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Author: Colleen Hughes

Riebeek Kasteel – a touch of countryside inspiration

For years I had been threatening to visit Riebeek Kasteel until finally this past summer, I made my way to this countryside destination.  Being stiflingly hot in the heart of summer, it is perhaps not the best time to go.  As our waitress at Eve’s Eatery informed us, ‘in summer it is very hot and […]

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Cape Suites Hotel

I arrive at the Cape Suites Hotel in Cape Town and wonder what to expect.  The friendly reception staff is a good start.  I venture into the apartment and find everything I need – separate bedroom, lounge and dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen.  The tasteful furnishings in the clean and comfortable unit (thankfully […]

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Dullstroom – definitely not dull!

Only two hours from Pretoria or Johannesburg, Dullstroom is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or a fly fishing weekend.  The place is well known as South Africa’s premier fly fishing destination and if trout fishing is your thing, then you probably know the location well.  Still, those not interested in […]

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Holidaying with your pet

Instead of leaving their furry family members at a boarding kennel or with pet sitters (and have a stressed vacation worrying about them), many people prefer to take their pets along on holiday.  A few years ago this was an unimaginable concept and my first exposure to this practice was through a colleague who always […]

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Would you try a yoga retreat?

‘This is far too left field[1] for me,’ exclaimed a friend when she saw the programme for my planned yoga weekend retreat.  ‘And it’s all that chanting and meditation stuff that could just be too much,’ another friend added.  No doubt, these reactions reflect the unease that many experience about yoga weekends.  Most people don’t […]

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Make winter magical

‘I’m not venturing out this weekend,’ a friend recently declared in response to the cold that had descended on Gauteng.  ‘And this is only autumn!’ The plummeting temperatures over the past few weeks have reminded us that winter is fast approaching.  The winter cold usually brings the common sense approach of attempting to keep warm, […]

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