Links

Some useful links for the Cape, South Africa:

What’s On in Cape Town – the definitive guide to what is happening in Cape Town
Funky Quirky Cape Town City Guide to find some off the beaten track inspiring places
Tastetrip.co.za – A wonderful Website with abundant information on the Cape Winelands – it features the wine estates they have visited.  It is part directory, part blog and part photographic essay.  It is the perfect place to start looking for information for planning your day out in the Cape Wine Regions!
South African Foodies – Your online directory for caterers, catering companies, professional chefs, cooking schools and cooking courses. Find great recipes, cooking and entertaining ideas as well as recipe books
Mawu Tap this is a fab project to promote drinking tap water.  A friend has launched very funky fashionable water bags that can be used to accessorize any outfit.  They are fabulous and well worth buying a few while you are in Cape Town!  They are now available from Wellness Wharehouse in Kloof Street or directly from Carin while you are in Cape Town.
Creative morning talks click here to see what breakfast talks are on in Cape Town for while you are visiting – these are free and they attract a really interesting assortment of speakers.
Mountain Biking in Stellenbosch Jonkershoek Nature Reserve – a fab sounding company called Ride In is renting mountain bikes as well as offering the opportunity to go cycling in the nature reserver with a guide.
Source Management – this is a wonderful little company that literally sources chefs for establishments and will also supply you with chefs for functions.
Soil for Life – a wonderful NGO in Cape Town teaching people the skills to grow their own vegetables in their communities
Ikaya le Langa – The Langa Quarter – inspirational NGO aiming to uplift Langa the oldest township in Cape Town through training, tourism and entertainment initiatives.   Inspirational Tony aims to put Langa on the map and to create jobs in the community.   They also offer Langa Quarter Home Stays with locals #townshipaccomodation #langaaccomodation
Knobs & Tassels – an awesome initiative to showcase and assist local artists with showcasing their work.  Location – Woodstock Co-Op, Cape Town
Bridging Gaps – Bridging Gaps is a facilitator of customized, professional internship programmes, volunteer projects and educational courses in the dynamic city of Cape Town, South Africa.
CAPE TOWN TOUR and ACTIVITY IDEAS:
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FAVOURITE ARTISAN FOOD PRODUCERS IN THE CAPE:
Ma Mere Maison – wonderful nougat! Plus awesome macaroons – they are now in the Biscuit Mill Complex!
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EX PAT CAPE TOWN:  This blog is done by a wonderful friend – Regina.  She came out here with her husband and found that she would not be able to get a work permit.  As such Regina shares with you on her blog her experiences of exploring Cape Town and life as an ex-pat in Cape Town.  This comes complete with advice for other ex-pats as well as wonderful advice on things to do in Cape Town.   The love affair that Regina has with our city shines through.  It is worth checking out by those visiting the city and by ex pats headed this way!
DRIZZLE & DIP –  a foodie blog by the definitive Cape Town Foodie – Sam Linsell – expect great recipes plus tidbits about Cape Town and her foodie travels
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SOME OF PAM’S FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY IN CAPE TOWN:

Welgelegen – a wonderful small Boutique Hotel located just above the central city area in Cape Town.  Welgelegen boasts Victorian architecture, beautiful interiors, a relaxed setting and personalized service that sees guests returning every year.  Cape Fusion Tours highly recommends this establishment.
O On Kloof – a wonderful contemporary boutique hotel which boasts personalized service, views of Seapoint and the sea, a gourmet twist and a really relaxed and stay.   They are 5 minutes from Camps Bay and 5 minutes from the city.  A great location.  Perfect for people who wish to run/walk in the mornings as they are 5 minutes walk from the seapoint promenade.
Abbey Manor – to me feels like home away from home!  Relaxing and presided over by the wonderful Judy who will make sure you do not miss out on any of Cape Towns highlights.  They are central being located above the city – so great for easy exploring.
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 Some useful links for Johannesburg:

Baytree Cooking School – Debbie does wonderful classes and also does guided trips from Joburg to an international destination once a year – this year Provence! Plus a trip to Cape Town which is coming up (2013)

Gourmet Events, Team Building events, Singles cooking dinners in Johannesburg, catering, blind Champers tastings,  incentives – Cape Fusion Tours would highly recommend Fire-Lilly events. 

Links for great gourmet ideas:

INVITE FOR A BITE – this is a very fab idea where you can link up with other single female travelers to meet for a bite to eat!  I don’t know about you – but I hate to eat alone at night when traveling and I travel a lot alone!  Perfect idea

PLATE CULTURE – a lovely concept where you can have a home made meal in someones home when visiting the East – the founders have started with Malaysia and look like they wish to expand into Thailand, Japan etc – currently most of the dining experiences are in Malaysia

EATWITH.COM – Join local dinner parties in a variety of places around the world!

