South Africa does it again

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I know I’ve said it before, but South Africa is a really beautiful country. And it has pulled out all of the stops for us since we arrived. Anyone reading this from England will no doubt want to hear about the weather (as it’s always a popular topic), so I’ll let you know that it’s been nothing but sunny and warm since we landed.

Cape Town 2

It’s no secret that the country is still very troubled, but it seems to have become particularly trendy with travellers from around the world in recent months. Perhaps Mandela’s death has something to do with this, in bringing the country to everyone’s forethoughts again.

Every time I read the travel news lately, Cape Town pops up. It has been winning numerous awards with last month the Telegraph Travel Awards naming it as the world’s best city, and now the New York Times has caught on. In its list of the 52 places to visit this year, Cape Town was given top spot. Being back here again, it really doesn’t surprise me. Yes, the country still has a long way to go in recovering from years of apartheid, but it’s a beautiful place with equally as beautiful people.

Bordered by Table Bay, overlooked by the magnificent Table Mountain and near to the Cape Winelands region, Cape Town is full of natural good looks. Any newcomer should take a drive along the coast to Hout Bay and Cape Point. There are fantastic restaurants to visit in the city too (like La Colombe and Bizerca Bistro) and some of the most amazing wildlife in the world can be spotted just outside the city.

I also just read that Cape Town has also been named as the World Design Capital for 2014. So I expect a whole host of creative, artistic and design-focused events to be taking place in the city this year. I’m excited to see what it does with such a title.

It’s fantastic having my family (who are usually on the other side of the world) here too. Lorna and I would love to be able to spend Christmas and New Year’s with all of our children and grandchildren, but with everyone so spread out, it’s extremely difficult. Instead, this year we planned a number of holidays around the end of 2013/start of 2014 to be able to see everyone at some point around the same time. This trip is a chance for us to catch up with Jenna and her brood.

Jarred, Stella, Jack and Jenna all smiles

Jarred, Stella, Jack and Jenna all smiles

Jenna, Jarred and the kids spent the day at the beach yesterday. Jack is clearly happy to be there and thanks to his dad, is flying high. With a landscape like that, they can’t be anywhere else but South Africa (you can see Table Mountain and Lion’s Head in the background). Jenna took this fantastic photo, and I thought I’d share it with you all.


Jarred and Jack