Cape Town is known as the gateway of the South African winelands. Cultures from Africa, Europe and the East all came together and took part in shaping this rich in colour and diverse in culture wine industry, for more than 350 years.
South African wines are one of the very best, not only for the wine itself but also for its tranquil, picturesque settings where the wine is produced. Most of the winelands are located in valleys between majestic mountains and greenery in a Mediterranean climate. These wine countries offer great wine tasting experiences, cellar tours, top restaurant facilities as well as luxury accommodation.
The wine countries have a rich culture and history. One can enjoy typical Dutch architecture dating way back to the 17th century, lushes gardens, museums, boutique shops and five-star services. Today South Africa can be experienced as a peaceful democracy, a vibrant country of enormous diversity and potential. All this variety reflect in our wines. The wine industry reflects classicism with influences from contemporary fruit-driven styles of the West. This unusual combination makes for wines which are complex yet accessible, sophisticated yet powerful, articulately expressing the unique terroir and people of the Cape.
The Winelands consist of several regions: Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Constantia Valley, Coastal Routes, Little Karoo and Olifants River Wine Routes and much more.
Wines to be enjoyed: chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, method cap de’classique, colombard, riesling, merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinotage, South Africa’s very own cultivar.
The best decision to make is to get yourself a bottle of South African wine (wherever you live), then close your eyes and imagine sipping that fine wine on a luxury wine estate surrounded by nature, endless green valleys and blue skies. As you open your eyes from the blissful experience, you realize that you simply have to make the effort to visit the most beautiful country in the world: South Africa!
Last month I had the chance to visit Zanzibar, Tanzania. I remember approaching Daram Salaam on a 3-hour delayed flight from Johannesburg International. Our plane’s wing was faulty so we had to wait two hours in the plane, and then moved to the next available plane. At the airport in Daram Salaam people seemed busy. I remember an eager, young official taking my passport and telling me to pay U$50 for a visa and just to wait there. He disappeared in the crowd, I panicked as I realized he took my passport and I didn’t have any dollars.
I went on through the crowd, located the passport stand and to my surprise and relief, I found it in their possession. They instructed me how to get US dollars but unfortunately the ATM’s were outside the airport. We then had to arranged for officials to escort me to the ATM’s – I had no visa. This felt so embarrassing!
One and a half hours later including a missed flight to Zanzibar, I felt completely stuck, hungry and lost! Dusk was approaching and mosquitos normally come out this time. I had no repellant and no malaria injections. Boy oh boy, was I going to remember this day. I finally managed to reach the South African Airways manager and told him my story. He immediately arranged a seat on the next flight to Zanzibar. I couldn’t believe my luck and hastily caught the last flight out just in time for the mozzies! I gave the manager a big hug, which I’m sure he appreciated and then took off to enjoy two weeks of bliss!
I learned that my experiences and the people within those experiences play an important role in remembering an event. I noticed that I tend to specifically remember those days with uncomfortable experiences and those days with blissful experiences! The rest I guess is history and not worth the space in my mind 🙂
Someone made a mistake and it could be that she’ll regret it for the rest of her life. What to do…run away and disappear….a definite no go…and there is no time! Someone realised it was too late and her life is in fact, over. What about the wedding…what about the people…what about the parents-in-law! Oh my hat, what about the cake…what have I done!
It is sad when you throw away food. We live in a world where poverty prevails and food scarcity is one of our biggest problems, with over 40 countries struggling worldwide. Is there anything that we can do to help? We can support Malawi’s farmers to obtain fertiliser and high-yield seeds, whose harvest doubled after only one year. The U.S. and Europe should abandon their policies of subsidising food conversion into biofuels. And lastly to weatherproof the world’s crops as soon and as effectively as possible such as a rainwater reservoir like a simple pond to support crops. These are just examples from Africa, but do check your local communities what you can do.
Ok, back to the wedding cake…Sometimes we make choices to please others. We subconsciously do so to feel loved and appreciation. When we finally ‘wake up’ to the mess we’ve made, it is often too late. We feel stuck with our choices to please and we turn into these sour-little-tunnel-view-citizens.
Why do we put ourselves last to please others, only to disappoint the most important person in the world…you!
Truth is, as humans we can only make decisions out of experience or out of somebody else’s experience (advice). Allowing ourselves to have any kind of experience creates the necessary wisdom and information that eventually leads to our decisions in life. Makes sense? 😉