Thursday 2 April 2020, Day 18 of SA Corona Virus, Day 7 of SA Lockdown 👏😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Gratitude for another beautiful 26C day; for a good dose of Vitamin D on my terrace today, boosting my immune system; for the news that the City is moving the refugees from the Methodist Church to Bellville; that there will be two DJs entertaining us 💃💃💃 on #FirstThursday this evening, from 18h00; that we will have a front-line medical and security staff drive-by in Clifton and Camps Bay this evening; that my heart is loving Lickdown; and that we have managed seven days of Lockdown, one third done, and that I can celebrate it with a beer. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Lufthansa, for its excellent service on a direct daytime flight from Cape Town to Munich in February. It started with the check-in, where the very kind assistant Alex allocated a window seat to me. He saw me while we were waiting to board, carried my hand luggage, and took me to the front of the queue. Before the boarding had officially started, he walked me to the aircraft, so that I could be the first person on board. He even tried his best to speak German to me, but I told him that I lived in Cape Town. The service on board was excellent, contrary to past experiences of Lufthansa air hostesses. There was Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Hôtel Beaumarchais in Paris, and its receptionist Emily, who went out of her way to make my two-day stay an absolute pleasure. I had booked the hotel via Booking.com, and had no personal experience nor recommendation for it. On arrival Emily offered me a room immediately, despite it not yet being 14h00, and told me that she had upgraded my room to a double – with annoyance I discovered on my travels that one sleeps in a single bed when one makes a booking for one person. I had not made a request re the bed type, and she did not know Continue reading →
Last week I ate lunch at Garden restaurant at the renowned Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, a spontaneous decision after having done some business with Deutsche Bank across the road. I was super impressed with the service offered by the proactive PR department of the hotel, but did not like the arrogance I experienced!
Today I depart on a two-week eating tour of France, continuing my World’s 50 Best Restaurant journey I began in New York and London in July last year. There is no more exciting start to my culinary trip than dinner at JAN restaurant in Nice on Wednesday, given that it has just been awarded the 2017 Michelin one-star rating. In February 2016 owner Jan-Hendrik van Der Westhuizen did our country proud, in becoming the first South African chef to own a Michelin-star restaurant. Continue reading →
Last June, whilst on holiday in Europe, I made the spontaneous decision to fly from Munich via Dusseldorf to Nice, for a lunch. The lunch at JAN Restaurant was the highlight of my eating career to date. Today JAN Restaurant, Continue reading →
South Africans are still reeling in shock about the sudden axing of our Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene earlier this week. In the midst of this action appears to be SAA, its chairman Dudu Myeni being a close friend of President Zuma, and not accepting being dictated to by Continue reading →
SA Tourism cannot wish for better marketing than having a movie made which predominantly features beautiful spots in our country, and not have to pay for its production! German movie ‘Der Geilste Tag‘ features award-winning actors, and launches in German cinemas Continue reading →
My trip to Europe in June and July included challenging myself to try Airbnb, given that the new shared accommodation service stems from the formal accommodation industry. It was a ghastly experience, and I will think twice before using this accommodation service again!
Airbnb has taken off in its seven-year existence, with 1 million accommodation listings in 34000 cities and towns around the world. It has become a swearword for the formal accommodation sector, and is a massive threat! Its popularity stems from the more affordable accommodation options offered, and the personal contact one has with the host, to receive personal tourism tips. Hotels are moving unsold stock onto Airbnb, testimony of the power of this new shared accommodation offering. Continue reading →