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Total Relaxation at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek

Total Relaxation at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek

I’ve been having the worst tension in my neck and back lately. No doubt attributed to the hectic year which is about to come to an end. So in an attempt to alleviate some of that tension I decided to book hubby and myself massages at the Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek Hotel. I figured that since Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek had won the Best Hotel Spa at the 2016 Thalgo Worldwide Beauty Tour they had to be good, right? And from the moment of the first email enquiry to the booking and actual treatments, they proved their worth. So off we set last week to the picturesque town of Franschhoek for some R&R. I love scenic drives and the Cape Winelands definitely doesn’t disappoint in that department. We drove down the most beautiful little road overgrown with trees and bushes that took us to our destination set against the mountains. When you arrive at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek you already know you’re in for a treat of relaxation. The tranquility of the entrance and gardens make that abundantly clear. Upon arrival we filled in a general information form which ensures that you get the best out of your spa treatments and then got changed into our robes. After lounging around in the waiting area we were escorted upstairs by our therapists to the treatment room. I must say, I was a bit worried about my bump as essentially Camelot Spa does not offer pregnancy massages per se. They do however know what to avoid when treating an expecting mama. And yes you read correctly – I am currently six... read more
Breakfast at Ke-Monate Restaurant on Signal Gun Wine Farm

Breakfast at Ke-Monate Restaurant on Signal Gun Wine Farm

We usually try to sleep in on our days off from work otherwise what would be be point of it if you’re up at the crack of dawn. But Sundays are an exception. Last Sunday after church, we were contemplating where to find a good spot for breakfast. I despise bustling malls so I suggested the old faithful Durbanville Wine Valley. Once on Contermanskloof and Vissershok roads we started weighing our options and settled on Ke-Monate restaurant on the Signal Gun wine farm. Admittedly, Signal Gun did not look very appealing from the narrow little road leading up to it. If anything, it looked like a barren land. I panicked. That panic disappeared as soon as we took the turn to the Ke-Monate restaurant parking. Lush green gardens and sweeping views awaited us at the top with winding stairs leading to the restaurant. Now that was more like it! The Cape Doctor was out in full gale force winds so we opted to be seated inside the restaurant. Decaf cappuccino and hazelnut latte set us off while we browsed the menu. The views from the Ke-Monate restaurant are really what sets it apart from the rest. The gardens are breathtaking and creates a tranquil backdrop. I’m having a bit of an obsession with french toast and honey at the moment so that’s what I decided to go for while hubby chose a traditional breakfast. Breakfast is served with the restaurant’s signature Brioche Spent Malt bread which is made on site from the Spent Malt of the wine farm’s brewery. The bread has a distinctive yet homemade flavour which rounded... read more
5 Things To Do in Cape Town Northern Suburbs

5 Things To Do in Cape Town Northern Suburbs

The northern suburbs of Cape Town gets quite a lot of flak for not being as cool as its southern suburbs counterpart. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always keen on venturing into the southern suburbs of Cape Town because traffic and parking is usually a nightmare. So in an effort to promote my side of the Mother City, I decided to compile a list of awesome things to do in the Cape Town northern suburbs where there’s double lanes and parking in abundance! Another bonus of this little list is that all of the activities are family friendly and within close proximity of each other – score! Explore the Durbanville Wine Valley People often forget that the Western Cape’s vineyards aren’t just limited to the Cape Winelands and surrounding towns. The Durbanville Wine Valley in the Cape Town northern suburbs’ Tygerberg Hills has 12 esteemed wine farms and is only a 20 minute drive from Cape Town! I love visiting the wine estates in this beautiful valley as the short drive is already a scenic treat in itself. The valley also hosts festivals throughout the year so there’s always something look forward to and keep everyone entertained. Take a Hike in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve The Tygerberg Hill is a prominent landmark in the Cape Town northern suburbs that is rich in history. Best of all is it’s open to the public for walks and hiking! The reserve has 8 trails which range from easy to moderate and the views are simply spectacular. There are also wheelchair friendly picnic sites. All this makes the reserve... read more
Strawberry Picking at Mooiberge and an Afternoon at Root 44 Market

