Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Eyewitness Melkbosstrand, South Africa: Sven Woxholt from Wise Wally

There are times when the South Easter blows so strong, that surfers on Sunset Beach in Milnerton can't handle the conditions any longer. That is exactly the moment when they all drive the short distance to Melkbosstrand, to continue the fun in Melkbos Bay. Melkbosstrand, only 25 kilometres from Cape Town on the Atlantic Coast, feels like a small country-town, and is the home of Sven Woxholt.

Sven Woxholt founded out of a passion for his home region and its people. He helps them to promote their businesses, and dreams of creating a web presence for every area in the world. For now he focuses on his local area, and his team is totally into blogging and presenting their own experiences of places they visit. They encourage lots of people to visit the lesser known places of South Africa.  

Sven is fun to chat to, he is a remarkable entertainer, and really knows how to tell a good story. Today he tells us about Melkbosstrand. I sincerely hope that next time you are in Cape Town you go and visit this place.

The Touristin: Three words that characterize Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: The best 3 words for Melkbosstrand are uncommercial, beach-town and awesome.

The Touristin: How do you get around Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: Melkbosstrand is small enough to walk around, but it does have a great connecting bus network to Cape Town and Shopping areas in Table view and the surrounds. Uber is also ones’ friend in Melkbosstrand and they will take you anywhere. Locals like to use bicycles and scooters to get to the beach.

The Touristin: What is the best kept secret about Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: The best kept secret about Melkbosstrand is that most people think it is too far from Cape Town. This causes the town to be very quiet with a rural feel, but still close enough to the city that you can get there in 25 minutes. Melkbosstrand also has a lovely beach with a promenade filled with little restaurants to laze away the afternoon in.

The Touristin: What is your favourite borough/suburb/area in Melbkbosstrand and why?

Sven Woxholt: Melkbosstrand really is a small and does not have anything like that, but my favourite area inside Melkbosstrand has to be the beautiful clean beach we have.

The Touristin: The best place for a hot chocolate or coffee in Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: I am not sure if "I Love Melkies" does hot chocolate, but they make a great hot dog and milkshakes.

The Touristin: What is one restaurant we must try out while in Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: The stand out restaurant in Melkbosstrand has to be Damhuis. The food is really top quality and the ambience is great. They are open all day so whether it is a great lunch or stylish dinner you are after this is the place to come to.

The Touristin: Where would we meet you on weekends?

Sven Woxholt: On a weekend we are generally out and about. It would be the beach, horse riding at the nearby stables or sometimes taking a drive up the West Coast to places like Langebaan and Paternoster for a little change in scenery.

The Touristin: Do you have a favourite museum/gallery we all have to visit when in Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: I do believe we have a gallery on the main road in the town center, but since I am not much of a gallery person I prefer the tremendous collection of Ferrari memorabilia at Maranellos which is an Italian restaurant on the beach front. I think there must over 100 scaled models of Ferraris on the walls. Art in my books.

The Touristin: What are some of your favourite places to shop for A) groceries and B) clothes?

Sven Woxholt: For groceries we find it easiest to go to the shopping center in the center of town. They have a Pick n Pay that has just about everything you would need. They also have some clothing stores in the same center. If you are looking for anything special clothes-wise I would suggest taking a drive to the city or Canal Walk.

The Touristin: What souvenir shall we bring back from Melbkbosstrand?

Sven Woxholt: There are two I would recommend. If you want something physical I would take beach sand home. It is beautifully white and will always remind you of your time here. Otherwise I would definitely go skydiving and take home the video. There is a great facility just down the road where you can do a tandem jump with no experience and see Cape Town and Melkbosstrand from the sky.

The Touristin: Thank you so much Sven, all the very best with I truly hope to see you soon again in South Africa. 

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Travel Greece. Where to eat in Lindos on the island of Rhodes

Sunset in Lindos - Where to eat in this town? 

Lindos in Rhodes is one of these picture perfect Greek villages, as soon as you see it, you can’t help but love it. It is an hour by car from the airport towards the south of the island. There are many cafés and cheap eats in Lindos, places where tourists can get their fast food fix, but I also found a few outstanding restaurants. I recommend these to people who love food, and generally relish the benefit of service and authenticity, and also to all the ones, who fancy eating in beautifully decorated surroundings.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Travel Spain. Step by Step through Madrid without a Map

Step by Step through Madrid without a Map - The Touristin

What are the first things you think of when someone mentions Spain? Bullfighting? As a child I had a lot of Spanish friends, and to be honest I have no idea whether they like bullfighting, it was pretty irrelevant to us kids. The only thing I remember is that they were all fun to hang out with; we spent summer after summer playing marbles. You might even say I spent big parts of my childhood playing marbles with Jesus. His parents gave him that name. To this day I wonder why, but after all is it just a name.