Friday, August 08, 2008

South Africa Links With Garden Furniture

I never thought that I would be able to write about South Africa and a new garden furniture blog in the same breathe, but do forgive me if I am a little off-topic but I wanted to introduce you to my new "baby" blog about garden furniture.

My link is a little tenuous, but I love the South African barbeque, or "braais" and the new family blog and business today showcases a barbeque that is so like the ones I love in South Africa!

Garden Lifestyle is the new blog I have created to introduce our stunning garden furniture to the discerning UK public. Poly-Wood and CountryFieldGarden are the online arms of the family business and I am having fun doing the online marketing!

Go and take a look and then sit back, relax and forget about it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

News of South Africa Wine and Golf

One of my favourite South Africa wine estates in Stellenbosch is the Engelbrecht-Els produced wines from Ernie Els wines and Guardian Peak.

You can tell a lot from the makers about what the wine is going to taste like! Take a look at this video clip of Jean Engelbrecht and South African golfer, Ernie Els. What lovely guys they are and I can assure you their wines are just as good ...

Make sure you add their estates to your South Africa wine tour!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Safari Vs. Zoo? Your thoughts ...

Safari or Zoo? What are your thoughts?

I personally have to sit on the fence on this one! I actually feel that both are excellent and both, of course, very different, but if you look at it from a conservation point, zoos do a wonderful job.

Take the Australia Zoo. You might know the owner, Steve Irwin, the great Aussie TV presenter who was known to the world as the Crocodile Hunter with his exploits in crocodile rescue. His zoo, which is today run by his wife Terri, ably supported by the rest of the family, is one of the most searched for words on Australia and draws visitors from across the world.

Safaris, on the other hand, allow us to get as close to wild animals, with no barriers, as it is possible to do! Thankfully, in the main, these wonderful game drives are for no more than shooting pictures with your camera and to be able to get a feel for how it is to be so unfettered in the big, wide world!

Choices, choices! If you want help with either your tailor made Australia travel or your South Africa travel, contact us at Tailor Made Luxury Travel for your own personalised travel itinerary.

Monday, June 16, 2008

World Cup Football Fever Grips Australia

Football World Cup fever has already started for Australia, as they have qualified for the next round of qualification to the competition being held in South Africa in 2010.

The Socceroos ( don't you just love the Australian twist to everything!) beat Qatar to keep their hopes alive of playing in South Africa.

Check out what fantastic places they can visit and things they can do on their rest days if they do get there, by going to Tailor Made South Africa Travel and also HubPages.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Practical Advice For South Africa Travel

I've written a new HubPage that I thought you might like, all about practical advice for South Africa travel.

If you like it, why not become a Fan, so that you get any updates on information I post to HubPages? You can also find me on Facebook

If you would like to keep in touch by adding me as a Friend, just send me a personal message so that I know you've come through these pages! Looking forward to connecting ...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cape Town History Lesson in the 21st Century

Cape Town history is remarkable! And the best bit is that it is neatly woven through the very fabric of this beautiful, seaside city.

From the English to the Dutch, from the Indies to San Bushmen, it's all on display. Why not take a look at this informative HubPage and enjoy a history lesson that is guaranteed not to be anything like a history lesson at school.

Do let me know what you like best about the HubPage. Send me your comments below ...

Why not have a look around whilst you are there. There's so much fascinating stuff on HubPages about all sorts of topics. I found this one on the subject of vacation packing and thought the tips are well worth thinking about in this age of paying for every piece of baggage you carry on airlines - AND pay extra for too!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Many Happy 90th Birthday Returns Mr Mandela!

Nelson Mandela turns 90! Many Happy Returns. I bet he never imagined getting to this illustrious age when incarcerated on Robben Island.

Here's one explanation - its the lack of junk food and cigarettes that have allowed him to have such good health! Take a look at's thoughts on the matter ... (Remember this is completely fictitious, but it brought a smile to my face!)

I for one, wish him well and hope that he still has many more birthdays to come. Just a thought, will he get a telegram from the Queen if he reaches 100?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cape Town Waterfront Buzz

Cape Town's famous Waterfront is the envy of the world! Official.

Take a look at this particular Victoria, Canada resident and her view of this magical place. She says that Victoria is the polar opposite of the progressive insight Cape Town has had with its own docklands.

When I first visited in the early 80's, the vibrant, colourful place that is the Waterfront today didn't exist. A drab, neglected collection of warehouses, run-down docks and depleted fishing industry was all that was there.

