Archive: Jul 2015

July 31, 2015   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

A guide to my favourite South African Chardonnays

A guide to my favourite South African Chardonnays

I LOVE CHARDONNAY Ok, I love all wine. I love the smells and the flavours and the stories. I love visiting wine farms and learning about how the earth and the wind and the proximity to eucalyptus influence what we eventually pour into shiny wine glasses. I love meeting wine makers and hearing all about their […]

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July 31, 2015   /   by natalie   /  

Five Reasons Why I Love Hot Yoga

Five Reasons Why I Love Hot Yoga

As my 1 hour hot yoga class was winding down, I was singing along in my head as Coldplay filled the room. “Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be so hard”. I was completely soaking wet from head to toe and my body was aching and exhausted. I thought there […]

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July 30, 2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

The Stellenbosch Winelands with my Mama

The Stellenbosch Winelands with my Mama

My mom is my biggest fan. She’s also my biggest critic. But mostly, she’s my biggest fan. She reads every blog post, every Tweet, Facebook post and anything other post that I put out there. She critiques my work unsolicited. But she also praises my work when praise is due. Very often she will comment […]

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July 29, 2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

Let me start off by saying that if ever you find yourself in the Cape, wondering where to stay or eat or walk or relax, you should immediately make your way to the absolutely beautiful Babylonstoren. It is The Garden of Eden. The jewel of the Winelands. It’s my favourite place to visit. The Farm […]

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July 29, 2015   /   by natalie   /   , , ,

Now is the time to eat your way through Athens

Now is the time to eat your way through Athens

In October 2014 I set off to Athens with a single item of business on my itinerary: Eat. And that’s exactly what I did. Over the course of five days I ate my way through the city, pausing only briefly for a few hours to visit the National Archeological Museum or climb the Acropolis before […]

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July 27, 2015   /   by natalie   /   ,

Livingroom Makeover with MRP Home

Livingroom Makeover with MRP Home

When Keenan and I first bought our little apartment in Woodstock, we were like “this place is tiny we are never going to be able to fit anything in here”. It’s only 65 square meters and it’s a studio, so it seemed like it was going to be a big challenge to create a space […]

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July 20, 2015   /   by natalie   /  

Centrum Guardians

Centrum Guardians

I used to have this album in the CD player in my car and one song had a siren in the background. Every time I heard it my heart turn to ice and my eyes would shoot up to my rear-view mirror. Was I being chased? Was it an ambulance that needed to pass? Was […]

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July 13, 2015   /   by natalie   /   ,

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 1 of 3

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 1 of 3

It’s 1am and 42 degrees celsius in Dubai. I’ve just landed and as I hand my passport over to the white-robed official at passport control, I expect him to be stoic and somewhat cold. He greets me warmly with a friendly “hello” and I’m a little confused. This is not the greeting I remember from my […]

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July 10, 2015   /   by natalie   /   ,

Celebrating Winter: A Night At The Nellie

Celebrating Winter: A Night At The Nellie

The Mount Nelson Hotel. Known fondly to locals as The Nellie, she has been around for 116 years but is showing no signs of ageing. The fact that Taylor Swift stayed here when she was in Cape Town could not be a better indicator of how relevant the MNT NLSN still is today. In keeping […]

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