The last leg of our trip was the busiest, simply because we were spending it in Cape Town, the capital of South Africa. The plan was to drive from Franschhoek to Cape Town and explore the area south of CapeTown while we still had the car. But once we got down to the nitty-gritty, we …

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Welcome to this second post in my Face to Face series of interviews with people who travel or provide travel-related services. Today’s guest is a bit unique. While Mahendra Jain is a traveler, his journeys, destinations, and subjects are very different from my own. And that inspired me to invite him for a chat. Mahendra …

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Sunflowers are fascinating! They remind me of the beauty of summer, the joy of living, and naturally pleasing color palettes, yellow petals, green leaves and brown centers under a blue sky!! For years now, I have watched them grow wild, along edges of new shopping complexes, sports fields, and acre lots waiting to be sold. …

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As part of our local explorations, we visited the Texas Sculpture Garden and the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. We visited the Hidden Cove Park in Frisco, on a summery June afternoon for a beach day. Hidden Cove Park, on Lake Lewisville, is a privately owned park and marine, spread out over 470 acres. …

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Now that COVID-19 has restricted the majority of travelers from jet setting across the world, there has been more time to spend exploring locally. I wrote about the Texas Sculpture Garden in this post. Today, I will share my thoughts on the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano.

Yesterday I wrote here about the Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa where we stayed while in Franschhoek. Today, I shall focus on the actual visit to the area. The Cape Winelands area comprises some of the oldest and biggest wine-producing valleys in South Africa, including Franschhoek. Stellenbosch (which is popular with tourists from Cape Town), …

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On the last day of the Garden Route, we planned to drive to the Cape Winelands/Franschhoek Valley to experience its famed vineyards before heading to Cape Town the following day for the last part of our trip. The drive from Brenton Haven to our hotel was about 280 miles (about 450 km), a drive of …

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