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Three Hidden Bars & Restaurants In Cape Town | Recommended By Locals.

Have you ever visited a city and remembered a certain meal or restaurant/bar enough to recommend it? Or feel nostalgic whenever you eat/drink said thing again? Discovering a new place is often best done through the mouth. No, not sexually as I know some of your brains will automatically assume but in terms of food and drink!When you travel, its inevitable that you will need to eat out at least a few times but websites like TripAdvisor tend to offer the most popular options and not necessarily the hidden gems. While in Cape Town, I decided to speak to locals and discover the amazing independent restaurants and bars instead of the tourist, popular chains. The Gin Bar, Wale StreetWhat could be better than a bar full of gin, hidden from view? The Gin Bar a small little haven disguised in the back of Honest Chocolate Cafe in the heart of Cape Town…

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Falling Back In Love With Colour | Muizenberg Beach.

Hello, hi, how are you doing? I hear it was pretty exotic in England this weekend.. and by exotic I mean its hotter than usual and actually a similar temperature to here in Cape Town! This post is brought to you from outside the most aesthetically pleasing beach huts in Muizenberg which you probably already saw on my Instagram last week. The huts have been around since the Victorian days and used to be used as changing huts, in bright colours that give the beach a little happiness. I fell in love with a little yellow one so it became my ‘home’ for this shoot and I was mentally planning how I could fit some cute Pinterest style decor inside. I know, who am I? Since when did I like colour!? I’m sure by now you’ve realised that I’m a sucker for monochrome but in recent weeks, I’ve been slowly…

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Stripped Back Outfit Post.

How often do you see a stripped back post talking about just the outfit nowadays? I think the blog world has become too much about article style content rather than just kicking it back to 2014 when we all loved chatting about our clothes and not much else.. anyone with me on this!? I miss the old blogging world where you’d give a few short sentences alongside some killer pictures against a bedroom wall or in your garden. Yep, I said it. So heres a good ol’ outfit post, just like the old days. I’m curious actually, do you guys miss the outfit posts? JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. To be honest, I’ll admit that this is the first ‘outfit post’ I’ve done in a while because this is probably the first time I’ve actually dressed up since arriving in South Africa.…

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Why You Need To Climb Table Mountain If You Visit Cape Town.

Table Mountain is one of the main things that instantly comes to mind when you think about South Africa and at 3563ft tall, its quite the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. Now obviously being the little travel bug that I am and wanting to immerse myself in the culture of every place that I visit, Table Mountain was an inevitable part of our trip. We decided against the cable car route in favour of hiking and I just needed to write a post to explain why you need to climb Table Mountain rather than taking the easy way up. How else can you truly experience so beautiful? Its free! Paying for a cable car to the top will cost you around £15 which isn’t a lot, but hiking up is free and gives you more time to enjoy the mountain and properly experience Cape Town from the sky. You’ll feel like…

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Have I Lost My Identity Or Am I Still Discovering Who I …

Identity. Nothing more, nothing less. Its what makes you, you and me, me. Do you ever feel like you don’t really know who you are? Because thats exactly how I feel right now. I’m sat overlooking the most beautiful beach, completely cut off from reality and feeling sorry for myself. Feeling like I don’t know who I am and I couldn’t go another minute without writing it down and putting into words exactly how I’m feeling. The last four years of my life have been a constant whirl of change with absolutely nothing that I have right now being even a slight echo of my previous life.. my previous self. And changes change a person, evolve you to be able to cope and keep moving so I guess the ‘me’ right now is stronger and smarter. I sometimes worry that my identity is lost through all the change. Am I…

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Luxury Hostel Without The Cost | Curiocity, Durban.

