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It’s difficult not to complete a list like this without it sounding like a tourist brochure. I’m sure everyone will talk about the view of Table Mountain from Sir Lowry’s pass on the N2 highway or the sense of awe you feel when faced with the Cederberg mountainside of psychedelic flowers in the spring. And who could fail to mention the copious opportunities for filling your veins with some of the best wine in the world. There are vineyards in almost everyone’s back yard. It’s also a challenge not to think like a tourist. After all, you instinctively want to…
Shhhhhhh Silence is a fence around wisdom.  ~German Proverb The silent man is the best to listen to.  ~Japanese Proverb Silence is medication for sorrow.  ~Arab Proverb To silence another, first be silent yourself.  ~Latin Proverb Silence was never written down.  ~Italian Proverb Silence! Silence with an exclamation is not good;
If you haven't read any of Richard's books yet, do yourself a favour and order them all immediately. You should also follow him on Twitter and Facebook, because he's an author who actually interacts and shares cool stuff - not someone you constantly feel is trying to sell you something. His books have made me laugh, cry and gasp. And his last book cover was designed by Joey HiFi. His mother has been known to dress to match that very same book cover and his wife came up with the acro-word WTFantastic. The man has enough cool points to buy…
Braving a Beer Festival I will not lie, I was a little daunted by the thought of a craft beer festival when I was offered tickets to the Constantia Craft Beer Project Festival. Scenes of herds of skinny-jeaned hipsters milling about en masse whilst balancing glasses of beer ran through my head. The soundtrack (in my head, too), funnily enough, was that of an Oompah band, Oktoberfest-style.  It being 2014, though, and my year of ‘getting out there and doing new, exciting, things’, I said yes. Okay, again, in the interest of honesty, every year is my year of ‘getting…
 African Image Harry Sitole has great taste. He also has a smile that makes it hard not to grin back. As the owner of African Image (just around the corner from Greenmarket Square on the corner of Church and Burg Streets in central Cape Town), he chooses every delightful piece in the shop himself. African Image is no run-of-the-mill curio shop aiming at sunburnt tourists. It’s a treasure trove of funky new stuff, bright cloths, beautiful old artefacts, and more. From quirky to whimsical to plain-old beautiful, the place is heavenly. If I have to buy a present, be it…
There's no shortage of things to do, see and experience in and around Knysna.
In case you haven't seen it, here's the episode of British series The World's Strictest Parents where the team of Brit brats visited South Africa's very own Western Cape. Out of control teens get a look at some old school parenting, courtesy of a lesbian couple on a farm in Plettenberg Bay. The kids (including Hamzah, from a very traditional Muslim family) have no idea.         
If you have 47 minutes to spare, here's a (German made, but English narrated) documentary for you.    
Get your kicks on Route 62 this March - fun all the way up to the KKNK.
Distance from Cape Town - 170 kms Napier, in the Western Cape's Overberg region, was established in 1838, when Michiel van Breda and his neighbour, Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl could not agree where the church of the community should be. Resulting in two separate churches, and two separate towns, Bredasdorp and Napier were established. There's plenty to do and see, here's a list to whet your appetite for this charming little town.
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