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Piedirosso wine in Positano

Piedirosso wine in Positano. When You book a nice apartment in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, with us You’ll realize  how beautiful and magic this town is.

At sunset, the town is the only producer and winemaker Joseph Apicella. His wine making from time immemorial, although until the ’75 sold in bulk, everywhere there were wine bars and restaurants can appreciate a good red, that had nothing to envy to the most famous wines. Then, Peppe Apicella (that’s how his friends call him) began to bottle his wine and courageously to propose around Italy, especially where the presence of his fellow villagers had given rise to the emergence of restaurants and pizzerias. This applies, in fact, that by Sunsets are irradiated throughout Italy for generations of pizza, that the example of Louis Jordan, who was the first after the war he opened a pizzeria in Loreto di Novara.The expansion and success come from the eighties, though Apicella remains committed to the principle that only a small winery can provide those treatments that require a good wine. So the five acres of family were the ones with the old screws Piedirosso and Aglianico, foot works, and with a yield on the ninety quintals per hectare, well below the 110 expected to be disciplined in ’95.

The company produces white, red and rosé for a total of forty thousand bottles, with a predominance of red, the type not only more distant tradition, but most in demand by the market. And it was the growing success of this wine to push Apicella to create, since 2000, a Rosso Riserva Vigna battered three thousand units, based on 60% and Aglianico Piedirosso, with three years of aging, including two in bottle. Vigna battered represents the first milestone of the family Apicella, where even the children – Prisco young winemaker, and Fiorina, studies in business – live with love and the fate of the transport. At first this was followed a’Scippata Reserve, which is indicated by the name of the local vineyard, all on foot works, which originally appeared rugged and steep, as often is the territory here. The fund was established in the early thirties with the purchase of the forest that the Old Forest, an excellent investment for the particular nature of the land and all the happy position at noon. Just one hectare, to break up by force of arms and an ax, before planting the cuttings and Piedirosso Dyer, rigorously chosen among the best in the area.

Then, the wise provision of the grape in the framework, where each item includes five cuttings together. Ordered geometry, which gave rise to a series of plots, each capable of containing three rows of vines grown on pergolas, with the typical plant chestnut poles.Since 1931, a period in which it is born a’Scippata – apart from the modern equipment and new winemaking techniques – here nothing has changed. Peppe Apicella, heir to the vineyard, I worked as his ancestor, with operations carried out manually, given the rugged nature of the place. Pruning, tying the branches, the change of guardians, we always refers to gestures and techniques of the past. Careful harvest in early November – a date not to be overlooked for a grape rather delicate as the dye – can count on only forty pounds, or just over one hectare of vineyard. Then in the cellar, that philosophy requires a delicate baling and a long fermentation on the skins for better respect of the original character of the grape

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Mexico travel tips

My Mexico Travel Tips

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My Mexico travel tips will help you decide where you want to visit in Mexico. As we already observed during our first visit, construction on Mega Resorts was well under way, but I had no idea how fast the landscape would change. Charming little fishing villages, such as Punta Bete seem to be completely gone. Giant Hotel Complexes now stand where once empty Caribbean beaches with little restaurants were.

The sites in Mexico like Chichen Itza, Palenque and Uxmal are fabulous. Merida is a nice city, especially on Sundays. However, it’s much more expensive than Guatemala, and it also lacks the atmosphere of Guatemala. The Caribbean coast (Playa Del Carmen, Tulum) could definitely not seduce us: it’s hyper-touristic and quite expensive also.Still, we went back to Mexico in 12/99 to finish the trip we had started in 1993. From Tikal we went to Bethel, crossed the Usumacinta river into Mexico, and then visited Yaxchilan, one of the highlights of our second trip (don’t miss it). From there onwards to Palenque with side trip to Agua Azul. Then San Cristobal, Oaxaca and finally Mexico City. I think we”ll need a third trip to visit the Nothern part of the country.

