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Let’s talk….The Blue Train

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Luxury train travel in South Africa….The Blue Train has been serving tourists since 1946. However, the current product had its inception in 1997. At present The Blue Train has a Monday morning departure from Pretoria Station arriving in Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon and a return journey departing Cape Town on Wednesday morning, arriving in

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Let’s talk…..Rovos Rail

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Luxury train travel in South Africa…started in 1988, the most luxurious train in the World has gone from strength to strength. This family owned business, headed by Rohan Vos, is a unique product ensuring an extraordinary experience for their guests. As Brenda says: “It has taken many years for us to find a rhythm that

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Professional Traveller Support Service

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We are launching a fantastic new travel service. You love travel but…. You need support You fear travelling alone We smooth the way and make your travel experience fabulous and carefree! See the info graphic below for more information and contact details.

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Meeting trends in 2017

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Competition is fierce and one always need to stay ahead…..fast pace and technology are important factors within the conference and event industry in 2017. What else can venues do to impress prospective clients? Herewith the report from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, a global hospitality company, announced the “Top Meeting Trends for

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New food market outside Bologna, Italy

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An exciting new food market is planned to open in Bologna area in Italy later this year….around October. The Italians refer to it as FICO Eataly World… It will be one of the biggest food markets in the world and will showcase all the fantastic food that Italy offers to the world. Read the full

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Let’s talk….healthy restaurants in South Africa

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The year is well on it’s way and you are still struggling to get to all your healthy eating resolutions. Click HERE for a extensive list of healthy restaurant options in South Africa compiled by eat out Wishing you a healthy year!

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Let’s talk…Budapest

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Budapest is the capital of Hungary and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Divided into Buda & Pest by the Danube River, this extra-ordinary city has much to offer to the world traveller. Herewith some highlights and travel info. Architecture at night – do not miss a cruise on the Danube at

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Let’s talk….Valencia

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One of the recommended cities to visit in 2017 is Valencia, Spain. There is such a variety of highlights….the original home of paella, the world food capital of 2017, a gastro-cultural hub, heritage, architecture, artists, fabulous new hotels and for the ones who are more actively inclined, lots of space to run and cycle. It

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Restaurants in Pretoria….2017

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Life is too short…start your meal with dessert!! You are ready for new restaurants in the new year and Pretoria has several new options available to suit every taste……click here to see what is available in the Jacaranda City. Source: eatout    

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Healthy restaurant options

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The holidays are over and we need to get back to healthy eating in 2017. Healthy eating, a healthy lifestyle and exercise e.g parkrun will take you to new heights in the year ahead. Click here to see healthy restaurant options throughout South Africa. Source: eatout  

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Gourmet picnics in South Africa

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Summer is here and it is time to enjoy a picnic. Herewith a list op options published by Eat Out in September 2016….enjoy the read. Follow link for original article. Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Hennie Fisher and Nikita Buxton As the days get longer, lazier and warmer, the birds get chirpier and the blossoms brighter,

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Winners: Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2016

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Press release | 20 November 2015  2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards winners announced  South Africa’s shining culinary talents were honoured at the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards on Sunday, 20 November. The Grand Arena at Grand West in Cape Town was transformed into a luxurious secret garden for the Sunday lunch of the

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Top five resorts for conferencing in South Africa

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Are you looking for a top resort in South Africa to host your next conference? Look no further….herewith some options to consider: Kievits Kroon Country Estate, Pretoria, Gauteng Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre, Fourways, Gauteng Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg, Kwa-Zulu Natal The Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ballito, Kwa-Zulu Natal Century City Conference Centre & Hotel,

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Review – Protea Hotel OR Tambo

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The Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport has made the most of its location by introducing quirky aviation-themed elements to the design of the property and its MICE offering. We enlisted the help of PCO, Carla Rossouw, to inspect the facilities. “GOOD morning and thank you for choosing to fly with Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport. We will now commence boarding

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What’s new in Dubai

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The ever changing Dubai….adding more exciting attractions to their repertoire. 11 new developments as listed by 100 Events DMC: Dubai Parks & Resorts Luxury dine-in cinema Dubai logo shaped inflatable water park Biggest roller coaster Driverless cars for tourists Jumeirah central project Tropical rain forest Nikki Beach Burj al Arab additions River land Dubai Burj al

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Wide variety of accommodation options in Mauritius

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Source: ETn travel news There is a wealth of accommodation to choose from in Mauritius – ranging from small- to medium-sized hotels and charming villas, right through to luxury resorts. Each are as welcoming as the next, and offer the same exemplary levels of service. There are eleven major hotel groups in Mauritius: Accor, Attitude

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Needs of top end travelers

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The luxury travel market has increased significantly over the last few years. Top end travelers are seeking unique experiences, exceptional activities, service, accommodation, location, food, design…..the list is extensive. The Lobster Company Group, based in Germany, has extensive experience in this market and list some experiences that they believe are exceptional….including an extra-ordinary food experience

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Do you know where Aldabra is?

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Hi, do you know where Aldabra is? I can give you a few hints: Indian Ocean Very remote UNESCO World Heritage site Huge tortoises Black-tipped sharks Greater Flamingos Click here to read more about the wonders of Aldabra

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Mauritius – East Coast

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The Beautiful Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius has much to offer, notably the East Coast. Click here to read more

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Olympic Games in Rio

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Everyone is talking about the Olympic Games in Rio…I came across this interesting article on How the horses get to Rio. please click here to read the full article

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Dubai …impressions

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  How to describe Dubai…it certainly is a phenomenal city and ‘impossible’ is not part of their vocabulary. No matter what your reason is for visiting Dubai, there are infinite possibilities to keep you occupied. In a nutshell: desert, unique, business hub, air conditioning and irrigation. Dubai is a world city rising from a wasteland

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Date set for 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

  Media release The date and venue have been set for the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. This much-anticipated annual celebration of the best of the South African restaurant industry will take place at the Grand Arena at Grand West in Cape Town on Sunday 20 November 2016. After the success of last year’s

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Carla’s choice – Live Bait, Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa

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What a pleasant surprise….Muizenberg has changed and a lot of development has been happening…. Live Bait Muizenberg opened their doors in March 2016. It is a funky and modern restaurant with magnificent views. They have a good menu, nice vibe and excellent plating….AND….reasonable prices and great service. A wide variety of seafood options both as

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Venice, Italy

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Are you planning to travel to Venice. Click here to read a article with some interesting info on Venice….a bit different to what you will usually find on internet and travel publications. Enjoy!    

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Tantalising the taste buds

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Catering can make or break an event. MEETINGS talks to the experts about how to ensure that guests do not leave with a bad taste in their mouths. Catering is an integral part of any event. Even if every other aspect of the event is a raving success, if the catering is terrible, it will

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Dubai, another first

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Dubai already has the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa at a height of 828 metres. Now, details have been revealed for the tallest tower in the world. This tower will be 100 metres taller, situated at the Dubai Creek harbour is part of a bigger project. Yet another development towards a bigger, better

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Best cities for solo travellers

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According to the booking portal Orbitz, some cities are better suited to solo travellers than others. Their latest study revealed the following cities to be good options: Dublin, Ireland Bangkok, Thailand Queenstown, New Zealand New York City, USA Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Reykjavik, Iceland Paris, France Hong Kong, China Antigua, Gautemala Vienna, Austria Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town

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Cape Town has recently grown their conference offering with the opening of the Century City Conference Centre (CCCC) and Century City Hotel early in 2016. Since the bigger Century City Precinct is growing fast and becoming a sought after area for corporate office space as well as individuals who can work-eat-shop-play in this area, this

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Pretoria Bucket List

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I recently came across this extra-ordinary bucket list of things to do in Pretoria and surrounding areas. Thank you 3@Marion Guesthouse for sharing 94 things to do and experience in Pretoria…from a fellow Pretorian…it seems that I am gong to have lots of busy weekend ahead! Just to get you going, here are the a

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Best islands according to Tripadvisor

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We are trapped in a fast paced world and whenever one gets a moment to think about a possible holiday destination, sandy beaches and azure oceans come to mind. Tripadvisor has, once again, announced the best islands for 2016.  There are a few well known ones and some that are more unusual….happy to see that

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SLA between Sandown Travel and Vespasian Consulting

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Media Release: 05 May 2016 During 2015 a relationship developed between Sandown Travel and Vespasian Consulting, specifically with reference to the management of MICE business in South Africa for existing and new corporate clients. The relationship grew and developed over the last few months and resulted in a service level agreement between the two parties

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Iconic South African food

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EatOut, the definitive guide to restaurants in South Africa,  has compiled a list of the most iconic South African food to be enjoyed by locals as well as visitors. For the full article, click here. What do you think about the list? Please comment below and tell us what else you want to add to

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The Gotthard Base Tunnel, Switzerland

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A fabulous engineering feat! The Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is a railway tunnel through the Alps in Switzerland expected to open on 1 June 2016 and to enter into service on 11 December 2016. With a route length of 57 km (35.4 mi) and a total of 151.84 km (94.3 mi) of tunnels, shafts and

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Mackouwkuil Safari Camp, Game Lodge & Conference Centre

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Mackouwkuil is situated in the Waterberg Biosphere, Limpopo Province, an area consisting of mountainous areas, beautiful bushveld & rivers and a wide variety of wildlife. This area is malaria free and although they do not have the big five, species include exotic game such as golden Wildebeest and black Impala as well as Sable ,

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Cruising on MSC Sinfonia

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The cruise season along South African shores run from end November / beginning of December till end April annually. Currently MSC is the only cruise company offering an extended cruise season. This review focuses on a 4 night 4 days cruise, Durban to Portuguese Island return, March 2016. MSC Sinfonia Various special offers for less

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Top global destinations – 2016

Trip Advisor has announced their top 25 destinations in the world for 2016. For the full list, click here London, UK Istanbul, Turkey Marrakech, Morocco Paris, France Siem Reap, Cambodia Prague, Czech Republic Rome, Italy Hanoi, Vietnam New York City, New York, USA Ubud, Indonesia Barcelona, Spain Lisbon, Portugal Dubai, UAE St Petersburg, Russia Bangkok,

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2016 – Incentive and meeting destinations

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The annual destination index for meetings and incentives globally has been released. The common themes factors for 2016 are: transportation options flight connections increase in venues and hotels technology, e.g. wifi exchange rates safety and stability In summary: Asia: Top countries are Thailand, Indonesia & Singapore with top cities being Bangkok and Bali Europe: Top

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How to avoid feeling tired on business trips

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Are you feeling terrible when you arrive at your business meeting after a long flight. Here are some tips: Adjust to local time asap Stick to natural light, fresh air and get into the sun (Vitamin D) as mush as possible Stay away from alcohol, caffeine and nicotine Try to stick to your normal exercise

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Your passport in 2016

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In 2016, a German passport will give you access to the most countries without a visa. This is according to an annual survey done by the London based consulting firm, Henley & Partners. Germans have visa free access to 177 countries from a total of 218 Swedes, 176 In shared 3rd place with 175: Finland,