COOKENING – Join locals for a variety of meal options while traveling

Links that Pam just loves and wants to go and try out (so this is a little reminder list for me:

Die Laatjie Cottages in Robertson – they look lovely and are very reasonably priced for weekends away.

Rockhaven Farm – looks amazing up the West Coast of South Africa – my sister and her friend Allison went and absolutely loved it!

Tierhoek Cottages – Robertson – on an organic fruit farm – looks peaceful and lovely!

The Beach House in Brittania Bay (West Coast South Africa) – oh my hat this spot looks so gorgeous – I sent an e-mail to enquire the rates and it is about R6000 per night for the whole house!  Wish I could afford it – it looks like a little piece of magical paradise!

Gourmet Walking Tour of San Fransciso with Gary Holloway – I had clients recently who raved about Gary – hence me adding this footnote – just in case I make it to San Franscisco in the next few years – as by then I will have forgotten!

Pam highly recommends list from her travels:

PAM’S TRIP TO TURKEY:  I did Istanbul, Bodrum – Yalikavac area (local Turkish upmarket holiday area – lovely), Bodrum town, Fethiye, Faralya, Antalya – and loved it all – I will be back!

  • Istanbul Eats – These guys made my trip to Istanbul amazing!!  I booked their walking tour of the old part of the city for my first day there and it was fabulous!! I cannot rave about them highly enough.  Their website gives you the inside scoop to the hidden treasures of Istanbul from a food perspective.  I got their book on my tour and it became my little foodie bible for the rest of my trip!! I loved it, loved it, loved it and cannot rave about them more highly!!!  Check out their website before traveling to Istanbul.
  • Peradays Hotel – Paradise Istanbul – this is a funky, lovely boutique hotel in Istanbul – just of the Istiklal Rd.  This was the perfect location for me – being close to the funky area that everyone eats out and to the main drag.  I loved walking the area and walking to the old region over the bridge.  This is a retirement venture between three friends – each one does 4 days on and then 8 days off.  I met two of them – Murat and Murat – what seriously lovely people.  I was made to feel so at home and so welcome – they gave me lots of foodie advice and if I return to Istanbul (which I will) – I will return to them.  This is a perfect spot for couples or for singles.   Loved it!!! Beyoglu Area in Istanbul.
  • Stories Apart Istanbul – I stayed in their Koluglu apartments – these are all the most beautiful apartment hotel rooms you have ever seen.  Jaw dropping decor – this one was only a few blocks away from Peradays – it is a great one for a longer stay and also for honeymooners who want privacy.  I stayed here for my last night in Istanbul – but missed the intimacy I had with the guys at Peradays – none the less I would highly recommend these – awesome decor!
  • Majesty Hotel Marina Vista Bodrum  – this hotel has a fantastic location on the nicer seafront side of Bodrum – and has the most wonderful swimming pool at the centre – you escape the bussle of outside and come into this tranquil area.   The bedrooms were quite small – but to us this hotel was perfect!
  • Komodor Restaurant Bodrum – this was one of the most outstanding dinners we had in Turkey.  It was a referral from the DJ from the Red Lion Bar & Club DJ – and oh boy did he steer us right!! Everyone was local and the lady owner looks after you personally – you can head to the fish counter and chose your fish as well as all sorts of local Turkish dishes.  It is located on top of  a hill – so great views – and quite a steep walk from the harbour area – but oh so worth it!!!! Tel 0252 313 75 55 GSM (presume this means cellphone??) 0542 453 20 39 — the locals know it – so ask around to find it!
  • Onur Motel Faralya – This is a little gem not far from Fethiye & Ouludeniz – it is basic little squeaky clean huts with en suite bathrooms and a terrace where the view of the mountains is just breathtaking.  Here you book to have breakfast and dinner on the deck – mamma cooks and Onur looks after you.  This is an amazing spot that I long to go back to!  It is close to a wonderful beach (Kabak) – you simply take the bus down to the next village – this village is home to lots of yoga retreats – so good if you want a combo holiday.  Loved it – loved the beach and the swimming!  Went as it was close to Butterfly valley – but turns out that the walk down the cliffs is treacherous – so if you want to go to Butterfly Valley – take a boat from Oludeniz!  Note that this is on the walkway for the Lycian Way Walk.  We picked up a brochure for one of the little spots in Kabak near the beach – Sea Valley Bungalows.

Africa Links:

A useful listing for Americans on which countries in Africa do not require Americans to have visas – or do visa on arrival

Links for the rest of the world!

Weather Widget

Hotels near Canterbury, Kent – Find and book hotels near Canterbury, Kent, South East England, UK

Hotels near  Dyce –  Book  hotels near Dyce, Aberdeen,Scotland, UK.

Kerala  Tour Packages / Kerala Tourism – Kerala Travel Agent Keralamate.com  offers Kerala tour packages, houseboat  honeymoon travel, backwater tourism and Ayurveda packages in Kerala

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