While the area was hit hard by Hurricanes during the last season, Mega Resorts have recovered quickly, fueled by foreign investments. Areas such as Puerto Morelos however did not recover as quickly. Little Hotels are still struggling to clean up and rebuild. Financial bankruptcy will only result in the inevitable, more Mega Resorts.

As an enthusiastic traveler, I do not feel well in all inclusive style resorts. People are not interested in the country they visit, just how to get the most out of the buffet and the most drinks in their alcohol ridden bodies while trying to obtain the best tan to show off at home. I never understood this kind of travel culture, but if you like to spend your vacation in comfort and style without having to worry about anything and if you like group tours instead of exploring a country on your own, the Mexican Caribbean is just the place for you. If you are looking for empty beaches and romantic little villages, go somewhere else.

This article outlines the changes that I observed between my two visits to the Mexican States of Quintana Roo and Yucatan and about some general Travel Advice for Mexico SIM Card and Mexico Cell Phone Rentals .

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Buying wine online convenient

Buying wine online can be convenient

 

Buying wine online can be convenient, adventurous and fun. Wine is a popular drink around the world, bringing joy, happiness and a hearty cheer. But wine of yesteryears was not the drink we know of wine today. In those days there was no fermentation in stainless steel vats, no controlled temperatures and most definitely no technological advancements that we enjoy in today’s production.

But then even without the modern facilities of today’s wine played an important role in those ancient times. Recent archaeological evidence suggests a thriving online wine industry in Greece as early as 4500 BC, supported by evidence of crushed grapes in the ruins. The ancient Greeks believed that wine was a gift from god Dionysus. And since corks did not exist as a wine closure the wine bottle mouths use to be coated with olive oil and sealed with pine bark. This method retarded evaporation of the wine and the olive oil prevented contamination by the air. The pine bark also lent the wine a nice fruity and piney aroma, a prized feature in many of the Australian wines of today.

It may surprise you to know that wine grapes are highly sensitive. The slightest change in the climatic conditions can spoil the grapes totally. Powerful winds can break the flowers from the wine and spoil the crop. Too much rain can cause the wine grapes to rot and too much sun can over ripen the grapes and quickly destroys the taste achieved by a long and slow ripening process. There are wines that don’t come to life until the grapes rot. For example Sauternes are a classic style of wine that can only be made when the grapes have been infected by the botrytis cinerea fungus. This infection is called the noble wine rot.

The barrels the wines are stored in, have a major impact on the taste of wines. White wine is normally stored in stainless steel vats and red wines in oak barrels. However contemporary wine making is leaning to unoaked styles as consumers prefer the lighter fruitier wines that are less oaked. This idea is backed up by many wine enthusiasts arguing that wine is supposed to taste like the fruit and not a tree.

“The soft extractive note of an aged cork being withdrawn has the true sound of a man opening his heart.” —William Samuel Benwell

 

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About Jaipur Travel in Rajasthan

About Jaipur Travel in Rajasthan

About Jaipur travel in Rajasthan: The royal, heritage state of Rajasthan feels so proud to claim Jaipur as its capital city! Jaipur, also known as ”Pink City”, is the largest city of Rajasthan. This magnificent city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the first planned city of India, located in beautiful surroundings of semi desert lands, in the lap of Aravali hills. The city exhibits the vigorous, royalstic, adventures, commanding and luxurious past of Rajputs. The fascinating palaces, forts, temples and monuments are the symbols of that prosperous Rajputana era.

Attractions of Jaipur: Jaipur is enriched with a number of forts, palaces, monuments and temples. What Jaipur demands you, is only the time, so that you may visit all the famous places of Jaipur, as one can not visit those all within a day.

Forts: The three famous forts of Jaipur are – Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh. These three forts are the three gems of the city, whose splendid architecture and eyecatching sights impress every visitor.

Palaces: City Palace of Jaipur is counted among one of the renowned palaces of India. This big palace covers several separate sections like gardens, courtyards and buildings.
Jal Mahal or Water Palace is an impressive structure of Rajputana architecture, situated in beautiful Mansarovar lake.

