Cape Town’s Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a UNESCO world-heritage listed area. Its hikes – the main one being the Hoerikwaggo Trail which runs 80 kilometres or so from the top of the mountain to the tip of the Peninsula at Cape Point - rivals some of the world’s great walks. But not many people know about this as the walk or parts of it are poorly publicised and can be difficult to organise.
Hiking Table Mountain, the mountain which Nelson Mandela has called “a gift to the earth” is something I should have done a lot earlier; I grew up on its slopes.
From 1000 metres up in the air, you occasionally glimpse Robben Island. As I consulted my excellent interpretive guide to the Table Mountain National Park, Mountains in the Sea – Table Mountain to Cape Point, produced by South African National Parks, I found Nelson Mandela’s words pertinent:
“Over centuries the mountain has stood as a symbol of human capacity for hope and freedom, whether for the Khoikhoi tribes fighting colonial domination, for Indonesian and Malaysian slaves who for generations buried their leaders and holy men on it slopes, or for twentieth century political prisoners. It is … a sacred and precious place … To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”
For someone growing up under apartheid, who took the mountain for granted, as with many other things, I now understand that this mountain is not just any mountain.
I hope you enjoy my article, published as the cover story on May 4, 2013 in The Sydney Morning Herald Traveller/The Age Travel and other Fairfax newspapers. Here is the online link, followed by screen shots of the cover and double page spread:
Rob and I spent a relaxing weekend at Tower Lodge in the Hunter Valley. You can find the story in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Summer 2013 issue. Here’s the PDF:
Luxury Travel Tower Lodge, Hunter Valley
Here’s my story on cycling in Provence. It was the cover story in The Sun-Herald Travel on January 15, 2013 – see below - and you can also read it online at smh.com.au:
Please have a look at my recent travel story about walking in Italy’s magnificent Cinque Terre. It’s in Sydney Morning Herald Traveller on January 12 and you can read it online at:
This review is from Kate at Reading Marathon Reviews
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Review: Days Like This by Alison Stewart
I was extremely excited about this book since A. It’s set in Australia, B. It is similar to John Marsden’s Tomorrow series [which I love] and C. It was a fantastic YA read, that needs more publicity! The genre of dystopian is rapidly growing, [these have to be some of my favourites] such as The Hunger Games, these books mainly take place in America in the future, which does not seem as real to me but since this book is based in Australia it had a great connection to me and made it seem real.
Days Like This follows Lily, who has not stepped outside of her house since the Wall was built, in Sydney. “The Warming” has stripped the land bare; anyone living outside the priviledged area around Sydney is left in the barren wasteland to perish and is shown no mercy. Life at home has been dreadful for Lily and her twin brother Daniel, only her little sister is shown love from their parents, when Daniel disappears, Lily knows she is also in danger and must escape.
I found Lily very likeable, she loves her family and willingly risks her life to save them. Lily is strong, stubborn and clumsy, she seems so real and full of courage she was able to make me admire her.
I love how Alison Stewart has used a mixture of characters, made some loveable, others dangerous and many heroic, making the plot thicker with mystery and suspense. The plot was amazing, the mysterious that surrounded this future world made me turn the pages fast with eagerness! Unfortunately the ending was a huge disappointment, it was rushed and ruined the book, I think it could of been made into two books and built on, more of the mysteries solved but overall I thought it was a fantastic book.
My cover story on the Royal Canadian Express luxury train trip from Calgary to Vancouver was in The Sun-Herald Travel and Sunday Age Travel on November 4, 2012.
Read it here:
Royal Canadian cover
Royal Canadian cover story
Or look at it online at:
A recent trip to Paris took me back a few years. Read about it here:
Or you can find it at The Sydney Morning Herald’s online site here: