• South Africa,  Travel,  Western Cape

    Accommodation in the Cederberg: Kromrivier

    If you’re looking for accommodation in the Cederberg, Kromrivier is a great option. They have self-catering luxury chalets, cottages and campsites available. There’s an on-site restaurant (and brewery) and the park is perfectly located for popular activities in the area. To find out more, read the Q & A below, or visit their website for more info. This is a non-sponsored, quickfire Q& A from someone who had never been to the Cederberg and stayed in one of their luxury, self-catering chalets. You can read about the entire trip here. The Accommodation Are the luxury chalets nice? Yes, they are. Do they have appliances? Yes, each luxury chalet has a…

  • South Africa,  Travel,  Western Cape

    A trip to the Cederberg

    On telling people you’re going to the Cederberg you will be told one of two things. Either that it’s very cold and you’ll need to take all the clothes you own, or that you must hike to the Maltese Cross. In some cases, you’ll even hear both. After spending a winter weekend there, both ring true. The Cederberg is a beautiful part of the world and I’m a bit embarrassed it took this long to get there. On a cold Friday in June, armed with wine, good food and a hot water bottle we set off to celebrate a new chapter for a good friend. Day 1: Stars, burgers and…

  • Travel

    St Pete Beach, Florida

    St Pete Beach is a little slice of paradise. It’s a 1.5 hour drive from Orlando – by no means close, but entirely worth it. A Brooklyn local first told me about St Pete Beach whilst we were waiting to catch a flight. She said it was a huge deal for the community, as St Pete was voted the best beach in America, one of the best in the world and is the sunset capital of the States. Coming from Plett and living in Cape Town, my beach standards are skyscraper high and whilst she raved about the beach, I politely smiled, nodded and refrained from getting my hopes up.…

  • America,  Travel

    Orlando’s Sweet Tooth

    Disclaimer: This list is not for the banting brigade, the carb-conscious or the anti-chocolate mafia. Look, I had all the best intentions of eating healthily in the States, but after 1 week, it went out the window. In saying that, it’s frankly impossible to avoid sugar there, even the air is laced with high fructose corn syrup. However, if you’re in Orlando, your saving grace is that you’re walking a lot (that Proclaimers song will become your mantra). On average, a visitor walks 10-15 miles each day at Disney and in just 3 days I clocked up 36 kilometres. Thank God, because I ate everything on this list (plus other stuff that didn’t…

  • Disney,  Travel

    Breakfast at Be Our Guest – a Walt Disney World Orlando restaurant

    At 8am, whilst queuing outside the Magic Kingdom, patiently waiting to get in (in July, if you don’t go early -> LOL) I noticed people were bypassing the queue, looking decidedly smug and getting into the park. There were no magic hours scheduled for today? What powers did these people have? Were they celebrities? Or Disney’s grandchildren? No — it turns out that they were savvy enough to make breakfast reservations and thanks to their smarts, could skip the lines, enjoy a sit-down breakfast and then swan about the park at their leisure. Very few people know about this tip. Obviously breakfast was booked at “Be Our Guest” — the…

  • America,  Travel

    New York | Brooklyn day trip

    Whilst visiting New York, I lucked out and got the opportunity to cat-sit for friends who stayed in the financial district. That week, New York offered up a snow-free, sunny day and I decided to take a stroll over to Brooklyn across the famous bridge. Despite being able to see the bridge the entire time, it took me 35 minutes to find the actual entrance. I accidentally walked up an off-ramp (thankfully quiet) and had to navigate some strange back alleys to get back on track.     Brooklyn Bridge Brooklyn bridge is beautiful, awe-inspiring and like every other iconic, global landmark, now home to its own community of love…