waterton wonderland

waterton wonderland

A stone’s throw from the Canada-USA border, amidst the Rocky Mountains, you find the teeny tiny hamlet of Waterton. Sitting in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterton Lakes National Park, the village is a very popular summer destination and the hub for hikers, bikers and all other kinds of outdoor lovers. Though summers […] more…
tickling the rockies’ toes

tickling the rockies’ toes

Driving from Edmonton to Hinton slowly introduces you to the beauty of Alberta’s nature. Kilometer by kilometer houses, shops, commercial buildings and oil fields give way to fir trees and trembling aspen. Reflected in the still water of lakes and pools, these trees beckon you to drive along their waving tops. Tops that around the […] more…
best of banff

best of banff

Banff, Alberta’s (in-)famous gateway to the Rockies has much to offer. Crisp, clean air in spring. Foliage in fall. Mucho snow thrills in winter. Bright days and long warm nights in summer. For decades people have found their way to Banff. Or should it be ‘for decades people have made Banff a way of life’? […] more…
the art of b&b

the art of b&b

In Dutch the name of the Bed and Breakfast sounds a bit like Home of Hermione. And yes, even though the owner opening the door doesn’t look anything like Harry Potter’s friend, his home has been touched by magic. Magical is the endless Garden of Eden of Huize Hermine. Magical is the art that inspires […] more…
splendid isolation

splendid isolation

Had Cervantes been South African instead of Spanish, he would have set the adventures of his most famous character not in La Mancha but in the Karoo. Just like La Mancha means ‘dry land’ in Arab – being derived from the word al-mansha – Karoo – in Khoikhoi – means desert. And like the land […] more…
jewel of the free state

jewel of the free state

Named after a Swiss town where the exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days on our planet, Clarens these days is also know as ‘the Jewel of the Free State’. It’s not hard to imagine why when walking around the central square or staring at the colorful sunsets painting the sandstone embracing this Free State […] more…
modern vintage – the grand cafe and rooms

modern vintage – the grand cafe and rooms

Plettenberg Bay – also known as Plett – has it all. Blue lagoons, pristine ocean views, an endless beach, whales and….the Grand Café and Rooms. The Grand Café & Rooms oversees the expansive bay of Plett. From your ocean view suite you can see the tides roll in and out, watch whales pass by and […] more…
happy landing – hotel verde cape town international airport

happy landing – hotel verde cape town international airport

The core of the air conditioning serves as a cooler for the wine supply. The fish produce nutrition for veggies for the kitchen. The artwork is a translation of the imagination of local school kids by professional South African artists. The pool is a self-supporting eco-system. Rainwater is re-used and solar panels provide both shade […] more…
victorian finesse – the beauty of swellendam

victorian finesse – the beauty of swellendam

Way back, in 1745, a bunch of so-called Voortrekkers decided they really liked a little river and the surrounding flatlands. Or maybe they were just plain tired of yet another mountain to climb and river to cross. Whatever their motivation though, their decision to set camp in what is nowadays known as Swellendam, turned out […] more…
wild luxury lodging

wild luxury lodging

I slowly open my eyes. No, this can’t be real. I must still be dreaming a sweat, pleasant dream. Let me just listen instead of look. I hear a river, wind, leaves, trees and animals. Plenty of wild animals. My skin is caressed by a breath of wind. The scent of Africa entering my nose. […] more…
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