Strawberry Picking at Mooiberge and an Afternoon at Root 44 Market

Well at least strawberry picking at Mooiberge was the plan for the day… It’s that time of the year again when everyone in Cape Town becomes obsessed with big, juicy, ripe strawberries and eagerly enquire on social media which strawberry farms would be the best to go to for picking. So it was only obvious that I wanted to go pick my own strawberries too. Mooiberge farm is somewhat of a showstopper on the R44 in Stellenbosch with its colourful scarecrows lining the strawberry fields. Then there’s the farm stall too, selling everything from jams and homemade biscuits to outdoor furniture and wine! But while we were admiring the strawberry fields from the restaurant deck, something caught our eye across the road. It was the ever popular Root 44 market at the Audacia farm. We decided to go check it out seeing as though we’d heard so much about it and the fact that we were right across from it. I love local markets so it’s not as if I needed much convincing anyway! The market is a bustling hive of activity with everything from kiddies clothing to shabby chic decor on offer. Hubby got himself some beard tonic (yes that’s a thing now) which I must say has made his beard super soft. I especially loved the craft section as it’s always nice to see what can be created with a bit of imagination. Upcycling has always fascinated me – turning an unwanted item into something beautiful is amazing!   Of course I wanted to head to the food section after all that browsing and this market doesn’t... read more
The Vibrancy of the Bay Harbour Market

The Vibrancy of the Bay Harbour Market

I was invited to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay in August and again just over a week ago for their media tourism event. Now I’ll admit, I don’t usually venture into the southern suburbs of Cape Town as traffic and parking are usually a nightmare that side but it was definitely worth the step out of my comfort zone! On my initial visit to the market I was already fascinated by the variety of vendors offering a wide range of food and gifting options. We tucked into everything from lamb burgers, pizza and poppers to chocolate chip cookies.  The market has made sure that no two vendors are exactly the same so your selection process is not made any easier either! However, I felt that this relates perfectly to the diverse culture of Cape Town and I immediately felt a connection to the Bay Harbour Market. Besides browsing the traders’ stalls and listening to live music, be sure to look around (and up!) so you don’t miss the unique artworks created out of everyday items. This market surely is a feast for the eyes and taste buds! At last week’s event Anthony Stroebel, founder of the Bay Harbour Market, shared some interesting stats with us. The market is one of the few permanent ones and welcomes about 6000 visitors every weekend with the current record sitting at 10800 visitors stepping through the doors in a single weekend! The objective was to put Hout Bay on the map, so to speak, and with 280000 people visiting the market last year I  think they’ve certainly achieved that! Enver Duminy,... read more
Flower Season in the Northern Cape

Flower Season in the Northern Cape

Things have been very quiet on the blog front lately. Too quiet. But I’m back! Hubby and I recently took a trip to the Northern Cape and luckily for us it was still flower season. Flower season in the Northern Cape typically spells an explosion of colour in endless open spaces against the beautiful backdrop of mountains from August to September every year. I’ve expressed my love and devotion for taking the road less travelled before and this time is no different. So while everyone was heading up the West Coast, we were on our way to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Even though our visit had absolutely nothing to do with flower season, I was obviously hoping to see something blooming marvelous. It took quite a while for the flower season in the Northern Cape to live up to its name as the little colourful things only made their appearance on our way back to Cape Town! We had to make some inquiries with family members and take a different route but what a sight it was when we finally saw the flowers. The flowers were mostly on farms so we were quite limited in terms of access. But the that’s the beauty of taking the road less travelled, you can stop along the way and take your own sweet time snapping away and savouring the moment. And that’s exactly what we did! If you’re headed to the Northern Cape solely for flower season, I would suggest you keep an eye on the SAN Parks Facebook page as well as the weather. The blooms are all about timing... read more

Hi, I'm Gaynor!

I’m crazy about the beautiful Western Cape and local South African travel. I believe in enriching yourself with experiences rather than material things. Life’s a journey – now hand me my hat and camera!

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