Archive for June, 2012

A Long Weekend in Istanbul

A Long Weekend in Istanbul

The next time you go to Istanbul, you have to stay at the Neorion  Hotel. It’s currently ranked #1 on Trip Advisor, and it deserves the ranking. The ratings are not necessarily for the hotel’s appearance or its location (both are very good), but for the service of the staff. This hotel goes above and [...]


3-Day Safari at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

3-Day Safari at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

I’m going to post this now without text in case I don’t get to it before we fly home to the USA. I will post text asap. We saw pretty much every animal in southern Africa, except for leopards. We got amazing close to everything. Some of these photos do benefit from my telephoto lens, [...]


Stellenbosch to Port Elizabeth: 3 Days on the Garden Route

Stellenbosch to Port Elizabeth: 3 Days on the Garden Route

When we went to South Africa, in my mind we were always going for the animals and probably the wine. I never thought I would be so impressed by the general landscape of the country. The scenery changed in an almost chameleon-like fashion. One minute you’d be driving along in dry scrub bush territory, but [...]


A Day in the Stellenbosch Wine Country

A Day in the Stellenbosch Wine Country

I’m going to keep this post deliberately short. You don’t want to sit at your computer and listen to me talk about drinking wine… Not because it would be boring, or because it wouldn’t do the experience justice… but because it simply isn’t fair. Stellenbosch is absolutely gorgeous and you’re just surrounded by amazing wineries. [...]


At the Top and the Tip of the World in Cape Town

At the Top and the Tip of the World in Cape Town

We were very excited to get to Cape Town, but apparently Cape Town wasn’t quite ready for us. Due to an unfortunate oversight, Beth’s plane ticket wasn’t issued with her full name. When we landed in Johannesburg and tried to check-in for our connecting flight to Cape Town, the staff at South African Airlines didn’t [...]


A Visit to Victoria Falls

A Visit to Victoria Falls

Beth here. When we initially decided to visit South Africa, Vic wanted to stay in South Africa and see many different parts of that country. I, on the other hand, felt that I would rather skip part of South Africa in favor of a visit to Victoria Falls. I’ve been to Niagara Falls a couple [...]


A Walk with Lions

A Walk with Lions

The inspiration for our vacation to Africa came primarily from two different sources. Our friends Beth and Tucker Russell visited South Africa last December and told us all about the great time they had. Back in the spring, we also received a note from the Alumni Office at Davidson College promoting a trip to Africa [...]


A Couple Days in Zimbabwe

A Couple Days in Zimbabwe

After our short safari at Chobe National Park, Beth and I departed for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We weren’t really sure what to expect. As you may already know, Zimbabwe no longer has its own currency and has a long history of political corruption and human rights abuses. From 2003-2009, Zimbabwe experienced a period of [...]


On Safari at Chobe National Park

On Safari at Chobe National Park

In and Out of Jo’Burg Though we did fly into South Africa, it was only to enjoy a long, early morning layover in the Johannesburg Airport. We were pleasantly surprised to see the flight from Abu Dhabi to Jo’Burg was practically empty so we could spread out and stretch out. We had so much space, [...]