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Tips for business travellers

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Corporate Traveller gm, Raylene Pienaar, has put together top pointers for making business travel easy. 1. To the left  As most people use their right hand, they are more likely to go right. When queueing at security checkpoints and check-in gates, turn left and you’ll find yourself in the shortest queue. 2. Bumpy ride  If  you’re frightened by

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Trend report 2016 – Meeting Destinations

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Consider these factors when choosing a meeting destination WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE AND HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU WANT TO SPEND? Be mindful of your budget limit when choosing your destination. For domestic destinations, clients always want to feel that they are receiving value for money. When considering international destinations, the current ZAR

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2016 – Destinations on the rise

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So many places to see….herewith the top 10 destinations on the rise according to tripadvisor: 1. Tulum, Mexico 2. Cartagena, Colombia 3. Porto, Portugal 4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA 5. Moscow, Russia 6. Brighton, United KIngdom 7. New Delhi, India 8. Banff, Alberta, Canada 9. Lima, Peru 10.Foz do Iguacu, Brazil   For the full details

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Tatra Ice Dome

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Have you heard about the Tatra Ice Dome, now open for the second season! Located in the High Tandras mountains between Slovakia and Poland. Fabulous skiing opportunities in the area. The area is well known for winter sports. Ski resorts include Štrbské pleso, Starý Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica in Slovakia, and Zakopane in Poland. The town of

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2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

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The top 10 restaurants was announced on 16 November…. They are: The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town) La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town) The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek) Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town) Five Hundred at The Saxon Hotel (Sandton, Johannesburg) The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West) Restaurant Mosaic at

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Eat Out Mercedes-Benz: Winners of the best everyday eateries

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  Press release 22 October 2015   The winners of the Best Everyday Eateries awards announced – as voted by the public   The best everyday eateries across South Africa, as voted by the public, have been crowned. The winners of the inaugural Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries were announced at functions in Johannesburg

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Travellers’ Choice™ – Landmarks 2015

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TRAVELERS’ CHOICE™ LANDMARKS 2015 Trip Advisor has announced (June 2015) the top 25 Landmarks across the globe for 2015. How many have you visited? 1. Angkor Wat, close to Siem Reap, Cambodia, Asia 2. Machu Picchu, travel from Cusco, Peru, South America 3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India, Asia 4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi,

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Nominees for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards revealed

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Press release Wednesday, 30 September 2015 Nominees for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards revealed Over the past two days, the much-awaited nominees for the Top 10 of this year’s Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were announced – five at a time – in an exciting video campaign. The last set of nominated restaurants

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Vamizi Island Villas, Mozambique

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I have been dealing with African Synergy for a few years and they have a fantastic portfolio of properties. African Synergy provides the link between hotels & lodges and the travel trade and they specialise in luxury properties in Africa, coupled with established relationships in the local and international tourism industry. They have recently published this in-depth look

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Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries

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Now you choose the winners New consumer review awards announced by Eat Out Eat Out, SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, has announced a brand-new set of awards, the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. The winners of these awards will be determined by user reviews over a year-long period.   These new awards

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Winners Announced at 2015 Business Traveller Africa Awards

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1 SEPTEMBER 2015 – PRESS RELEASE Winners Announced at 2015 Business Traveller Africa Awards Johannesburg, 1 September 2015: South African Airways, Emirates, Tsogo Sun, HRG Rennies Travel and Avis were the big winners at the fourth annual Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards, held in association with Absa at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg

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Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards: New fresh format

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We are getting closer to the next edition of the EAT OUT Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards and restaurant guide. Herewith a press release about their fresh new format: Eat Out to throw the Sunday lunch of the year! Fresh new format for SA’s most prestigious restaurant awards Cape Town – Eat Out, SA’s best guide

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NCL’s latest, Norwegian Escape

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PAPENBURG, GERMANY – August 17, 2015 – Norwegian Escape, soon to be the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, was floated out of MEYER WERFT’s covered building dock II on Saturday, August 15 in Papenburg, Germany, where the 164,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2014. Beginning at approximately 9:15 AM local

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How to deliver a successful event

 When it comes to events and conferences, you really only have one opportunity to deliver success. Every event or conference is different and unique, and what works on one occasion may not save the day on another. Your overall success and client loyalty is only valid as far as the success of your last conference

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Cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam

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Two Worlds One  River…12 – 26 October  2015  2 Nights Siem Reap  (Cambodia), 7 night cruise  on The legendary Mekong  River, 1 night Hanoi  (Vietnam), 2 night cruise  in Halong Bay (Vietnam)   Observe the daily life of  locals…travel back in time and  discover the rhythms of  the countryside, go with the  flow of the river… Angkor

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Wine & Bordeaux

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Is it time for wine in your life…BORDEAUX is a good option….enjoy this heartfelt & personal tale…

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Europe’s top restaurants 2015

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OSD (Opinionated about dining) released their top restaurants in Europe list…read MORE

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The planet’s most incredible food

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Yet another LIST, but a delicious one…how many of these have you tried….enjoy and do tell us about your experience.

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Affordable Iran

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IRAN may not have been on your bucket list, but it is a unique destination, very affordable and offering extraordinary sites, Persepolis being one not to miss.

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Most tourist friendly countries

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According to the World Economic Forum the most tourist friendly countries in 2015 are: 1. Spain 2. France 3. Germany 4. USA 5. UK 6. Switzerland 7. Australia 8. Italy 9. Japan 10. Canada Read MORE

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Donegal – Ireland

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Although Donegal has not been one of the top areas to visit whilst in Ireland, it has many treasures and is well worth a visit. Enjoy the JOURNEY

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The Zoku loft

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There is a new concept out there, not a hotel, not a home, but hybrid compact living in the Zoku Loft…..read MORE about this interesting modern concept.

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Robin Pope Safaris – Malawi and Zambia

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Robin Pope Safaris is celebrating their 25th year of operating their Mobile Walking Safari experience in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. They have also recently been selected with the their Mobile Walking Safari as one of National Geographic Traveler magazines’ 2015 Tour of a Lifetime options. These are 50 of the world’s “most authentic, most

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New and upcoming tourist attractions in China

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We are living in a world where architectural records are there to be broken….tallest…., longest…..biggest….and so the list goes. Read HERE about new tourist attractions in China…walkways…bungee jumping…    

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The best passport

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GoEuro has done a survey to determine which is the best passport to have. They have looked at a variety of factors. Herewith the LIST: Sweden Finland Germany UK USA Denmark Canada Spain Belgium The Netherlands To read more about the criteria and the ranking report, click HERE

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Zanzibar unplugged

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Although Zanzibar may not be as well known as other Indian Ocean Islands, it certainly has much to offer; from World Heritage sites to breathtaking beauty.  Enjoy this short photo essay, more information on accommodation & activities to follow soon.

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Countries

How many countries are there currently in the world? Now that is a question that’s somewhat difficult to answer, as there is no one right answer.

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The best beaches 2015

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Trip Advisor has just released the top 25 beaches around the world for 2015. Will this motivate you to book your next trip? Photo: Courtesy of Trip Advisor

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Exceptional Experiences – 2014

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This is a selection of my favourite venues, restaurants, travel industry service providers & global travel experiences of 2014. Factors taken into account include but are not limited to: level of service, quality of facilities, overall atmosphere & experience, food, that exceptional quality that differentiates.  Do you agree? I am looking forward to your comments.

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Montusi Mountain Manor expands

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Montusi Mountain Manor in the Northern Drakensberg has expanded their accommodation capacity. They have added 2 Mountain Suites with king size beds, separate bath and shower in the en-suite bathroom, lovely lounge with TV and fireplace and a spacious veranda (stoep) affording fabulous mountain views. The full accommodation compliment now consists of: 02 x mountain

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Granita at Kievits Kroon

Granita is a fine dining restaurant located at Kievits Kroon Country Estate. They do a 6 course menu with or without wine paring. Booking essential at 0860 543 848. Keep this in mind for your next special birthday or anniversary dinner. Communicate dietary requirements when making your booking.

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Carla’s choice – Pretoria East

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Tin Roof Cafe Welcome to 2015 and isn’t it great that you can go back to your favourite restaurant and they still exceed expectations! Tin Roof Cafe (contact 072 367 5698) in the Boschkop area, Pretoria East is still going strong and after all this time I have discovered their green carpaccio – pure bliss.

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My Country Counter

How many countries are there currently in the world? Now that is a question that’s somewhat difficult to answer, as there is no one right answer. Many sources offer different answers, and depending on the source, there are 189, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195 or 196 independent countries in the world today.  (Source: www.worldatlas.com) This travel

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Quito- Ecuador

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Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest official capital city in the world. (Source:  Wikipedia) Click here to to read more about their tourism initiatives. This may be your next destination…

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Top All-Inclusive-Resorts for 2015

Now is a good time to plan your next holiday and if All-Inclusive-Resorts works for you, then looking through this list is your starting point. Enjoy your trip!

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Public Wi-Fi

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Look at the interesting stats regarding where in the world you can currently find the best public Wi-Fi?

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2015 Cruise trends

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Cruising as a holiday option is just getting bigger and better. See here what you can expect from the cruise industry in 2015.

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Travel hot spots and most affordable destinations in 2015

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If you are in the Southern Hemisphere you are hopefully already enjoying your summer beach vacation. Those in the Northern Hemisphere are preparing for a cold and possibly a white Christmas. This is also a good time to plan your trips for 2015. Click here to see what are the travel hot sports and the

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Less expensive European Capitals

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Travelling in Europe is a rather expensive exercise. Take note of the following less expensive European Capitals. Kiev, Ukraine Bucharest, Romania Sofia, Bulgaria Belgrade, Serbia Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Budapest, Hungary Riga, Latvia Warsaw, Poland Zagreb, Croatia Vilnius, Lithuania

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Tips for air travel

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Millions of traveller will be flying all over the world during the holidays. Even though you may be a seasoned traveller, take note of the following tips to ensure your holiday is off to a fabulous start.

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Be safe on your skiing holiday

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Before leaving on you long awaited skiing holiday, make sure you are ready and safe. Consider factors such as your preparation, physical abilities, equipment, body protection, insurance and general piste rules. Here are some tips to be aware of. Wishing you a fabulous trip.

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2014 EatOut Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

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Once again, the top restaurant sin South Africa has been announced. Although Cape Town and surrounds are still leading the pack, we are happy to see there area a few award winners elsewhere in South Africa. Congratulations to the winners! Should you want to compare to the 2013 winners, click here. The Top 10 restaurants

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Travel Titbit – A penthouse in Austria

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Who ever said that a penthouse can only be on the top floor…click here for taking a penthouse to new level!

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Travel Titbit – A new gastronomic experience in Madrid

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Alert all foodies, take note of the new Orio Plaza Mayor in Madrid and let your taste buds do the talking.

