Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

To celebrate the Lunar New Year and the start of the year of the dragon, I visited the Nan Hua Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit, which is approximately 100km from Sandton. The stalls which attracted so many hungry customers really did give me the impression that I…

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Prague: Bohemian Bliss

After the Velvet Revolution, the city of a thousand spires has emerged from behind the iron curtain to become one of Europe’s most-visited cities. This article was published in the April issue of Forbes Africa Magazine. Prague, the largest urban historical centre on the UNESCO Heritage…

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Cracow’s Fire-Breathing Dragon

Krakow

Most castles have some magical, or perhaps monstrous, creature woven into their history. Wawel Royal Castle, in Cracow, is no different. A fire-breathing dragon — smok wawelski in the mother tongue — terrorised Cracow’s people and probably provided quite a bit of adrenaline-fuelled ‘entertainment’ and…

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Poland’s Exits and Entrances

Poland

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances…” — As You Like It, William Shakespeare There are  so many interesting ‘exits and entrances’ (those things we know as doors) in Poland. Here are…

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Poland’s Oldest University

Jagiellonski

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski is renowned for being the highest rated university in Poland – that’s probably because it has had quite a bit of practice, over the centuries, as to what is required of a top university. Its oldest campus (Collegium Maius) dates back to 1364…

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Let There Be A Fortress

Fortress

Everyone knows that a medieval European city needed to be fortified. Cracow is no exception. The city centre was surrounded by fortress walls that ran for two miles around its perimeter; had 39 towers and 8 gates. The fortress kept out invaders with its 10-metre…

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Cracow’s Leaning Tower

Krakow

I know what you’re thinking! Shouldn’t this post read: ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa,’ that town in central Italy? Well, Cracow’s Town Hall Tower (Wieza Ratuszowa) could be better known as ‘The Leaning Tower of Cracow’. The gothic, 70-metre high tower leans 55cm to one side.…

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Sukiennice in Cracow

Sukiennice

Sunlight waltzes in through the four main entrances and asks the amber jewellery for a dance; she coyly glistens but obliges. Wooden marionette puppets wink as you pass by, while sheepskin slippers conjure thoughts of winter. Sukiennice, or cloth hall, is located in the centre…

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St Mary’s Basilica

St Mary's Basilica

St Mary’s Basilica (Kosciol Mariacki), which is situated in Cracow’s Old Town Square is one of the city’s most well-known landmarks. For this reason, it is often the meeting point for locals and for free walking tours around Cracow. Perhaps you may recognise the basilica from…

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Is there a FRACKING way?

Fracking

Fracking: You’re either for it or against it! There seem to be no gray zones when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. I was in the Karoo, a semi-desert region of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, at the end of…

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Dutch Reformed church: Graaff-Reinet

The centre piece of Graaff-Reinet is its national monument: the Dutch Reformed church. It greets visitors at the end of the main street in this small Karoo town, which is aptly named Church Street. And why would it be called anything else? The church is…

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Graaff-Reinet Panorama

The overcast sky didn’t discourage me as I drove towards Camdeboo National Park, which means ‘Green Valley’. Graaff-Reinet was peacefully cradled in the valley between the hills. It was still early and it hadn’t awoken yet. As the mist came over the hills’ shoulders, it playfully…

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The Valley of Desolation

First South African National Instameet

While its name is quite ominous, the Valley of Desolation is one of the most picturesque parts of South Africa. It is found within Camdeboo National Park and although it is located in a remote part of the Karoo (the name says everything), it welcomes up…

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Nqweba Dam

Nqweba Dam

Nqweba dam, just north of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, is a popular retreat for anglers, who can expect to catch Mullet, Common Carp, Round Herrin, African Catfish, Moggel, River Goby and Mosquito Fish. Water sports enthusiasts are seen baking along the waters’ edge when…

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Bundu-bashing in the Eastern Cape

First South African National Instameet

Bundu-bashing: (informal South African slang) meaning driving off-road in the wilderness. I’d like to think that it’s to admire the picturesque view, however many bundu-bashing enthusiasts would probably argue that rough terrain is the best way to test their 4×4 driving driving capabilities.

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Mohair Country

Mohair Country

The Eastern Cape is mohair country. With around 900 mohair farmers, South Africa is the world’s largest mohair producer, it makes up 54% of world production. Here are a few angora goats, from which we get mohair, grazing on a Karoo farm. I interviewed their…

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Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay is known by many names. So many in fact that it’s hard to keep up with all of them: The Friendly City, The Windy City, Algoa Bay, The Bay. Until 2001 it was known as Port Elizabeth, although you’ll find that many…

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