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On Safari, from the tip, with kids…

I’m very happy to share with you Living at the Tip’s first guest post. Bryan Milne shares his experiences on safari with young children.

There are many upsides to living at the tip of Africa, but it does leave you a rather long way from a typical Safari destination such as the Kruger National Park or the many parks in our northern neighbours. We can’t just pop down to Kruger for the weekend as easily as our Jozi brothers and sisters can; for us to get to the “bush” takes some careful planning to make it worthwhile. BC (Before Children) G and I used to travel whenever we could and one of our favourite breaks was to fly to Joburg, rent a car and drive from there to Mpumalanga. We would stay with family and spend wonderful time with them and in Kruger and surrounds.

The arrival of our sons M1 and then M2 put a solid stop to that. Until recently, that is, when a win of the General Tyres SA #AnyWhereIsPossible competition put us literally back on the road again. This entry was chosen as the winner and we were awarded a lump sum to be used on a holiday – yay for competitions!

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Cafe Roux

Noordhoek Farm Village – family-friendly fun for days, and a scenic drive home

This blog has been very quiet, I know – shocking for someone who’s trying to get a blog up and running, I know! No big overwhelming reason, just all the normal little reasons of sick children, holidays, Christmas etc etc

But I’m back, and we’re kicking 2017 off with one of my family’s favorite Cape spots – Noordhoek Farm Village. After Poppet made it clear a few days ago that getting her to the beach was going to be an uphill battle, we refocused on somewhere for brunch that we could all enjoy – and Cafe Roux at Noordhoek Farm Village was an easy choice.

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Lunch at the Clock Tower District

The Clock Tower District has often seemed like the unpopular kid at the Waterfront club. A small shopping mall with a few tourist-oriented stores and couple of restaurants – hardly seemed worth the effort to walk ALL the way from the enormous, bursting-with-energy Waterfront hub.

But the Husband persuaded me that there was a new playground right next to the restaurants so we decided to try the “other side” of the Waterfront for lunch this past weekend. And I’m so glad we did!

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Spice Route – gem of the Paarl valley

The Spice Route in Paarl is one of those places I’ve heard about numerous times and never been to myself. At almost an hour’s drive from home, it’s quite an expedition with small kids, but made its way to the top of our places-to-go list this past weekend.

WOW – this is a place that really delivers! Visions of Durban spice markets came to mind, but we soon discovered this was an entirely different form of wonderland. Spice Route’s website explains the origins of their name: “Centuries ago, anyone with a desire to explore exotic flavours and experiences would have needed to wait for the seasonal return of the traders travelling the Spice Route.
Fortunately, these days a journey of discovery is right on your doorstep, with the modern-day Spice Route in Paarl – a sensory feast for today’s connoisseurs of craftsmanship and authenticity.”

So what is it exactly?

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Kirstenbosch – a place for all seasons

Kirstenbosch shouldn’t need an introduction for anyone who knows much about Cape Town. It truly is a place for all seasons – in more ways than one.
Literally: the ultra-expert team who keep Kirstenbosch looking like the world-renowned botanical garden it is, ensure that it looks spectacular no matter the season. In South Africa it’s spring-time, and the flowers put on quite a show when I was there a few weeks ago.

But it’s all the place for all seasons of life. Right now, in the the season of little children, it’s a place to explore, to run off extra energy, a giant playground.

Pre-kids, this was our Sunday afternoon concert hall. Kids and their busy-ness/schedules/illnesses have prevented regular Sunday afternoon visits to Kirstenbosch’s Summer Sunset Concerts, but we’re hoping this is the summer we get back there more regularly. I highly recommend them if you’re in the area, an amazing venue to listen to the best in SA music. Click here for the 2016/2017 schedule.

We’ve already booked our tickets to see Jeremy Loops and Goldfish – who are you keen to see?

Parc Guell

Five reasons Barcelona is a fantastic family travel destination 

Barcelona had been on my radar for a while, as a beautiful city, and for its architecture and food – in fact I rated it as one of the top destinations that we had not yet visited. So we included it in our 2015 trip to Europe with our young kids (age 1 and 4). What I didn’t anticipate was quite how fantastic a destination it would be for our family. It was probably the most family-friendly part of our trip, and here’s why:

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Ten tips for traveling with kids

When we told people we were taking our 4 and 1 year old daughters to Europe for a month, many of them looked at us like we were crazy! Some smiled politely – but you could tell they’d rather have root canal.

But off we went in September 2015! There were times we thought we were a little crazy too – but it turned into an amazing and unforgettable adventure.

In future blog posts I’ll tell you more about specific places we visited and things that worked for us, but here’s a more general list of tips for a successful family holiday.

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Brunch at Groot Constantia wine estate

One of the great aspects of our neighbourhood is the proximity to the Constantia Valley and its wine route. The tourist heartbeat of this route is Groot Constantia. At less than 10 minutes drive from home, it’s a great place to take the kids to feed ducks, run on the rolling lawns or grab a bite to eat.

This past Sunday we headed to Jonkershuis restaurant on the estate for brunch. As I’d already had cereal at stupid-o’clock when the kids got me up, I opted for a croissant. Hooray, a local spot that serves proper flaky, buttery croissants, as opposed to the chewy substitutes that seem to be more prevalent in Cape Town. The husband had a great full English breakfast. Prices are a little inflated as one would expect for a tourist spot with a view, but not overly so. And the view is pretty darn special.

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Dreaming Beyond

Helloooo there! I’ve decided to call you my future readers for now, since this blog is currently an infant and hasn’t been taken out to visit anyone yet.

So the second part of my blog’s name – Dreaming Beyond – is an attempt to reconcile the fact that I drool at the idea of being a Travel Blogger; with my reality as a mom living at the very bottom of Africa, with 2 young kids and a husband with a successful, full-time, Cape-Town-located job. So for now I’m dreaming: about the travelling we’ve done in the past; the many, many places I still want to see; and figuring out how to hold my dreams and my reality together. Not sure yet where this blog will take me – figuratively and literally!

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Stellenbosch – a day trip to delight the senses

We recently had that rare opportunity of a free weekend – absolutely nothing in the calendar! A day trip was clearly needed, and this time we chose Stellenbosch as the destination.

First stop – wine tasting of course. We went with the gorgeously Provençal Waterford estate. Because wine paired with chocolate.

Waterford just oozes French charm. Their lavender wasn’t at its most glorious, but there’s still plenty to admire.

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