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Travel Titbit – Cruising taken to another level

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The world of cruise ships have been taken to a new level with Quantum of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International. Click here for the full article.

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Tapas spots in South Africa

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Tapas has become very popular over the past few years and there are many fabulous options for tapas in South Africa. My absolute favourite is Siesta Tapas Bar and Bistro (78 Scott Street, Schoemansville, 012 253 1038) at the Hartbeespoort Dam. Every dish is a taste sensation. Some options include: Paella Orange & Avo salad

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Touring With Dobro Travel in 2015

2014 is moving along in the fast lane and the question is: Are you ready to travel in 2015? My relationship with Dobro Travel continues and they have awesome tours lined up for 2015. Their proposed tours include: Vietnam Barcelona Poland Danube river cruise Lisbon and Douro river cruise Sicily France Etc. Visit Dobro Travel

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25 of our favourite foodie things

Life is just so busy and where is the joy if you can not indulge in a fabulous foodie favourite when the going gets tough…. Click here to see the eat out favourite foodie list. Enjoy and would love to receive your comments and additions to the list.

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Travel Tips – make the most of your holiday

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Source: Men’s Health, August 2014, page 34 I am on-site at a conference this week and was browsing through the in-room magazine which happened to be the August 2014 issue of Men’s Health. I do not read Men’s Health on a regular basis and was pleasantly surprised by the article: Travel Bugs, there’s an exact

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Stay healthy on trips

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Travelling is fantastic but we also know that sometimes travelling is just not great due to a few common factors that one can actually control or better to some extent. It does not matter if you are on a business or a leisure trip, you have to take care of yourself to ensure you are

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Qatar Airlines: Doha – Cape Town flights from 03 November 2014

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Note the new flights from Doha to Cape Town starting from 03 November 2014.

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The Space at Ten Bompas

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The Space Conference Centre is a new addition to Ten Bompas Boutique Hotel and Winehouse Restaurant in Johannesburg. Click here to read the full article.

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Top suites around the world

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Elite Traveler has just  published their list for the top 101 suites across the globe. Click here for an article. Click here for THE LIST

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Global amusement and water parks

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Are you interested to know where to find the best amusement and water parks in the world. Well, look no further. Trip Adviser today announced the winners around the globe. Enjoy!

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Southern Africa – National Parks

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Learn more about the National Parks in Southern Africa. Click here for more information.

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A winter weekend in Cape Town

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Yes, it is rainy season in Cape Town but that does not mean that you can not have a great time whilst there. It is quite amazing how many things you can pack into a weekend because you want to, not because you have to. On Saturday mornings it is a very pleasant outing to

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Spectacular Victoria Falls

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Spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wanders of the world is a sight to behold. There are  important factors that travellers should be aware of when visiting Victoria Falls due to the seasonal changes. Ideally you would like to make the most of your visit to the Falls. Choose your best time to

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Where is Cebu?

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I was reading my daily travel news this morning and was intrigued by the article on Cebu. Sounds like a wonderful place to spend a holiday but unfortunately I did not have a clue as to where Cebu is in the world. Well, now I now and if you know, good for you! If not,

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World Heritage sites – 2014

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The 38th session of the World Heritage Committee took place in Doha, Qatar, from 15 to 25 June 2014. The World Heritage Committee added 26 new inscriptions: 21 Cultural, 4 Natural, 1 Mixed and 4 Extentions. The 26 new inscriptions are: Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex Bursa and Cumal?k?z?k: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire

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Cheapest Airlines

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Travellers are often not aware of low cost carriers in other countries or regions. Herewith a list of the cheapest airlines across the globe. Click here. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/47038/list-15-cheapest-airlines-globe

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Top 100 restaurants in Europe for 2014

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If you are an avid foodie, this list is of utmost importance. Enjoy and hope you get to experience a few on the list in the months ahead. For more information clink here. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/46715/de-wulf-named-number-one-restaurant-europe

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Carla’s choice – Western Cape

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Johan’s at Longridge Eikendal Road, off the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, 021 855 2004 / 5 Cosy inside seating as well as outside seating on the veranda on sunny days, relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views towards False Bay and Table Mountain Good looking, great tasting, mostly organic food Menu changes according to season,

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Empire Executive Apartments & Hotel – Sandton

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There is a new kid on the block with regards to hotels in Sandton. Since May the Empire Executive Apartments & Hotel has been added to the list of possible options should you need rooms, conference or function space in the Sandton area. The advantage of a new property often is ‘there is no substitute

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River cruising

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River cruising has grown and become a very polular holiday option in recent years. Read more about river cruising and the latest trends by clicking here. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/45768/river-cruise-boom-sparks-new-trends

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Be careful what you do when travelling

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You can get yourself into a difficult situation or end up in prison in some countries if you are not careful in terms of what you do whilst travelling abroad. For more information click here. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/45797/travel-law-behave-yourself-when-traveling-abroad

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Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse – Western Cape

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I am once again in awe with the fabulous properties available in South Africa. I recently embarked on a short road trip in the Welling area in the Western Cape and found a few gems, one being Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse. Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is a 20-minute drive North of Wellington consisting of a stunning Victorian

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2014 eat out Zonnebloem produce awards

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Fresh produce and food markets have become very popular over the past few years. I for one enjoy spending my Saturday mornings at the Hazelwood Food Market in Pretoria and I can honestly say that the the variety and standard of food is just getting better all the time. Eat out, your definitive source of

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Victoria Falls

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It is always great when like minded people have similar experiences to your own when visiting a destination. The destination in question is Victoria Falls. I am sharing Derek and Janet Houston’s experience with you underneath. If you need more information regarding the services offered by Houston Travel Marketing Services, please follow the link below.

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Cruising – Are you keen?

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What are your plans for your next holiday? Do you prefer to do your own thing or are you happy to be travelling with others. Well, 20 million travelers enjoyed cruising during 2013, thus there must be something very appealing! Read more about the growth in this industry, the challenges and predictions for 2014.

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The Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls is truly a beautiful wonder of nature. The following photo essay gives you a glimpse of what the Falls and the river look like in October, the end of the dry season (Dry season is usually from April to October). Photos were taken from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian side.

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Carla’s choice – Pretoria

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Salt Charcuterie, Eatery and Bakery 11 Hazelwood Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria, 079 540 3483, saltcharcuterie@yahoo.co.za Open since October 2013 European concept new to Pretoria Warehouse style open plan space with additional outside seating Owner Wessel van Jaarsveld describes some menu items as gourmet tapas, small but delicious menu, small portions Chalkboard selection includes own artisan cheese,

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Beautiful sunrise – Pretoria, South Africa

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Our world is a beautiful place and lately I have seen the most spectacular scenes with sunrise, sunset and cloud formations. Enjoy!

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Spectacular sunset – Pretoria, South Africa

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We were lucky to be sitting at a restaurant with a stunning view over a green belt in our residential area. As the evening progressed it just took your breath away…

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Beautiful sunset – Fiji

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Our world is a beautiful place and lately I have seen the most spectacular scenes of sunrise, sunset and cloud formations. Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific. Fiji comprises an archipelego consisting of more than 332 islands of which only a third are permanently inhabited. Fiji has a population of around 860

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Exceptional Experiences – 2013

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The following are a selection of my favourite venues, travel industry service providers & global travel experiences of 2013. Factors taken into account include but are not limited to: level of service, quality of facilities, overall atmosphere & experience, food, that exceptional quality that differentiates.  Do you agree? I am looking forward to your comments.

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Cruise rankings

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Are you planning a cruise holiday? Herewith the latest rankings for cruise companies that will help you to make a suitable choice. Happy cruising!! Contact me to book your next holiday: cruising, skiing, swimming, whatever your heart desires…..

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Destinations on the rise

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Oh, I just love the TripAdvisor lists, don’t you. Are you struggling to decide what is going to be your next fabulous destination? Well, hopefully this list will spur you into action. The top 10 destinations on the rise are: Havana, Cuba La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica Kathmandu, Nepal Jerusalem, Israel Cusco, Peru

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Africa’s first underwater hotel bedroom debuts

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Wow, where are the days when we just focused on getting away for a normal vacation! Nowadays, the world is forever seeking for the best, tallest, weirdest, biggest, etc. …. the list goes on and on. Herewith another first for the African continent. Are you interested to get ‘up close and personal’ with a manta

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Free WiFi in Cape Town

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This project has developed further and free public Wi-Fi is now also available Sea Point. Other areas that already provide this service in Cape Town includes Company’s Gardens and Harrington Square in District Six. Read more. Source: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=70680

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The Private Italian Railway System

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Their is a new addition to the Private Italian Railway System, Italo,  is among the 5 wonders of railway engineering. Read more about this train and keep in mind for your next trip to Italy. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/39767/italo-ntv-one-five-wonders-railways

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2013 Eat Out DSTv Food Network Restaurant Awards

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The winners are: The Top 10 restaurants are: 1. The Test Kitchen 2. Five Hundred 3. Rust en Vrede 4. The Greenhouse 5. Hartford House 6. Jordan Restaurant 7. Overture 8. Camphors at Vergelegen 9. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français 10. Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen Eat

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Sunset at Victoria Falls, Zambia

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The smoke that thunders…. sunset at Victoria Falls… Even though it was during the dry season (October / November) the falls are most impressive and well worth visiting.

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Cape Town in 2014

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As a South African, we are very happy to see that Cape Town are placed third on the Lonely Planet list of top cities to visit in 2014. Cape Town is a beautiful destination with Table Mountain as a World Heritage Site, a wide variety of accommodation, many tourist attractions and on top of that

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Madrid, a vibrant city

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Madrid is a beautiful and vibrant city. Arriving at their beautiful airport is the first step towards experiencing all that Madrid has to offer. There are many stunning fountains and gorgeous parks to enjoy, tapas is a must and do not forget the vibrant night life. Furthermore the many architectural sites, museums, galleries, history and

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Glorious Reunion

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Reunion has always been one of the lesser known Indian Ocean Islands. Well, not any more. Are you looking for adventure, variety, a French feel, island life, less commercial…If yes to any of these, Reunion may well be the perfect destination for your next holiday… read more. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/38271/glorious-week-french-island-reunion

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Italy – Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre is in the Liguria region between La Spezia and Genoa. Cinque Terre means ‘five lands’ and these delightful five self-contained villages clinging to the cliffs has become a must see for travellers across the globe. Terre consist of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Initially only reachable by sea, today there

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Italy – Pisa, Lucca, Florence

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Pisa An powerful town during the Middle Ages.  Due to trading links with Spain and North Africa during the 12th century it brought vast mercantile wealth and formed the basis of a scientific and cultural revolution that is reflected in Pisa’s marvellous buildings, notable the Duomo, Baptistry and Campanile (Leaning Tower). The history of Pisa

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Italy

  Italians are known for their passion, be it for food, love or life…. La Dolce Vita! Spending time in Italy is addictive, one can never get enough and one hopes the feeling will last forever. Journey with me through Tuscany and Umbria regions and nourish your soul. Italy consists of 14 regions, each revealing

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Inspiring places

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Once again, Trip Advisor produced an excellent list of inspiring places to visit. This will surely give you many options to contemplate when planning your next trip. Access the list here

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Message in a bottle

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Gone are the days of putting a message on a small piece of paper and putting it in a small bottle, tossing it into the ocean. Read more…

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Carla’s Choice – Kloof, Durban

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Bellevue Café 5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, Durban, 031 717 2780 Great vibe, great food, great value Inside and patio seating The Thai chicken & prawn curry with basmati rice is fragrant and flavoursome, a good meal or R85 Try the warm corncake with rocket, coriander, smoked salmon and lemon crème fraiche Will go back for

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Reunion wins!

