Tag Archive: South Africa

Feb 23

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking …

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Feb 20

My Year in the Kitchen: Favourite Dishes From Around the Globe

One of the things we love most about holiday rentals over hotels is that we’re able to cook and eat ‘at home’. Because unless you’re Keith Floyd (one of my inspirations as a wannabe cook in my 20s), you can’t just rock up to a hotel kitchen and whip something up. You can, however, do …

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Nov 27

Reflections on Cape Town

Having grown up in Australia during South Africa’s apartheid era, I became aware of what was going on there through the South African rugby team’s tour of Australia in 1971. I can remember, even as a small boy, being aware of the controversy and protests that accompanied the South African team’s trip to Australia and …

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Nov 27

Wine Tasting on a Wine Tour in Cape Town’s Winelands

“We’ve been making Cape wine for three centuries, since 1659, and we’ve been exporting it to Europe since 1761,” our guide Carl tells us. “Wine is now our number one agricultural export, yet ironically South Africans have traditionally been beer drinkers!” We’ve just left Cape Town and are on our way to the Winelands to …

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Nov 26

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

This was our first visit to Cape Town so we didn’t have any expectations about what things cost or the cost of living generally, so we were surprised to find it fairly affordable, especially when it came to grocery shopping. While the cost of groceries – as well as eating out – in Cape Town …

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