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The Vanderbilt Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island


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The Breakers Newport Rhode Island

Highlight on The Breakers – Newport

The Breakers is the iconic gilded age mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the Vanderbilt’s home. Expect to spend 1-2 hours there if you really want to take it in. There is an audio tour so no need to worry about reading up on it before. Everyone walks at their own pace in the mansion, there is also wheelchair access and it’s definitely photo friendly. It’s $15 per person winter pass (when we were there), and you can enter and tour as many mansions as you want! I would recommend walking shoes. There is a charming gift shop with Vanderbilt history as well as other trinkets and fiction novels set in the time of the gilded age. We drove up to Newport through Connecticut from New York, to spend a few days in this historical town on the seaside.

COST: $7 Million

The Breakers Stable & Carriage House is located approximately a half-mile west of the house, on Coggeshall Avenue. Completed in 1895, it is 100 feet deep and 150 feet wide, U-shaped with a carriage house in the center.

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Visiting An African Prophetess’ Cave


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Maketha Mantsopa
Sitting at the alter to where so many miracles have taken place since the 1800s

This is the cave of Makhetha Mantsopa. The prophetess was a renowned healer, rainmaker and diviner. She was also sister to King Moshoeshoe I – founder and first King of Lesotho. I wrote about Lesotho earlier this week. She was born around 1795, in a place called “Likotsi” or “Ramakhetheng” near present day Maseru (the capital of the Kingdom). In 1851, she predicted that the BaSotho (the people of Lesotho) would triumph over colonial troops led by Major Warden.

There are about 10-15 visitors per week to this cave – where she gave healings, performed miracles, announced prophecies and said prayers. A lot of people pray through her at this place to their ancestors and to God, much like the Virgin Mary in Christianity. The Priory of St Augustine’s is a monastery next to it, established in 1871.

There is a spring at this site, where people come to drink waters they believe are sacred and provide cleansing and good fortune. Watch the video below and read on for photos! Leave any questions you have in the comment section below! (more…)

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San Diego: An Ocean Lover’s Dream!


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The view from “La Valencia” Room Eleven Seventeen

I previously wrote about San Diego a bunch of times here. Being from Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa (the east coast), I’m used to the beach. By the way, if you’re new to my blog, I write + take pictures of special moments along my travels. For more on African moments, I highly suggest: Chasing Elephants in Addo Elephant Park.  (more…)

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Wonderful Things From The Pharoah’s Tomb


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Tutankhamun Artifacts

I was recently at an iconic exhibition held at The Texas Museum of Science & Technology... “Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things From The Pharoah’s Tomb”.

Skybok produced this 1-minute video profile of it! (see below)

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. (There’s a great documentary on Netflix now, search for “Egypt” by BBC Films). Here are some more photos from the museum’s exhibition showcasing exact replicas of the artifacts discovered in his tomb. (A nice website on the exhibition with historical questions answered here). Also, check out 8 surprising facts about Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun Artifacts

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South African In: Assisi


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South African In: Assisi

Assisi Italy

A few years ago I traveled from Assisi to Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. I remember the time I spent in Assisi like it was yesterday. What a magical town! I got lost in it for hours and learnt so much about it’s fascinating past. It’s famous for the saint who was born there, Saint Francis of Assisi. He was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher.

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South African In: Madrid


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South African In: Madrid

With a population of over 3 million people, Madrid is the stunning capital city of Spain. It enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe. Certainly during the time I spent there, I didn’t experience a drop of wind or rain. I went with my mother around this time last year – the best time for long warm summer nights. We stayed in “Hotel Catalonia Gran Via” along Gran Via – an upscale shopping street in central Madrid. It’s always a thrill travelling, and Madrid was one of my best thrills yet!

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South African In: Venice


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Venice, Italy

Everywhere you turn there’s something new to discover in Venice. For the first few hours after I arrived I couldn’t believe I was really there. Known for its winding canals and ancient bridges, it’s also pretty famous for its artisan crafted masks and costumes worn during the carnival, as well as for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. One of the most memorable days for me was when we visited the magnificent Piazza San Marco, which Napoleon referred to as the “drawing room of Europe”. I was in complete awe.

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