Friday, September 25, 2020

Caroline Hurry

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Fairmont, San Francisco

The Fairmont in San Francisco is the one place you’re likely to bump into somebody rich and famous in the splendid lobby with its marble Corinthian columns, vaulted ceilings, velvet chairs, and wraparound staircase.

Full Speedo ahead!

In terms of horror, the sight of a man in a thong ranks alongside the discovery of a fingertip in your burger or dropping your car keys down a storm water drain. The high-cut posing pouch may promise an adequate lunchbox from the front but the sagging rear view is no picnic!

How to win at twitter

Twitter is about cyber conversations with others whose interests may be similar ito yours. Sharing views on solar electricity, water recycling or conservation, among safari lodge owners or wading in on pertinent issues affecting your area can 'personalise' your venue.

10 things to do in San Francisco

You can spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience everything the city has to offer. Here is a list of 10 things to do in San Francisco

A Tour de Norse

Since Norway is eye-wateringly expensive – think R500 for a pizza or R180 for a beer – we filled a cooler box with our favourite foods and wines; later consumed al fresco amid soul-cleansing scenery, or surreptitiously on hotel balconies, at a fraction of restaurant prices.

Fragrant Theft

By the time the official has unearthed to the passing public’s prurient gaze, the gussets of your unwashed knickers, your extra control compression girdle (with derriere lift) and held aloft –“What ees thees?” – the vibrating hand your husband got you in Copenhagen for your stiff neck, your dignity will be dust

Hasta la bistro

For others like myself who find foreign menus harder to follow than a Gauteng taxi evading the Metro cops, you'd better get used to adventure ordering, as Google Translate can be unreliable.

It Mostar Be Love!

Refined by the minarets of many mosques rising like middle-fingered salutes to the Serbians, Mostar lurks in a birch-forested valley.  Across the river, twice the length of the tallest minaret, stands the Croats’ new Catholic Church spire. And on the hilltop high above the town, a cross heralds what might be an uneasy truce, but time will tell.

Roadhouse Blues

Frequented in the 80s by a local motorbike gang hooked on casual dining and women of easy virtue, The White Pigeon's sign got damaged and The White Pig’ throbbed out in garish neon for years. That roadhouse is no more, but these establishments are still going

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Fitzpatrick’s Lodge reopens

Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock Safari Lodge has re-opened with a promotional rate for South African residents of R4 245 per person sharing

Lebanon on my mind

Blaise Hopkinson finds it impossible to forget the parts of Beirut that were so beautiful and mesmeric, in the wake of the recent horror blast

Corporate Madikwe

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve is an ideal corporate escape after a difficult year in business, post pandemic. 

Shamwari’s first guests

Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has reopened for domestic guests with some ‘unprecedented’ offers, says the CEO

Vergelegen’s new tour

A newly-launched environmental tour at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West reveals tracts of the 3000-hectare estate previously closed to the public