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

2018-05-10T20:23:05+00:00By |

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 …

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

2018-12-20T23:07:16+00:00By |

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 …

Reflections on Cape Town

2015-08-25T17:41:32+00:00By |

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 …

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

2014-09-24T03:35:58+00:00By |

“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 …

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

2018-05-03T13:02:52+00:00By |

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. Here's our Cape Town shopping list for visitors staying in a holiday rental. While the cost …

A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

2018-05-09T13:12:08+00:00By |

We’d heard a lot about South African music before coming to Cape Town and were eager to experience as much of Cape Town music as we could, so much so that Terence even signed up for a drumming workshop! We were particularly keen to see some live music, especially jazz, but were surprised at how …

Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

2018-05-09T13:13:24+00:00By |

I am, perhaps, the least ‘African’ person I know. However, I do, for a very white guy have rhythm enough to play rhythm and bass guitar and drums without embarrassing myself. Dancing, however, is another matter altogether… All the same, coming to Africa as a musician is intimidating and on our way to my African …

The Art of African Beading

2018-05-03T13:23:44+00:00By |

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year and I knew as soon as we arrived in Cape …

Portrait of a Place: Monwabisi Sobitshi at Langa Township

2018-05-03T13:26:15+00:00By |

I just had to make this portrait of Monwabisi Sobitshi, an extraordinary actor and artist we met when we visitedGuga S’thebe Culture, Arts and Empowerment Centre at the township of Langa, Cape Town. When Monwabisi is not teaching drama to school kids and high-school drop-outs, he’s recycling soft drink cans into funky crafts. Monwabisi spontaneously performed …

Touring Cape Town’s Townships and Learning the Meaning of Ubuntu

2018-05-03T13:27:35+00:00By |

Faldela, during our Cape Malay cooking class, had already taught us the meaning of Ubuntu – sharing, interconnectedness, being open and available – and we would see it in action during a day spent touring Cape Town's townships. There was no question about it. To really get beneath the skin of the place, we had …

A Local Guide to Cape Town

2015-08-25T17:50:50+00:00By |

Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He's the kind of person who epitomises the African concept of Ubuntu, that Faldela was talking about, of being open …

Tomato Bredie Recipe, a Classic Cape Town Stew

2018-11-26T11:00:52+00:00By |

The bredie (an Afrikaans word meaning ‘stew’) is a slow-cooked mutton and tomato stew. The amount and number of spices added has an infinite variety of permeations. This is my version of the Tomato Bredie. Jet lag makes you do the strangest things. We had arrived at our holiday rental in Cape Town in the late …

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