No doubt a lot of naysayers didn't get their way, but it is testament to the vision of a small group of people who set the ball rolling and haven't given up!

Today it is truly alive with activity, music, colour and people. A must-not miss on anyone's itinerary!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Received the Free Report on Safari in South Africa Yet?

Have you received the free report, "9 Sure Fire Ways To Have The Safari In South Africa You Always Wanted" yet?

If not, you'll want to head over there straight away to get all the most up-to-date information on having the safari you want.

Here's what you'll find ...
  • The best game reserves to visit and whether to combine your trip with other destinations
  • The best time of year to visit
  • What type of clothes to pack and equipment to take
  • What animals you are likely to see and how to make sure you see all you want to
  • What you can expect and much more
You will love looking at all the wonderful photos and it is guaranteed to have you packing your bags, grabbing your passport and heading for the nearest airport with your camera slung over your shoulder and your pith helmet on your head!

What are you waiting for? Go over there now and get the safari in South Africa you always wanted ...

Monday, March 03, 2008

Safari in South Africa - Cape Town's Waterfront

Safari in South Africa and you will not want to miss Cape Town's famous Waterfront. The old working docks have been transformed over the last 20 years into a busy, buzzing area full of great restaurants, shopping malls full of the most beautiful shops, and streets teeming with street theatre.

I've been having fun over the weekend putting my video up onto YouTube for you all to see, so here it is! Hope you like it! Watch out for more movies over the coming weeks ...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Safari in South Africa - 6 Days is Not Enough!

For a safari in South Africa, 6 days is not enough! So says Kaelynn in her assessment of her trip to South Africa.

Take a look at Kaelynn's blog and you will find a lovely young person's description of her time in South Africa. She's loved it so much, she's thinking of doing an internship at the University of Cape Town just so that she can come back to do all the things she didn't get time to do this time!

I particularly love her description of the restaurant at Spier, Stellenbosch called Moyo. It is an amazing sight to see the "tables" set amongst the treetops whilst all around is lit up with braziers and flaming torches - very atmospheric!

I also think that Kaelynn's description of the township visit good, although I would have loved to hear a bit more about it. What a pity Kaelynn has not had time to go up Table Mountain and visit Robben Island. You will have to come back, Kaelynn, to see the rest of the country!

Make sure you leave enough time on your visit to South Africa to fit in all the exciting things you need to see!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I've Squidoo'd again!

I've been busy building a South Africa Squidoo page! Go and have a look at all my hard work building a resource for South Africa ...

Tailor Made South Africa's Squidoo page

Do leave a comment and let me know what you think of it. How do you think I can improve it?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Safari in South Africa- Through the City of Cape Town

Take a safari in South Africa and one of the cities you must not miss is Cape Town. I've just found this great little video which I think gives you a small taster of what your vacation in Cape Town could be like.

Take a look now!

Why not purchase the ebook, "An Insider’s Guide To South Africa: 101 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Cape Town"

You'll find a wealth of information about this fascinating city at the foot of Africa, so that you'll make the most of your precious time in Cape Town when you are there.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

My Life Changing Journey Through South Africa

Take a trip to South Africa and you will soon find out that the reality and the news are two different things. Of course there is violence, muggings and atrocities that we would rather not think about, and these things do happen all over the world not just in South Africa, but take a read of this blog, My Life Changing Journey, that I've come across and I think you will agree that Maria, her friend and two Jack Russell dogs have truly found the REAL South Africa.

Take the time to read and join them on their journey through this extraordinary country. You have to be there to see it ...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tailor Made Australia Travel Joins Family

Tailor Made Australia Travel finally joins the Tailor Made family! Since the success of Tailor Made South Africa Travel last year, I have taken the plunge and added luxury personalized Australia travel to my portfolio of Helen Palmer Vacations.

I have partnered with a fantastic company in Australia to bring you Australia tailor made for you, just as I do South Africa. Each itinerary that we produce is especially for you, so that you can have the vacation YOU want, how you want it.

Don't want to be ferried around in a bus with 50 other people, but still want to have the best information, best prices and luxury accommodation?

Then look no further!

We find out exactly what type of holiday you have in mind, be it Australia or South Africa and we tailor the plan to your budget, your special interests, your desires. What could be better?

Make sure you get your own copy of our special report for South Africa, 9 Surefire Ways to have the Safari in South Africa You always wanted.

Coming soon - Australia's special report

Sure-fire Australia Destination Travel Ideas That Will Guarantee You Have The Luxury Australia Vacation You Desire

Check back soon!