Category Archives: Travel tales

Spontaneous pleasures of Portugal

Unconstrained on the banks of the Douro, Penny Haw tries to buy a hotel. THE only person I know who is more spontaneous about travel than I am is my husband. Adventurers, we may be. Planners, we are not. Our … Continue reading

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Seeing clearly in Lake Malawi

IT was while looking for a new snorkelling spot off Mumbo Island in the calm, clear waters of Lake Malawi that my husband and I spotted splashing about 25 metres ahead of our canoe. Paddling closer, we discovered a juvenile … Continue reading

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When adventure trumps luxury

IT pays, while travelling, to sometimes forego luxury in favour of adventure. And, when I travel with my husband and son (Jan-Lucas and Sebastiaan), who are the ultimate adventure seekers, it’s an exchange I’m frequently asked/compelled to make. But, while … Continue reading

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Dancing queen

I first blogged briefly about Mama Lee, who lives on the luxury liner, Crystal Serenity when I met her on board in the Mediterranean last year. I wrote about her and her love for dancing at greater length in this … Continue reading

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Peacefully boating about in Burgundy

HAVING introduced himself, the young man sent to teach us how to operate the 12m-long motorboat we’d hired to cruise the canals between Digoin and Châtillon en Bazois in Burgundy, asked if he could speak French because his English “iz … Continue reading

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How was the trip? FAQ about my cruise on the Crystal Serenity

I’ve been home from the Mediterranean for a few weeks and I’ve answered countless questions from friends, family and colleagues about my cruise on the Crystal Serenity. Here are a couple of the more frequently asked questions and my answers. … Continue reading

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The chronicles of a cruising dame

On Saturday 1 October 2011, I arrived in Venice to board the Crystal Serenity for a 12 day cruise of the Mediterranean. I am posting the most recent notes first so, if you haven’t read the earlier posts, scroll down … Continue reading

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Travel insurance post 9/11 – as mystifying as ever, or even more so?

DID you hear about the 51-year-old who, while forking a fondue in Switzerland, had a heart attack and was dealt a R1,4-million medical bill before he was stable enough to travel home? Or about the Johannesburger who went under the … Continue reading

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Amsterdam art route

IT’S easy, I confess, to be a voyeur in Amsterdam – and not just in the Red Light District. Stroll through any of the old residential areas of the city and – perhaps this is more remarkable to those of … Continue reading

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A bunch of good reasons to visit Bruges

IT should be at least slightly embarrassing, I guess, to admit that I discovered the marvelous medieval city of Bruges in the Belgian province of West-Flanders by chance during a trip from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, via France. … Continue reading

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