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the Manhattan skyline, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

I can’t believe its taken me two months to put up my pics from my trip to NYC, but here they are. Life kind of swept me away when I got back, but I’ve managed to catch my breath, take a break and finally get to a few projects on the back burner.

Manhattan, NYC

I was invited to the ultra fabulous Uncork’d event in Vegas at the end of April, so it just made sense to bolt on a week in the amazing New York City before. I hadn’t been for many years so it was like rediscovering it for a first time. I skipped a lot of the very touristy things as I had done these before, and spent a lot of time walking, eating, walking and walking and then eating some more. Traveling on ones own is a unique experience. You feel more like an explorer than a tourist. It can get lonely, but luckily I met so many cool people along the way to make it all quite awesome. My desire to be in new places far outweighs any apprehension I might have about doing it alone.

Manhattan, NYC

The other reason why it took me so long is that I wanted to make a little film with the footage I shot on my GoPro. Editing this presented a major challenge for me, so it got shelved until now. I’m struggling through the steep learning curve of new technology and wanting to create more motion content for my travel stories. But here it is, my little film from New York. Continue Reading →

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visit the constantia valley

Views form Buitenverwachting in the Constantia Valley

wine and food pairing at Silvermist Wine Estate

The Constantia Valley is home to the oldest vineyards in South Africa and is situated smack bang on our doorstep and only 15 kays form the city centre. You don’t need to travel miles to find spectacular wine, food and  beautiful views.

vineyards at Eagles Nest

buitenverwachting

If you are into relaxing, there are a number of top hotels and spas like Steenberg Estate as well a range of small B & B’s nestled in and around the valley.

If you are into adventure, you will find zip lining, horse riding, mountain biking and 4×4 trails in the area too.

Silvermist Eatery, Silvermist Wine Estate

I enjoyed a lovely day in the Constantia Valley as a  guest last week, and was so pleased to visit a few new places and re visit others I hadn’t been to in ages. First up was a ziplining adventure at Silvermist Estate which I found utterly terrifying. I’m far too much of a wimp to handle this kind of extreme sport but was pleased that I gave two of the lines a whirl. Everyone else loved it and the package includes 7 lines with an even higher line under construction. I’m far better suited to the delicious food and wine pairing that came up next in the Silvermist Eatery, the more casual dining spot on the estate. The recently re located La Colombe Restaurant is further up the hill on the same property. There are beautiful views too, and I’m thinking this will make a cosy wintry lunch spot in my future.   Continue Reading →

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