Travel

Clouds

yesterday we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and as a serious treat we spent a night at Clouds Estate outside Stellenbosch. we stayed here just after our wedding, so it was special for us to return, and of course just amazing to get to spend time at this exquisite location.

if you ever make a trip to this part of the world and you want to treat yo self then this is it. they also have self-catering units, and they are right next door to Delaire Graaff estate where you can go eat at Indochine and see Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl – the original.

summer truly arrived in Cape Town this weekend, as you can probably tell by these pictures.

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images of Clouds via their website and Moooi.

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Die Laaitjie

a funny thing happened the other day. we wanted to get out of town for a last minute weekend getaway and i googled a few places – including Die Laaitjie in Robertson, and my own post from 2010 popped up. haha! luckily for us the main house was available, so finally 4 years after the fact i actually got to try out the place.

we have spent a lot of time in the valleys in and around Robertson (about 2 hours from Cape Town) on weekend aways, but i have to say that the location of Die Laaitjie is the most breathtaking of them all. the house is surrounded by a mountain range that actually made me say “bloody hell!” every time i witnessed the sunrise or sunset making its way across the valleys.

the pictures of the accommodation on the website are a bit misleading. the main house is nicely decorated, but it looks like it hasn’t been painted or touched up for a good few years. there is an air of a rambling farmhouse (Grey Gardens came up a few times) rather than the luxe accommodation which you might expect. something i personally have no problem with – but, if you’re the owners of Die Laaitjie and you’re reading this: a lick of paint won’t go unnoticed.

perhaps i should make a weekend getaway section on my Cape Town guide. look out for that!

Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss

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India House

i was lucky enough to spend an evening at India House (so named for the bright blue old wooden door brought from Gujarat, India), a self-catering cottage in the Bastiaanskloof at the bottom of the Bainskloof Pass, less than 2 hours from Cape Town. the setting is so amazing that the beautiful decor and luxury finishes of the house itself are kind of just a bonus. not that anyone would complain about that swimming pool or lounging around on huge comfortable couches all day long. just beware of the baboons.

you can see more pics of the house and its lovely interior here. all photos by me.

Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House

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Andrew Jacona

Andrew Jacona spent a month in India in 2012, just exploring and pursuing his passion: photography. he took these photos with a Contax 645 camera using Kodak Portra 400 film. they are SO BEAUTIFUL that they actually make me psychically ache to visit India. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Paveena and their two kids. you can see more beautiful photos of Andrew’s family, and his travels, at his Flickr and portfolio website.

From a young age I remember setting up a little “street gallery” with my brother where I would draw pictures of mountains and places and we would sell them to people passing by for 10 or 20 cents. Now days my love is for travelling, photographing and meeting people. Photography is the means by which to do this and is not an end in itself. It’s the experiences that it opens up to you that’s of value and those come naturally out of the energy you put into it, this is easy when you love doing what you do.

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Nomad

Nomad is a fashion label based in Porto, Portugal and Stockholm, Sweden – an interesting combo that you can see in their clothes. a bit of a Mediterranean feeling, combined with that pared down Swedish design sensibility. the SS14 collection, Road to Dambulla, was inspired by a journey through Sri Lanka by bus: easy to wear pieces that you can just throw in a bag and go.

Designed and produced in Portugal with a strong handmade approach, Nomad fully embraces the experimental process behind every collection. All our knits are hand-loomed in our studio and the rest of the pieces are made in a very small, family-owned local factory. Rather than focusing on trends and mass-production, we at Nomad choose a more conscious approach and are committed to being as sustainable as possible, both by using materials that are local and eco-friendly (many of them are dead-stock coming from small, local warehouses), and by manufacturing our pieces in the most fair and sustainable way we can find.

see the entire lookbook here. photography by Filipa Alves

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Guided

city guides are one of my favourite things to discover online (i even created my own one for Cape Town, and also a guide of sorts to places i like in NYC). i bookmark them all the time, even though i probably have no intention to travel to some of the places – it’s always handy to have in your virtual back pocket. one of the places i always wished i had a great insider’s guide to was Paris, i have been there 4 times but i always feel like DAMN there must be some cool shit that i don’t know about!

fret no more, Cereal Magazine (who i mentioned before over here) has launched an awesome series of online travel guides called Guided that i have been fortunate enough to preview. their first installment covers ten cities, and they are always updated – so if something closes or something new opens, Guided will tell you.

The digital city guides feature bespoke content and photography exploring ten cities, with ten more to follow. Taking in a concise edit of recommended hotels, restaurants, cafes, museums and beautiful, outdoor spaces and landmarks that are all hand selected, by the GUIDED curators. Hosted online, the definitive guides are updated regularly and accessible from both smart phones and tablets with a downloadable version to view use when you are offline.

you can currently preview their guide to London, and if you are also interested in NYC, Paris, Hong Kong, LA, Bath, Bristol, Austin, Charleston & Vancouver then you can subscribe for an annual fee of £20, which gives you full access to all of the travel guides. looking through all the cities has me wanting to visit places i never considered even travelling to (Vancouver looks especially amazing!) here are some of the places i’d like to see some day. just realised that most of them are restaurants because… i like to eat. all images courtesy of Guided.

The Ethicurean in Bristol from Guided

The Ethicurean in Bristol

LA Country Museum of Art by Guided

LA Country Museum of Art

Bestie in Vancouver by Guided

Bestie in Vancouver

Steven Alan Home in NYC by Guided

Steven Alan Home in NYC

Two Boroughs in Charleston by Guided

Two Boroughs in Charleston

Margaret Howell in London by Guided

Margaret Howell in London

Septime in Paris by Guided

Septime in Paris

Spartan in Austin by Guided

Spartan in Austin

Yardbird in Hong Kong by Guided

Yardbird in Hong Kong

The Marlborough Tavern in Bath by Guided

The Marlborough Tavern in Bath

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