Bikes of Japan by Jacqueline Hadel

Bikes of Japan by Jacqueline Hadel

Bikes of Japan is the third book by my friend the photographer and blogger Jaqueline Hadel from TOKIDOKI. Her blog is a documentation of life in the different countries she travels through. Not only is it a “Street Art” lovers paradise, you also get to experience the “everyday” activities of strange cultures and interesting people. Jacqueline has been working and travelling through…

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the Western Cape. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing. Guests staying at…

Library of Celsus in Ephesus

The Library of Celsus in Ephesus

One of the most recognized and most famous buildings of the ancient city of Ephesis is the Library of Celsus. Before traveling to Turkey and reading up on the history of this ancient city I admit that I thought this Library was the most significant part of Ephesus. I quickly learned that it is the one…

Babylponstoren puff adder walkway

5 Things that make Babylonstoren Enchanting

A perfect summers day is spending a couple of hours walking through the extensive gardens or Babylonstoren and ending it with a delicious winetasting session or with lunch at the Babylonstoren glasshouse. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm in the Western Cape with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The…

Memmius Monument

Ephesus home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

When visiting Ephesus in Turkey I was greeted by the remains of a magnificent ancient culture and people of which today nearly nothing remains. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former  Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. According to myth…

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque

Turkey is one of those countries which has changed identity and cultures so many times that it has turned into a unique country with a unique culture. Exploring this culture rich country has been one of my most amazing adventures. The beautiful Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque served as the principal mosque of Istanbul, then Constantinople,…

Topkapi Palace

Holy Banners, courtyards and chambers of Topkapi Palace

Istanbul is filled with so many beautiful and amazing buildings and one of these fabulous buildings is the Topkapi royal palace. I entered the Inner Court of Topkapi Palace through the Gate of Felicity, but it looked more like a grand entrance than a gate. This Inner Courtyard holds the private and residential areas of…

Beautiful views over the Bosphorus in Turkey

Beautiful views over the Bosphorus in Turkey

Last week a client asked me which country I would recommend for their first abroad adventure and the first place that came to mind was Turkey. It is the perfect mix between European and Asian with its unique culture and magnificent buildings. Istanbul is one of the best cities to get lost in, to explore and…

Oh the Places You Will Go with Travel Bingo

Oh the Places You Will Go with Travel Bingo

Oh the Places You Will Go with Travel Bingo Janaline’s World Journey poses this challenge to all its readers: “Choose one place that you want to go, and pick a date in the next nine months to go there. Buy your plane tickets immediately.” This way, you’ll be committed to making the trip, and you…

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque isn’t Blue?

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, facing Aya Sofya and mirroring its domed silhouette,  is popularly known as the Blue Mosque. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. This huge mosque was build to calm God after the unfavorable result of the war with Persia. The mosque was built from 1609 to 1616 on the…

The Beautiful Streets of Santiago

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

 For this week’s Photo Challenge, we had to stimulate the creative process and imagine which of our images we would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. I would love to write a book about all my adventures through the world and all the “blonde” moments that have filled my journeys.…

Last look over the mist filled valley before we left the Fortress

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Driving through the mist covered valley  we were met by the silence of the deserted castle set on the top of the mountain. Staring out over the mist covered valleys below felt like I was in the middle od a dreamy, fairy tale world. It was as though we were cut off from the rest of…

Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

Plant a Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

In an effort to reduce water use and time spent caring for lawns, some gardeners are replacing their turf with thyme or chamomile! It is hard to believe that thyme is an ideal grass alternative. I would never even have suspected you could have a lawn of thyme or chamomile if I hadn’t come across them…

Bug Hotel

Welcome to the Bug Hotel

Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. An average garden could hold over 2,000 different species of insects! I do hope of which a minimum are spiders? With all this diversity of life it is good to know that very few creatures cause significant damage to our prized flowers and some help…

Dont Hurt Me For Your Pretty

Weekly Photo Challenge:Signs

From the street signs we see on our commute to work each day to the random signs we come across during our travels, signs are functional, but can also be decorative or entertaining. Signs can direct us where to go, but they can be very confusing when translated wrongly or with a sense of humour. I have come across…