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Midnight in Milan

Midnight in Milan

“I’m sorry, I can’t go. I’m flying to Milan this weekend.” It even sounded glamorous when I sounded it out, Mi-lan! Rebecca and I were headed to Lake Como just north of the fashion capital of the world to soak up the autumn colours. It sort of started off with a few bumps in the…

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By Soninke Combrinck, October 29, 2017
Segovia: A Fairytale come True

Segovia: A Fairytale come True

And so it begins: the journey to drop off the youngest Combrinck on her first day of university. She will be attending IE University in Segovia, Spain, the kind of place whose name seems so fantastical it could be the country Anne Hathaway rules in Princess Diaries. We decided to trek to Segovia by train….

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By Soninke Combrinck, September 7, 2017
Living along Rue Montorgueil in Paris

Living along Rue Montorgueil in Paris

I squeezed into my little cabin I would call home for the next few days. It was a tough haul with all my luggage, and I definitely looked like a tourist when I arrived at Rue Montorgueil. I quietly surveyed the room as the AirB&B guy walked me through the rules. “And finally, here is your terrace,…

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By Soninke Combrinck, August 26, 2017
Drinks at Cafe de Port

Drinks at Cafe de Port

Four figures came waffling down the street with their dim lit cigarettes lighting the way. They aren’t the only curious fellows you see floating around Cafe de Port in Brignogan. Sprawled on the jet red chairs are two American tourists, drawling loudly. Behind me is an elderly couple, and just to their left, a group…

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By Soninke Combrinck, August 24, 2017
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Little Hollywood: Summer in France

Little Hollywood: Summer in France

We were untouchable, cruising along the narrow farm roads in the Audi at 120km an hour. The French farmland tore by us as the car ate the ground in front of it. German hip-hop was blaring on the radio as we crossed the quiet Kerlouan landscape in the summer of 2017. The days we spent…

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By Soninke Combrinck, August 23, 2017
Something Fishy: A Seafood Extravaganza

Something Fishy: A Seafood Extravaganza

I like to try something new each holiday. This time I was hauled up in a fishing village far north in France, in Bretagne (Brittany). Residents here have been fishing proudly in these waters for centuries. This generation does the same. Seafood was my staple diet in Kerlouan. It wasn’t limited to just fish; I…

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By Soninke Combrinck, August 20, 2017
Winter Warmers at Ginger & Lime

Winter Warmers at Ginger & Lime

We Cape Townians are not very brave in the face of winter. We stay indoors, layer up and wait until the winter rain gives way to the summer sun. But in doing this, we miss out on cosy winter warmers we can only experience for three short months of the year. There are many gems…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 22, 2017
Pancakes and Castles at Graskop

Pancakes and Castles at Graskop

Today was road trip day. After two successful trips into Kruger National Park, my uncle decided to show us the other treasures hidden in this part of Mpumalanga. We were to drive east towards Graskop, a little tourist town. Then northeast towards the edge of the world, to peer through God’s Window. Once there, we would…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 17, 2017
Dinner and a Show at Zandvliet Wine Estate

Dinner and a Show at Zandvliet Wine Estate

To make the most of Wacky Wine, we decided to book ourselves for a four-course meal for an authentic and slow farm experience. But this year’s Wacky Wine had conjured the wrath of a gale force wind. We left McGregor well after sunset and had to battle the forces of nature to reach Zandvliet Wine Estate. The…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 9, 2017
A Not-So-Wacky Wine Weekend

A Not-So-Wacky Wine Weekend

We set off for Wacky Wine Weekend fully geared for winter in the Klein Karoo. I packed winter coats, boots, gloves and a load of bedding. If past experiences were anything to go by, we would be expecting a wet weekend with snowcapped Langeberg Mountains. Wacky Wine Weekend is a local wine festival dedicated to…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 7, 2017
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