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Thanks Cape Town!

There's something so magical about Cape Town. I could point to specific things, but it really is about the collective. It's a magical city with breathtaking views and great to go to for a few days to get away from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg.

Did I mention we left the kids behind with gran? So it was Nicole and I along with some close friends for a weekend of wine, laughs... and more wine.

Mark & Nicole Pilgrim

I love Johannesburg, but what makes Cape Town appealing is that there is so much to do within close proximity of each other. You're encouraged to simply walk from one spot to the next and if you don't feel like walking, UBER is always there (and extremely affordable as the distances are so short). We decided to hire bicycles and use a bit of pedal power.

Mark Pilgrim

We opted to stay at the Radisson le Vendome in London Road, about 50 metres in from the main promenade of Sea Point. It's bigger than a boutique hotel, but still small enough to care.

Le Vendome Radisson Blu

The staff were always there with a smile on their faces, which makes a huge difference when you're in a "home away from home" for a couple of days. It's one of these hotels where they welcome you every morning by name. Their attention to detail with the food was amazing (and probably the best chicken wrap I've had in years).

Le Vendome Radisson Blu

Le Vendome Radisson Blu

If you're looking for a great hotel in Cape Town, it's definitely worth checking out.

Thanks for a great weekend Cape Town. We look forward to coming back again very soon. A big thank you to Mark and the team at Tourvest Destination Management for assisting with the weekend (www.tourvestdm.com)!

As I write this blog, we're sitting at the airport waiting to go back home. I miss my girls and my boys (my chihuahuas) and look forward to getting back to Johannesburg. As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz... there's no place like home.
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The holiday blog

So it's been a few days since breaking the news that i'm leaving radio at the end of June. I'm not going to lie, at the risk of sounding like I've been watching too many Oprah Winfrey shows, I've had a lump in my throat on more than one occasion reading some of the tweets and emails from people that have been listening to me since when I first started back in 1995 as well as tweets from young teenagers saying they've been listening to my chart show "their whole life". Thanks everyone for the words. They mean more than you'll ever know.

Speaking of words, I watched this Youtube clip again a few days ago. I first saw it about a year ago and it has become a clip I watch every few months to keep things in perspective. It's under 2 minutes in duration. Give it a quick watch, it's well worth it.


So with all the public holidays the family and I decided to do a little Pilgrimage to the Mother City for a few days. This is the view of Glen Beach from our balcony...


Being typical Vaalies, we were the only ones brave enough to face the chill and hit the beach...


And how can you visit the Cape without hitting a wine farm. This time it was Babylonstoren in Franschoek. It's an odd name, but the food was great. The only thing I don't quite get with having lunch at vineyards is that a lot of them have their dining area in a hall or courtyard where the amazing view is (partly) obscured.

Finally, a quick spider bite update. After 4 weeks and R25000 my 5cm long operated cut has eventually closed and I no longer need to bandage my abdomen like some morphed Egyptian mummy. And contrary to some tweeted comments, I've not developed an uncanny ability to spin webs by pushing out my wrists, scale up walls or request 8 shoes when purchasing takkies!


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