Every trip poses a new set of circumstances. How long are you going to be gone? Are you flying? Will you need your passport? What about security? I recently returned from a trip to South Africa. I used my new suitcase which was fantastic. It made it through airline abuse without a scratch. The downside was it was a little
Cape Town is a beautiful city on the Atlantic Ocean and a must-see destination in South Africa. Naturally, because of its location, locals and tourists alike take advantage of all the leisure activities available including an afternoon cruise. My cruise was aboard the Mirage, a 76-foot luxury catamaran built to be able to host yacht parties as well as smaller
South Africa has so much to offer including its wonderful wildlife! I spent several days at Royal Malewane lodge touring Thornybush Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Reserves are open to the national park allowing access to a much wider area for animals including elephants, lions, rhinos, wild dogs, giraffes, leopards, impalas, several species of antelope and exotic birds.
Bo-Kapp is a historic neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa and a fun area to explore. Originally settled in the 17th and 18th centuries, its streets are lined with colorful houses making it a great place to stroll, take a walking tour or enjoy a Koeksister, a traditional South African pastry that is a cross between donuts and a beignets.
A hotel can stand alone as a destination anywhere in the world. While traveling throughout South Africa, I stayed at several hotels and resorts that were much more than a place to hang my hat and get a good night’s sleep. They had history, character and charm. The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in
I am not a coffee drinker, so I was literally going along for the ride with my fellow Bella Guatemala Travel tour group as we left Antigua for Café Azoteca Coffee Estate. In business since 1883, our coffee museum guide began the estate tour by explaining coffee production worldwide before telling us about the history and traditions here. Azotea farm
A time capsule from 1861, when construction stopped because of the Civil War, Longwood tells the story of a nation in conflict and a family caught in the middle. The six-story 30,000 square foot octagon mansion was to be the dream home of wealthy planter Haller Nutt, his wife Julia, and their 11 children. Designed by Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia,
A cyclo is three-wheeled bicycle taxi popular in Vietnam and, for an afternoon, my transportation around bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). I was with an Exodus Travels tour group — my family for two weeks last summer. Almost the entire group decided to go on the tour. We were going on an adventure with Cyclo City Tour along main thoroughfares
When choosing a shore excursion I often pick one that will allow me to better understand the country I am visiting. So recently, as a passenger on the Carnival Breeze, I decided to visit Discover Mexico Park while in Cozumel. As it turned out, it was a very good decision. The first area in the museum was a four-screen video
It’s a three hour drive from my home in Henderson, Texas, to the north side of Houston where I had a meeting on a Friday afternoon. I knew I could drive back home on the same day, but I decided to spend the night at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. I wasn’t disappointed with my decision. The Woodlands (the