A bohemian's guide to travel and tipple!
When I was a little girl all I ever wanted was to be a gypsy, so I could live in a brightly coloured caravan and wake up in a new place every day. Now that I am grown up (if being grown up is defined by age, rather than behaviour) I realise that I am unlikely to have the brightly coloured caravan or wake up in a different place every day. Until I get my mobile home, that is!
However, my nomadic inklings have never died, they've just been toned down a little. I still delight in finding new places, exploring small towns and attending festivals and events. I also happen to enjoy all manner of festivities and can often be found indulging in a glass of bubbly on a wine estate or enjoying a cold one in the beer tent at a festival.
The idea for this website (or blog if you prefer to call it that) was borne from realising that so much fun can be found right on your doorstep, that a delicious meal doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and that little dorp that you whizz through on your way to see the family for Christmas actually holds some quirky establishments and interesting people if you stop for the night instead of only at the stop street.
So now that you’ve found me, I invite you to join me in my “online” caravan and let me take you on a journey through Cape Town, the Western Cape, South Africa and beyond, where we will:
- watch movies under the stars.
- fill our bellies with a burger from a restaurant that used to be a garage.
- search for ghosts in a town where Olive Schreiner wrote The Story of An African Farm.
- don polka dot dresses and relive the 50s for a day.
- place bets on sheep racing on a wine farm near Paarl.
- eat the the best pizza in town at a backpacker-style spot in Napier.
- tour Cape Town on a bicycle and see The Mother City from a different angle.
- have a beer in a pub that was the departure point for wagons going to Kimberley.
- get off-the-grid and stay on a farm in the Klein Karoo.
- drink wine at a wine estate where every bottle has a unique story to tell.
- take a walk through Woodstock and see amazing graffiti.
- tuck into lunch with a glass of wine for under R50.
- cuddle up in a quirky trailer in the Overberg.
- visit a vibrant country market where dogs are welcome too.
- meet a Cape Town chocolatier who makes Bacon & Brie truffles.
- take the kids, dogs and your swimming costume to a wine estate in Elgin.
There are also pet-friendly restaurants and places to stay, along with parks perfect for walkies, for those who want to take their four-legged best friend along. And we’ll sniff more out along the way.
Welcome aboard – there's a world of magic out there and I will help you find it.