Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Caroline Hurry

Winner of a Tourism Authority of Thailand Award for International Media Reporting, Caroline Hurry has written for Independent Newspapers, The Citizen, Sunday Times, Business Traveller, Journeys, and Habitat, among others. Married to a Dane, she divides her time between Copenhagen and Johannesburg. A self-described word herder, dog wrangler, and cat slave, she loves visiting new countries and sitting in the lap of luxury

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Oh, what a night!

If mad, bad Jozi is a troubled teen on Tik, the Four Seasons Westcliff is a serene dowager in diamonds, a tranquil retreat for staycations or anniversary celebrations, far from load shedding, Eskom strikes, and demands for wage hikes

A tale of two cathedrals

Both the soaring gold spire of the Peter & Paul Cathedral and the golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral – the largest orthodox basilica on Earth – dominate the St Petersburg skyline.

Turkish Airlines review

Caroline Hurry reviews her Business Class  flight to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines

Rock solid

Are the oldest pyramids in central Bosnia? The evidence is compelling, writes CAROLINE HURRY

Abruzzo awaits

When Capetonians Joanne and Chris Verster decided to emigrate, they made a list of countries they liked. Italy kept coming up. The couple went to have a look, bought two properties, and today they are helping to create a South African community in Abruzzo. This is JOANNE SIMON VERSTER’S story

Stuff to do in Las Vegas

The action never stops in Las Vegas, Nevada’s most famous city

St Petersburg Metro

First opened in November 1955 as a subterranean Communist paradise, Saint Petersburg’s metro is not just the deepest in the world – but also one of the busiest with five subway lines, 67 stations, more than 3 000 trains and 2.5 million passengers a day.

24 hours in Hong Kong

STUART CARLY, a Cathay Pacific Loyal Diamond member and regular visitor to Hong Kong, shares his advice on how to see and experience the city when all you have is 24 hours

Thailand’s Shame

Exposing seal clubbing in Namibia, Madagascar’s “tortoise mafia”, hanging with anti-poaching teams and investigating wildlife crises worldwide – environmental photojournalist Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski has put himself in harm’s way many, many times for the sake of conservation. Or shall we just call it morality? He's been chased by a truckload of seal clubbers that would have ended badly had he and his mates not made it across the border into South Africa, but with big money feathers being ruffled, he and director Will Foster-Grundy could easily have been “disappeared”. Thankfully that didn’t happen and Aaron’s bold, compelling expose hit the UK tabloids last month. The results have been tangible. At least one Thai zoo has not had its operating license renewed while Aaron’s crowdfunding campaign and petition gathers momentum, hopefully allowing him to investigate further. The world needs to know about the dark side of wildlife tourism. Here’s Aaron’ story:



Full Steam Ahead

The Sandstone Spring Steam Festival in the Eastern Free State, just north of cherry-picking capital Ficksburg, is on track this November 19 to 22

Haunting tours

Is visiting famous gravesites a weird tourism trend? Gordon Prentice doesn't think so

Karoo Roads

Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais have come out swinging after the COVID lockdown and doing what they do best: recounting the beloved stories of the Heartland of South Africa.

Christmas Safari

Yule love every day spent at Tau Game Lodge from the game drives to the spa pampering. What better Christmas gift could you ask for?

Time Travel is for now

Time Travel requires no annoying visas, boarding passes, suitcases to be packed, raids on duty-free, economy class syndrome, fetid morning breath. All Time Travel requires is oiling the mind, sometimes on R600 bootleg vodka provided by my village plumber.