Tag: Favourite places

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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Gordes Provence

Perfect Provencal Pair: exploring Roussillon and Gordes

Provence is everything the guidebooks say it is – picturesque villages, views over vineyards, olives, lavender and hilltops. And nestled into the middle of it are arguably 2 of the most lovely of them all. Less than 20 minutes drive from each other, they make for a perfect day in Provence.

Roussillon is noteworthy and unusual for the ochre quarries that surround it. While  most Provencal villages are known for their grey stone buildings and cool blue and purple accents, Roussillon radiates warm oranges and reds, which surround you in the rock quarries themselves and the buildings which clearly drew from their environment for supplies and inspiration.

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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?

Life lately at the tip

After years of attempts and thoughts and stops and restarts, this blog finally seems to have found its place in my life, and looks like it might actually get off the ground. This is equal parts exciting and terrifying! Exciting because I feel like I’ve finally found a niche I can settle in to, but so nerve-wracking to put my writing skills on display.

Today possibly summed up the point where my reality meets this blog really well:
Poppet’s school holiday started today, and it’s also her 5-and-a-half birthday – she’s been asking for months when that day will be so it’s been built up a lot.
Roo still had swimming as usual in the morning, so I told Poppet we’d do something special for lunch.

This ended up being a trip to the ever-popular V&A Waterfront …

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San Gimignano

Dream with me back to 2006…
As part of a 5-week back-packing trip around Europe, we spent 2 days in the little Tuscan village of San Gimignano.

This is one of the most famous Italian hill-top towns, beloved for it’s many towers, medieval architecture and magnificent views.

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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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Reclaiming the cable car for the locals?

Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has been a little more accessible to locals in the past week, as the cable car celebrated their 85th birthday by reducing the cost of a return ticket from R225 to R85, via a coupon in the local community newspapers.

We attempted to go last week but underestimated the popularity of the special and weren’t prepared to wait in the long queue. So this past Saturday we made the effort to get there before the first car left at 8am. It still took about 90 minutes to get through the queue and up the mountain, but the kids coped well so all was good.

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Pylones

Why I might be happy if my husband buys me a dustpan and brush set for my birthday

I’m privileged to have visited Paris twice in my life. On the first occasion I fell in love with the city. I also fell in love with a little shop that I stumbled across called Pylones – a gorgeous shop filled with colourful, quirky homeware and other gifty items. On my second trip to Paris I bought a kettle there, and carried it in my little suitcase for the remainder of the trip – with socks and such stuffed inside it so that it would fit in the suitcase.

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