The last day of our ten-day journey to South Africa loomed large. We had a flight at midnight from Cape Town to Vienna and onwards to Geneva with an overnight stay. Then we would leave Europe to fly to Newark, then drive across to La Guardia and fly home to Dallas. But before that, we …

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I have written about the first day in Cape Town here. The next day was supposed to be a very busy one. Table Mountain is at the top of every visitor’s wish list, and ours was no different. We planned to spend the morning taking the Cableway to the top of the mountain. And for …

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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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Knysna is one of the most popular coastal towns along the Garden Route. Situated on the edges of the Knysna Lagoon and separated from the ocean beyond by the massive Knysna Heads and fierce water currents, this area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. If it involves earth, air, and water, it involves Knysna. From …

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This was our first trip to Africa and our first safari. As I mentioned yesterday in this post, the aha Makalali has 26000 hectares of bushveld with many free-roaming animals. While it was not precisely Kruger National Park or one of the larger reserves like Timbavati, we felt it was perfect for a safari novice …

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A couple of weeks ago, Missy JJ and a friend visited the Frisco Fresh Market. Their mission was to meet and interview some of the vendors for a report they were writing. She came home thoroughly impressed with the variety of vendors, their diverse backgrounds, their passion and the general ambiance of the place. So …

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