I came back last week from five days in Chicago to visit a friend who has relocated to the windy city. I’ve done New York and Boston but didn’t know what to expect from my first visit to Chicago. I fell in love. It’s a city full of character, charm and super friendly people. It’s got a uniqueness about it – you could only be in Chicago but it’s less intense than New York (which I also love), Chicago had a different pace and vibe.  My friend Georgie lives downtown in the centre of everything, so close to Michigan Avenue…

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*I apologise for the grainy photos, my camera broke just after we left Hermanus!  After a slightly disappointing experience of Knysna, we drove to Nature’s Valley via a detour to Mossel Bay (don’t arrange your trip this way, we had to because our original shark dive fell through and H was determined to do one but it was a hefty detour!). The shark dive was brilliant and I surprised myself by how quickly I went from being scared and hanging back to jumping both feet into the underwater cage to get a glimpse of these amazing creatures. Scared or not,…

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After such an amazing time in Cape Town we left for Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to take in the scenery (and let’s face it the wine) of the winelands before heading on to the coastal town of Hermanus. The drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosh was probably the most stunning stretch of scenery I have ever had the privilege to see. Dramatic mountain vistas gave way to flat, stark almost moonlike terrain. We saw baboons everywhere and the weather was ever changing. One minute the sun was beating down, the next the clouds and mist covered the car. It was the…

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You know that whimsical idea of putting a pin on a map and going there? That’s pretty much what my boyfriend and I did before we decided upon South Africa 18 months ago. We wanted to spend a lot of air miles we had earned through work travel and spending too much on credit cards – South Africa it was. We’ve just come back from our two week holiday, starting in Cape Town and then travelling along the Garden Route and Eastern Cape, finishing with a safari before heading back to Cape Town for a final night. It was the…

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