In my Silver Street time, looking back, I have travelled most of the world, and grateful for it. And then we sort of settle on those places we find so enchanting, so alluring, so a little of ourselves, and return again and again.
Not sure about your love of places like these, but for me, there are three in particular. I live in London and so this city has my heart. I know every inch of her and my passion is shared by those I take around to discover her in more detail. There are the unusual places, the non tourist places that I have discovered and take my clients too, to show them that there is more to this gorgeous place, her people and history that continues to enthralled me every day.
Then there is Paris. What can I say? I return again and again, sometimes alone, times to show my clients the nuances of this special place that breathes love, architecture, shopping and a history rich in all her folds. Times I take my clients for a single day, times for a few days, including Pére La Chaise, Versailles and Giverney. Indulging in art, history and the city. At present planning a trip for a group who have never been to Versailles. No-one leaves Paris untouched. I never do.
Staying overnight in Versailles is an incredible experience. We are of the illustrious days of the Sun King, the Marie Antoinette, wealth and treason – human beings caught up in a time of change. Cannot wait to share this with my group.
And then, and then. There is South Africa. My homeland, my birthplace and the retuning is always my heart place. Safari’s, beaches, wine lands of beauty that still takes my breath away. Most of my clients are repeat clients, having lost their hearts to South Africa and every trip is a different experience.
So diverse, I know. But these are the places I choose to share with my clients. Single travellers, groups, couples and people who want to experience the beauty of these places that I have invested my time, my research, and my love in. How lucky am I? It has taken many years for me to discover that these three places have all that inspires me, that I adore and want to share with others.
This is my business. Planning events and travel to these three amazing destinations, each so different, so exceptional and for me, the consummate experience of my life.
So where ever you are, before the year closes, choose to go on an adventure – break away from the norm and challenge yourself. You may be reticent to travel alone, or to a new destination, but I can tell you, it is all good. It is all possible, and if you want to discover London, Paris or the plains and perfection of South Africa, I am here to tell you, it’s possible!
If you have one resolution for 2018, let it be to push the boundaries, discover the new, take the leap, be it on your own or with someone else, but go for it. Choose adventure, life changing adventure and never second guess yourself.
These destinations? The best, the bravest and the most interesting in life. This is why I have travelled and chosen – London for the greatest city, Paris for love and meaning, South Africa for layers of self discovery. All will change you. And excite you. And I am with you all the way if you want the most exciting time of your life.
Sunset at Sacré Couer. Cocktails on the South bank or a fire around a boma in the Kruger Park, this is the temptation and the invitation to travel, and find adventure in the New Year with me. Travel, travel and be whole in 2018.
I shall be doing all of it – and would love you to come along…
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