Sunday, April 21, 2019

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A town of two halves

Wilderness is a town of “two halves” bisected by the N2. Inland is the lagoon or “old” Wilderness, while foreign investors and the Johnny-come-latelies have gravitated to the dunes that abut the main beach.

Thai Platitudes

When you see the rictus grins of rich tourists returning the smile of the Mandarin Oriental's doorman you pray they won’t commit the cardinal sin of returning the “wai” to the servant

No walk-ins, just leaners

My circuitous journey led me through dingy labyrinthine corridors and clanging gates. Eventually my attention was drawn to a grubby notice that read: ‘Search for DLTC leaners’.

Ode to Eressos

The placid and silky summer Aegean, it sparkles in sun-beam strips; in winter, sometimes, it’s a roaring roiling giant, rude and crude, in a foul mood. My soul shivers. Surrender, it says.

Through the Karoo!

Happy days! The Karoo’s first e-book store is a treasure trove of spells for armchair travellers craving the soma of those wide blue skies, ancient lands and fascinating characters

Easter Escapes

In Corfu people throw earthenware out of their windows to smash on the streets below. This old Venetian custom symbolises renewal and a chance to gather the next harvest in new pots

Fly And Cry

It’s interesting how airlines feel free to administer a level of “customer service” that only the most suicidal elements of the hospitality industry would dare attempt. Here are some of my pet peeves

Antbear Lodge

I like Andrew, even if he is a self-confessed “dictator”. I like what he and Conny have done and why they did it. If you want a hotel, knock yourself out. If you want something unique, laidback, and relaxing, come here.

Tree meals in the bush

The furious female bounds down the tree and into the bush, her evening ruined. Now and then slivers of meat and bone tumble into expectant hyena jaws. In the bush, one creature’s loss is another’s gain.

Lekker in the Lowveld

Who needs dunes and dusty deserts; malls and movies or waterfronts and whales? We love people from other parts of our country. We welcome them because we Lowvelders have it all...

Hard Cheese in Croatia

The Croats are a delight most of the time.  The service in our hotel was faultless, they speak very good English and the town is the cleanest I’ve ever been to.  But selling is not one of their strengths.

Botanical Bounty

With the richest temperate flora in the world and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve has a new surprise activity to go with their special from May to August!

Chef creates a stir

Amori Burger arrived at our table, full-frontal energy and charisma. Of course: she’s one of the country’s top female chefs today – and, as the raves go – creating a stir at Linden's Van Der Linde restaurant

Back to a (retro) future

Few passengers worry about the design of their aircraft when it's hurtling down a runway at 260kph, but for British Airways it’s an essential mark of their centenary celebrations this year

West Coast hiking trails

Guests can walk along farm roads, pop in at the Turn & Slip pub (originally the bakery) watch waterfowl on the banks of the Berg River in spring, and admire wildflowers in late winter

Boarding Blues

The downside of being seated early is being smacked with baggage! In queues, men turn their upper bodies to talk to the person behind them, forgetting the rucksack that has to go somewhere in this process. 

Morgan Bay

With wide open spaces, miles of beaches and the wild rocky coastline, visitors can go horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or just laze in the sun. We walked, rode to Kei Mouth, and relaxed

A Week in Provence

Unlike other teens that dreamt of becoming candlestick makers, I dreamt of stocking my cellar, goose liver pate, finding that perfect hammock in the sun. And sticking it to ‘The Man’ (whoever he was)

Floating my boat

Jen Su jets in on British Airways Club World for a super quick and refreshing trip to London and maybe it was just down to sheer luck – but it turned out to be a quick weekend of South African sunny skies

Spotting the bull!

Myths peddled by animal rights lobbyists will destroy the wildlife they claim to protect, says Botswana-based wildlife conservationist Erik Verreynne. How about a solution-based focus rather?

Tilly does Croatia!

Arriving in Pula on the coast, we hired a car and drove on pristine roads passing old stone houses, ruins, churches, dry-stone walls, vineyards, olive groves, cornfields, mountains and woods

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O solo mio!

