In my last post I shared with you moments from my exploration of Livingstone Island, a World Heritage Site, which sits on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Its only been open since 1992, allowing exclusive access to get up close and personal with the falls. I also mentioned that I was going to be sharing with you pictures from the adventurous dip into the Devils Pool. The Devil's Pool is a natural pool on the edge of Victoria Falls and it's thought that it was created by thousands of years erosion. It's beauty lies in the fact that you have a rock ledge on the edge that stops you from being swept down the 100 meter gorge by the torrents of water. Well you can wait no longer as the pictures are below. Before that a little detail on how this came about. This trip has been a long time coming and the Devils Pool even more so. I have mentioned it a couple of times now on the blog and it was between this and a bangee jump. I am glad to say the the Devils Pool won!
28 November 2014
25 November 2014
|Attend a Westend show with Jessie J|
Fancy watching a westend show with Jessie J? Of course you do! How about raising the iconic Tower Bridge in London OR maybe visiting the museum with Prof Stephen Hawking. That's not enough? Well add afternoon tea session with a Downton Abbey star, attending a red carpet event all with transportation and hotel stay at the fabulous Radisson Blu in Mercer Street. This week I am teaming up with Visit London to bring you this amazing trip of a life time to be London's Guest of Honour for 2 whole weeks where you will experience this beautiful city while being introduced to its famous residents. Your experience will also be filmed and shared around the world.
18 November 2014
"So lovely, it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight" - David Livingstone
Although the first known Europeans to visit Zambia were the Portuguese, it is thought that David Livingstone was the first Brit to explore the Zambezi River (and gaze upon the Victoria Falls), which gives life to Mosi-oa-Tunya. This translates to The Smoke that Thunders. You might know this as Victoria Falls, renamed by David Livingstone in 1855 in honour of Queen Victoria as he stood on what is now know as Livingstone Island. In high season you wouldn't be able to stand here as it is completely submerged in sheets of water. Most Zambians and Zimbabweans still use its original name and Zimbabwe went as far as officially renaming the falls back to "Mosi-oa-Tunya" last year.
16 November 2014
One of my favourite galleries in London. I dont get to venture to this part of London much these days other than when I am passing through to get to Chelsea's Lomax gym for a little PT. Saatchi Gallery in the heart of the beautiful Sloane Square houses contemporary and modern art by artists from all around the world. This was my perfect Sunday escape for a little me-time. I also wanted to see the huge ants that are the stars of the show at Saatchi Gallery. Colombian Artisit Rafael Gomezbarro's installation consists of these huge insects the scale the walls of one of the rooms in the gallery and its so cool to be able to get so close to these pieces.
12 November 2014
"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa- for he has so much to look forward to" - Richard Mullin
The second installment on my stay at Tongabezi, on the river banks of the Zambezi. A subtropical idyll with thatched roofed exclusive lodges all but one with views of the Zambezi and little cheeky monkeys cavorting the surroundings. That's in addition to the Hippos that lazily float before you. People and animals respect each other’s distance here. With a big tub run for you to take a dip under the star lit African sky and champagne waiting on the side. Please take me back to Tongabezi this instant! How about I stop drooling over the thought of going back and tell you what’s on offer when you visit. Once you settle in you also get a chance to sit down with the activities coordinator to run through activities you would like to part take in. All included in the price of the stay. While my boyfriend opted for the guided bike ride within the national park in the hope of also spotting some animals, I visited the local school funded by Tongabezi. We also choose to do a morning game drive and the Devils pool, which sits on the edge of the Victoria Falls (not for the faint-heart and not included in the price). Also available is candlelight dinner on the Zambezi and many more but sadly we didn’t have time to do them all.
10 November 2014
“When you go, choose your companions wisely. Africa is not to be wasted,” - Ernest Hemingway
There are romantic hideaways and then there is Tongabezi. Where better to enjoy a back-to-nature romance with a bit of luxury thrown in than to base yourself right on the banks of the Zambezi. If that name sounds familiar, you will no doubt know that it is the very river that gives birth to the mighty Victoria Falls - more on that to come. Tongabezi is hidden among the shadows of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. We were certainly in the mood to spoil ourselves while in Livingstone, and this place is definitely one that will spoil your mind, body and soul - in a good way of course. Our one splurge on our 17 day tour of Southern Africa which started from Lusaka. You only live one! Livingstone was the second stop having started off in Lusaka days earlier. All the lodges at Tonagbezi have views of the Zambezi, apart from our Garden House Lodge. What it lacked in views of the river, it made up handsomely in the exclusively private pool we had to ourselves. All the lodges are secluded offering guests privacy and comfort as if you were chillaxing in your own home and a luxury not experienced in many hotels or lodges. There are only nine lodges which means guests are catered to with undivided attention from staff. Have I mentioned that from the moment we arrived we were made to feel like little stars? Oh I did I not mention, each lodge is allocated its very own butler so to speak anything you need 24/7! Staff available exclusively to your lodge, I had died and gone to heaven...A knock on the lodge entrance brought me back to health as out breakfast arrived to be enjoyed in the comfort of our Garden House.
7 November 2014
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4 November 2014
If you live in London you will no doubt notice how the month of November is usually dedication to the Remembrance Day. This year is no different, with the Tower of London having an installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to commemorate the life of fallen British and colonial soldiers. The moat around Tower of London is now covered in "sea of poppies" as well as the "sea of people" as the installation has had an overwhelming response from not only the British traveling from all over the UK but also the great number of tourists who are a flocking to the tower to get a glimpse of the poppies before they are removed on November 11.
It has taken 8,000 volunteers to place the 888,246 cermaic poppies which take 3 days to make just one. If you are hoping to snag a poppy from the moat you might be disappointed as they have now all been sold and due to be sent out to buyers from November 11. Having started the planting in July this year, when I visited the Tower they were still planting more poppies. This is set to continue with the final planting taking place on Armistice Day.
2 November 2014
Apparently you haven't experienced the city until you have really explored it on a bicycle. Well on this particular Sunday we had no intention of over working ourselves. Don't fret though I am back in Amsterdam next month with enough time to go Dutch - cycling on the Dutchies that is. On this visit with a little time on our hands we made a short stop over in in the capital for a visit. More precisely, the Mr and I ventured out into Central Amsterdam for a brunch date. Amsterdam can be pretty busy and sometimes a tad too crowded for my liking. If you want a quite moment with a loved one, its quite easy to find a spot in the backstreets, and so we did. After strolling through the quite parts of the city and admiring the many spots of Street art, cutely parked bikes and strange combination of shops built into churches that also sell pot was rather amusing. Yep! I was somewhat puzzled too.