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Reunion is the winner of the Top Seven Island’s Competition! Reunion was competing with other islands including Seychelles, Bali, Hawaii, Ibiza, Zanzibar and the Bahamas. Read more

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Carla’s choice – Hartbeespoort Dam area

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Carla’s choice – Hartbeespoort Dam area Silver Orange Bistro On R513, close to the R104 fourway crossing, 082 378 2948 Booking essential Inside and outside seating available They never disappoint Their complimentary arrival cocktails is an excellent start to a leisurely lunch There fillet is utterly delicious, melt in the mouth perfect Duck samosas with

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Restaurants with a view

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My week instantly brightens when I see one of TripAdvisor’s lists appearing on my computer screen. This list focuses on restaurants with great food and great views. I hope it has the same effect for you and that you have had or will experience one of these fabulous restaurants in the near future. Enjoy! Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.viewrestaurantEN1

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Namibia, Spectacular

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How to accurately describe Namibia? After serious contemplation, S seems to be a fitting choice to touch on just a few of the highlights that we experienced during our 6-day visit. Namibia is massive and we only experienced a very small area from Swakopmund to Windhoek. There are many scenic areas and definitely a photographers

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Travelers’ Choice 2013 – Landmarks

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Source: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice Trip Advisor has changed the face of travel by publishing travelers’ experiences and reviews of destinations, favourite cities, great hotels, best beaches…. the list goes on and on. You pay good money to travel and Trip Advisor makes travel life a bit easier and your spending more valuable! I have just had a

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Tajikistan, an exciting destination

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Source: Wikipedia, UNESCO, http://www.eturbonews.com/35509/tajikistan-roof-world The Republic of Tajikistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia with 90% of the country covered by mountains. Tajikistan joined the list of countries with World Heritage Site status in July 2010. The proto-urban site of Sarazm was inscribed as a cultural site due to this ‘archaeological site bearing testimony

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Montusi Mountain Lodge, it runs in the family

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Montusi Mountain Lodge, situated at the foot of Montusi Peak, meaning ‘mountain in the mist’, overlooks the majestic Amphitheatre of the Northern Drakensberg. This area has a rich history dating back to the Bushmen hundreds of years ago. Today the Montusi Mountain Lodge is a haven of space, comfort and peace. The Carte family has

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Beautiful sunrise – Northern Drakensberg, South Africa

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The Drakensberg is a beautiful part of South Africa with spectacular scenery. The early morning light and wispy clouds in the late afternoon…food for your soul.

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Midnight Sun – Norway

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Source:  http://www.eturbonews.com/35082/midnight-sun-never-sets-norway It is that time of year again. Read more about the midnight sun in Norway, the best areas to visit to see this phenomenon and when to travel.

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2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/35037/winners-2013-travelers-choice-destinations-awards-announced It is quite interesting to see what travelers around the world choose as their top destinations. Although I have covered quite a few on the World Destination List, I am afraid it is still a classic dilemma of: Too many places, too little time! Go and see how you are faring on the

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The most expensive tour

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Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/most-expensive-tour-with-the-price-tag-of-us-15-million-news3691 If you have unlimited funds and unlimited time and you are an avid traveller interested in world heritage sites, this one is for you: The World Heritage Tour

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10 things you can ask for on a plane

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Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/things-passengers-can-ask-for-on-an-airplane-news3695 There is no such thing as a stupid question. Have you ever been wondering if you should ask for another bread roll or another meal! Well follow the link and see what you can ask for!

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A seaside journey

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The crème de la crème of coastal and outdoor venues ‘Under the boardwalk, down by the sea…’ and you know how the rest goes. Here in South Africa we’re blessed to have one of the most magnificent coastlines in the world, so why not make the most of it? The plethora of gorgeous coastal and

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Let us entertain you

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Entertainers at your service… Entertainment is an integral part of a conference or event. And when you’re looking for the best, you need to call in an expert. We searched high and low to find you the best of the bunch. From theatre productions and high energy DJs to live bands and quirky circus acts,

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants The worlds 50 best restaurants for 2013, sponsored by S Pellegrino and Aqua Panna, was announced in London on 29 April 2013. How many have you experienced? Also visit www.theworlds50best.com to read more about this gastronomic quest, top 50 in specific areas around the world and other interesting epicurean morsels.

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Gateway accommodation – Umhlanga

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The Gateway development in Umhlanga, on the KZN North Coast has grown dramatically over the last few ears and even more so since the airport moved to La Mercy and many big corporates decided to relocate to the area. Other than a shopping, office and living space, there are a variety of upmarket hotels for

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Carla’s choice – Cape Town

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Recommendations based on recent personal experience. Biesmiellah Restaurant & Deli · Traditional Cape Malay, www.biesmiellah.co.za · Corner Wale & Pentz streets, Cape Malay Quarter, / Bo-Kaap, 021 423 0850 · Very reasonable prices, unpretentious atmosphere · Traditional Denningvleis, one of the oldest recipes in South Africa · Note that this restaurant is strictly Halaal, thus

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Midlands

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I have not travelled in the Midlands for quite a few years and was pleasantly surprised with the many excellent accommodation & conferencing options. The Midlands are special; the mist over the mountains and the tranquility in the very green surroundings really is food for your soul. Apart from many options for accommodation, the Midlands

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Best Cruise Ships For 2012

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The best cruise ships for 2012 has just been announced at the 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards. If you are planning to cruise in 2013, you will have to look at these results. Click here to read the full article.

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Touring With Dobro Travel

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Dobro Travel offers bespoke comfort travel experiences with a difference. Tours for 2013 – 14 includes: Slovenian Countryside Danube cruise Douro  cruise Slovenia & Croatia Italy Bucharest, Budapest, Slovakia & Prague Christmas in Austria & Slovenia Burmese Cruise Visit Dobro Travel for details

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Safari Interactive Magazine, Jan-Mch 2013

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Still loves this magazine. Click on the link below to experience the latest edition featuring, amongst others: Madagascar Ocean Adventures Food markets TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY! Go HERE to get it for FREE

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Top Ten Small Cities In The USA

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/30749/top-ten-americas-best-small-cities (CNN) These terrific small cities offer strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care and a true sense of community 1. Carmel, IN WINNER Top 100 rank: 1 Population: 80,100 Five years ago Carmel was a quiet, upscale bedroom community that offered an easy 20-minute commute to downtown Indianapolis. Despite the

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WTTC Reveals Finalists For Tourism For Tomorrow Awards

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WTTC reveals finalists for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/33193/wttc-reveals-finalists-tourism-tomorrow-awards The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The awards are one of the highest accolades in the global travel and tourism industry, recognizing sustainable tourism best practices in businesses and destinations worldwide. Award

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Where To Go In 2013

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Source: http://www.afar.com/magazine/where-to-go-in-2013-editors-edition (by Julia Cosgrove) At AFAR, we believe that (nearly) anywhere in the world could be a place to go in 2013. Maybe it’s because we subscribe to the choose-your-own-adventure approach to travel. That said, the following 13 places really stand out for us this year. Some are emerging destinations just coming onto the

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Carla’s Choice Knysna

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Tapas & Oysters Situated on Thesen Island, 044 382 7196, www.tapasknysna.co.za (under construction) Laid back atmosphere, great vibe Delicious tapas Calamari, prawns, bread, salad, potato wedges, good wine! Definitely one of the hottest sports in Knysna Really appreciated the service provided by the Canadian Waitress Photo depicts the view from our table

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Kanonkop House Knysna

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Kanonkop House is a beautiful 5-star property with stunning views. Situated in Kanonkop in Knysna it is a tranquil haven overlooking the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. For-out-of-Towner’s, Kanonkop is the area just before the turn-off to Simola and before entering the central business district, from the George / Sedgefield side. This property is owner run

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Travel Titbit Daxing

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Beijing Daxing International Airport Will be the world’s biggest airport Planned to open in 2017 Spread over more than 33 square kilometers Plan to have eight runways The Capital International Airport of Beijing, currently handling approx. 75 million passengers is close to maximum capacity, thus Daxing is essential to assist with growing inbound demand.

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Carla’s Choice Mossel Bay

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Based on recent & personal experience. Route 57 Restaurant 12 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, 044 691 0057, www.route57.co.za Opened during the latter part of 2012 Name derived from co-owner Louis Oosthuizen’ very famous round of 57 at Mossel Bay golf Course on 12 December 2002 Contemporary menu includes South African classics such as oxtail, Cape

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Surval Boutique Olive Estate

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I often wonder why certain places are just beautiful and others not! Well, at Surval, there is absolutely nothing not to like or love! Nestled ‘on the valley’ just outside Oudtshoorn overlooking the Swartberg Mountains, this 18th century homestead turned olive estate is a glorious assault on the senses. The owners, Deon & Michelle van

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Are You The Perfect Passenger?

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Do you ever stop to think how your behavior is perceived by other people? Especially up in the air! Read the details at http://www.eturbonews.com/32286/single-male-30-something-you-are-perfect-passenger Makes you think, doesn’t it.

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Carla’s Choice – Pretoria & Edenvale

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Recommendations based on recent personal experience Piccola Italia Monument Park Shopping Centre, Skilpad street, 012 460 0836 A small comfortable casual neighborhood eatery Good Italian fare with specials such as Steak Tartare (have to order in advance), Osso Buco, Spetzatino Picante (lamb in a mild curry) and Moroccan chicken tagine (delicious) Their homemade Italian kisses,

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Sunset Canal Cruises In Cape Town

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Source: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=66546 City Sightseeing has extended the operating hours of its canal cruise boats, offering guests a sunset cruise opportunity of Cape Town. The canal cruise boats will now run until 20h00 – with a boat departing every 20 minutes from 09h00 and then every half hour from 17h00. It is a Hop On-Hop Off

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Indonesia Identifies 16 Priority Destinations

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/30306/indonesia-develops-16-priority-destinations Among Indonesia’s hundreds of attractions, the government has identified 16 priority destinations to be developed in the coming years read more

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Travel Titbit – World Travel Awards Final – 12 December 2012

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Keep your eyes and ears open on 12 December when the World Travel Awards Grand Finale takes place at the Oberoi Hotel, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on 12 December 2012. Visit www.worldtravelawards.com for more information.

