table mountain seen from kirstenbosch gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

“Kirstenbosch – The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa”

A trip to Cape Town is incomplete without a day trip to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens! Nestled against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these lush gardens are simply bursting with both indigenous and exotic plant and animal life. Kirstenbosch is wonderful for botanists, nature enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, bird watchers, foodies, families, and anybody who enjoys beautiful views and interesting plants. Having grown up in Cape Town, I have visited the gardens many, many times, and yet every time is a new adventure!

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Elgin, South Africa – A Romantic Escape into the Apple Valley

A Spring Wedding in the Overberg Countryside, South Africa

Last year in October, my husband and I had our family wedding celebration at South Hill Farm in Elgin, just outside of Cape Town. October is springtime in South Africa, which means frequent cloudbursts, apple blossoms, green vineyards, sunshine, and bright blue skies dotted with wispy white clouds. The weekend was absolutely perfect, and every time I look at the photographs of our wedding day and honeymoon, I get homesick.

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Kalk Bay – Seaside Whimsy in Cape Town

I visit Kalk Bay every time I return home to Cape Town, and it has become one of my favourite places in the world. I sifted through several years of my own photographs of my adventures there, and decided to do a full-length article on this quirky, nostalgic, and magical corner of my home country.

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Cape Town – Summer 2014

Sitting here in snowy Germany, in the dark at 4:30 pm, it’s hard to believe that we had three weeks of sunny summer bliss at the beginning of December! Marco and I flew home to Cape Town for a holiday and my best friend’s wedding, and the weeks simply flew by, leaving us breathless. We had a fantastic (albeit chaotic) time – here are a few of my favourite places and some of the highlights of our stay:

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25 Things I Love & Miss About Cape Town

I’ve been quite homesick lately, so I thought I’d make a list of 25 things that I love and miss about my hometown, Cape Town, South Africa. It’s 59 days until I’m back for a visit, so these bittersweet memories will have to keep me going until then!

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On Being An Expat and a Wanderer

I have very mixed feelings about being a South African expat.

I was born in Cape Town as a third generation South African. I lived in the same house for 24 years of my life, attended school and university in Cape Town, and the majority of my extended family live in Cape Town and surrounds. My roots are firmly South African, with my not-so-distant ancestry leading back to Europe in a confusing and mysterious trail of immigration and repatriation.

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