I start to relax. I get a tan. My pink eye has gone. My hair looks good. I don’t miss my ex, just my face creams. My suitcase arrives two days later. I am embarrassed at how full it is.

Luxury Design Flaws

There’s the kettle cord that’s an inch too short to set the kettle on a table, rendering you in a praying position on the floor in order to fill your cup.  The bed post that obscures the flatscreen TV by an inch.

Load Shedding Skills

The electricity outtages have become a way of life for us living in Hilton. The uniform buzz of generators is as much part of the local ambience as the fine mist that rolls in intermittently.

Wind beneath our wings

Recalling a flight from OR Tambo International to JF Kennedy in New York, Carol Lazar reckons it's not just jet fuel propelling aircraft along, but the profusion of passenger pongs

Peasant chic in Cinque Terre

Pinned to the cliffs above the Gulf of Genoa close to the top of the Italian boot, the Cinque Terre – the five lands – is the sort of landscape that causes even Italian hearts to beat a little faster

Spa Fun in Badplaas

Rudely awoken by the sentence, ‘I can’t find my cellphone?’  After a turmoil of patchy, wine befuddled memories of where last he’d been, it took all of 30 seconds to strike fake gold. The spa!

Reviews

Through the Karoo!

Happy days! The Karoo’s first e-book store is a treasure trove of spells for armchair travellers craving the soma of those wide blue skies, ancient lands and fascinating characters

Antbear Lodge

I like Andrew, even if he is a self-confessed “dictator”. I like what he and Conny have done and why they did it. If you want a hotel, knock yourself out. If you want something unique, laidback, and relaxing, come here.

Chef creates a stir

Amori Burger arrived at our table, full-frontal energy and charisma. Of course: she’s one of the country’s top female chefs today – and, as the raves go – creating a stir at Linden's Van Der Linde restaurant

Morgan Bay

With wide open spaces, miles of beaches and the wild rocky coastline, visitors can go horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or just laze in the sun. We walked, rode to Kei Mouth, and relaxed

And the beet goes on …

You'll find Russian fusion food with a twist at Taste To Eat in St Petersburg, writes CAROLINE HURRY

AIRLINES

Easter Escapes

In Corfu people throw earthenware out of their windows to smash on the streets below. This old Venetian custom symbolises renewal and a chance to gather the next harvest in new pots

Fly And Cry

It’s interesting how airlines feel free to administer a level of “customer service” that only the most suicidal elements of the hospitality industry would dare attempt. Here are some of my pet peeves

Back to a (retro) future

Few passengers worry about the design of their aircraft when it's hurtling down a runway at 260kph, but for British Airways it’s an essential mark of their centenary celebrations this year

Boarding Blues

The downside of being seated early is being smacked with baggage! In queues, men turn their upper bodies to talk to the person behind them, forgetting the rucksack that has to go somewhere in this process. 
Checking out the blue skies and boats of London. Photo: Neil Elliott at the Sunborn London.)

Floating my boat

Jen Su jets in on British Airways Club World for a super quick and refreshing trip to London and maybe it was just down to sheer luck – but it turned out to be a quick weekend of South African sunny skies

Islands

Ode to Eressos

The placid and silky summer Aegean, it sparkles in sun-beam strips; in winter, sometimes, it’s a roaring roiling giant, rude and crude, in a foul mood. My soul shivers. Surrender, it says.

Boating for beginners

Moving to Cerf Island from the mainland of Mahe was a dream come true for me, but it came with challenging learning curves

Reunion Rocks!

Sharon Gilbert-Rivett recalls finding black market wine, pastries and smoking lava flows on this French Indian Ocean island

Borneo Adventure

MICHAEL GEBICKI runs wild in Sabah

Bali Daze

GERO LILLEIKE catches some giant waves at Bali, the Island of the Gods

Travel Chat

Gondwana - Fynbos Conservation Experience

Botanical Bounty

With the richest temperate flora in the world and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve has a new surprise activity to go with their special from May to August!

Pop the corks!