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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 44 of Level 3, 14 July 2020.

 

Tuesday 14 July 2020, Day 44 of Level 4, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for such a beautiful sunshine day, feeling warmer than the 17C forecast, lifting the spirits immediately; for a calm and peaceful day; for Loadshedding well timed from 14h00, my writing done, allowing me a good walk, first in Camps Bay and tagging Bakoven on to it too, to pass the time; for such amazing storm scenery to photograph; for dancing to Kfm Dansdag; for a chat to Stuart Bailey, to congratulate him on a project 99% completed; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 7 March

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk is attending the International Toerismusboerse (ITB) Travel Expo in Berlin.  The Minister said that German tourist arrivals have increased by 153% since 1994, measured at 26600 in 2012.  ‘Germany is our third largest source of overseas tourists. It’s been an incredible journey in which South Africa has emerged from a wildlife destination, serving primarily a domestic market, to one of the most visible, exciting, culturally diverse and varied global tourist destinations in the world today‘, the Minister said.

*   A number of bush camps as well as roads, have been closed in the Kruger National Park due to flooding caused by heavy rains, especially in the southern parts of the park.

*   IATA (International Air Transport Association) figures for January 2014 show a healthy 8% increase in airline passenger demand relative to the same month in 2013.

*   TripAdvisor has launched a South African domain, www.tripadvisor.co.za, and will add more local content to its site.

*   The most expensive champagnes are as follows: Goût de Diamants (Taste of Diamonds, £1,2 million), Moët & Chandon Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 16/17 November

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*  Nando’s, Prince Harry’s and Beyonce’s favourite chicken take-out in London, will be opening its first store at Gatwick airport.

*   Heathrow needs a third runway to deal with the estimated doubling of traffic by 2030.  One plan is to build a floating runway on an estuary of the Thames, instead of demolishing houses in a village close to Heathrow.

*   Wide-spread flooding hit Somerset West, Franschhoek, Hermanus/Stanford, Strand, and Cape Town on Friday evening.  The Franschhoek Pass, Chapman’s Peak, Betty’s Bay/Gordon’s Bay road, and Victoria Road* between Camps Bay and Hout Bay are still closed.

*   Eben Sadie of The Sadie Family Wines is the winemaker featured in the weekly Terroirist blog interview!

*   Not only is Stellenbosch famous for its many wine estates producing excellent Continue reading →