The story behind the painted doors of Funchal

Art of open doors project You all know how much I love photographing doors so you can imagine the excitement that filled me when I visited Madeira. In the old town (Zona Velha) of Funchal, one can find the colorful street of Rua de Santa Maria. Dating back to 1430,

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#HikeSA, Week 4: Cliff Path – My Absolute Favourite

After walking 5 km along the world-famous cliff path in Hermanus, I positioned myself on a memorial park beach that overlooks Walker Bay to take in the sunset. This was the perfect vantage point for whale watching, I thought. I visited in February, so it was rare that I would actually have the chance to spot them. They usually come into the bay from June to October each year to mate and carve. This nature lover’s paradise is rejuvenating and the perfect place to quiet your busy mind after a long day. The air is crisp and clear that locals refer to it as “Champagne air” and I can only imagine it is because of the sweetly scented fynbos that lay all around me. I was startled by the sudden movement of nature lovers and fitness freaks that came running past me and then continuing along the clearly marked paved pathway. I noticed others with a leash in their hands taking their dogs on a gentle scroll. What life do these people live? I continued along the path and occasionally stopped to read the information boards that peppered the pathways. From there, I learned how cardinal whales are here, and in just a few steps I learned the sizes of these creatures, how they breach, and how many different types there were. I even learned about the history of Hermanus. Undoubtedly, whales are the main attraction here, but the diversity of this scenery doesn’t get enough credit. The 12kmstretch boasts a fascinating range of flora and fauna, sun-kissed cliff faces that plummet down onto private beaches and tidal pools, secluded forest glades, mountain views, and multimillion-rand houses that line the pathway all the way from New Harbour to Grotto Beach. Out of all the beautiful places I have visited in South Africa, I would have to rank this one as my absolute favorite. I didn’t know where to look or what I wanted to photograph first. I was in my element. After venturing off the path I landed up at this secluded beach, and snapped a couple of shots. The entire path is really worth getting a sweat on for, and you definitely won’t be disappointed.  You can access the path at just about any point along the route, and if you get too tired to walk back you can always call a Tuk Tuk to come and collect you. Planning a visit? Get in touch with Whale Crier. They offer guided cliff path walks during the whale season! Here are a few more images to get you excited for your visit! They also have these

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#HikeSA: Ixopo Natural Heritage Site

The Buddhist Retreat Centre (BRC) in the KZN province of South Africa offers a really amazing self-retreat walking trail through the Ixopo mountains. This privately owned 300-acre property offers picturesque views of the rolling valleys beneath it. Walk through the many indigenous forests and then downhill towards the Umkomaas River

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#32facts: Grand Central Terminal, New York

  The Grand Central Terminal in New York is considered by many a must-see attraction when visiting the city. Not only is it regarded as one of America’s greatest transportation hubs it is also an International example of the restoration and use of a historic building. Here are 32 interesting

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Reykjavík – a city with a sense of humor

I originally decided to visit Iceland because I had never previously met anyone from that part of the world.  I yearned to know what they looked like, what their English accent sounded like, and get a feel of the personality and culture behind the Icelandic. Jess (my travel friend from France) and I hit the streets of Reykjavik – Iceland’s largest city and were amused by how humorous this culture actually is. The signage throughout the city kept us entertained for a good few hours, and I thought I would share some of the funniest ones we came across. Which one is your favorite? Madikwe Game Reserve Africa, Kzara Visual, Photo Stories, Photography African Fashion Night Africa, Kzara Visual, Photo Stories African Fashion Night Marketing Photoshoot Africa, Kzara Visual, Photo Stories Cathedrals, Cliffs, and Castles with England Experience Tour Travel, Travel Journal

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