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  1. A couple of day safari locations that do Cape Town pick ups are Aquila and Fairy Glen. Twelve years ago we visited Aquila https://www.aquilasafari.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiA8qLvBRAbEiwAE_ZzPaFhY4F5awED7r7wBT2B50OKkMrs1oTMGSkY7wqeonbumZrbQ9H2RhoCTzIQAvD_BwE and whilst it was fun, it wasn’t a patch on safaris done in the Kruger and Eastern Cape since. If you don’t have much time in Cape Town, there are lots of more worthwhile things to see and do in the city and surrounding area. Save your safari experience for a location where you will be guaranteed a better experience.
  2. I’m thinking of taking Alexa with me on board and let them have a ding dong!🤣
  3. Just to add that if you take the City Sighseeing hoho bus to Franschhoek, it is very easy to transfer to the Franschhoek Wine Tram who different routes to wineries in the valley. No long walks necessary. However, with only two full days in Cape Town, it’s necessary to be selective. If visiting a winery is high on the to do list, then the Constantia wineries are probably the way to go. The wine route hoho is a loop off the blue route hoho and starts and finishes at the Constantia Nek stop.
  4. We stayed at the Premier Inn at Abu Dhabi airport in April. Easy access, good rooms at competitive prices. Recommended.
  5. Presumably the difference is the steamer has a heating element that can boil water. I’m not aware of any cruise line, that I’ve sailed on, that allows kettles, coffee makers, etc but strangely some lines provide kettles in cabins (probably low wattage appliances) - no problem being bewildered, it’s all a bit contradictory.
  6. It depends on where your ship will dock. There are four berths / terminals along the river in Lisbon. There are two hoho routes in Lisbon (red and blue). The Alcântara and Rocha Conde de Óbidos terminals are on the red line and the Apolonia and Jardin Tabaco terminal are on the blue line but only a short walk from the intersection of red and blue lines.
  7. ‘The moaners will moan and the cheerleaders will cheer - the rest of us live somewhere in between.’ Confucius 😂
  8. Two years ago we did a two week road trip of central and northern Portugal- we thought Obidos was one of the highlights of the trip. We stayed two nights just outside the city walls. Sorry I can’t help with bus or train information but if you have been to Lisbon before it’s well worth a visit. Alternatively, Sintra is very attractive and much closer to Lisbon.
  9. Sorry, not used the tuktuk, seen them around and they were recommended by our b&b host.
  10. Unfortunately, The Tasting Room closed in 2017/18 and was replaced by La Petite Colombe. We’ve not been but gets excellent ratings.
  11. Our favourite restaurants in Franschhoek are: For dinner: Le Bon Vivant Miko at Mont Rochelle Roca at Dieu Donne For lunch: The Country Kitchen at Mont Rochelle Cafe Bon Bon Leopards Leap For a lighter tapas style evening meal and live music try Cafe Roca. Wineries - you are spoiled for choice. The wine tram has various routes and avoids the necessity of someone having to drive. Grande Provence (including the Cheetah outreach) La Motte Rickety Bridge Slightly further afield - a picnic on the lawn at Boschendal but worth a visit without a picnic. Babylonstoren - two lovely restaurants and an amazing garden/kitchen garden. Delaire Graff - amazing views. Hope this helps.
  12. Omega1

    Iguazo falls

    Just to add another dimension, our friends have been to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for a consultation. The message was, if you don’t have the vaccination, don’t go. The advantages far outweigh the risks. Back to square one in the decision making.
  13. Thanks for that. Coincidentally, we had a delightful lunch at Bramon last February and back in 2018 a lovely cheese platter and wine sampling at Karusa. All this Is whetting our appetite for our next visit in 2021!
  14. I know Constantia well but not Elgin - something to explore on our next visit - any particular recommendations? I also like a couple of the wineries in the Hemel en Aarde valley. Basically, you are spoiled for choice - but it’s not just the wine, add superb cuisine, spectacular scenery and you have all the ingredients of an amazing holiday.
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