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2012 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards

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The winners are: The Top 10 restaurants: 1. The Test Kitchen (Unit 104A, Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 447 2337) 2. The Tasting Room (Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, 021 876 2151) 3. Jordan Restaurant (Jordan Wine Farm, Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch, 021 881 3612) 4. Overture (Hidden

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Cruise Season Starts In South Africa

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Cruise season has started this past weekend in South Africa with the MSC Sinfonia (in operation since 2002) from Cape Town (in SA waters since November 2009) and the MSC Opera from Durban. MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) is the only cruise operator in South African waters. Due to demand they have introduced bigger and more

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Travel Titbit: Airlines Providing Wi-Fi

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Do you want to be connected 24/7? Then the cheapest airfare may not be the only criteria you consider when planning a trip. Make sure that your airline provides Wi-Fi. As the globe has become increasingly outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots and cell phone towers, the skies have long been the last refuge from constant connectivity.

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Travel Titbit: Cape Town Voted Favourite City Worldwide

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According to 17 000 Telegraph readers, Cape Town is their favorite city. This was announced at the Annual Telegraph Travel Awards. Visit http://www.eturbonews.com/32281/cape-town-voted-favorite-city-worldwide for more on this.

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Cinque Terre

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EXPERIENCE ITALY OF THE PAST Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/discover-italian-past-in-cinque-terre-news3355 Over the years, Cinque Terre has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. This is quite remarkable, given that it was at one time a coastline of quiet fishing villages. Located in Italy’s Liguria region, Cinque Terre is composed of five towns. This is in

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Travel Titbit: Fastest Growing Global Travel Destinations

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According to a list compiled by TripAdvisor, the following are the top 10 fastest growing travel destinations across the globe. 1. Mar Del Plata, Argentina 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil 3. Kiev, Ukraine 4. Montevideo, Uruguay 5. Perth, Australia 6. Mexico City, Mexico 7. Hobart, Australia 8. Guadalajara, Mexico 9. Moscow, Russia 10. Turin, Italy

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Travel Titbit: Fastest Growing European Travel Destinations

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According to a list compiled by TripAdvisor, the following are the top 10 fastest growing travel destinations in Europe: 1. Kiev Ukraine 2. Moscow, Russia 3. Turin, Italy 4. St Petersburg, Russia 5. Naples, Italy 6. Glasgow, UK 7. Manchester, UK 8. Belfast, UK 9. Valencia, Spain 10.Liverpool, UK

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Travel Titbit – Travel Trends From WTM 2012

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The following three trends were revealed at WTM Use of Smart Phones and Smart Television Increasing Accessibility to Previously Restricted Locations of the World Significance of Driving Industries Such As Nollywood in Nigeria Read the full article at http://www.tourism-review.com/smart-phones-are-among-recent-travel-trends-news3472

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Tintswalo Atlantic Looking Fantastic

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The Cape has ruffled its feathers and is ready for a bounteous 2012 / 2013 summer season. Tintswalo Atlantic is no exception. They have added another pool and surrounding deck area for lazy sunsets, superb seafood braai’s, al fresco lunches; the possibilities are endless. Tintswalo Atlantic never disappoints. Be ready to be blown away by

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Travel Titbit – WTM Trends – Emerging Markets

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The 2012 WTM Market Industry Report announced the following countries as the next emerging travel & tourism markets: TUSKCNS Thailand United Arab Emirates South Korea Chile Nigeria Singapore In 2011 WTM the same report announced: SLIMMA Sri Lanka Indonesia Malaysia Mexico Argentina In addition to the most promising emerging economies referred to as BRICS Brazil

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Exceptional Experiences – 2012

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The following are a selection of my favourite experiences of 2012. Factors taken into account include but are not limited to: level of service, quality of facilities, overall atmosphere & experience, food, that exceptional quality that differentiates. Do you agree? I am looking forward to your comments. Contact me on carla@carlarossouw.com should you require more

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Most Visited Tourist Attractions In Europe

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Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/most-visited-tourist-attractions-in-europe-news3342 Europe is far from boring – its old-world charm still enchants even the most jaded Hollywood movie directors, such as Woody Allen who has created tributes to London, Barcelona, Paris, and Rome. Although these cities have undeniable allure, there is much more to Europe than its comfortingly familiar historical attractions. Read the whole

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Travel Titbit – WTM

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World Travel Market One of the leading events in the Travel Industry. Taking place in London from 5-8 November 2012. Visit www.wtmlondon.com for more information.

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Best Airport Micro Hotels

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/29826/best-airport-micro-hotels-proving-size-not-everything Airports are no place to sleep, as any weary traveller who has tried to grab a few minutes shuteye during a layover can attest. But that may be changing, thanks to a new breed of short-stay, pay-by-the-hour micro-hotels popping up in airport terminals around the world. Based loosely on the concept of the

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54 On Bath

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Revamped and revitalised! 54 on Bath, previously The Grace is now part of the Tsogo Sun portfolio. They have revamped the entire property and it is looking awesome. Located in the heart of Rosebank, a stone’s through from the Gautrain Station, this ‘contemporary boutique hotel’ is a pure gem. The facts: 75 rooms w 5

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Hot Air Balloon Events That Will Take Your Breath Away

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/30472/hot-air-balloon-events-will-take-your-breath-away Ever since the Montgolfier brothers launched the first manned hot air balloon flight in France in 1783, enterprising balloonists have capitalized on our fascination with open-air flights by offering rides that soar over some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Read more about balloon festivals and spectacular scenery in: Quebec, Canada Glen Falls,

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Africa In Focus

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Africa in Focus represents an exceptional portfolio of lodges and boutique hotels located in Cape Town, Knysna, Ladysmith (Battlefields, KZN), Lake Jozini (Northern KZN), Phalaborwa / Hoedspruit / Kruger and White River area as well as Botswana. They also represent a charter company based at KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) Watch this space to read

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Portugal

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Portugal seems to be the place to be. They have won a number of awards during the Annual World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony. Follow the link to read more details Source: http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/golden-affair-for-portugal-at-world-travel-awards/

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Safari Africa Geographic

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This is just too good NOT to share! Do you know about the Safari interactive travel magazine? Well, if not, this is your invitation to follow the link to see the latest issue. It truly is an exceptional interactive magazine made possible by using cutting edge technology and editor, Paul Steyn that really thinks outside

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Eat Out – Nominees Announced For Top 10

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Source: http://www.eatout.co.za/News/Category/General/2515/And-the-nominees-are The heat is on! Eat Out has announced the nominees during September that are in the running for the 2013 Top Ten Restaurants in South Africa. The nominees are (in alphabetical order): 1. Babel 2. Bizerca Bistro 3. Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant 4. DW Eleven-13 5. The Greenhouse 6. Hartford House 7. Jordan

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Carla’s Travel Tidbit – World Travel Awards 2012

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It is that time of the year again when the World Travel Awards are in full swing and winners are announced at prestigious gala evenings across all continents. The World Travel Awards are currently the most comprehensive, biggest and the most prestigious awards programme in the global travel industry Visit www.worldtraveawards.com to see the results

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De Hoek Country Hotel

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De Hoek Country Hotel on the banks of the Magalies River, just outside the small town of Magaliesburg has been operating since 1994 and I can truly say that they have just gone from strength to strength during the past 18 years. De Hoek is owner run by Michael & Michelle Holenstein and they have

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Enjoying Bucharest At Low Cost

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Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/bucharest-budget-holidays-in-the-historical-city-news3370 Dubbed “Little Paris” by many affectionate citizens and tourists, Bucharest’s stunning beauty and rich history make it a popular spot for leisure travellers and history lovers. For those on a budget though, experiencing a city of this level can seem impossible. However you will discover a number of sights and activities are available

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Airports Cater To Travellers Who Want A Memorable Journey

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/30734/airport-lounges-cater-travelers-who-want-memorable-journey Aug 2012 Travel is meant to be a rich experience, a means of engaging with culture, cuisine and pleasure. In the last decade, cities around the world have helped this along by building exceptionally designed, clean, well-functioning airports. Along with them have come equally stunning airport lounges, and the super-lux first-class areas in

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Eight Hotels Worth Seeing

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/30533/eight-hotels-worth-seeing / CNN Check in to any nice hotel, and the concierge will be more than happy to recommend or reserve a tour of the area. But in some cases, you don’t even have to leave the property to take in the sights, because what’s right there under your nose is worth further exploration.

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Carla’s Travel Titbit – Busiest Airports

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According to Airports Council International (the association of the world’s airports) the busiest airports in terms of number of passengers in the world are (for the period January – April 2012): Atlanta Beijing London Chicago Tokyo

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Carla’s Travel Titbit – Zorbing

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Source: Wikipedia It seems that Zorbing is the new ‘in’ activity for travellers. Make sure you know what it is all about! What is zorbing? “Zorbing (globe-riding, sphereing, orbing) is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill in an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope, but can

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Top 7 Literary Cities In Europe

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Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/top-seven-european-cities-for-literary-tourists-news3349 Literature has always played a very important role in European cultural heritage. Discover the cities of Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats, Aleksandr Pushkin, and Astrid Lindgren. Explore the top seven European cities for literary tourists. Brought to you by Tourism-Review.com. Edinburgh, Scotland Dublin, Ireland London, England Paris, France St. Petersburg, Russia Stockholm, Sweden Norwich,

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Aerial Cableway – Hartbeespoort

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The original cableway was constructed in 1973 and closed down in 2006. In 2010 a private owner bought the old cableway and started with repairs and development, not only to re-open the cable way but to boost the oveall tourism opportunities in this area. Since opening in the beginning of July 2012, this has become

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Carla’s Choice – Pretoria 3

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in South Africa based on recent personal experience Ed’s Diner Parkview Lifestyle Centre, corner Garsfontein & Netcare streets, Woodhill, 012 998 8802 Old fashioned 70’s style diner Gourmet burgers , grills & cocktails, impossible not to find a burger to your liking! MOB’s (Mighty one bites) – mini burgers (beef or

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Carla’s Travel Titbits – Shanghai

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Should you be travelling to Shanghai, check in at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao. Their pool is something to experience. Suspended in mid-air as part of this 24 floor hotel with a glass bottom thus you can see the street while swimming and pedestrians can watch you from below. This Holiday Inn opened in

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Event Organiser Network Showcase & Exhibition

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The 6th Annual Event Organiser Showcase and Exhibition was held on 16 August 20112 at he CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The programme consisted of: Showcasing top speakers such as Lynn Baker, Pavlo Phitidis, Vusi Thembekwayo, Gavin Sharples, etc. See photos below. 87 Exhibitors representing venues and services to the event industry 5 African

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Carla’s Travel Titbit – Dubai

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Water taxis for tourists has been launched in Dubai. The trip starts and ends at Jumeirah Open Beach Station Lasts 1½ hours Costs Dh150 (± US $40) Daily morning trips at 8:00 and 09:30 and afternoon trips at 17:00 and 18:00 10 passengers (and a slot for special needs) per water taxi The route goes

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Reasons To Visit Peru

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Source: http://ideas.perutourism.com/?p=37 It is not just coincidence that Peru is in the bucket list of lots of people, from travel experts to Hollywood stars. Peru is a destination everybody wants to visit at least once. If you ask, there are several reasons, the archaeological sites, the magic, our biodiversity, the gastronomy, among many others. Below

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Heathrow

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Source: http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/heathrow-opens-olympic-park-to-wave-off-athletes Heathrow is waving off athletes in style on one of the most challenging and high-profile days in its history following the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The first athletes have started to arrive at a specially constructed Games Terminal which has been dressed like a London park to give a

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Hyatt Regency Oubaai – Photo Essay

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With reference to a previous article on Hyatt Regency Oubaai giving you all the facts, you can know see more about this venue by visiting my Hyatt Regency Oubaai  Photo Album on Facebook.

