Namibia trip

Hi guys! Last weekend we went to Namibia.

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We took a flight from Cape Town to Windhoek and after driving six hours reached Etosha National Park. There we spent two days visiting the park.

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In Etosha there are a lot of animals: Impala, Oryx, elephants, leopards, rhinos, zebras, lions etc.

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The climate is very dry and it was extremelly hot so there were animals at the watering holes. In December when the rains come, animals are more difficult to see because they are more spread out through the park and able to more easily find water.

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In Etosha we stayed in a cozy lodge. We recommend Marusha next to the Numatoni gate or Etosha Village near to the Anderson entrance. However, most lodges outside the park do not offer the possibility of sleeping near animals like lions or rhinos, but are a good option in terms of value, compared to relatively simple places to stay within the park. If you are up for camping, there are many good options both inside and outside the park.

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The next day we visited the cute artists haven of Omaruru, a four hour drive south of Etosha, and spent the night on a game farm. The farm where we stayed was 15 km from the main road down a sand and gravel trail and we were glad to be driving a 4×4 pickup. The countryside was beautiful and it was a relief to finally find the lodge. The game lodge was recommended by friends from Namibia, and was probably best for families with small children who could see animals in a very tame environment. They were rhinos and a hippo, and the room was comfortable, facing a watering hole frequented mostly by giraffes and ostriches. We were lucky because we arrived just before the start of the high season, although there were few guests. At reception they told us that until February there was not going to be room available at the lodge.

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We spent the last day of the Namibia trip in Swakopmund, on the coast. We had lunch in nearby Walvis Bay, taking in the impressive sand dunes along the way. The small windswept harbor has a number of dining options and we were recommended a cozy restaurant called the Anchor, which had exceptionally fresh seafood. Afterwards, we went to see the flamingos at Walvis Bay, which means whales in Afrikaans.

Five fantastic days in Namibia, lots of driving, stunning semi desert landscapes. Highly recommended!

Kisses,

Victoria

 

 

 

The Twelve Apostles Cape Town Hotel

Hi everyone! How’s your week going?

For those thinking of visiting South Africa and Cape Town in particular, you must check out this boutique hotel, The 12 Apostles.

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Located between Camps Bay and Hout Bay about 15 minutes from the city center. This cozy hotel has five stars and is decorated in English style, and has been voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world by Conde Nast.

The rooms are very pretty and spacious with ensuite bathrooms, and you can choose sea or mountain views. Some of the rooms have balconies. 

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Even if you don’t stay in the hotel, the restaurant, cafe and bar are open to the public and are really worth visiting. 

The Café Grill

With views to the mountains and surrounded by vegetation, the cafe is a perfect place to have informal food like salads and sandwiches. 

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Azure Restaurant

Local and international cuisine including meat, shellfish and vegetarian food. The terrace is spectacular with sea views.

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The Leopard Bar

A very cozy room with fire and terrace to have traditional afternoon tea with scones, or have a drink.

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The Conservatory

With incredible views of  the Twelve Apostles, the spectacular mountain backdrop, this restaurant is the perfect place for a private event, party or meetings.

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The Spa offers various treatment options including massage, manicure, pedicure, with a hydrotherapy pool and you have the option of enjoying these treatments outside while enjoying the wonderful views.

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Hope you like some of these amazing places in Cape Town. 

Winter Look

For the last days of winter in Cape Town and the beginning of Spring, here is a look I suggest that can be worn day or night and even to work if you change the jeans for something more formal.

The fine coat or long jacket are from a local brand here in South Africa that I have just discovered. http://www.mrp.com/en_za They have cute things at very good prices. 

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The bag is from Liu-Jo from the new collection, I chose this grey stone color because it is easy to match and is seasonless.

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The jeans I had from a previous season, a basic I use a lot being one of my favorites, from SOS by Orza Studio.

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The shoes, with black leather, are wardrobe standards, and the grey jersey are from the same shop as the coat http://www.mrp.com/en_za.

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The neckless is from STRADIVARIUS and bought in Spain last year, made from intertwined pale rose twine with shiny stones in the center.

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Sunglasses by VOGUE EYEWEAR.

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I hope you liked the look, I’d love to know your opinion!

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In the next post, we’ll visit a beautiful vineyard close to Cape Town.

Kisses,

Victoria

Visiting Tangier

A few weeks ago when we stayed in Tarifa for a weekend, and spent a day visiting Tangier across the straight of Gibralter.

 

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We took the ferry from Tarifa and within less than an hour we were there. We only had one day to explore the most charming places of Tangier so we decided to go with a guide. Normally I prefer to travel on my own, planning where the visit, restaurants and controlling the time to spend at each place but in this case it was certainly the best decision.

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When we arrived at the port we were greeted by our guide who took us to see the countryside around Tangier.

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The day was not too sunny and no one was in the water though the sea looked quite inviting for a swim.

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We visited the old center, called the Medina, including the Kasbah (fortifications), markets and squares.

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The colorful streets in blue, green and white and colored ceramic tiles add to the charm of Tangier.

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For lunch we went to La Mamounia restaurant where we tried the menu which consisted of several traditional dishes.

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When we finished the meal we had time to walk, go to a cafe and explore the town.

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At the end of the trip, before returning to the port to catch our ferry, we went to see the local shops which sell products such as argan oil, cashmere foulards and pashminas and ceramics for home decoration.

It was a very packed day of sightseeing, shopping and eating, going all around Tangier, and leaving with the impression of having seen the most interesting parts. If you are in the region of Cadiz, this is a visit that we highly recommend.

 

 

Côte d’Azur trip

Hi!! How was your week?
Today a summary of our trip through the South of France, the Côte d’Azur. We spent five days visiting beautiful towns, beaches and mountains. We started the trip by plane from Madrid to Marseille where we rented a car and continued to the region of St. Tropez.

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Picture of Old Port of Marseille from the plane.
Marseille, the second largest city in France, is the most important commercial port of Provence, France and the Mediterranean, and is the third largest port in Europe.
The route starts in Ramatuelle with its many stunning vineyards such as Domaine La Rouillère.

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We also came across this windmill near Ramatuelle from the eighteenth century.

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Pampelonne  beach

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View from the mountain down to the sea.

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The next day we went to the small village of Port Grimaud, the Venice of the French Riviera.

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St.Tropez, one of the most famous resorts of the French Riviera.

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The old port of St. Tropez, great for a walk at night and to have an aperitif in one of the cafés located in front of the yachts, a classic being Senequier.

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Luxury in abundance but also traditional places where you dine well at a reasonable price. We peeked into the kitchen of this Italian restaurant that makes all their pastas by hand.

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The streets are charming around the square near to the port and there is a famous market on Sunday morning on La Place des Lices where they sell food and clothing items.

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After visiting the market stop by Le Cafe for lunch.

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Sanary “Ville fleurie”

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Cassis owes its name to a mulberry-like plant that produces a distinctive liquor, used in the classic Kir.

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And if you do not have vertigo you must drive from Cassis along the legendary corniches that span in both directions along the coast. The views are spectacular.

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A highly recommended trip, five days is enough time to visit the highlights of this beautiful region.
Have you been there? Contact us for more tips or recommendations.