Temples: Feel the essence of spiritualism with the holy visit to the temples of Jaipur. Moti Doongari and Govind Devji are the most famous as well as ancient temples of Jaipur, dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Krishna respectively. Except, Lakshmi Narayan Temple (aka The Marble Temple), Jain Mandir, Galtaji, Galwh Bagh (aka Monkey Temple) and Surya Mandir ( Sun Temple) are other famous pilgrimages of Jaipur.

Monuments:
Jantar Mantar is the largest stone observatory in the world, that makes it a very special tourists spot.
Hawa Mahal is a five storied grand building with 953 windows, called ” jharokhas”, through each of which breezy wind passes.
Gaitore is located in the foothills of Nahargarh Fort, which is the cremation of royal Jaipur rulers.

Gardens: Ramniwas Garden, Sisodia Rani Garden, Kanak Vrindavan, Vidhyadhar Garden, Central Park, Jawahar Circle Garden and Technology Park are the must visit gardens of the city.

Market: The market of Jaipur is the fusion of rich, colorful culture of Rajasthan, where you may purchase the famous handicrafts stuffs, embroided fabrics, artificial jewelry and many other things.

Plan Rajasthan Tours and enjoy the Jaipur Travel

Constantia wine route

Constantia Wine Route Cape Town

The Constantia wine route is located in the Constantia Valley in Cape Town. Constantia is on the eastern flank of the Cape Peninsula in the coastal zone. The maritime climate and cool position create ideal conditions for a wide range of grapes to grow. In South Africa viticulture usually takes place at a latitude of 34 degrees south and thrives in an area with a mild Mediterranean climate.  This climate features warm summers that are cooled by south easterly winds and cool winters with very little frost.

Positioned in the heart of this magnificent wine route is the elegant The Last Word Constantia, one of 4 boutique hotels owned and run by The Last Word hotel group.The Last Word Constantia is surrounded by the majestic Cape Mountain ranges that form a backdrop to the most scenic wine producing regions in the world and makes for an ideal form of Cape Town luxury accommodation for those wanting to explore the winelands and experience some tours of the eight wine farms that make up the region.

The eight farms, which all offer tasting tours, are Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen, Constantia Uitsig, Eagles Nest Wines, Groot Constantia, High Constantia, Klein Constantia, Steenberg Vineyards all of them boast a rich history, dating back to 1685 as well as a unique terrior. This 5 star boutique hotelis situated conveniently close to main roads that lead to the Stellenbosch Winelands, for discerning wine connoisseurs seeking to experience other types of wine.

The Last Word Constantia has a swimming pool and surrounding tanning deck, set amongst manicured gardens and rolling lawns, allowing guests to take advantage of more than the extravagant mountain views that encompass this luxury hotel.

This particular luxury boutique hotel is also situated close to other Constantia attractions such as the up market Constantia shopping center and many high quality restaurants.

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Jodhpur

Jodhpur – The Blue City

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About Jodhpur:
Jodhpur, also known as the blue city, is the gateway to the famous Thar desert. It is the second largest city of heritage state of Rajasthan in India. The city was founded by Rajput Rathore Rao Jodha around 1459 AD. Most of the houses are of blue shades in old city that make it famous as Blue City. Also It is called the Sun City as the sun brightens the city almost everyday. With its superb surroundings and structures, it is one of the most favourite tourists destination of Rajasthan.

Attractions:
Jodhpur is located in the lap of Thar desert, surrounded by the gorgeous Aravali hills. Various forts, palaces and temples enrich the city and make it the center of attraction.

Mehrangarh Fort:
It is the largest fort of Rajasthan, founded in 1458, around which the whole city was developed. It is loacted at the top of a hill at a height of 150 meters, which now is converted into one of the finest as well as the most well stocked museum of Rajasthan. It contains the rare collection of old royal palanquins.

