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23 Aug

Saldanha: A West Coast Gem

When I was invited to go to Saldanha by West Coast Way, I have to admit that I was like: Huh? What’s in Saldanha? I love the West Coast and I have spent most of my Decembers braving the cold waters of Yzerfontein. I’ve been to most places from Melkbos to Elands Bay, but for some odd reason I’ve never ventured into Saldanha. So when J-P and I arrived at Blue Bay Lodge on Friday, we were blown away by the INCREDIBLE view of Saldanha. Just look at this. It’s amazing when you’re proven wrong about your preconceived expectations of a place. We were checked into the honeymoon suite at the Blue Bay Lodge, which was built last year in December. The room...
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5 Jul

10 Places I Want To Visit in South Africa

Yesterday I tweeted about wanting to visit Platbos in Rawsonville, and everyone loved the venue so much that I decided to compile a list of places I'd love to visit. We're so lucky to live in such a beautiful country! 1. Platbos Log Cabins, Rawsonville Capetonians, can you believe that this is just around the corner from us? "Situated in a magnificent secret valley on the slopes of the Slanghoek mountains, we offer three private and secluded self-catering wooden cabins overlooking the dam."  No noise pollution. No city lights. Just you and uninterrupted views of the mountains. Sign me up right now! Find more information about Platbos here. 2. De Hoop Nature Reserve I visited De Hoop Nature Reserve for one glorious day last year, and I vowed to go...
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19 Jan

All about 91 Loop

If you want to see an epic debate, just ask any Capetonian what their favourite street is to party in the CBD. Is Harrington cooler than Long? Kloof trendier than Bree? It depends on who you ask. Personally I’d rather lick an ashtray than go out in Long Street, but that’s because I am actually a 70-year old in a 24-year-old’s body. Loop Street is filled with some of the coolest businesses in the city (okay, maybe I’m a bit biased because I used to work there). But for some reason, even though it’s wedged between Long and Bree Street, it doesn’t have that many places to jol. That’s why I jumped at the chance to visit 91 Loop. Well, that,...
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11 Sep

A Weekend In Elim

I've gone to some pretty amazing places in South Africa, but I never get around to posting about it. So this weekend when we went to Elim for my friend's birthday, I decided that for once I'm going to put together a little post. And here it is! We went to Elim to visit my friend at her boyfriend's house on a farm between Elim and Bredasdorp. The house is old school and cosy - the perfect combo for a weekend away! Just look at this awesome kitchen. What is a weekend away without a braai? This little guy's name is Ollie, and he's super shy. On Saturday we went to a wine festival at De Hoop Nature Reserve. I can honestly say that...
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21 Mar

The pros and cons of an MSC cruise

My mom and I have wanted to go on an MSC cruise for years, so last year September we decided to make our dream a reality by booking a cruise for March 2015 on the MSC Opera to Mozambique and Madagascar. Obviously it was fantastic - I loved spending every day in the sun and visiting such exotic places. But, being Anja, there were many things about the cruise that made me want to hand out a few taaiklappe. So if you're thinking of going on a cruise yourself, here are the pros and cons: Pros: 1. All meals are included That's right, folks. Every single meal of the day is included. In the mornings you can go to the buffet breakfast and get everything from...
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