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13 Spas Worth Travelling To For The View!

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/30157/13-spas-worth-traveling-view-alone Usually relaxing involves sitting back with your eyes closed. But you might not want to even blink in these spas, where the view out the window (or from the hot tub, or even your private bungalow) will get your heart racing. read more

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Carla’s Choice – Pretoria

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in South Africa based on recent personal experience Mo-zam-bik 279 Dey Street, Brooklyn, 012 346 3854 Easy & casual atmosphere Also branches in Beyers Naude (Johannesburg), Lakefield (Benoni), Hillcrest (Durban) and Ballito Great Portuguese style seafood, steaks and chicken Excellent line fish e.g. dorado, alternatively hake as a cheaper option. Sauce

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Carla’s Choice – Pretoria

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in South Africa based on recent personal experience. A’la Turka @ Irene Village Mall, 012 662 4314, www.alaturka.co.za Authentic Turkish restaurant with extensive menu, also featuring Lebanese & Greek dishes Live entertainment on selected evenings They have established and maintained a loyal following since opening in 2004 Highly recommended

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Great Wall Of China: Making The Most Of Your Visit

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/29637/great-wall-china-making-most-your-visit One of the oldest existing man-made structures, more than 2,000 years old and a world-travel icon that ranks alongside the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge — the Great Wall of China should be on ever traveller’s bucket list. To make the most of your visit, take some advice from these do’s and don’ts.

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More On The 10 Smallest Countries In The World

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With reference to a previous post, herewith some more interesting facts about these countries, some of them very well-known and some others quite unfamiliar. Countries listed according to their actual size, the smallest country listed 1st. (Source: Wikipedia) 1. Vatican City State A landlocked sovereign city state within the city of Rome, Italy Size approximately

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The Tech Traveler

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TOP 10 APPS FOR THE TECH TRAVELER DURING SUMMER TIME! Source: http://www.tourism-review.com/top-10-apps-for-the-tech-traveler-during-summer-time-news3316 This generation is bound to run on gadgets. Most travelers never leave home without a gadget. Tablets, androids, iPhones and the like are owned by almost everyone in the planet. Planning a trip is now made easier thanks to these top 10 applications

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Tour Guides

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Tour guides: the difference between noticing and knowing. http://www.eturbonews.com/29577/tour-guides-difference-between-noticing-and-knowing BY ANITA MENDIRATTA, CNN TASK GROUP/ETN | JUN 05, 2012 THE DESTINATION IS IN THE DETAILS The distance between the city center of Bangkok and Damnoensaduak floating markets is a mere 110 kilometers, equating to one-and-a-half hours by road. And yet it can feel a world

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Carla’s Choice In Johannesburg

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Recommendations on restaurants in Johannesburg based on recent personal  experience: Bellinis 18 Chaplin Road, Illovo, 011 880 9168, around corner from Wanderers Cricket Stadium Still great after almost 20 years Relaxed atmosphere Very busy at lunchtime during the week Try their signature dish, grilled chicken rosti or smoked salmon rosti Le Soufflé French Café –

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Tsogo Sun Montecasino Collection

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With reference to a previous article on the Tsogo Sun (Southern Sun) Cape Town Collection, we continue now with the Montecasino Collection. True to the Tsogo Sun style, these hotels and conference facilities afford a wide variety of guests including the corporate business traveller, conference groups, sporting groups, family holidays as well as local and

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10 Central London Budget Restaurants

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/29543/10-central-london-restaurants-will-not-break-your-budget Visiting London can be an expensive business, but you needn’t spend big money to eat well. Here are 10 best restaurants and cafes in central London that won’t break your budget. Daddy Donkey, Holborn Malletti, Soho and Clerkenwell Yalla Yalla, Soho and Oxford Street Bea’s of Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury and St Paul’s Princi, Soho

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Hyatt Regency Oubaai

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Photos: Oubaai map (courtesy of Hyatt Regency Oubaai), View from the whale watching deck, Delicious bread & cake spread for breakfast, Wine room for private dining Hyatt Regency Oubaai opened in December 2009 as part of the Oubaai Residential Golf Estate. Perched on the hill overlooking the Indian Ocean and surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains

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Six Clever Ways To Outsmart Baggage Fees

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/29680/six-clever-ways-outsmart-baggage-fees PENNINGTON, N.J. – According to a recent report, U.S. airline passengers spent $3.36 billion on checked and carry-on baggage fees over the last year.* These six smart tips will help travellers looking to save on airline baggage fees. “Packing light is probably the best way to avoid baggage fees. But often times, travellers

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Gardens By The Bay Transforms Singapore

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Source: http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/gardens-by-the-bay-transforms-singapore-into-a-garden-city Also visit http://carlarossouw.com/the-abc-of-singapore/ for more information on Singapore The largest project in Singapore to date – Gardens by the Bay – opens to the public today in a development that immediately transforms Singapore into a beautiful garden city. Set to rival anything that the world has so far seen in terms of innovative

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Critchley Hackle – Life Unplugged

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Almost 20 years ago I spent a wonderful weekend at Critchley Hackle in Dullstroom. I have visited them again a few weeks ago and I am happy to report that Critchley Hackle still has that laid back feeling, which is now very accurately reflected in their slogan: Life unplugged! In spite of a change of

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Where Does S.A. Rank Amongst Most Visited Cities In The World?

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Source: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=64121 Thirteen African, cities including Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Maputo and Nairobi, have been ranked among the world’s most-visited cities in the latest MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. “This is the second instalment of this MasterCard Index, which is used as a barometer for understanding the global economy and the dynamic flow of commerce

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Top Tourist Cities

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Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/29683/dubai-ranks-among-top-10-global-tourist-destinations According to an index released by global credit card company MasterCard, the following are the top tourist cities in terms of number of international visitors and tourist spending. The top 20 are: London Paris Bangkok Singapore Istanbul Hong Kong Madrid Dubai Frankfurt Kuala Lumpur Seoul Rome New York Shanghai Barcelona Milan Amsterdam Vienna

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New Hotels Bound To Be Immortal

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If the best architecture aims at eternity, to paraphrase famed English architect Christopher Wren, then these new hotels are bound to be immortal. The 11 hotels on our list all opened within the last four years, and each is an example of awe-inspiring design in its own right. You can stay in a wave-like skyscraper

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Carla’s Choice – Ballito

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in South Africa based on recent personal experience. Also refer to previous posts (Carla’s choice)  for more recommendations on restaurants nationwide. La Fiamma Italian Grill 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, 032 946 1029, info@lafiamma.co.za Family owned & managed restaurant, great ambiance, adjacent to CoCo de Mer Boutique Hotel Although they do prepare

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Scoring A Good Airline Seat

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You found the flights you wanted at a decent price, but then you pull up the seat map to find….. Scoring a good airline seat

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The 10 Smallest Countries In The World

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You may not have heard about these countries since they are so small. However, what they lack in size, they certainly make up for with their rich culture, heritage, history and spectacular attractions. Explore the 10 smallest countries in the world with Tourism-Review.com. Read the whole story

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Global Foodie News & Travel Options

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Do you want to combine your passion for travel with your passion for food? Here are a few exiting options to consider: Brit poll: Italian cuisine the best in Europe British people think Italian food is the best in Europe, which reflects the popularity of pizza and pasta as well as famous Italian gourmet products,

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Top Countries & Cities For MICE Business In 2011

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ICCA rates top 20 destinations for MICE business (eTN) – The International Conference and Convention Association’s (ICCA) recent publication of the top 20 destinations for MICE business has reaffirmed the old world order, that not one African city read more read more

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Fabulous Options In Cape Town

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Herewith some fabulous options in Cape  Town for  your next conference/ event / holiday. 15 on Orange (CBD) With 129 rooms, super trendy interior and now with extensive conference facilities, this is an excellent option to keep in mind for business as well as leisure travel. Taj Cape Town (CBD) The Taj is opulent with

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International Destination Recommendations

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You have the time and you have the money! Making a decision though regarding your destination is a tough one. The following suggestions may assist you in choosing your destination. The new 7 Wonders of Nature The New 7 Wonders Foundation, based in Switzerland and regulated under Swiss law, confirmed the following to be the

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All Inclusive Holidays

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An all inclusive package seems to be great value for money, but maybe you should take a closer look before making your final decision. Like most things, this also has pros & cons. Read the whole story

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The Cheapest Airport Shops? At Heathrow!

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Shops at European airports differ quite considerably regarding the prices of the goods on sale. London’s Heathrow offers the best prices according to a recent research. Read the whole story

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Table Mountain – One Of Seven New Wonders Of Nature

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Table Mountain is officially one of the new seven wonders of nature after an international audit confirmed the result of a global voting process. Read the whole article at It’s official: Table Mountain a new wonder of nature

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Carla’s Choice – Food Markets

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Food markets has become very popular during the last few years, providing great produce and variety on a high standard. Attending markets on a Saturday morning has become a favourite past time for many and is an easy way to stock up on goodies for the week. Neigbourgoods Market, ‘lettuce turnip the beet’ Since September

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Tours To Italy With Select Havens

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Tours to Italy with a culinary twist during 2012! From R22 990 per person sharing in a double or twin room. This package is available for couples, small groups up to 20 pax INCLUDED Return flights JHB / ROME / JHB on Emirates Airlines or Qatar or Egypt Air etc. including taxes. Return transfer to

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Tours To Greece With Select Havens

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Select Havens, based in Johannesburg has the following special packages to Greece for travel between mid May – Mid September 2012: MYKONOS fom R13990.00*, Includes return airfares to Mykonos from Johannesburg, incl. taxes per person sharing. Return airport transfers in Mykonos, 6 nights in 4* accommodation, breakfast daily. NAXOS from R12990.00*, Includes return airfares to Naxos from

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Carla’s Choice In Pretoria 4

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Recommended restaurant in Pretoria, based on recent personal experience. Piza e Vino, ‘Come And Ciao Pizzeria’ Recently opened at Waterkloof Corner centre, Brooklyn, 012 346 5119, waterkloof@pizaevino.co.za Also have 2 branches in Johannesburg at Melrose Arch and The Zone, Rosebank Funky interior with outside and upstairs seating Wide variety of vegetarian pizzas and pastas e.g.