Umaid Bhavan Palace:
This palace is counted amongst the most recent palaces of India. This beautiful building is made of the finest marble and the special sandstone. Also it is the biggest private residence in the whole world, which also has a royal heritage hotel along with a wonderful museum.

Veer Durgadas Smarak, Masooria Hills:
You may enjoy the fantastic bird’s-eye view of the city from the Veer Durgadas Smarak, as it is located at the high hills of Masooria. The beautiful fountains along with museum, children playing facilities, park and restaurants make this place must visit tourist destination.

Temples: Ganesha Temple, Mahamandir Temple, Baba Ramdev Temple, Pal Balaji Temple and Santoshi Mata Temple are the famous temples of the city.

Lakes: Jodhpur is also garnished with several famous lakes full of natural beauty. Some of these most famous lakes are Balsamand Lake, Kailana Lake and Gulab Sagar Lake.

Market: Nai Sadak and Sardar market are the famous buying places of the city. Handlooms products, handicrafts items, silver and semi precious stone jewelry, cushions, bedsheets, gift items and candles are the main buying material of Jodhpur that attract everyone’s attention.

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Budget Travel

Budget Travel Opens Possibilities

Have no worries about how are you going to spend your summer or spring vacations, budget travel is here. It is supposed to be a real break for you, so stop the bother and just hang on to what all inclusive vacation deals have in store for you.The Grand Canyon is an amazing place, so I have dreamed to visit it since I was a little girl. And I has fulfilled my dream in June this year.

I live in New York, but I have never been to Washington D.C. But last Sunday I had a nice day in the capital. That was really a great city. Life gets monotonous if we don’t take care of few minor things to shape our life. We follow a regular routine. The last thought that comes in our mind before going to bed is to get up early the next day and go to work.

The Broadway theatre chain features some of the great theatres around the New York City. The theatres have become part of history and still running since much last year’s providing sheer entertainment to the people.Travel is something that makes you feel relaxed, better somehow recharged. It is the fun that makes travel such a unique experience wherever you go.

People across the globe who are fond of traveling must be aware of an online website known as Viator – A TripAdvisor Company. Traveling to new places gives a freedom to interact with people of different countries or regions.

A businessman who travels occasionally does not have much time to search and assess a particular hotel so as to check its rates and services. Viator is an online site that will let you easily book flights and hotels if you are going on a trip somewhere. It is an American-based company but they do have local websites for other countries that they operate in.

It is possible that you might have, at one point in your life, had to work with a website or company such as Viator.com in preparing your trips. Are you looking for a new vacation trip? If yes then you might want to try cruises to nowhere. It is inexpensive and it usually leaves in great cities such as New York.

When you are planning a holiday, you might find it difficult to get everything organised the way that you want.While the economy hasn’t been good, all of us should not let it get in the way of our much needed vacation. It has been shown that vacations are needed to stay healthy.

The west side of the city is filled with narrow streets with old buildings and tiny street vendors. Shamian Island on the Zhujiang river is home to old colonial buildings. The streets are lined with banyan trees and its pace much slower than the rest of the city.

New Zealand Wines

New Zealand Wine Country

New Zealand wine is a wine unlike any other due to its climate, soil, and water. New Zealand vineyards are grown in a maritime climate. The sea controls the climate creating cooler winters and hotter summers; this also means that there are warmer clearer days and cooler nights from the sea breeze, creating slow ripening environments which create unique tastes. Also most of New Zealand’s vineyards are located in free draining alluvial valleys. These deposits make up most of New Zealand’s mountains. These deposits create the different quality characteristics in the wine, and these are often mentioned on the wine label.

New Zealand wines production started as late as 1970, as before this there were hardly any grapes planted on the island. New Zealand now has ten main wine growing regions. These are scatted throughout New Zealand and each has their own variety in climate and environment. The difference in the environment and climate means that the different types of the same wine can be harvested throughout a variation of 8 weeks throughout the country. The main winery regions are Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Auckland, Walkato, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury/Waipara Valley, and Central Otago.

