Entries tagged with “Buenos Aires”.


A year ago I posted here on my Blog that 2016 was the best year of my life. Looking back on 2017, I can echo this sentiment about 2017, surpassing what was already a fantastic 2016! The year was crowned by the publishing of my first book, and I plan to write two this year. I discovered my Self-Love, and now can truly stand on my own two feet!  (more…)

Whilst writing The Book in Apricale, in Italy, in August, I treated myself to a cappuccino or a gelato at the Apricus Osteria & Bar in the village almost daily. On one of those days I asked a lady sitting at another table if she would mind taking a photograph of me, my selfie skills not being the best. Anna Fill did a great job of it, and gave me her card. I thanked her, and so began a chat about why I was in Apricale in the first place. Anna and I met for coffee, on a Monday when most restaurants were closed, so she drove us to the nearby Bajardo, where we chatted and I got to know more about Anna, and her ‘The Riviera Woman’ digital magazine. Recently she wrote to me, when she had seen on Facebook that I had completed my Book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’, and asked me a number of questions, for an article for her magazine. (more…)

Please forgive this very personal Blogpost today, written in gratitude for how my life has changed due to a chance visit at Constantia Nek a year ago today. La Parada at Constantia Nek has become THE home of dancing on Sunday evenings, not just for me but for hundreds of Capetonians too.
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At the beginning of this month I attended a weekend Argentine Tango workshop at Temenos, the spiritual retreat in McGregor. I learnt more than just the basic Tango dance steps, and learnt about myself too, in that the dance has a spiritual side. (more…)

Yesterday I completed my Gourmet Tour of France, eating at the 50th restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, being Septime in Paris. It has one Michelin star, and has held it for the past four years. Despite being understated and hidden in its location, it offers world-class cuisine served by an enthusiastic team.  (more…)

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By the time you read this Blogpost I will have arrived in New York, for what is the most exciting journey I have ever undertaken, focusing on the best restaurants in the Big Apple as well as in London. (more…)

the-test-kitchen-cape-town-south-africa Conde Nast TravelerInfluential travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has announced its 2015 Readers Choice Top 15 Food Cities in the World. For the first time Cape Town is at the top of the list!  (more…)

TripAdvisor cape-townCape Town has dropped to the 20th position in the TripAdvisor 2016 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 World Destinations list, from 10th last year, despite the extremely favourable exchange rate offered to tourists by our city. No explanation for the massive ranking drop is provided. and may be due to the stringent Visa Regulations!

The TripAdvisor 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards World Destinations list has just been published: (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Whale news headlines

*   A short-lived marriage between the DA and Agang came to an end yesterday, Mamphela Ramphele withdrawing her collaboration with the DA in standing as their Presidential candidate!  On Social Media the two parties’ collaboration was welcomed, and described as a breath of fresh air in South African politics.   Since yesterday, both women leaders of the two parties have been slated, Helen Zille for her lack of judgement in collaborating with Ramphele, and Ramphele for not honouring her agreement with the DA.

*   Cutting SAA routes (such as Buenos Aires, and London/Cape Town) is detrimental to the tourism industry at a time when the weak Rand is increasing interest amongst travellers in visiting our country.

*   Nando’s is using Mobile Social Media for its ‘This time of year nobody should have to eat alone’ campaign for the first time, Mxit reaching 6,5 million users spending 95 minutes on the medium on average per day.

*   The South African Brandy Foundation is hosting two Fine Brandy Fusion events this year, from 22 – 23 (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The first ever African marketing office of SA Tourism was opened yesterday in Lagos in Nigeria, by our Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.  Not only will this be good for tourism for our country, but it also aims to create greater awareness and to attract more tourists to Africa globally.

*   The Reserve Bank has increased the interest rate by 50 basis points, the first increase in five years, to curb inflation caused by the weak Rand.

*   SAA made a loss of R991 million in the 2012/2013 financial year, an improvement on its previous loss of R1,25 billion in the previous financial year.  It blames the loss on the ‘weakened rand‘, as 60% of its costs are dollar based.  It announced today that had the Rand not weakened, SAA would have made a profit!  Cost-cutting efforts have been cutting the Kigali (to Rwanda) and Buenos Aires routes.  All long-distance routes are loss-making, admitted CEO Monwabisi Kalawe, but have to be retained for strategic reasons, such as Beijing.

*   The USA has close to 8000 wineries, of which just less than half are in California, by far the  dominant wine production state.   South Africa has about one tenth of this number!

*   The 9000 participants in the Travel Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Awards voted South Africa as the best (more…)