What has only been a week since our overnight stay at one of our country’s most renowned farms, now feels like a distant memory; a memory that I’ve clung to since we arrived back to our flat some 60+km away from Babylonstoren’s charming yet vast expanse. My husband and I were gifted an overnight stay to commemorate what some have termed a “babymoon” (our last little holiday as just the two of us before our little one arrives). It should be noted, my being 37 weeks pregnant during our stay did not (and, quite frankly, could not) stop me from enjoying most of the farm’s delights. We swam, ate too many of the seasonal fresh fruits, walked for several kilometres to escape to a green house unlike any we’ve experienced before, laughing under slight deliriousness from the harsh summer sun; all the while truly indulging in the serenity and natural wonders that only farm life can offer.… TWENTY FOUR HOURS AT BABYLONSTOREN
SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE ESPRESSO BAR
V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN
The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape. With a select menu of finely crafted coffees and deli-style bites, it’s at-ease nature easily accommodates the city-explorer seeking refuge from the city bustle, while simultaneously offering the opportunity for basking in some of the locale’s culture and scenery. If inspiration is what you seek, perhaps a quiet corner can help unlock the inner wordsmith – plug ports at various points all but welcome the freelance writer to lock-down for an hour or two. … READY, SET, ESPRESSO
Intriguing as it may be, the bustling-city functions at a fast pace; existing in a world of its own; synonymous with people besieged in languor and anxiety. Escaping the city, though just for a short while, has become the accepted cosmopolitan’s approach to dealing with the often tiresome effects of city-living. Booking a staycation at a luxe hotel, or road-tripping to a guesthouse in the winelands, it’s this short time away where one can truly unwind and before returning to the city.
This past Sunday, THE MINIMALE BLOGGER ventured out for a little sightseeing with Jeremy Howard, director of Energy Tours in Cape Town, South Africa. On our day-trip we visited a few destinations in hopes of capturing some of the best the Western Cape has to offer. Below are my favorites picks from the day. … A ROAD TRIP WITH ENERGY TOURS