Northland was the first place in New Zealand where vines were planted in 1820. However it is still New Zealand’s smallest wine producing area, as winemaking nearly died out here until a bigger interest within winemaking which has developed in the recent years. Northland is now expanding rapidly with three grape growing areas Kaitaia, around the bay of the islands, and near Northlands biggest city Whangarei. The high popularity for the regions wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay, come from the fact it offers New Zealand’s warmest ripening conditions, therefore these are the most planted grapes within this area. Vineyards within Northland are mainly planted upon flat and slight slowing topography. The soils within Northland vary from shallow clay soils over sandy-clay soils.

Gisborne offers vineries the world’s most easterly vineyard planting point. These vineyards are the first to see the sun each morning and this region receives a high amount of sunshine hours accompanied by shelter from New Zealand’s range of mountains to the west. Chardonnay makes up about half of the regions vineyards and Gisborne has been renamed the Chardonnay capital of the world by its wine makers. The vineyards here are mainly planted on flat land and the soils include alluvial loams over sandy and volcanic subsoil.

Hawkes Bay is the second largest vinery region in New Zealand. This region offers a large range of soil types from fertile silty loams to free draining sand, and stones to heavy silts. Ripening dates within this area for one wine can vary by 4 weeks, from the hot soils of the lower areas, to a higher cooler altitude of central Hawkes Bay. Chardonnay again here is the most planted grape, but Hawkes Bays lengthy sunshine hours mean that later ripening red grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, are also popular here.

Auckland is New Zealand’s more traditional winemaking area. Here Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay are the most planted grapes. The Auckland regions soils are mainly shallow clays over hard silty-clay subsoil.

Waikato south of Auckland offers smaller vineyards that are scattered among farmland. Wine production here is mainly of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils here are of heavy loams over clay subsoil. The climate here is moderately warm, as Waikato is situated highly north within New Zealand.

Pinot Noir is Wairarapa’s most planted grape. This is the regions most acclaimed grape. The success of this grape comes from the development, the quality, and the focus which the regions wine makers have put in. Although this region is small in terms of wine production, the quality of the wines produced keeps New Zealand’s wine quality reputation very high.

In the hot days, and the cooler night climate and free-draining alluvial loams over gravely subsoils provides Marlborough’s vineyards, which produce great fruit flavours. The world has been exposed to its brand new style and taste of Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling are also widely planted within this region. Marlborough wines have earned a great reputation from Sauvignon Blanc, and have also become New Zealand’s largest and most known wine growing region. Sparkling wines, and a wide range of white and red wine is also produced here.

Nelsons vineyards consist of the grape varieties which are best grown in cooler temperatures. Situated on the west cost the mountains, the west to this region provides a rain shadow effect, and also the coastline helps moderate the temperatures. Here Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir are mainly produced in this area.

In Canterbury there are two main areas for the wine production. These are around the city of Christchurch, and the newer development of Waipara. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc make up most of the vineyards, and Canterbury is NZs fourth largest wine region.

Central Otago is the world’s most southerly wine growing region. It has a continental climate with more extreme seasons than any of New Zealand’s regions. The soils have heavy deposits of mica minerals and schists in silt loams. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are mainly grown here. Central Otago is a beautiful region, with pure fresh air, and vibrant views. The wine of Central Otago is said to reflect the stunning area.

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Enjoy Wine

How to Enjoy Wine

The question, “How to Enjoy Wine”, may seem absurd to some! You just drink it. Well, yes that’s the basic idea of course. You find a wine you like and then drink it, but let’s delve a little deeper.

First of all, what makes a good wine, a wine you’ll be more likely to enjoy? It’s very simple: if you like it, it’s good. If you love it, it’s great. Wine is about enjoyment. Scrap notions of imagine or popularity or other nonsense. And although prices of the world’s most famous wines like Chateau Latour and Lafite have skyrocketed out of range of all but the rich, the availability of really good enjoyable wine for under 10 or 20 dollars a bottle has also skyrocketed!

