South Africa – Hermanus, Swellendam and Franschoek

A two hour drive took us to the charming town of Hermanus – especially famous for its whales – and we did see some from the hotel deck. But the real “Wow factor” for me here was the stunning hotel we were in – The Birkenhead House – designed by the same people as the […]

South Africa, Cape Town

Now it is time to explore Cape Town and the Western cape of South Africa. I already know I will return here for longer so this short visit was a nice taster and reminder of a wonderful city – last time I was here was around 1993 – things have certainly movie on since then. […]

Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) to South Africa (Capetown) via Pretoria, South Africa by Rovos Rail luxury trains.

I always love a long (and luxurious of course!) train journey so taking Rovos Rail – first from Victoria Falls to Pretoria and then a day later on to Capetown- is the one to do in Africa for a longer trip. Rovos Tail was started by a train enthusiast Rohan Vos who originally bought a […]

2019 – My reflections on another year of traveling – and my fave books and TV series – warning – Bumper Edition!

It seems I was only just writing my reflections on my 2018 travels and once again as the year is drawing to an end and I am back in Seville for the 3rd time in as many years, it is a good time to reflect on the past 12 months (and to plan for the […]

Mauritius (113th country) – lots of beach chilling and Walking with lions

Great relaxing end to our visit to South Africa was a six day chill in Mauritius – another new country for me. Our hotel – Sands Suites was situated on Flec en Flac (love saying that!) beach. Even when it rains it clears up very quickly so an easy place to just sit and watch […]

Zimbabwe and Botswana (111th and 112th countries) – a three day visit – wild animals, colonial splendour and the waterfalls

Joined my friends Trudy and Alan – to celebrate her big birthday year – for a trip around Southern Africa which started in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where we stayed at the splendidly colonial Victoria Falls Hotel. Interiors of the Victoria Falls Hotel where they make a darn good gin and tonic. On day one we […]

Brazil, Recife and Olinda – colourful buildings, Jewish heritage and carnival puppets

I am now in the north eastern part of Brazil which has a different feel to it. Still big cities but more friendly and laid back than in the South (at least that’s my impression). Olinda is about 5km from downtown Recife and provides nice views from the main (and somewhat dilapidated) church over the […]