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Seven Wonders Of The Modern World

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As a tribute to the ability of modern society to achieve the unachievable, reach unreachable heights, and scorn the notion of “it can’t be done,” a list of seven wonders of the modern world was compiled in 1994 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Get familiar with the projects that pay tribute to the

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Leisure Tours To Eastern Europe

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Are you planning a trip to Eastern Europe? Search no further. TOURS DEPART FROM CAPE TOWN OR JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Tour duration – approximately 15 days. Group size between 15-35 guests. Prices based on per person sharing for tour. Cost of airfare, visas and travel insurance excluded. Subject to availability & currency fluctuations. Tours for

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The Dark Side Of Travel – The Worst Places On Earth

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The tourism industry is a very advantageous business for any economy, especially when it’s booming. However, there are places which got as far from luring tourists as one may possibly get. Read the whole story

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Luxury Holiday Tips

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How do you ensure that your luxury holidays live up to their price tag? Here are 5 tips to make sure you get the most out of your vacation. Read the whole story

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How To Plan A 10-day, 20 000 Delegate Event

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The statistics for COP17 are quite mind-boggling. It required space for 20 000 delegates for a 10-day conference with many sessions running simultaneously in over 30 venues at the International Convention Centre and other venues and facilities across the city. To read my full article please visit Tourism Update March 2012 electronic edition at: http://travelandtrade.ceros.com/tu/march/page/32

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Avianto

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On the banks of the Crocodile River you will find Avianto, ‘a village made in heaven’. Avianto was born from the need for a couple to find a wedding venue that suited their requirements. After searching and not finding the special venue the wanted, they decided to develop Avianto and turn it into a fully-fledged

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Top 7 Travel Destinations In France

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France is one of the most spectacular and beautiful countries in the world. This country has exotic sports and magnificent scenes at every corner. France is also the country that most lovers prefer to visit in their romantic tours. All the regions of France have something to offer for the tourists that flood the country

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2 Cape Town CBD Options

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Park inn foreshore Opened in November 2011, conveniently situated at 29 Heerengracht Street, within easy walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This brand new hotel, developed from a previous office and apartment block is the latest offering from Radisson in South Africa. Facilities include: 120 rooms including 8 one bedroom suites Indoor,

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How To Pack For Your First Cruise Holiday

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Cruises are usually very spectacular and enjoyable holiday option which appeals to thousands of travellers each year. Even though packing is not rocket science, a few tips on how to prepare could be useful. Read the whole story

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Carla’s Choice In Cape Town & Surrounds

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Recommended restaurants in and around Cape Town, based on recent personal experience. La Belle Café & Bakery and…. At the Alphen Hotel, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia, 021 795 6336, labellegm@alphen.co.za Inside and outside area under the oaks with a delectable menu including gourmet burgers with shoestring chips and very nifty plating Sumptuous salads, wholesome

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Romantic Hotels

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With this being the month of love worldwide herewith the winners of the 2012 Travelers’ Choice Romance Awards. Most romantic hotels in the US and world named

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Kensington Place – A Sence Of Place

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I was surprised to learn that Kensington Place has been going since 1997. It is a superb establishment in Higgovale, at the top of Kloof Road. The whole look and feel of Kensington Place oozes style and class and their take on customer service is a rare find. Although I have visited Kensington Place before

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How To Hold A 5-Star Conference At A 3-Star Venue

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Please visit Tourism Update’s electronic February 2012 edition to access this article. Click on : http://travelandtrade.ceros.com/tu/february2012/page/34

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Top 10 Business Travel Tips

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Business trips are often very important, sometimes exciting, mostly tiring. CarolRoth.com released useful tips of real business travelers that will make your life easier. Brought to you by Tourism-Review.com Read the whole story

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Guide To Booking A Round-The-World Trip

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Guide to booking a round-the-world trip It’s the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy.

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Magoebaskloof

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Although I have travelled extensively in South Africa, Magoebaskloof has been one of the areas that I have not explored until recently, the result being a very pleasant surprise. I only had two days and I can assure you that the area has much more to offer than what one can explore and experience in

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Incredible India

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Visit http://wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/publications/agenda-lifestyle, from page 26

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Carla’s Choice On The Garden Route

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Based on recent personal experience. Rosenheim Deli & Bistro 7B Kloof Street, Mossel Bay, 044 690 4485, 073 843 4994 German specialities, open for lunch every day in season, dinner only on Wednesdays Very small, better to reserve a table Salinas Beach Restaurant On the main road through Wilderness, at the main beach, 044 877

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Emerging Green Destinations

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Top 10 emerging destinations for green and sustainable travel List of top 10 emerging eco destinations as the next “best bets” to take folks off the sometimes beaten green path.

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Liedjiesbos

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A charming four star bed and breakfast located in Bloemfontein. The name was made up by the owners: a combination of looking at a clump of reeds and the listening to the birds sing and the result was Liedjiesbos (bush of songs) Liedjiesbos was an old shed that was, with the assistance of renowned Bloemfontein

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Carla’s Choice In Colesberg

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in South Africa based on recent personal experience Bordeaux Coffeeshop & Restaurant, Colesberg 7 Church Street, Colesberg, 051 753 1582 A less crowded and convenient alternative when travelling on the N1 en route to  Cape Town or the Garden Route Specialize in Karoo Lamb and other traditional South African fare Open

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Carla’s Choice On The Garden Route & Surrounds

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants on the Garden Route based on recent personal experience Jemima’s • 94 Baron van Reede Street, Oudshoorn, 044 272 0808 • Contemporary & South African food • Seating in patio area overlooking road, inside or on patio & in garden at the back • Can recommend the roast butternut salad (R55)

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Carla’s Choice In Pretoria 3

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Recommendations in Pretoria based on recent personal experience Geet Indian Restaurant 541 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, on the outside of Brooklyn Mall, 012 460 3199, www.geetindianrestaurant.com A wide variety of authentic Indian cuisine Be careful not to eat too much naan bread, you will not have space for the rest! Not cheap but well worth a

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Holiday Guide To The Scenic Garden Route

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Visit the latest edition of Wealthwise Magazine to read all about the Garden Route. Please click on this link to access the article from page 53. Click here to read our digital December/January edition! http://wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/http:/wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/holiday-guide-to-the-scenic-garden-route.html.

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Carla’s Choice In Pretoria 2

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Recommendations in Pretoria based on recent personal experience. Blos Café & Venue Lynnwood Road, East of Safari Nursery, opposite Presley’s Night Club, 012 807 1709, 082 466 2857, www.bloscafe.co.za Open Monday-Saturday from 07:00-17:00, Sundays from 08:00-15:00 and evenings are exclusive for private functions Outside patio overlooking garden plus inside area Interesting menu with delicious &

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Carla’s Choice In Cape Town & Surrounds

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in Cape Town and surrounding areas based on recent personal experience. Café Paradiso 110 Kloof Street, 0861 623 263 Part of the Madam Zingara group of restaurants Lunch buffet is delicious and cheap Ben’s on the Beach 142 Beach Road, Strand, 021 853 7977 International, Mediterranean & seafood Great view of

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Marataba Safari Company & Lodge

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Combining a five star lodge with a fine dining experience is definitely a winning combination. This is what you will find when visiting Marataba Safari Company & Lodge. Marataba is an exclusive 23 000 hectare private concession in the heart of Limpopo’s Marakele National Park, at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, with abundant wild

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Carla’s Choice Johannesburg

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Herewith recommendations on restaurants in Johannesburg based on recent personal experience. Chez Gerard 20 West Apartment Hotel, 20 West Road South, Morningside, Sandton, 011 290 9600 Specific mention needs to be made of the freshly baked baguettes and the utterly delicious Crème brulée The Elm Tree Restaurant Located at the Syrene Hotel, 28 Wessel Road,

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12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

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Please visit  http://issuu.com/wealthwise/docs/wealthwise_october-november_2011 to access the complete October / November edition. This article is under the Agenda section. Read the full article with photos from page 60.

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Carla’s Choice In Pretoria

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Alfie’s Hazelwood Corner Hazelwood & 17th avenue, Menlo Park, 012 346 7873, 072 367 1018 Authentic Italian cuisine Very small, thus advise to book, take your own wine as they are not yet licenced Highlight: Gnocchi Isabella’s Cake & Food shop Waterkloof Corner Centre, just up the road from Brooklyn Centre, 072 842 9874 Also

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eTN – Up To 13 October 2011

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Global Travel News Cape Town competes to be named World Design Capital In just under two weeks, Cape Town will know whether it will be the World Design Capital 2014. Cape Town is competing with Dublin and Bilbao. The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa not accepting reservations On October

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Checklist: Green Hotels & Sustainable Meetings

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Business travellers and meeting professionals who support green hotels and sustainable meetings expect venues to reduce their environmental footprint in ways that do not compromise the guest experience. Read the whole story

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eTN – Up To 20 September 2011

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Global Travel News British Airways CEO provides world view of the state of the tourism industry British Airways (BA) CEO Keith Williams discussed his world view of the tourism industry at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Conference held on September 16, 2011. Cape Town and South Africa sponsor E-Tourism Africa Summit The fourth annual E-Tourism

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Another Kind Of Kloofing

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Please visit http://wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/http:/wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/another-kind-of-kloofing.html to read this article OR visit http://wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/publications to access the September edition, go to the Agenda section and read the full article with photos from page 52. OR herewith the article without photos By now I am sure you are already thinking of the adrenalin rush that goes with Kloofing (canyoning): the

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Checklist: Budget Traveller

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Biggest “mistakes” budget travellers make Aiming to offer “essential advice for frugal travellers, Cheapflights.com has compiled a list it calls its “top ten budget busting travel mistakes.” The website, known for publishing travel deal

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Checklist: The Female Traveller

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Protecting the female traveller Since the inception of modern tourism women have played a significant role in the development of the world’s largest composite industry.

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Checklist: The ‘Fashionable’ Traveller

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Going Places? Leave your dreadlocks and Crocs at home The question of whether it is possible to look good while exploring the globe is one that has long vexed the more fashion-inclined traveller.

