Betty's Bay Penguins

Some Fun things to know about Penguins

Did you know there are Penguins down in South Africa that live on the beach? I visited the penguin colony at Betty’s bay in the Western cape and got a lot of penguin photos!! Penguins are some of the most unique and amazing birds because of their physical adaptations to survive in unusual climates and to live mostly at sea. 1.Penguins lost the ability to … Continue reading Some Fun things to know about Penguins

The Alhambra is Granada’s cultural treasure

The Alhambra is Granada’s cultural treasure

The Alhambra is Granada’s love letter to Moorish culture, a place where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, and ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. It is part palace, part fort, part World Heritage site, part lesson in medieval architecture, enchanted a never-ending line of expectant visitors. Years ago I was one of these expectant visitors and I was not disappointed The Alhambra has quite a colourful … Continue reading The Alhambra is Granada’s cultural treasure

Flowering Tea!! Sticky post

10 Ways that Traveling has Changed me.

As I look back, I know that packing my life into a suitcase and leaving the safety of my home country was the best decision that I could have possibly made. It was only once I moved away, turned my life into a journey filled with uncertainty, that I grew up in unexpected ways. While traveling alone I faced new challenges and get to know … Continue reading 10 Ways that Traveling has Changed me.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral, a wonder of the Middle Ages

One of my favourite Cathedrals in England is definitely Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. I have visited this Cathedral  a couple of times now and every time I have been amazed at the beauty and architecture of this Cathedral.  Ely is only a 25 minute drive from my parents house so it is one of the first places my mother takes any visitors from South-Africa. The … Continue reading Ely Cathedral, a wonder of the Middle Ages

Cango Wildlife Ranch

WPC: Cheecky tortoises

The challenge Cheecky brought to mind my visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch and the very horny tortoises I saw there.  Tortoises reach sexual maturity between the ages of 12 and 20 and usually mate from spring to fall, mostly during the summer.  Male tortoises have glands that release secretions that can potentially attract a mate. Males also bob their head and make grunting or hissing sounds … Continue reading WPC: Cheecky tortoises

Gaudi’s impressive Park Guell

Gaudi’s impressive Park Guell

Park Güell, located in Barcelona and designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi, is one of the most impressive public parks in the world. It is one of the most important sights in Barcelona and one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. It was an extremely hot day in Barcelona when my friend and I got to explore this park. We only had a couple of days in Barcelona … Continue reading Gaudi’s impressive Park Guell

Blue Headed Lizard

5 Random facts about the “Bloukop Koggelmander”

Did You Know “Bloukop Koggelmander” is Afrikaans for Blue Headed lizard? Well here are a couple of more random facts. Fact 1: The male Blue Headed Lizard lizards fight amongst themselves to gain supremacy over a territory, and only the winner gets to mate with the females in his group. Fact 2: In Southern Africa these lizards live in small colonies on rocky outcrops, and … Continue reading 5 Random facts about the “Bloukop Koggelmander”

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, Home of Magic, Druids and Pagan Rituals

One of my first great adventures was exploring England, nearly ten years ago. Very high on my England Travel wish-list was definitely the much speculated about Stonehenge. It is one of the mystical places where it seems nobody actually knows what it was used for or by whom it was built. It is surrounded in mystery and your imagination can run wild with all the … Continue reading Stonehenge, Home of Magic, Druids and Pagan Rituals

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

Flower filled Botanical Garden

Summer has finally arrived in the Western Cape and that means exploring time for me!! I just love walking around in the sunshine, be it in a city or in the countryside. In the Western Cape there are tons of beautiful gardens and national parks to go and explore. Driving, along the very beautiful coastal Route 44 from Bloubergstrand where I live, between Gordon’s Bay … Continue reading Flower filled Botanical Garden

Dalí Theatre-Museum

My Art Hero, Dalí’s Theatre-Museum

Since I became aware of Dali and his surrealist paintings he has been my art hero. I have been to every Dali exhibition I could attend so I jumped at the chance of getting to see his theatre-museum in Spain. We took the train from Barcelona up North, to a town called Figueres. The building is quite easy to spot as it is painted a … Continue reading My Art Hero, Dalí’s Theatre-Museum

Running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Think twice before running with the Bulls

My friend and I backpacked through Spain for a month in 2005 and we started our Spanish adventure by attending the running of the bulls in Pamplona. The bullrun is part of the festival of San Fermines, a festival that runs between July 6 and 14th each year. The first ‘race’ is held on July 7th, and then each morning thereafter. Bull running is on … Continue reading Think twice before running with the Bulls

Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

I think there is no better way to spend your summer mornings in Moscow than walking around and enjoying the sunshine and the many parks it has to offer. The parks were all filled with brightly coloured flowers and loads of people out to soak up the sunshine. As I entered the park the smell of flowers and the sound of the big water fountains … Continue reading Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

