven this loop several times and each time was simply unforgettable. I once watched pods of whales frolicking in False Bay just fifty yards away from the shore. Another time, I stopped at the beach in […]

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Experiencing the 12 Apostles Spa

The Victoria Road that runs from Cape Town to Hout Bay is one of my favourite drives anywhere in the world. The road winds its way from the foot of Signal Hill at the edge of Cape Town’s downtown area along the coast, past the iconic peaks of the Twelve Apostles and the azure waters […]

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The Table Mountain as viewed from cape Town's V&A Waterfront


Have you ever been to a place for the first time and felt as if you’d been there before, like this foreign place somehow felt like home? This happened to me on my first trip to Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Many aspects about the city felt strangely familiar to me, as if it […]

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Ten city peaks for the most breathtaking views

There’s nothing more spectacular than a city with an imposing skyline and a nearby mountain-top from which to enjoy the view. There’s just something magical about it. I guess it’s the adventure of getting to the top of the mountain and the first moment you feast your eyes on the incredible view. It’s always an […]

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View of Cape Town from Bloubergstrand

Driving the Cape Peninsula loop

The Cape Peninsula is a spectacular region in South Africa that stretches from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope. Hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay, the Cape Peninsula boasts magnificent scenery, quaint towns, beautiful beaches and lovely vineyards. It’s easy to explore the Cape Peninsula from Cape Town as a […]

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