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Blog, Washington

Experience History Where It Happened


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A quaint doorway in Old Town Alexandria

As George Washington’s adopted hometown, Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation’s first president.

And only eight miles south of Old Town Alexandria, lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This is the general’s former home which continues bustling centuries later!

Following on from my post about ferrying to Alexandria earlier this week, I wish to dedicated this post to “Mount Vernon” – home to George Washington – as well as the neighbourhood that houses it, Alexandria, where Washington called home.

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Blog, Daily, Miami

Plan Your Trip To Miami Now!


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Taken at The Ritz South Beach

Greetings! I was browsing some of my photos and I came across these delicious little moments from a trip to Miami! I felt inspired to write about my recommendations, especially seeing as it’s officially Summer here in North America. (more…)

Aspen, Blog

Ski Lifts + Sunshine in the Rockies!


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The road to Aspen (beautiful Evergreens all around me)
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On top of Aspen Ski Mountain – using Depth Effect on iPhone 7 Plus

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I did a trip to Colorado recently – I hung out a bit in Aspen (if you’re interested in Colorado at all, check out these posts I did when I went in the Fall: Psychics and Silver in Colorado, Mussels in the mountains, Charcuterie and Artisan Cheeseboard, Spring Water at 8,000ft, Fall Colors of Colorado, Steampunk bar in Aspen). The thrill for me is really in getting there – I had a stunning road trip through the rockies. The Evergreens were as gorgeous as ever – my quest was to showcase this breathtaking place to my brother who was visiting from South Africa. For the Skybok video you’re about to see (it’s only 1 minute), I used my iPhone 7 Plus on a DJI – Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer, which you can get at Best Buy! I HIGHLY recommend it!! On the website, search  “DJI – Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer”. They also have awesome drones which I was tempted to get for this because I was in the ski lift at one point with gorgeous views of the town 😉

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Hotel Jerome in Aspen was rated by Conde Nast as one of the Gold List “Favorite Hotels of the World”
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The bar area inside the hotel
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Opposite view
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Room in Hotel Jerome
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Hotel Jerome was ranked in the Reader’s Choice Awards as one of the Top 10 Hotels on the American West
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Bathroom, double vanity
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Luxury Suite
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Luxury Suite
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View from the window in the Fall
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Fall in Colorado
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Prospect Bar + Restaurant in Hotel Jerome
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Scene on a street corner in Aspen
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Ski Lift in Aspen
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Entrance to the Ski Lift – ticket prices, visit www.aspensnowmass.com
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On the streets
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Osmo Stabilizer on the right
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The iconic “Independence Pass” sign as you travel through the Continental Divide
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Pan seared Tuna salad at “J Bar” (Hotel Jerome)
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Going up the Aspen Mountain Ski Lift (not for the faint hearted!)
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Saw this sign – we don’t have bears in South Africa
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Interior scene of “J-Bar” – this is part of the Hotel Jerome: a very old, historic hotel
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Entrance to “Justice Snow’s” – a very iconic bar attached to the Wheeler Opera House
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Walking down an Aspen street in early morning
Blog, South Africa

Mbongeni Buthelezi + Beating The Odds


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The tale of a South African artist, Mbongeni Buthelezi, really moved me recently. Coming from South Africa which has so little, to America which has so much, I must say I find these stories very inspirational. It’s about the human spirit refusing to give up on what it knows it deserves.

Because he was poor but loved to paint, he had to come up with some way to create the ‘paint’ he couldn’t afford. He started collecting old plastic and applying heat to it on canvas, discovering soon he was creating a striking new medium that could help him make art. Quite frankly, he personifies the term ‘making something out of nothing’ by using plastic to paint. And the most admirable part is that it’s eco-friendly, asking his audience to look at waste in a new way. The videos above + below are wonderful, watch them.

I wrote about a similar inspiration story a while back, a man from the townships of South Africa who processes film with coffee. Read it here.