If you try a wine and don’t enjoy it at first, don’t give up yet. It may need some time to breathe, to loosen up since the bottle was open. Many bottles may soften and blossom with a little time in your glass. Also a wine may taste totally different when you have it with food, and yes, often much better.

Keep in mind that occasional bottles of wine may be “off” or bad.” If it tastes bad, the bottle may be bad. Wine doesn’t like hot weather so it may have been literally cooked during shipment or storage or it may have been contaminated by the cork.

When I first open a bottle and pour a glass, I usually first look at it in the glass, then smell it, and have a taste. Good wine looks good, smells good, and taste good. Don’t be surprised if the tastes are unexpected or surprising, only pay attention to whether you enjoy the wine or not. Sometimes it may take a glass or two to be sure, especially with the myriad of wine tastes and aromas that are out there, ranging from earth and dirt to fruit to minerals and everything in between.

It’s simple to find wine you enjoy. Feel free to experiment with different wines as well as drinking them with different foods. There are no rules. Just open a bottle and enjoy.

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Travel Africa

Travel Africa, an Amazing Adventure

Travel Africa, an amazing adventure awaits you. It’s impossible to capture the beauty of Cape Town in words or photos. It can only give a glimpse of the magic.

Long, long ago when the likes of Dias were traveling the seas to discover new countries the Cape was called the “Cape of Storms”. Cape Town has very interesting weather patterns. Most of the times it is warm and sunny but when the “Suidoos” (the local name for the very strong South Eastern wind) starts blowing you have to hold onto everything you own.

Table Mountain is the best example of this unpredictable weather. The one minute it’s open and beautiful and the next minute the misty clouds come blowing in. Within minutes a white tablecloth of clouds rests on top of the mountain.

But it doesn’t matter how bad the weather is, there is always something to do. A big world city framed by the mountain on the one side and the ever changing ocean on the other side.

VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT (V&A): Very commersialised and expensive but a total treat. The vibrant atmosphere and energy is addictive. The aquarium is well worth seeing. If you have children it is a must. There is a touch area with a variety of sea plants that can be touched to get an idea of the textures. Feeding times you can watch the sharks having their lunch. There are great restaurants and coffee shops for the hungry. In the designer shops you can virtually shop till you drop.

THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MOTHER CITY: The cable car is an experience on its own, with a rotating floor and magnificent views when going up and coming down the mountain. Phone in advance or check on the website if the cable car is going up. It is not always open. The weather can change in a second from great to foggy and cloudy. On the top is a restaurant and shop with great views.

Cape Town is full of historical buildings that are worth a view and great for pictures. In the famous Castle of Good Hope, you’ll find examples of beautiful antique furniture. You can also experience the dark dungeons where prisoners were kept. It’s horribly cold, pitch dark and small. You can take a guided tour at the Castle and get all the info on Jan van Riebeeck, the Van der Stel’s, Lady Anne Barnard and everybody that was involved in the beginning years of the Cape.

There are also numerous historical church buildings. Take a drive through the city area on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon to visit all these buildings. During normal business hours the streets are too busy to find parking.

KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS: Don’t miss this. You can pend a whole day and still haven’t seen everything. You will only find indigenous South African plants like Protea, Fynbos etc. There is a path up Table Mountain from inside the gardens. We climb for a while but it is quite steep and we had no idea how long it would take. I wouldn’t advise this unless you have all the info on hiking up to the top of the mountain.

The weather can change very quickly and then it is dangerous to be out somewhere on the mountain. On Sunday afternoons (late afternoon) in summer you can attend musical concerts. There is a nice restaurant or bring your own picnic basket. Lots of space for a picnic.

MALAY QUARTER The old Malay quarter or as it is called nowadays the Bo-kaap is worthwhile seeing. It is basically in the city. Drive in Wale Street to Green point. The area has been upgraded in a lot of places and property prices are rising sharply. It is conveniently located and has a great atmosphere. The houses are painted in bright colours and look festive. Streets are still cobblestone and narrow. From the top the view over Cape Town is amazing.

