Category Archives: Argentina

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14 of Level 4, 14 May 2020


Thursday 14 May 2020, 14 th Day of Level 4, after 35 days of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for such a special day, the highlight being to finally meet the very kind and generous Shuba in their lovely home in Camps Bay, the winner of the ADHARA extra virgin olive oil for her review of Masala Café in the Restaurant Food Delivery Group, and for being spoilt so in their home; for another beautiful 21 C day, with mist in the morning, and soft clouds in the day; for doing so well in coping with 7 weeks of Lockdown; for a good workout walk up to Fourth Beach in Exercise Time, earning 300 Discovery Vitality points after zero yesterday; for seeing a 50 year old birthday being celebrated on the Promenade, at the Thrones, with cake and all; for a lovely chat with Sherryl on the way home, she living close by, both of us living Solo and offering to look after each other when in need; for finishing my writing early today, having done most of it last night; for having a wonderful tan snooze on the terrace, not having slept much last night; for a good step count today, my highest since Lockdown; for a blood sugar reading of 5,1; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9 of Level 4, 9 May 2020.


Saturday 9 May 2020, Day 9 of Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another spectacular 24C day, how lucky we are, and how good for one’s soul and spirit; for going to exercise earlier, and therefore walking further, up to First Beach in Clifton, quickly getting to 10000 steps by the time I returned home; for having a relaxed day after the energetic start to the day; for spoiling myself with a pizza delivery from Col’Cacchio Camps Bay, superbly executed hygiene and ordering wise; loving the Vit D sun therapy on my terrace; for yet another lovely sunset; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 8 of Level 4, 8 May 2020


Friday 8 May 2020, Day 8 of Lockdown Level 4 after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a long and deep sleep last night; for another beautiful day, how easy it makes the Lockdown when one sees the sun; for being able to exercise so well that my Cardio was super high and I instantly received 300 Discovery Vitality points this morning, after receiving none the last few days, despite my step total every day ❤️, it being the first morning in a week that I didn’t stop for a chat, walking with Mahmud and then (not met before) Carien from Fresnaye for parts of the way; for having Camps Bay Hardware here and open for business, sharing how well he is supported by locals who prefer to buy from him rather than a big building supply store; for getting on top of updating the Restaurant Food Delivery List, allowing myself a first Vit D sun snooze in 10 days this afternoon; for good advice to grow and publicize the Food Delivery List from Janet Pillai; for the growing number of restaurants opening, after possibly initially not thinking of doing so, and at the upper end too; for feeling really free, no longer suffering claustrophobia in my home during Lockdown; for good dancing and fun on Kfm this afternoon, and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 2 Level 4, 2 May 2020.


Saturday 2 May 2020, Day 2 of Level 4 Lockdown, after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for starting the day with a 90 minute walk, up to Glen Beach, with far fewer walkers and joggers and more cyclists, and few Cliftoners; for long chats to Jan de Wet, Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper, and Shelley on the way, just getting back home in time; for feeling more comfortable and less claustrophobic in wearing my masks, being grateful to not have to wear lipstick and for them hiding most of the wrinkles 😱 ; for the lovely mist this morning, making for unusual photographs compared to all my sunshine ones up to now; for having a little terrace garden, to which I could pay some attention before the rain comes; for being able to buy the last figs at The Olive Branch Deli at Lifestyle on Kloof, popping into Woolies, and getting a treatment at my podiatrist in Sea Point, only my third car trip in 37 days; for my favorite song ‘Burn’ by Mathew Gold making number one on Kfm’s Top 40 this morning, with six SA songs in the Top 10, and 13 SA songs in the Top 40. Bravo Kfm and Martin Myers, who are doing so much to promote local music, on radio in particular 👏👏👏; for 145 Restaurants on the Take-Away Food Delivery List, with over 1800 members; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14, 9 April 2020.


