“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!” - Mehmet Murat ildan
Is there anything more picturesque than a waterfall? The contrasting masterpiece of elegance and power gets me every time. Labelled the largest waterfall in Europe (it seems like this competition was based on water flow), the Rheinfalls (Rhine Falls) should be somewhere on top of your waterfall list. Located in Northern Switzerland, next to Schaffhausen and easily reached by public transportation.
There are boat rides available if you want to get close and personal with the splashes and feel the power. Or you could, like us, take a lengthy walk along the river. Either way, this area is striking from every angle. Great day trip not too far from Zurich for some family fun in the sun.
Living in the Netherlands for a year, I explored this beautiful country quite a bit. One of my favourite places would have to be The Vesting in Naarden. The Vesting might be small in size but it’s big in character. It has a nostalgic nuance without the touristic traffic of Amsterdam. Just walking around and admiring the overall beauty is an activity. Every house personifies a photo-worthy character. From colourful pot plants to rusty benches, small details distinguish each house from its neighbour. It took a bit of self-control and focus to keep walking without taking a photo of every brick and pebble. Some walls were decorated with messages of Dutch Wisdom- easily missed on the first glance, creating the fear of possibly losing out when skipping a street. The Grote Kerk (Church) is placed right in the middle of the Vesting and when you see the details on the inside and the painted ceiling- it makes sense that this artwork gets to be the centre of attention.
The character of the Vesting didn’t fade throughout the seasons, it has the remarkable ability to showcase itself and the finest shades of all the seasons. Leaves coloured with Autumn’s palette decorate the old buildings and antique pathways. Winter snow covers all in white and playfulness with old and young joining in snowball fights and ice skating. Christmas lights compensate for the sparse sunlight during cold winter nights. Spring shows promise and has a lively atmosphere of light-heartedness, while summer flowers colour the historic-looking lamps and magical tree reflections on the still waters matches the smell of cut grass.
In terms of things to do, the Vesting museum was remarkably interesting. You can explore the site from the underground tunnels and admire the view from the wings but also read about the long history behind the Vesting’s purpose and the thought process behind its design. Guided tours are available, but be sure it is going to be in Dutch. If you’re lucky, every now and then they have a canon shooting demonstration, which is not something you see every day. Beautiful day activities can include a walk on the Vesting wings or a cycle around the whole Vesting. Alone or in a group, it has a sense of fulfilment. Beautiful things come in small packages. I hope the photos reflect the big character of this charming place and that you have a small journey scrolling down.
The first Jamie Oliver restaurant in South Africa opened December 2016 in Melrose Arch Johannesburg. I had no choice than to give it a try. Even from the outside, expectations are provoked. The vibe is chill and the waiters are upbeat and friendly. For a starter we had the Artisan bread basket with a flavourful olive tapenade and the fried squids- with hints of chilli. Some of us even considered taking the squids for the main course as well. But we knew there was more to come. For the main meal, having pasta was recommended, after all it was a Jamie’s Italian, although my palate decided on the chargrilled lamb topped with capers, sticky balsamic onions, toasted pine nuts and his Salsa Verde. I am glad about my choice, but so was my food camaraderie with the Bolognese, Ravioli and Porcini Fettuccine (for me the pasta winner). Tummies full but taste buds not yet fully satisfied, it was time for dessert. We had three different deserts, but it doesn’t matter what we had, my mother had the chocolate brownie and that is what I urge everyone to try. It was my intention to see Jamie’s restaurant out of curiosity and future conversation but it seems like it might turn into one of my habitual dining choices. Thank you Jamie for bringing your kitchen all the way to South Africa and well done to the SA team- you are doing well.
Rumour has it, there will be a few more restaurants opening in SA- the next one is said to be opening early this year in Cape Town.
It took me quite some time- but I found it- the perfect leather handbag that ticks all my boxes.
* Genuine leather
* Dark brown colour
* Zip on the outside and the inside
* Look polished- meaning neat with a lining and close with a zip, not just a clip
Burgundy Collective is a South African brand, crafting these joys from Stellenbosch. I am beaming with enthusiasm over their products and service. It goes with everything and the straps are just the right length for a comfortable grip.
Check out their Instagram feed and website.
Graphic designer: Drikus Roets
It has been a while. Thank you for sticking around and if it is your first visit- welcome. May your 2017 be gentle, magical and extraordinary. Some call it New Year’s resolutions; I call it a game plan. In addition to blogging more this year, these are a few points of focus for my year. Feel free to adopt a few or to add a few. Have a good one.
So I finally tried the new Magnum and yes, it was as amazing as promised. The vanilla magnum has two chocolate layers with caramel in between. The extra crunchy layer gives an amazing fullness to each bite and who doesn’t want a thicker layer of chocolate? Overall, if you like the Magnum ice cream range and you enjoy sweet treats- then there is no reason for you not to like it. There are three options in this range; chocolate, caramel and peanut butter. My photos and experience are based on the caramel one.
Dare to go double!