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Travelling in Taste

Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Travelling in Taste

Let’s be honest, often sightseeing is just something to fill the time between meals, right? Not everyone is fond of museums or beaches, but everyone eats and perhaps this is what led to the origin of gourmet or culinary tourism. With ethnic food as a major food trend, there are many foodies out there just itching to travel to exotic and historical places, prepare the foods of these highly regarded cuisines in their rightful place, meet the artisans that produce the raw ingredients, and absorb the atmosphere and culture that surrounds every...

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A Grand Reunion: Volcanoes and Beaches in an Indian Ocean Paradise

Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Newsletter | 0 comments

A Grand Reunion: Volcanoes and Beaches in an Indian Ocean Paradise

For most people, a mention of the Indian Ocean automatically conjures up images of its most popular islands, which are Seychelles, Mauritius, and the Maldives. One island that most people are however quick to forget is the small island of Reunion. This little reminder of France sits between her better-known neighbour Mauritius and the shores of wild Africa. The volcanic island is a paradise for the water lover with an outstanding range of activities available. Snow sometimes dusts the cap of Piton de Neige, Réunion’s highest point at...

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Food wine and wheels

Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Food wine and wheels

Dominated by fragrant lavender fields, tree-lined laneways and rugged mountains, a cycling tour through Provence is the perfect adventure for anyone wanting to experience the best of regional France. Head north past the Luberon mountain range and come face-to-face with the legendary Mont Ventoux, a gruelling climb of La Tour De France – maybe even try to tackle it yourself! Pedal through the classic French landscape, stopping for refreshments at beautiful market towns along the way. Become accustomed to the Provencal way of life as you...

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Tea Leaves and Sea Breezes

Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Tea Leaves and Sea Breezes

Think Sri Lanka, and trekking is rarely the first thought that springs to mind. But the unusualness of the destination is also half its charm; quiet trails lead up verdant mountainsides, passing beneath the groaning boughs of dense forests. The distinctive call of monkeys and the roaring of waterfalls punctuate the stillness between the remote villages in the hill country, not another walking boot or rucksack in sight. Sri Lanka is the jewel-shaped island that seems to hang off the Indian subcontinent. This nation has had a tumultuous...

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Treasures at the Ends of the Earth

Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Treasures at the Ends of the Earth

At the ends of the Earth and far from the madding crowd, the Polar Regions are perhaps the last pristine wildernesses left on the planet. They’re harsh, merciless environments of savage, eye-watering beauty. How times have changed for the Polar adventurer? These days we can take a Polar Expedition to explore the frozen polar continents in relative comfort and safety and return to our homes within 2 weeks, unlike Ernest Shackleton and his crew who took 2 years to escape its icy clutches after their ship was crushed in 1915. The magical land...

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The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World

Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World

In an age when flights are cheaper and faster than riding the rails, most people opt to zip through the sky rather than over tracks, but there’s something to be said for the classic railway journey as a romantic means of travel. There are typically more tourists than local commuters aboard these trains, on vacation to admire the expansive Canadian wilderness over a period of one to four days. Seeing Canada’s West by rail, showcases the country’s diverse beauty framed by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Gourmet meals are in...

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Congo – A Wilderness Waiting to be Explored

Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Congo – A Wilderness Waiting to be Explored

Deep in the dense Congo rainforest, there exists a place where time and space seem to be suspended. A place so exotic and unspoiled, a rainforest so remote and reviving that it seems both timeless and serenely apart from the spinning world we call home. This vast region of the Congo Basin contains the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, surpassed only by the Amazon. Odzala-Kokoua National Park (PNOK) in north-western Congo is a vast green wilderness and one of Africa’s oldest national parks covering some 13 600 square kilometres of...

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Roberts trip to Namibia

Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Featured Destinations | 0 comments

Roberts trip to Namibia

It was still raining when we were in the Waterberg – now we know why it is called that! Luckily the rains had stopped when we went further north, although we did see large areas that were still flooded and small towns under water. This did lead to some very exciting and challenging driving conditions. We experienced roads that normal South Africans would not see in a lifetime. The pass in the north, called Van Zyl’s Pass, down from highlands through the mountains to the valleys in the west next to the desert, was washed out and...

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Roberts pictures of the Douro Valley & Portugal

Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Featured Destinations | 1 comment

Roberts pictures of the Douro Valley & Portugal

Recently Angela and I were able to tick off a long-standing item on our travel bucket list. This was to tour northern Portugal, and more especially the Douro Valley where port wine is made. The country side is very mountainous and with stunning views and the vineyards steeply terraced. The country folk are friendly and try to be helpful when you get lost, excepting that you can not understand a word they are saying! We sailed up the Douro River from Oporto and then travelled back by train which ran alongside the river for most of the way. Then...

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Robert’s trip to Netherlands and Essex

Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Featured Destinations | 0 comments

Robert’s trip to Netherlands and Essex

  Angela and I visited The Netherlands at the end of the northern hemisphere spring, specifically to see the flowers at Keukenhof. We also took the opportunity to view some of the remaining windmills that Holland was so famous for. These windmills were not only used for centuries to drive Archimedes Screw systems to lift water from the low-lying areas into the canals and dams, but were also used for commercial milling of corn, barley, rice, mustard, flour, pigments and dyestuffs, lime and many other products, and for driving saw mills...

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