City Guides

Three days in Ottawa

As a parent travelling with an active child, I opt for destinations that offer the full package. Flying from South Africa last year, my 11-year-old daughter Ally and I were to spend a week in New York before taking the two-hour flight to Ottawa for a family reunion. My Canadian cousins and I were renting a cottage at a historic fishing lodge in the Gatineau Hills, a couple of hours north of the city over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. While New York is always guaranteed to be fun, our quick, side trip to Ottawa was the real highlight of the holiday, especially for Ally.

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Three days in Ottawa

CITY GUIDES: ART AND SOUL IN THE CAPE’S RIEBEEK KASTEEL

Registered as an arts town, the Cape’s Riebeek Kasteel is the first area in South Africa to be formally known for its collective talent in this field. And for visitors – and not just art hounds – that’s a real draw card.

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Start your creative tour with a visit to RK Contemporary, a gallery space dedicated to monthly curated (solo or group) exhibitions. Artworks are available for purchase and many of the artists are locals. And it’s not just the works of provincial creatives or emerging artists that are on show. As curator Astrid McLeod explains: “Established artists are given…
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CITY GUIDES: ART AND SOUL IN THE CAPE’S RIEBEEK KASTEEL

EXPLORING CAPE TOWN’S ART, CULTURE & FOOD WITH KIFF KOMBI TOURS

Having traversed through Bali on a cultural tour in a vintage VW Kombi exploring “significant historical places, along with renowned restaurants and bars”, partners Drew Campbell and Sophie Bagheri were inspired to provide this unique, educational yet fun travel experience to travellers in Cape Town looking to soak in the city’s art, culture, food and drink scene. Campbell, who has a construction management background and Bagheri, who holds a Business Tourism degree now offer curated experiences that cater to just that through Kiff Kombi Tours.

“We absolutely loved the combination of exploring a…
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EXPLORING CAPE TOWN’S ART, CULTURE & FOOD WITH KIFF KOMBI TOURS

COPENHAGEN – CAPITAL OF COOL

Not so long ago, Copenhagen was hardly on the map as a culinary destination, but today, with 15 Michelin Star restaurants creating a buzz among locals and visitors alike, the city is justifiably regarded as a foodie paradise.

René Redzepi, Copenhagen’s maestro of cuisine, is one of those to credit for this gastronomic revolution. Together with another culinary visionary, Claus Meyer, in 2003 he started Noma – a world-class restaurant that reinterprets Nordic cuisine. An enormous success, Noma brings fresh farm produce to a high-end setting.

Today, there are hundreds of restaurants, bistros and cafés in the Nordic city and they…
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COPENHAGEN – CAPITAL OF COOL

BLOWN AWAY BY THE WINDY CITY

There’s an icy breeze, whipping in off Lake Michigan, making short work of the woefully thin jacket I’ve brought along to the Windy City. Chicago is certainly living up to its nickname on this cloudy spring day, but it’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to soak up one of the most impressive city skylines on the planet.

“Chicago has always been a laboratory for architects,” explains our guide over the loudspeakers, as our river cruise makes a turn at Navy Pier and heads back into the network of canals that flow through downtown Chicago.

We sail past buildings…
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BLOWN AWAY BY THE WINDY CITY

INSIDER GUIDE: NAIROBI

Ian Rydin, General Manager: Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill, shared his tips on what to do and where to go in Nairobi with our contributor Joseph Maina on his recent trip to the East African gem.

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INSIDER GUIDE: NAIROBI