Newbie cruise on the MSC Opera

Newbie cruise on the MSC Opera

Along with all the other  newbie’s at Pentravel where I work we got to go on a 5 day cruise from Cape Town to Walvis Bay and back on the MSC Opera.  It was a cruise educational to give us first hand knowledge of cruising and the products we sell. It is always easier to…

New reclaiming the Old

Weekly Photo Challenge: New reclaiming the Old

New Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. For many of us, the year’s beginning is time to take stock of the past and plan for the future; this week, let’s get excited about those plans by celebrating what’s new. Here is the new incorporating the past and reclaiming the old…

Mambo stone sculptures

Art in the Garden

The magnificent landscape of Kirstenbosch is also a perfect setting for art. The Sculpture Garden of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden features a permanent but ever-changing outdoor exhibition of the wonderful Mambo stone sculptures in a beautiful garden setting. Exhibiting your art with Table Mountain as its background must be amazing. Each sculpture is a unique…

Members of the Edwin Willems Audience from Selwyn Park

Dancing in the streets of Stellenbosch

The annual Stellenbosch Harvest Parade celebrates the start of the grape harvest season in the Boland as well as the very popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival For me the festival highlight was the Blessing of the Harvest and the Harvest Parade. Early on Saturday morning I took to the streets of Stellenbosch along with what looked…

The largest outdoor theater of the Ancient World

The largest outdoor theater of the Ancient World

Ephesus which was established as a port, used to be the most important commercial or trade centre of the ancient world due to its very fertile valley and its strategic location. It was definitely a magnificent city during its prime and was filled with many important structures. The city was not only famed for the Temple of…

La Motte Winery in Franschhoek

La Motte Winery in Franschhoek

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines. But La Motte is niot only kown for its wines, it has an outside tearoom set between the vineyard and mountains, the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with my family. This…

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…

Temple of Hadrian

The remains of the Temple of Hadrian

Another treasure to be found at Ephesus is the remains of the Temple of Hadrian. It is quite spectacular that any of this beautiful temple has survived through the destructive history of what once was a magnificent city. An inscription shows that the Temple of Hadrian  was erected around 118 AD but underwent repairs in the 4th century…

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…

The wishing wall

Visiting the House of the Virgin Mary

The best way to start your adventure in Ephesus is with a little history on the area and by visiting the Church or House of the Virgin Mary. It is not just a religious site but also a big part of the history of the area and a very interesting and beautiful place to visit. The House…

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…

Pamukkale

Sparkling White Terraced Hot Springs of Turkey

Pamukkale with its sparkling white castle -like cascades is not only an unusual natural and historical site of Turkey, but is also unique in the world. No wonder this place is on nearly every tourists must-see list while exploring Turkey. I couldn’t wait to see these sparkling terraces for myself when I finally arrived in…