CAPE POINT: Contrary to some beliefs this is not where the two oceans meet. The actual meeting point is at Agulhas. Nevertheless Cape Point is an incredible experience. The last time we went there Chapman’s Peak was closed due to rock falls and we took the road past Kommetjie and Scarborough. The whole area is a nature reserve. There are 2 200 different plant species to see, as well as a lot of smaller animals. You can take the funicular to the point or take a walk. It is a bit of steep to climb but do-able. The view is absolutely amazing. Stop at the Dias cross in the reserve. It is a big stone cross that commemorates his achievements.

GREAT CONSTANTIA: THE OLDEST WINE ESTATE

The history of the farm dates back to 1685 when it was granted to the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, as an experimental farm for agricultural produce. Van der Stel named the farm “Constantia” and the produce of vegetables and fruit was supplied to ships that called in at the Cape. You can taste and buy the award winning red and white wines at the cellars. There are daily wine tours, tasting and buying of wines.

CLIFTON: THE PLAYGROUND OF THE RICH

Clifton is not for those scared of heights and narrow roads. The houses seem glued to the cliffs. They park on top of their roofs or so it seems. Any builder that can build a house here deserves a reward. Most of the houses are more mansions than houses and are worth a few million. Clifton is especially famous for its beaches but the water is still cold like the rest of the Cape waters.The small rock pools are excellent for children to play in and obviously not that cold. Unfortunately it is also the ideal spot for beach parties and some of these areas can be very dirty.

CHAPMAN’S PEAK: The view is worth paying the R22 toll fee on this road. You don’t need to come back the same way. From Noordhoek you can take the Muizenberg road back to Cape Town. From Hout Bay go back past Landudno and Camps Bay which is the other beautiful coastal road.

KALK BAY: A tiny little place a few kilometers out of the city. The shopping experience is very different form that at the V&A. Here you will find individualistic little arty shops each with it’s own character and style. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, away from mass production, you need to visit Kalk Bay’s main street. Cape to Cairo and Papagayo stands out but they are all worth a visit. The shops are so nicely decorated and painted in vibrant colours. There are also nice art galleries, a theatre and restaurants.

SUNSET ON SIGNAL HILL:

Instead of going up to the cable car take the road to the right and drive up Signal hill. Lovely sunset.

CENTURY CITY: Century City is a bit out of the city close to Milnerton. It is a lovely centre with each and every shop you can think off. Less designer stores than at V&A and obviously not that expensive. The MTN science centre is a hit with children. You can buy a family ticket and spend the whole day there. You get a stamp on your hand and can move in and out as you please. Make sure you attend the “camera obscura” session. It works with mirrors and even though you are inside the building you can see the reflections of the cars moving, the movement of the water in the canals and whatever is happening outside. All the other mall things are there like movies, places to eat, lots of chain stores etc, etc…..

MORE RESTAURANTS AROUND CAPE TOWN BLUES

Sit outside with a beautiful view over the beaches of Camps Bay and the very busy and interesting street running next to the sea. You’ll see anything from a top of the range Ferrari to a “gedaan” (run down) taxi, a luxury tour bus to an old beetle. The menu offers seafood, pasta and a few grill goodies like hamburgers, lamb rib, steak etc. Nice cocktails and wine list. Excellent service.

MARINER’S WHARF (Hout Bay)

There is a beautiful upstairs area for a sit-down meal with spectacular decor. It opens at 12 in the afternoon. If you are too hungry to wait go to the open area downstairs. Get a box of real fish and chips and have a feast.

FARMSTALL, NOORDHOEK On the other side of Chapman’s Peak is Noordhoek. The Farmstall has all the traditional South African cakes and pastries, like scones and milk tart.

This is but the tip of the iceberg and just a few of the exciting places to visit. Explore and feel like Dias with every new discovery.

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