Thursday 9 April 2020, 25 th day of SA Corona Virus, Day 14 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful that we are two-thirds through Round 1 of Lockdown, and that this week seems to have gone faster than the first week; that I managed to get fabulous baby spinach at Woolworths Camps Bay, after running around for it elsewhere yesterday; for another fabulous sunny day, but now the clouds are moving in, the temperature dropping for a partially wet Easter weekend to come; for being able to walk to the shops, and seeing a new family of Egyptian Geese chicks at ‘my’ stream at the Tidal Pool; for feeling peaceful; for dancing to lovely music on Kfm🎶; for my highest step count since Lockdown 👣; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Communication Circus in finding information about regulations for foreign Tourists not quarantining in South Africa!


I have tried to enquire about an Argentinian couple which could not return to its home country when our Lockdown was announced at short notice, living in the block of flats I live in, arriving as tourists two days before Lockdown (25 March). They did not go into quarantine as soon as they arrived in the building, but rather went Sightseeing and Shopping on the two days prior to the Lockdown. They also moved apartments inside our block during Lockdown. I contacted more than ten COVID-19 and other government-related agencies, and reached a dead-end, with no one knowing how to do deal with this couple. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 8, 3 April 2020.



Friday 3 April 2020, Day 19 of SA Corona Virus, Day 8 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an even hotter day today, at 29C, before the temperature reverse begins tomorrow; for having such a fabulous roof over my head, with an amazing view, changing daily; for speaking to long-time friend Donoven Hammond Gloy in Maritzburg; for being able to essentials-shop today; for the fabulous service at our local Woolworths; for sleeping late after posting my Blogposts; for being able to dance and walk to Kfm, and to hear that DJ Carl Wastie and Zoe Brown retain their 4 hour slot, whilst other Kfm DJs’ slots have been reduced during Lockdown; for such lovely warm evenings, being able to have dinner by candlelight on my terrace; and for being fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

First South African Malbec Festival to be hosted at Benguela Cove Wine Estate in April!


The first Malbec Festival to celebrate a lesser-drunk cultivar in our country is to be hosted by the Benguela Cove Wine Estate outside Hermanus on 18 April 2020. Malbec lags other more popular cultivars in the Cape wine region, but put Mendoza in Argentina on the world wine map. Continue reading →

Rare Grill is a master at steaks in its Steak Master Class!


I was invited by Award-winning Rare Grill steak house owner Greg Bax to attend a Steak Master Class in a venue above his Kenilworth-based steak house on Monday evening. Not being sure of what to expect, other than excellent steaks which I had experienced after it was named the Best Steakhouse by Eat Out two years running, it turned out to be a fun, informal and educational evening, being taught how to buy the correct steak, how to age it, how to grill it, and which sauces to serve with it, paired with a selection of Quoin Rock wines.

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Lucky number 7 for Cape Town, voted Best City in the world seven times in a row, voted by Telegraph readers in the UK!


For seven years running Cape Town has been voted the Best City in the world, by 40000 readers of the UK Telegraph


A quote from the publication shares the following about our special city, from a tourist perspective: ‘We”ll put up with the occasional discomfort for the sheer joy of waking up with a real natural beauty’. The City is also praised for its iconic Table Mountain, ‘and it is precisely this unique geography, towering mountains that drop, at times perpendicularly, into the vast blue, that is so seductive’. Its proximity to Franschhoek wine region is also highlighted.

London or any other British City does not feature in the Top 20 Telegraph List, showing that UK tourists are prepared to travel far from their country to enjoy their holidays.  

I am happy to see Havana and Buenos Aires on the Top 20 List too, two cities which I visited just four months ago. 


The Top 20 List of the Best Cities in the World is the following: 

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sydney
  5. St Petersburg
  6. Singapore
  7. Venice
  8. Luang Prabang
  9. Seville
  10. New Orleans
  11. Havana
  12. New York
  13. Bagen
  14. Florence
  15. Istanbul
  16. Rome
  17. Dubrovnik
  18. Tokyo
  19. Krakow
  20. Buenos Aires

Photograph: taken from Tiger’s Milk in Camps Bay. 


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