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LONDON LETTER

 

By Astrid Michelow

 

 

Some years have passed since I last wrote my London Letter. At that time, we were still immersed in the banking crisis and were reeling from the effects of a global downturn. Today I ask myself what has changed in the ensuing years to this ‘green and pleasant land… this Sceptred Isle’. The answer which immediately comes to mind is that the Majesty of England is immutable. The history, the culture, the awe inspiring architecture and just the grandiose quality of all that we see around us remains breathtakingly beautiful and unchanged. Yet ironically there are changes… 

 

 

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FRENCH CONNECTION

 

With Nadia Graves

 

 

Nadia Graves was raised in Cape Town by her French mother and French/Italian grandmother, both loved cooking and instilled in Nadia very early on a love of food.  

 

 

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ECO ADVENTURES IN ROCKTAIL BAY

 

Roy Watts visits the Maputaland Marine Reserve
and we share in their spectacular biosphere

 

 

Nestling in a dune forest in a remote corner of South Africa, the Rocktail Bay Beach Camp is custodian to one of the premier dive sites of the world. Every year pregnant ragged tooth sharks come to an underwater cave system to have their pups. It is also where giant leatherback turtles return to the place where they hatched 20 years ago to lay their eggs. Both these events occur in December, January and February every year. 

 

 

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THE WHITE WATERS OF CHIANG MAI

 

Travel with Roy Watts to Thailand which
has been a permanent item on his bucket list.

 

 

Since I lived in a converted teak rice barn in the tiny village of Talad Mai 20kms north of Chiang Mai back in 2004 I have always wanted to return. There is a wonderful simplicity to life there. The weather is generally fine, the cost of living very low, and the Buddhist ethos of peace and goodwill has filtered through to the national psyche. There are plenty of things to do in a country steeped in cultural, historic and culinary interest, along with places of great natural beauty. There is also lots of scope for fantastic adventures. 

 

 

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THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER REMEMBERED

 

 

By Roy Watts

 

Travel writer Roy Watts recalls memorable exploits with his friend Lawrence Anthony – the elephant whisperer - who passed away in 2012. His spirit lives on at Thula Thula his lodge and the home of Nana his beloved Matriarch and the elephants that he tamed by talking to them. His widow has built a rhino orphanage to protect the calves abandoned in the brutal poaching scourge that is threatening the species with extinction. 

 

 

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A LETTER FROM LONDON

 

Elizabeth Handley, the intrepid traveller, tells all!

Part One

 

 

London remains my favourite big city. I love wandering through the galleries and streets, stopping now and then for a coffee, watching the people, and listening to their conversations – mercifully in English. 

 

 

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A LETTER FROM LONDON

 

Elizabeth Handley, the intrepid traveller, tells all!
Part Two!

 

But if you have been to London before, and have seen and done all the above, then perhaps seek out some hidden gems – those places less-visited, and quieter – and possibly London’s best-kept secrets… 

 

 

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ZAMBIA’S ARK SOUTH LUANGWA

 

By Roy Watts

 

 

Roy Watts suggests there’s something for everyone in South Luangwa, and this presents a problem, when deciding which lodge to choose from the thirty five on offer. 

 

 

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 A BAVARIAN LONG WEEKEND

(A two hour flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town)

 

By Roy Watts

 

 

Feel like a break but pushed for funds and time? A little piece of Germany exists within weekend range, thanks to regular Air Namibia and SA Express links from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Walvis Bay. Holidaymakers and conventioneers are closing in on the unique Bavarian frontier town of Swakopmund and a spectacular wilderness extravaganza - some 40 kilometers north of the airport. 

 

 

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THE HOTEL LORD BYRON’S
INSIDER’S GUIDE TO ROME

 

By Pnina Fenster

 

 

Eat, drink, explore (and buy a bunch of cashmere sweaters at crazy-good prices), with these suggestions for the Eternal City from the in-the-know team at the Hotel Lord Byron. 

 

 

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