São Paulo, Brazil’s vibrant financial centre, is among the world's most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. Its iconic buildings range from its neo-Gothic cathedral and the 1929 Martinelli skyscraper to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan. The colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554. (Source:...
Peru – Lima Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial centre is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. It's home to the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The Plaza de Armas and...
Are you planning a trip to South America as a once off visit to the continent and you are trying to cover as much as possible. Herewith information to give you some insight on how to go about this adventure.   It is a huge continent consisting of 18 countries and one will need to decide upfront which attractions you are...
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. Its centre is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art. Buenos Aires was established on 2 February...
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 works.” Rovos Rail, the...
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 two days. Magoebaskloof is...
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 Pretoria on Thursday afternoon. There...
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 dream. The one aspect...
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 for new’! The über trendy...
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 on the inland side, the...

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