WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 12/13 April


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Forbes has published a wonderful article by Fathom travel website about Cape Town and the Winelands, describing it as a ‘mix of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Napa Valley – with a little Bilbao thrown in.  It recommends Table Mountain, penguins at ‘Boulder Bay’ (sic) ‘Beach‘, ‘design-centric’ shopping at Cape Quarter, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, ‘Victoria and Albert (sic) Waterfront‘, a township tour, Simonstown, Surf Shack in Muizenberg, Delaire Graff Restaurant, and Babylonstoren.  For shopping O.live, Nap, Merchants on Long, Monkey Biz, and African Nova are recommended.  Restaurant recommendations include Harbour House, Live Bait, Grand Café on the Beach, Bungalow, Bistro Sixteen82, The Greenhouse, The Test Kitchen, and The Round House.

*   Henco J (his surname is not revealed) from Pretoria is one of three winners of the Jameson First Shot awards, an annual opportunity to have a short film produced given to a resident of South Africa, Russia, and the USA by Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey.  The three winners will have their film produced in Los Angeles later this year, with actress Uma Thurman in the lead role in each.  Henco’s script is called ‘The Mundane Goddess’, and tells the story of Hera, the queen of Greek gods.

*   Palm Beach Illustrated writes with praise about South African wines, in an article entitled ‘South Africa Rising: Wine and Vineyard Renaissance’, and how these combine old-world tradition with cutting-edge techniques.  The article features Fairview, Ken Forrester Vineyards, Neil Ellis Wines, Graham Beck Winery, and House of Mandela.

*   A Benefit year is being organised in honour of  Dave Hughes, who is turning 75 this year. Hughes is recognised as one of the most knowledgeable wine professionals in our country.  A number of events is planned over the next 18 months, including a Golf Day on 15 May, and culminating in a Gala Dinner next year.

*   The International Maritime Organisation has published guidelines to help reduce underwater noise pollution, to benefit marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, which communicate with each other by sound.  Ships’ propellers are most to blame in generating underwater noise, and regular maintenance can reduce the noise they make.  Reducing the speed at which ships travel also reduces underwater noise.

*   If one has a tourist visa for Germany, and falls ill, necessitating the extension of such a visa, it appears that one cannot obtain such an extension, and will be arrested if one does not depart on the day of the expiration of such a visa, no matter how ill one may be and how contagious one’s disease may be to other passengers.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com   Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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