Durban is one of the tourist hot spots of South Africa with beautiful coastlines and plenty to do, meaning accommodation can be pricey due to sea views and luxurious suites. Finding somewhere lovely but inexpensive is a challenge if you’re on a budget and even though I’m one of those people that is always out exploring when I travel, I like having somewhere homely to unwind and rest at the end of the day. Admittedly a hostel is never somewhere that crossed my mind as I always associate them with cheap bunkbeds and minimal space but this one was surprising. Curiocity Hostels is listed independently on Google and also through Airbnb, which is where their premier double room* came up in my search.  The hostels are based in Durban and Johannesburg and Curiocity was voted best backpacker accommodation in South Africa in the Lilizela Tourism Awards.   The Durban hostel…

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Travelling Update: One Month In & Where Next..

As cliché as it sounds, I can’t believe its already been a month since we left England. I didn’t really want to do an update so soon but as I had a few of these beautiful pictures to share and not much to write about them so it felt like a good time to have a chat about how its all going. Warning – its a long one with lots of information and waffling so make sure you have coffee! JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Where We’ve Been.. So far we’ve actually been to three places in South Africa so far: Hekpoort, Durban and Mtati. Our first couple of weeks were purely spent seeing Adrians family as he’d been away for most of 2016. It was actually a great time to relax after weeks of stress with packing and moving – plus…

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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls | The Mountain Sanctuary, Magaliesburg.

Sorryyyy, I couldn’t resist the title having some relation to the TLC song when it was so appropriate. I have to admit it was the first thing into my head when I was editing all of the pictures ready for upload – and what amazing pictures they turned out to be.  When we decided to go travelling, one of my worries was not being able to capture the beauty of a place perfectly but I think I’m doing justice so far right? Everywhere we go is like a postcard which makes my eyes flicker quickly in an attempt to take it all in. I sometimes feel like being British makes me appreciate other countries so much more because England is so flat, industrial and the weather is dull. I mean, some parts of the UK are beautiful don’t get me wrong but don’t you ever get bored of it?  These…

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10 Fears & Thoughts Before Travelling/Backpacking.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Now that I’m safely on my travels I wanted to keep you guys updated with regular travel content. You know how I love my personal posts so heres a little fears and thoughts that I had before my first long-term travel.  I know I’ve barely been travelling for five minutes but this is more about before I left and being the huge worrier that I am, theres way more fears than anything.. ever the worrier!1. Do I have enough money?This is my most repeated sentence to Adrian, poor thing. I know we have enough money but I always worry about how long it will last and try to come up with ways to add to our funds. We actually have a saving account with high interest at the moment for the extra push too!2. What if my money runs out?Again, my…

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Warm & Glad, Johannesburg.

If you come to South Africa from the UK or America, you’ll quickly realise the lack of wifi and expense of phone data which leads to the endless search for coffee shops with fast, reliable connections. Trust me, its something you will laugh at but quickly realise is something you desperately need – especially if you’re a blogger, vlogger or freelancer (#firstworldproblems). After days of trying to upload the first weekly vlog, a google search for ‘coffee shops with good wifi for freelancers’ lead us to Warm & Glad – a seemingly hidden gem in Sandton. The coffee shop reminded me of something you’d find in Shoreditch, very hipster interiors with the welcoming scent of coffee. It was like a slice of home and provided the perfect space for an afternoon of uploading and relaxing. Unfortunately they don’t offer free wifi themselves any more but you can connect to the Community Centre…

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The Wild Thornberry.

I promised that I would write a lot while I’m away but truthfully I’ve been so caught up in having fun that writing was my last thought. I want to make memories and experiences to look back on and document later, using the time that I’m travelling to enjoy myself first and have social media as an after thought. To use the pictures to tell the story and have my words as an optional extras if you wanted to read them.. South Africa is very different to home. At the moment we aren’t in the sunkissed beaches of Cape Town but instead, we’re currently staying just outside of Johannesburg near Magaliesburg and everything about the scenery reminds me of the Wild Thornberrys and their crazy cartoon life in Africa. From the dusty roads to the greenest fields filled with zebra and cows just hanging around enjoying the sunshine. There might…

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