Hello, fellow adventurers! 2023 has been an extraordinary year of discovery and connection. From the art-filled streets of Cape Town to the tranquil jungles of Bali, each destination I have visited offered unique insights and unforgettable experiences. Come on a mini journey with me as I revisit these amazing places through my eyes, sharing the moments that made each one special.
South Africa: Artistic Inspirations
Cape Town Art Fair with my wonderful Australian Art Collectors!
The year started in the vibrant city of Cape Town, at the heart of the Cape Town Art Fair. Our guests stayed at the Silo and we visited the homes and studios of some of South Africa’s most famous artists, a real privilege!As I wandered through galleries filled with contemporary African art, I was struck by the powerful stories each piece told – a testament to the continent’s rich history and dynamic future. The lively atmosphere and the artists’ passion for their work were infectious, inspiring a deeper appreciation for African art.
India: A Symphony of Senses
India was a 22-day whirlwind of colours, sounds, and flavours. Still one of my most celebrated continents. From the palaces of Rajasthan to the sacred Ganges in Varanasi, each day brought new adventures. In Jaipur, the intricate architecture took my breath away, while the bustling markets of Mumbai were a feast for the senses. I fell in love again with Kolkata… what a history and what a future! The warmth and hospitality of the people I met along the way turned this journey into a heartfelt exploration of India’s soul. Read more about this incredible journey.
Japan: Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow
The Best of Japan
In Japan, the harmony of tradition and modernity is mesmerizing. Takayama’s charming old town, the samurai houses of Kanazawa, and Hiroshima’s poignant history are to me deeply moving. Kyoto’s ancient temples provided a serene retreat, while Tokyo’s pulsating energy is always exhilarating. Each city in the Best of Japan tour offers a unique glimpse into the country’s multifaceted character.
Maldives: An Oceanic Oasis
Perfect Beach Destination
The Maldives was a dreamscape of turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Often combined with Africa – we love this extension of a safari or just a stand alone romantic beach soaked holiday!. Discover the Maldives.
Cambodia: A Journey of Discovery
My Love Affair with Cambodia
Cambodia captivated me with its blend of ancient glory and resilient spirit. Exploring the Angkor Wat temples at sunrise was a spiritual experience, one where history seemed to whisper in the wind. The bustling streets of Phnom Penh, with their vibrant markets and French colonial architecture, were equally enchanting. My love affair with Cambodia is a continuous journey of discovering the depth of this remarkable country.
Bali and Singapore: Islands of Enchantment
Bali: A Spiritual Retreat
Bali was a haven of peace and spirituality. The lush landscapes, the rhythmic sounds of the ocean, and the serene temples provided a perfect setting for reflection and rejuvenation. The Balinese culture, rich in rituals and art, was a beautiful reminder of the harmony between humans and nature. Always a great escape for me from the madding crowds!
Singapore: A Fusion of Cultures
Ending my travels in Singapore, I was once again captivated by its singular mix of cultures. WONDERFUL food (the best in the world for me!) and the city’s seamless blend of modernity and tradition. IT IS SO green – the spaces are filled with lush trees and plant life. Each visit offers new discoveries in this small yet incredibly diverse city-state.
Our 2023 travels have been a mosaic of experiences, painting a picture of our world’s incredible diversity and beauty. As we venture into 2024, I invite you to explore these amazing places with Sikeleli, to weave your own tapestry of unforgettable memories. Let us take you to places unknown, no time like the present!