My Top Travel Experiences of 2014

As the year comes to an end, it’s traditional to review the year, and share the best moments. I’ve often been accused of being premature (don’t ask), so it’s possibly appropriate that I jump the gun, and recall a few memories which made 2014 an especially good year. This may be a risky strategy, the year still has some legs in it, …

Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town

Spectacular sunsets usually bring thoughts of silhouetted surfers, island palm trees, or reflections in mountain lakes to mind. Cityscapes are often equally impressive however, and not necessarily just skylines of towering, reflective glass monoliths. These cloud formations over Cape Town, South Africa, produced one of the most memorable sunsets I can remember. After meeting fur seals in the marina, tasting craft …

Waves of Emotion; Cape Town Photography

Cape Town, one of the world’s most exciting destinations, popular with travellers, and on everybody’s bucket list. It’s a beautiful city, with a vibrant waterfront shopping, and dining area, nearby beaches, and the stunning backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain. Having travelled so far, with so many attractions on offer, it may seem slightly strange one I’ve chosen to highlight …

Postcards from World’s End; Cape Point, South Africa

Ok, so strictly speaking Cape Point, South Africa isn’t the world’s end, but standing at the famed point it’s easy to feel like it is. The Cape of Good Hope is one of those evocative names, that almost every traveller wants to visit. Once there, the imagination begins to kick in, witnessing the powerful ocean crash against the rugged coastline. It …

Postcards from Cape Town’s African Penguins

The seaside village of Simon’s Town, near Cape Town, South Africa has several attractions, but it’s unlikely many visitors are aware of them. Whale or shark watching usually excite any tourist, the attractive beach, craft market, and vibrant dance groups should also appeal, but the majority only come to see one thing; African penguins. It’s entirely possible that the only reason …

Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town

Driving past the townships such as Masiphumelele, close to Cape Town it is easy to consider them a blight on the area. Filled with ramshackle, rundown temporary accommodation, streets littered with garbage, effluence, or even open sewage streaming down the streets, and discarded vehicles abandoned in the shanty-like communities. Masiphumelele, means “I will succeed” Originally, the symbol of apartheid, where …

RMS St Helena, A Voyage for a Modern World

Sitting in the Mission to Seafarers in Cape Town, being served a beer by an Anglican reverend before departing on the RMS St Helena, seemed strangely right. Reverend Charles is a pleasant guy, happy to chat, and explain that passengers passing through the mission are often surprised by a dog collar wearing barman. His mixology skills weren’t put to the …