Safari West – A piece of Africa in California

From a South African perspective To the average “passerby” Safari West in Sonoma County, California, is a cool place to go glamping with some wild animals and birds in the background. What’s the big deal right? Right. Well here is the low down from a South African’s experience and perspective. As you can imagine we African’s can be a bit particular when it comes to others trying … Continue reading Safari West – A piece of Africa in California

Domaine Carneros

Postcards from Domaine Carneros

When out in Northern California visiting the infamous Napa Valley, Domaine Carneros is just one of those must visit places. Now let’s be honest, the bubbles speak for themselves with their elegant simplicity that always has you reaching for a bottle to celebrate any kind of important occasion… such as the end of a Monday, the first bud of spring, the sun shining, laundry completed, imaginary … Continue reading Postcards from Domaine Carneros

Far Niente Winery, Napa, California

Far Niente Winery – Napa, California

One of the highlights of having friends who love wine is the fact that they know the good from the bad and everything in between. Visiting Napa with the author of Wine Travel Eats was a surprise adventure into wine and food, one I had no idea existed! After days of wine tasting in Napa, exploring San Francisco and eating the most divine food, I thought that … Continue reading Far Niente Winery – Napa, California

Epic Grand Canyon Short Break

When Allegiant Air sends out their ever weekly email about the latest deals I often just browse and move on, more often than not the timing is never right for me with work and life. When I woke up one morning all filled with wonderlust I thought heck with it let me see where the pin will land. It landed in Mesa Arizona and for … Continue reading Epic Grand Canyon Short Break

Grand Canyon Meditation

20 Photos to inspire you to visit the Grand Canyon

When Allegiant Air sends out their ever weekly email about the latest deals I often just browse and move on, more often than not the timing is never right for me with work and life. When I woke up one morning all filled with wonderlust I thought heck with it let me see where the pin will land.  It landed in Mesa Arizona and for … Continue reading 20 Photos to inspire you to visit the Grand Canyon

USA: Lost in Translation… or rather mispronunciation

Have you ever spoken to a South African? Or perhaps someone from a different country and the way they pronounce the words is slightly different to the way you do? It can lead to some interesting misunderstandings… Disclaimer: Unfortunately some of the “misunderstandings” are not totally PG. The Pot Plant – USA A couple of years ago I wanted to buy a pot plant as … Continue reading USA: Lost in Translation… or rather mispronunciation

Skate on the Bay and Sunflowers

Day 1 in the life of a Wine Blogger series I arrived on a sunny Monday afternoon and was whisked off to a beautiful restaurant called Skates on the Bay. Sitting on top of the water (stilts not sitting sitting), the huge glass windows overlooking the bay, the fresh smell of the sea air… I fell in love with San Francisco right there and then. … Continue reading Skate on the Bay and Sunflowers

A Day out at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

As part of my quest to see sanctuaries in Florida and around the world I managed to visit the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida. Now I must be upfront with you, I watched the news back in 2008 while in South Africa and they had a whole segment on this place and what they do for the primates no longer being able to … Continue reading A Day out at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

6 days in San Francisco and Napa – A glimpse in to the life of a Wineblogger

In August I was invited by Napa Food and Vine to spend a week with them.  We’ve known each other for over decade (I’m dating myself here) and worked together previously on different projects. Never wine or food though.  Honestly when she told me that she was blogging about wine and food I thought she was a tad on the “nuts” spectrum. That said I’ve … Continue reading 6 days in San Francisco and Napa – A glimpse in to the life of a Wineblogger

A visit to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

I will state upfront that yes, I have heard the rumors, and yes I have read up on the history of this particular bird sanctuary. I’m not going to gloss nor go into detail over the gory details but rather send you off to google and you can read for yourself.  There is a lot of controversy regarding the previous owner and what he did … Continue reading A visit to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary