Our Travels

Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus

We drove through the spectacular Franschhoek pass to drop down to the Indian Ocean coast and town of Hermanus. Walker Bay is one of the top 12 places in the world to observe whales, this huge bay has been declared as a whale sanctuary and stretches from Hermanus to Gansbaai. We parked on the cliffs and wandered along the footpath, searching the surface of the sea for any sign of whale activity. June is early in the season and sadly…

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Bukhara & Haiku, Cape Town

We had originally set out to find a good meat restaurant within walking distance of our hotel for our second evening in Cape Town. However, when we spotted Bukhara with their Indian and Asian menu combination, we decided the chance of a good curry was too good to ignore. Bukhara’s concept was to set a new standard for Indian cuisine in South Africa, their large restaurant at the V&A Waterfront oozes opulence with three large dining rooms overlooking the harbour.…

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town

We wanted to stay in the V&A Waterfront area of Cape Town for our first 2 nights in South Africa and chose the Victoria & Alfred Hotel for our accommodation. This hotel has 94 bedrooms and is right on the waterfront, situated next to the food market, a shopping mall on the doorstep and within a stroll of 80 restaurants, a perfect location for us. We booked a loft room and was allocated no 305, which would have had a…

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Hotel Visits in Gran Canaria

We’re just home from our travel agency spring conference which was held in Gran Canaria this year. Puerto de Mogán We stayed at the 3* Apartamentos Cordial Valle Mogán in the lovely resort of Puerto de Mogán, known as “Little Venice” by visitors. This large aparthotel has 267 one bedroom and 36 two bedroom apartments, which are built into the hillside set back 600m from the beach and harbour area. There is a shopping centre directly opposite the hotel including…

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Our next travel adventure is Cape Town

A few weeks ago we were discussing where we should travel to in October/November for our next adventure, we wanted it to be a long haul destination and batted around a few ideas, including Thailand, Far East & South Africa. I wanted Mike to influence this trip as Morocco had been something I’d wanted to do for years. We finally settled on South Africa and decided that we would go in November, straight after the World Travel Market in London…

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Naviera Armas Ferry – Arrecife to Las Palmas

We were planning a trip to Gran Canaria from our home in Lanzarote, and our first thought was to fly there and hire a car. But I decided to look at the comparative costs of using the ferry service, and I was surprised to find that they were broadly similar, so we elected for the ferry, on the grounds that we could take our own, convertible, car and enjoy cruising around Gran Canaria. It turned out to be a classic…

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Riad Dar Mayssane, Rabat

When we were planning our trip to Morocco, everyone was saying that we should include at least 1 riad, for us that was the Dar Mayssane in Rabat. Isabelle, the owner contacted us prior to arrival to check how we were travelling and what time to expect us, she gave us instructions how to find the property and where to park. On arrival Isabelle greeted us and showed us our room, La Belle Endormie on the top floor of the…

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Hotel Palais Medina & Spa, Fes

We weren’t planning to stay at the Palais Medina & Spa in Fès, however we weren’t happy with the location of our accommodation we’d booked, so we cancelled and reserved a room at this 5* hotel. The hotel is situated on a main road, opposite the medina and next to a good sized shopping centre. We booked a standard double room with bed & breakfast and were allocated one with a lovely view over the pool and medina. Our room…

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Julie: Cape Town

Mike: Hong Kong

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