The Magic Ingredient Sea – a family holiday in Mauritius (The North)

“We are going where the sun shines brightly, we are going where the sea is blue” from the song Summer Holiday by Cliff Richards was one my favourites growing up. Something about the jingle, whenever it plays, it brings back fondest memories from my early childhood, memories of our summer vacations at a beach town;…

Road trip from London to Scotland (Isle of Skye, Days 13-15)

Day 13 To the Isle of Skye! We wanted to take the Applecross “Pass of the cattle” to reach Skye but we decided against it due to an overcast weather; didn’t want to get caught in the narrow roads of the pass, if it rained. It was a 5 hour drive from Inverness to Skye,…

Road trip from London to Scotland (The Highlands, Days 9-12)

Day 9 Today, we took a day trip to Edinburgh. Hit the M9 and in an hour we were in Edinburgh. We parked at the car park in the Waverley station and strolled through town’s historic centre. Edinburgh is an easily walk able town with beautiful parks, lots of monuments, Thistle street for its many…

Road trip from London to Scotland (London, Days 1-5)

Parked by the edge of a beautiful loch, we were all set for our barbecue in the Scottish Highlands. The warm scent of the strongly burning charcoal, pretty rolling hills and the rhythmic sound of flowing water resonant from a stream below; it was perfect. It was freezing but it did not matter an iota for…

Through Italy – Pisa, Cinque Terre, Milan (Days 12 to 15)

Day 12 After checking out of our hotel in Florence and we were on our way to Pisa. We decided to take a minor detour and checkout “the mall” about half hour from Florence. The outlet mall has some genuine deals and it is highly recommended for those in need of some retail therapy. So, after an…

Through Italy – Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri (Days 5 to 8)

Day 5 This day marks the start of our cross-country expedition, well, sort of. In the morning, after check ing out from our hotel, we went to Termini station to pick up our rental. After an hour, we got our car and we were on our way to Sorrento. Having heard some horror stories of driving…

Through Italy – Rome (Days 1 to 4)

Day 1 What makes for an ideal family holiday? I’d say road trips, jumping into the sea with the kids, getting local ingredients and twirling up a storm in the kitchen, discovering common interests and of course, the bonding time; these are memories that last for a lifetime. So, it was that time of the…

The Lion – Days 11 to 15

    Day 11 – Pilanesberg: The day began really early for us. We returned our car to a rental at the airport and took our flight to Johannesberg.  We took another rental vehicle from Jo’berg Airport and headed straight to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve to see a Lion. We had booked a lodge for 2…

The Capes – Days 6 to 10

Day 6 – Wine region: This day marks the start of our roadtrip from the western to the eastern cape. We headed for the wine region of Franschhoek from Capetown. As you exit Capetown the beautiful wine region starts. There is a wine tram in Franschhoek that takes you through the wineries, however, since we…