Day Thirty-Five - 1st August 2017 Paray le Monial to Digoin Fortunately the trip from Paray le Monial to Digoin was short. Three locks and 11 kilometres. My husband phoned the lock-keeper (eclusier) Alain, and arranged for us to commence locking at 10.00am. All the...read more
Barging in Burgundy This would be our 5th summer barging in Burgundy on our beloved Shangri La. When my better half bought the boat, I had grand ideas of traversing the Inland Waterways of all Europe. My other half was much more realistic. And thank heavens for that....read more
This is Part 1 of Shangri La’s excursions along the waterways of Burgundy in France.read more
My other half and I often have to pinch ourselves as we just cannot believe we have our very own Dutch steel motor cruiser - Shangri La. How did this happen? I have to confess I had no part in it. None whatsoever. In fact I had no desire to even set foot on a boat....read more
What to do in Riebeek Kasteel This trip was a "gelukkie" or - a little bit of luck - in English. Some friends were going away and they offered us the use of their home in Riebeek Kasteel. I suspect the main reason was to give their much-loved pets a bit of company....read more
YHA Welsh Bicknor The background to our fortnight in Gloucester was that we were booked to do a raw food (which is a NOT cooking) course there. My husband had seen Deborah Durrant at the 2013 London Vegfest and signed us up to do her hands-on Feast program. The course...read more
My decision to start a travel blog in 2010 has landed us a few perks. The most recent, was an invite Our bus by SANParks to stay at the brand new chalets at Agulhas National Park which is the southern-most tip of Africa. The meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic...read more
Cape Town You are likely to find a fair amount of beggars in Cape Town and most of South Africa. They are usually homeless people who turn to begging for survival. Their sad appearance makes them hard to ignore. And circumstances that drive people to the streets can...read more
1. Visit the local tourist information office and get brochures for the tours they have on offer. Then do them yourself for free. Walking tours are also usually cheaper than bus tours. Sure, they take a bit longer, but you get to explore a city or the countryside...read more
1. Don't pack light colours. They look grubby in no time and you don't want to be worrying about your clothes getting dirty. Pack mostly black or dark colours. They probably also get grubby but at least you can't see it. Black is also versatile. It goes from day to...read more
Crime statistics are vastly different from area to area in South Africa. You can access the numbers on-line by going to the South African Police Services (SAPS) website and having a look at their reports. Certain areas are no-go zones; some are only bad at night,...read more
1.Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate. Hot in summer and wet in winter. Average summer temperatures are around 20'C and winter temperatures average around 15'C. Daytime temperatures are warm to hot. Winter rainfall is around nine days a month. Summer days are...read more
Garden Route steps leading to beach The Garden Route is a popular holiday and retirement destination. Coming from Cape Town, it begins around Albertinia which is a tiny and not too exciting place. Give it a miss. The first coastal town is Mossel Bay (Mussel Bay)....read more
I live in Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. Lucky me.
The original slant of this travel blog was where to go and what to do in Cape Town, but now I write about our other travels.
We have a boat in Europe and plan to cover the inland waterways over the next decade.