Keen for a romantic mini getaway from Cape Town and all the wine? Head to picturesque Stellenbosch in the Winelands - tips on where to eat, sleep & drink.

I picked up the flyer while I was waiting at a counter. It said Keep calm and drink wine. Personally, I think the keep calm trend is overrated and outdated but I do like wine and after all, wine is what I came to Stellenbosch for.

Drinking wine or going to university is one of Stellenbosch’s main attraction. Mind you, I also have family there and just a deep appreciation for this little Winelands town. Stellenbosch has been overrun by tourists and chain restaurants in recent years but that doesn’t really diminish its charm. At least not by a lot. It does, however, mean that you have a lot fewer options on where to find a decent local meal to go with that wine.

The beaches, the wine, Table Mountain, the penguins, the food, Cape Point - here are my favorite reasons to visit Cape Town. A picture perfect post.

Cape Town frequently gets voted as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. I think it is a combination of mountains, ocean and charming buildings that does the trick for most. I do official know the reasons to visit Cape Town which make it so very appealing. I remember a time when I was incredibly grateful to have a commute with either a mountain or an ocean view, I tend to not be awed by the city’s beauty anymore. I lived there for too long and with that, I think came a mix of taking it for granted and also being able to look behind the scenes. The traffic is still horrid, all charming buildings are owned by white people and the mountain regularly burns because people are assholes.

Looking for a little Cape Town weekend getaway? Drive up the West Coast and find sleepy Britannia Bay, perfect for doing nothing!

I think we can all agree that the world has gone a bit mad right now, regardless of which side of the political rainbow you stand. And with this mad world, the question comes up again and again if travel blogger should talk about politics or if it is none of our effing business. There seems to be no right or wrong… damn it if you do, damn it if you don’t.

I won’t talk about politics right now, though.

The last few months have been a whirlwind. I hate that word but nonetheless, it describes my life adequately right now. When did it start? I don’t even remember but this year has already seen lots of countries, old and new, lots of changes, some bad and most freaking awesome. I have been to Finland, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Scotland, all new territory for me, and have made return visits to my beloved Marrakech and to my old home New York. I have done a lot of soul-searching, have tried to establish a freelance business as a travel blogger, did one project that made my heart beat faster and met one person who also does. Yes, whirlwind is more than adequate.

Looking for a Durban guide for the coolest things to do? Look no further but head to Station Drive where the cool kids brew beer & the best coffee in town.

What do you know about Durban?

My knowledge circled around Bunny Chows, an airport I kept calling Shakalaka and giggling each time (it’s King Shaka!), and enviable warm water for anyone coming from Cape Town. That was the extent of my Durban knowledge, and frankly, I was only semi-interested to learn more before heading to Phinda to look for giraffes.

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