Florence has a sort of slow, laid-back atmosphere, that contrasts the business that is Rome. Florence is simply lovely. We only spent one day there, so I don’t have too many photos, but this lovely place left its mark on my heart. The little market square selling every delightful leather product you could think of and the warming atmosphere are incredible. The streets have such a calm, quiet feel in the evenings and its the kind of place that you can’t help but fall in love with…
The Duomo in Florence blew me away. The intricacy of the marble detailing is just mind-boggling, and as a person who dapples in the arts, I felt a deep appreciation of the craftsmanship and time that was required to create something quite so exquisite. None of the detail on the facade is painted – it is all inset in marble.
Throughout my trip, I tried to not let taking photos dictate my every move. I took quick snaps of things I saw that inspired me, but I wanted to see and embed my travels into my memory, rather than my memory card…
When in Rome, gelato is abundant and traffic rules are non-existent. You feel as if you’ve stepped into a parallel dimension where laid-back life, and hustle and bustle harmoniously co-exist . Romans are charismatic and love their city. I have never been to a city that values aesthetic appeal so much. The old buildings all painted in a cohesive colour palette make for a visual paradise. It feels like walking on a rather massive, exceptionally beautiful movie set. To say that Rome is beautiful would be an understatement.
The weather was really hot when we were in Rome, and it was such a pleasure to escape what has been a rather harsh winter in Cape Town.
Italian gelato is amazing. On just about every corner, you will find a gelateria – some are high-end, and others are little family shops – each with their own unique charm. I thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful!
I think its safe to say that Rome is a cultural and historical masterpiece.
The juices here are SO yum! Options for us all – the veg juice lovers, the fruit juice lovers and even the leaf juice lovers! I had Strawberry Lips and I would definitely recommend it.
Moyo on the Pier at uShaka Marine World
The view is breathtaking. The drinks are divine. The food is wholesome. Moyo on the Pier is so stunning. You can sit inside or outside, and if you sit outside, you can hear the waves and see the sea stretch out beyond the horizon. Also, there’s the most beautiful view of the Durban skyline.
The Junction is a place along the Midlands Meander that has it all. A really pretty restaurant, a mosaic shop, pretty colourful walls and even a playground for the little ones. It has many assorted shops with all kinds of treasures to be discovered!
Piggly Wiggly is similar to The Junction in the sense that it has many different shops and restaurants. The shops sell everything from scatter cushions to delicate necklaces to make-your-own candles. The Pizza Place’s pizzas are simply divine. Thin, crispy base just the way I like it!
If you’re in the area, check these places out. Go and discover the treasures for yourself.
After a lovely breakfast at the country estate we are staying at, we set out to explore the Midlands Meander. The weather was humid and there was a storm warning too!
There are a few really cute crafty stalls and shops all along the meander. Some of my favourites were the Junction and Piggly Wiggly. The Pizza Place make THEE BEST pizzas ever!
We visited a few more stalls, then went to the incredible Nelson Mandela Capture Site. It’s so beautifully designed and an incredible work of art.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these travel diaries! They’ve been a fun way for me to record my trip too! I’m flying back tomorrow! It’s been a wonderful holiday, but I do miss the Mother City.
Have a good holiday, SA people.
We left Ballito today and ventured into the Midlands. The weather here was much hotter than in Ballito and it felt like pure summer. We stopped very briefly but mostly just pushed on to reach our accommodation before dark. It was a lovely, but tiring day. Can’t wait to share my adventures with you tomorrow!
This morning, I woke up to sunny skies and gentle breezes along the beautiful Dolphin Coast. After 6am, it was already bright! After breakfast, I took a little stroll around the hotel and took a few planty photos.
We then went to the beach for a little bit before heading out to Durban itself.
We went to the Station Drive area that reminded me so much of Woodstock in Cape Town. We walked around in some of the stores, my favourite being the colourful and quirky Shoppe, then made our way to the Morning Trade market in The Plant and picked up some yummy treats. We crossed the road and went into the Warehouse next door. We picked up some juice from The Cold-Pressed Juice Co.
We ventured in Umhlanga and after some driving around, decided to go to uShaka Marine World. We dropped in there for a few hours, walked around, got a henna tattoo and had some lunch at the beautiful Moyo restaurant which is at the end of the pier. The view was gorgeous.
Long, summery days mean happy hearts and sleep heads.
I’m spending some time in the beautiful city of Durban and I decided to write about a few snippets of my days here. The weather is lovely and warm – such a pleasure after the on and off cold days we’ve been having in Cape Town. Naturally I think Cape Town is the most beautiful city ever (am I biased?!) but Durbs sure is pretty too!
We flew in this morning, and then drove to Ballito. We’re staying at a lovely little hotel that’s so serene and peaceful. It makes me want to grab a decor mag and just read outside all day. I think I’ll do just that!
We finished off our day by paying a visit to Willard’s Beach just before sunset.
Happy Heritage Day to my fellow South Africans too!