Russia Winter

Weekly photo challenge: Transformation through Seasons

It is true that Nature is notoriously inconstant and often comes to mind when I hear the word transformation. The transformation of Nature through the seasons in Russia is marked quite drastically and each has its own magic. Seasonal change is, on the surface, marked by loss: the fall of spent flower blossoms in summer, the loss of leaves from trees in autumn, the final … Continue reading Weekly photo challenge: Transformation through Seasons

Sagrada Família

Friday Facts: Sagrada Família

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is like a blast from the past as it was in 2005 that I had a quick glimpse of this amazing building. Did you know…. The La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids. It started in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026. The Great Pyramid, by comparison, only took 20 years. But … Continue reading Friday Facts: Sagrada Família

The Blood sport Bullfighting

The Blood sport Bullfighting should be banned.

Bullfighting in Spain is deeply controversial. It is called a “fine art” by its supporters and a “blood sport” by its critics. Years ago, during the famous bullrun, I had the opportunity to watch a live bullfight in Pamplona, Spain. I have always associated Spain with bullfights so it came as no surprise that I would want to watch a bullfight while being in Spain. … Continue reading The Blood sport Bullfighting should be banned.

Pinnacle Point Estate

Friday Facts: Pinnacle Point Estate

  Did you know: Pinnacle Point a small promontory immediately south of Mossel Bay, on the southern coast of South Africa. It is located on four hundred hectares of prime land, of which 100 hectares is nature reserve, home to indigenous wildlife, birdlife and 264 varieties of fynbos! Set on a cliff-side overlooking the Indian Ocean, the spectacular golf course and expansive Estate, has unsurpassed 270 degree … Continue reading Friday Facts: Pinnacle Point Estate

Waverley Hills estate

The Gardens of Waverley Hills estate

A while ago, while my parents and I were touring the wine district of the Western cape, we had lunch at the Waverley hills estate situated between Tulbagh and Ceres, close to Wolseley, South-Africa. This estate entered the organic wine market in 2002 and now has hectares of vineyards and olives they grow organically. We had lunch in the beautiful restaurant with its views over … Continue reading The Gardens of Waverley Hills estate

McGregor Valley

The Beauty of McGregor Valley

McGregor is a small village in the mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. It is roughly 150 km east of Cape Town and was one of our stops along our wine route adventure. McGregor is a unique, eccentric village away from the crowds where you can unwind, step back in time and just relax. The village is home to a vibrant community of artists … Continue reading The Beauty of McGregor Valley

Tulips in Moscow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Tulips in Moscow

Winters in Moscow are harsh and very long, but knowing that they are only temporary makes them bearable. You know Winter is over as soon as the first tulips start appearing all over the city. I love how the city explodes in colour after the long cold winter! All the parks and flower beds all over the city is covered in bright tulips come spring … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Tulips in Moscow

Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa

Friday facts: Canola or Rapeseed

Did you know….. Each canola plant produces yellow flowers which, in turn, produce pods; similar in shape to pea pods but about 1/5th the size. Within the pods are tiny round seeds that are crushed to obtain canola oil. Each seed contains approximately 40 percent oil. The remainder of the seed is processed into canola meal which is used as a high protein livestock feed. … Continue reading Friday facts: Canola or Rapeseed

Wellington’s Tranquil Dunstone winery

Dunstone, Wellington’s Tranquil winery

My parents and I went wine country exploring in the Western Cape and spent a very relaxing evening on the Dunstone estate in Wellington, South-Africa.  We spent most of our days wine tasting and exploring the tranquil scenery. In-between we were also looking at different properties available in the wine country. Trying to get a head start for when my parents retire and move to the … Continue reading Dunstone, Wellington’s Tranquil winery

Green market square

Must visit in Cape Town: Green market square

The next place on my must visit list of Cape Town is one of Cape Town’s oldest markets, situated in Greenmarket Square. It is an open-air cobbled square in the centre of old Cape Town, South Africa. When I just moved to Cape town I would spend at least one morning a month here. I spent hours looking at the beautiful local art, crafts, fabrics and artefacts … Continue reading Must visit in Cape Town: Green market square

Camps Bay in Cape Town

5 Quick facts about Camps Bay in Cape Town

1. White Sandy beaches The biggest attraction in Camps Bay is the white sandy beach which is edged with tropical palm trees. Whether you prefer to laze in the sun, take a dip in the chilly but refreshing Atlantic Ocean or simply relax with a beach picnic and perhaps a book, you are sure to find just the right beach. Two favourite activities are sunbathing … Continue reading 5 Quick facts about Camps Bay in Cape Town