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eTN – Up To 14 September 2011

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Global Travel News As comfortable as at home – more living space for long-term travellers No doubt: hotels are a great thing. For the ones looking for a place to stay, almost every region offers a wide variety of rooms for rent. Biggest “mistakes” budget travellers make Aiming to offer “essential advice for frugal travellers,

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eTN – Up To 6 September 2011

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Global Travel News Cape Town appoints Ogilvy to manage tourism marketing campaign Cape Town Tourism announced today that it has appointed Ogilvy as its advertising agency Mobile access to travel information launched by Star Alliance FRANKFURT, Germany – Following the recent successful launch of its Navigator iPhone app, the Star Alliance network has now become

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Southern Sun Cape Town Collection

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Southern Sun (SS) is a firm favourite in South Africa and in the beginning of August they created an opportunity to showcase their Cape Town Collection consisting of SS Waterfront, SS Cullinan, SS Cape Sun, SS Newlands, Garden Court De Waal and Garden Court Eastern Boulevard. Together, this fine collection provides 1 924 bedrooms, which

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eTN – Up To 25 August 2011

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Global Travel News Simplifying the critical need to renew your passport With travel documentation now required not only for global travel, but also for travel to areas formerly exempt from United States passport requirements, such as Canada and Mexico South African Airways returns to Kigali It was learned overnight that South African Airways (SAA) intends

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Checklist: Conference

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Points to consider when starting to plan a corporate conference or event (in alphabetical order) Access routes to venue Advertising Audio visual support Break away rooms Budget Conference program Corporate gifts Date Décor Dietary requirements Disability friendly Draping Duration / start time & end time Entertainment External facilitator Geographical area Group size Internet access  /

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eTN – Up To 18 August 2011

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Global Travel News Online tourism conference comes to Cape Town Cape Town Tourism is set to co-host the fourth annual eTourism Africa Summit taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the September 15 & 16, 2011. Winners of the 2011 World Savers Awards announced NEW YORK – Conde Nast Traveler announced the

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Moyo – Modern, Sophisticated, African

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Please visit http://wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/http:/wealthwisemag.com/wealthwise/moyo-modern-sophisticated-african.html to read the article OR visit www.wealthwisemag.com to read the digital flip-page August edition. Go to the agenda section, to read the full Moyo article with photos from page 48.

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Checklist: International Travel

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This checklist may be more suitable to women but men can certainly use it too. One can usually buy things at the destination, things that you forgot, but it may be expensive and you waste time searching for an essential item, thus wasting time and missing out on exploring your destination. The key words are

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Delaire Graff Estate

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Delaire Graff Estate is a beautiful and historic wine farm, situated just outside Stellenbosch, on the Helshoogte Mountain Pass. This wine farm dates back many years and was known as Avontuur prior to 1982. Owned since 2003 by Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds International, Delaire has changed tremendously during the past few years, now

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20 West

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Welcome to the newly opened 20 West Executive Apartments & Hotel in Morningside. Originally developed to be apartments only, 20 West is now a full service hotel and part of the Executive Apartments & Hotels group. All 4 properties in the group are situated in the Sandton area offering more than 300 fully serviced units,

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Southpoint Hospitality

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Southpoint Hospitality has been changing and continues to change the face of Braamfontein, Johannesburg. They have been very active during the past few years in terms of residential student accommodation around South Africa (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town) In Braamfontein though, Southpoint Hospitality has also invested in a number of other lifestyle

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The Blades

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In 2003 five rowers had a dream. Three of them were preparing to qualify for the 2004 Olympics Games and were training full time with the South African National Squad. As it turns out, the dream involved more than just Olympic success, but something else. All members of the Old Edwardian Rowing Club, Paul Backes,

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Lagoon Beach Hotel & Apartments

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Lagoon Beach situated in Milnerton, Cape Town, is an independently run hotel. Developed and launched in 2005, this hotel has gone through a number of changes, additions and upgrades in order to better serve their clientele of corporate as well as leisure guests. Arguably a property with one of the best views of Table Bay

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Webersburg

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Webersburg, a boutique winery, just off the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch is a beautiful owner run wine farm offering an upmarket but relaxed experience to their clients for conferences as well as other events. They offer 10 spacious suites, each one individually decorated with en-suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower, heated towel racks

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Southern Sun Hyde Park

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The Southern Sun Hyde Park is a welcome addition to both the business and leisure market. The hotel is built on top of the Hyde Park Shopping Centre and conveniently close to Sandton, Randburg and Rosebank, either for guests conducting business or for companies in the area making use of the conference and banqueting facilities

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Tintswalo Atlantic

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Tintswalo Atlantic, located on the second bend after the Chapman’s Peak toll gate on the Hout Bay side, overlooking the whole of Hout Bay and Sentinel peak. One will have to search far and wide to find a more stunning location or a more exquisite lodge! Tintswalo Atlantic is one of three properties in the

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131 On Herbert Baker

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Please visit www.wealthwisemag.com to read the full article in the June edition under the agenda section, pages 44 – 49

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A Breath Of Fresh Air: Babel At Babylonstoren

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Please visit www.wealthwisemag.com to read the full article in the June edition under the agenda section, pages 44-49

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Mannabay Fine Boutique Hotel

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Mannabay fine boutique hotel is situated in Oranjezicht, Cape Town within walking distance from the Gardens Shopping Centre, close to the central business district, Kloof road for many interesting shops and restaurants, close to cable car station, easy access to De Waal Drive and motorways and with great view of the central Cape Town, Table

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Banksia Boutique Hotel

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Banksia luxury boutique hotel is situated in Rosebank, one of the southern suburbs of Cape Town. It is a beautiful restored Victorian mansion in a quiet street, but conveniently close to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. The owner, Shelley Kingston is a well-known interior designer and has restored and decorated Banksia with flair

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The Westin Mumbai Garden City

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We concluded our trip in Mumbai, staying at the 5* Mumbai Garden City hotel, a Westin hotel, part of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This hotel is suitable for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel opened in January 2010. The ground floor welcomes guests to a double volume, spacious and modern reception area,

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Incredible India – Mumbai

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Mumbai, (Bombay till 1996, the name change was very unpopular initially) on the east coast of India is in the state of Maharashtra, and in many ways the gateway to India, some of the reasons being: The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 made it easy to reach India from Europe Today it is

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Incredible India – Food

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I have not quite mastered the eating with the right hand technique, mainly due to the fact that I am left handed and eating with the left hand is not COOL. The food is also very saucy which causes quite a mess for the inexperienced right hand eater. Although South Africa is home to a

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Incredible India – Patna & Surrounding Areas

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Patna (population: approx 1.6 million) is 1½ hour flight from Delhi, towards the northeast, the capital of Bihar state, one of the oldest cities in India, dating back to the 6th century BC. Patna is in the North Eastern part of India and borders Nepal. Patna is on the south bank of the Ganges River,

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Incredible India – Agra

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Agra (population: approx 1.4 million) is in Uttar Pradesh state also known as ‘the Northern State’ and is the Hinduism and Hindi heartland. I traveled with the train from Delhi to Agra. The Shatabdi Express leaves the New Delhi Station at 06:15, returning at 20:30. It is a 2 hour express trip in both directions

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Incredible India – Delhi

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Namaskar (Hello) Visiting the Republic of India for 2 weeks, covering 1 National Capital territory, 3 states and 4 cities does not begin to describe all that incredible India has to offer. Although this visit only gave a small peep I have gained fresh insight on what it means to live in the 7th largest

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Coco De Mer

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This boutique hotel is situated in Compensation Beach road, Ballito and is described as ‘Afro-Bali style where a fusion of creative interior design meets the natural elements’. Coco de Mer offers: 15 luxurious rooms Conference facility comfortably seating 30 pax, with natural light On site the La Fiamma Italian grill, also open to the public

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Al Pescatore

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Al Pescatore is Ballito’s original Italian seafood restaurant on the beach and offers: Upstairs restaurant overlooking the beach (Clark bay), 14 Edward Place Inside (more romantic) and outside (casual on the deck) seating options Have been going since 1989, changing with the times Open on Mondays, even out of season Mostly Mediterranean / seafood Reasonably

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Budmarsh

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Budmarsh is a privately owned lodge situated in the Magaliesberg, just outside the town of Magaliesburg. The first time I visited Budmarsh, approximately 6 years ago I really liked the ambiance. I visited them again a few weeks ago and they have maintained, improved and expanded and are highly recommended. Budmarsh currently offers: 18 rooms,

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The Turbine

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The latest in ultra chic accommodation is The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna, situated on Thesen Island. The original wood fired power station, now turned into a unique boutique hotel, has been beautifully restored and with the old power station still an integral part of what The Turbine has to offer. The Turbine

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Valley Lodge

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Valley Lodge, an old favourite situated in Magaliesburg, has improved a great deal during the past months, the highlights being: Beautiful, big rooms with plush furnishing and bathrooms that will delight Trendy brand new Spa with a signature fragrance Refurbished lounge area Refurbished function venue overlooking the pool & gardens New entrance gate Well kept

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Chef’s Table At Fresh

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The old family owned Rosebank Hotel, corner Tyrwhitt & Sturdee avenues, was totally restructured and refurbished during 2008 and is now known as the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank. This is a hotel that I frequented for Sunday lunch and birthday celebrations during my teenage years, a good 28 years ago and it is

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New Zealand

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Whilst visiting family in Auckland, we took a 5-day road trip from Auckland to Lake Taupo and Mount Manganui. (± 640km round trip / 9 hours traveling time). EN ROUTE TO LAKE TAUPO New Zealand offers natural beauty and more wherever you go, SOUTH WAIKATO being no exception. One starts seeing glimpses and of the

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The ABC Of Singapore

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During January 2011 I had a 51 hour stopover in Singapore. This is what I experienced. Singapore AIRLINES, the cheapest option available, efficient beautiful hostesses with unique uniforms Singapore BOTANIC Gardens – beautiful, well kept and extensive, with specialist gardens including orchid, Marsh and Ginger gardens, also a great place for peace and tranquility, family

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Emily Moon Restaurant & River Lodge

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Sunday lunch at Emily Moon Restaurant overlooking the Bitou River outside Plettenberg Bay turned out to be a very positive experience. We were lucky enough to still get a table at short notice. They offer a selected set menu for Sunday lunch at a very reasonable R135 per person (3 course). Starter choice of: Greek

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Trogon House & Forest Spa

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Whilst on holiday on the Garden Route, we decided to take a two day holiday within our holiday to spend time at Trogon House and Forest Spa. This little gem is tucked away in the forest at the Crags, east of Plettenberg Bay, just down the road from the Elephant and Monkey Sanctuaries. How to

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The Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

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Buffelsdrift is situated 7 km’s from Oudtshoorn, en route to the Cango caves. Accommodation consists of 25 luxury tents overlooking the natural waterhole. They offer bush safaris, an elephant experience and horse riding. The property consists of 3 000 ha and includes mountain zebra, hippo, springbuck, black wildebeest, gemsbok, giraffe, reedbuck and a variety of

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Impressions of Oslo

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During November 2010 I was in the fortunate position to accompany my husband on a business trip to Oslo, Norway for a week. During November Oslo is not exactly a good time for a tourist but for a perpetual traveller, any time is a good time. We flew via Frankfurt, arriving at a temperature of

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