LESVOS,GREECE

Cover The Earth Before It Covers You.

LESVOS, GREECE

Everyone's Life Is A Story God's True Masterpiece Is Humanity

COFFEE COAST, SOUTH AFRICA

Travel is in our DNA.

MITILINI, GREECE

Who Says God Doesn't Love and Bless Gay People?.

SOUTH AFRICA, MDUMBI RIVER

It is not a struggle to be Gay! It's not my struggle it is yours. -CJ

PORTUGAL: A fun Weekend Visit to a Wine Hotel

PORTUGAL: A fun Weekend Visit to a Wine Hotel 

We love wine and the romantic thought of the life of wine, so what better place to experience this but in a wine hotel which has it's own winery?

Set in a refurbished 14th-century manor, this luxurious modern hotel is 6 km from both the Herdade do Perdig√£o winery and the town of Monforte in Alentejo province. Torre de Palma, an hour or so drive from beautiful Portuguese cities like Estromuz, Evora and about three hours from Lisbon.



Free rental of bicycles allowed us a wander around the property and also through the vineyards.


We had fun robes and slippers in our room, with coffee and tea.

Jao Carlos was a very kind host and poured us copious amounts of wine at the gathering on the roof top.



We got the fun opportunity to hop into a vat of grapes and have our feet smash the grapes to start the wine production process.







Marvao is a walled medieval mountain town which is in the area. The town was having a  Medieval and Middle East festival. 







We went for dinner in Estramoz which is another city near by, on the way to Lisbon. It was an unpretentious dinner. The waiter was kind and the food was nice!
A few hours later we arrived back to Lisbon. It was an easy and memorable adventure.

Cape Verde: A visit to Sao Vincente,

Cape Verde: A visit to Sao Vicente.

A short flight from Praia takes one to an island with bucolic mountainous beauty, and the home to the late Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora.

Most holidaymakers visiting Cape Verde usually stay on the beach and in resorts made especially for them.  We chose to go to the opposite side of the island to a beach hotel named Residential GOA. 
This fun hotel is run by an eclectic French couple and it is right on the sea shore!
When we arrived, we were met by a very vivacious woman named Rafael, with her flowing clothes blowing in the wind, she cheerfully says "bonjour"!  "bonjour!" several times. Her husband, Stan, almost being blown over by the wind greets us with a friendly and warm Hello/ Bonjour too.  They are both perfect hosts and go out of their way to make you feel happy. There are a few women who work in the kitchen and around the lodge. They are very beautiful!

We were immediately offered a beer or a glass of wine, and also shown to our room, which was right on the beach as the waves from the ocean lulled us asleep. 

The main lodge room had a calming and "chill" African vibe, with local Cape Verdean and West African music playing the whole day. There are African books and Curio items around the lodge. There is a bar with bottles of the usual alcoholic drinks and Portuguese as well as local beer.

We were able to wander around on the sea shore and wander around the small village areas. The island has beautiful mountains and other larger towns which we have yet to experience, and we are looking forward to experiencing Mardi Gras on another visit.


The last evening we were at the Residencial GOA, Rafael cooked up a three course fish and seafood dinner and we had wine with it. They offered some "Grog" which is a local alcoholic drink. I sampled it but it was not my favourite, but I was happy to try it!

 We will definitely be returning to this wonderful part of the world as Cape Verde claimed our hearts!

Cape Verde: Our Secret Treasure Island

Cape Verde: Our Secret Treasure Island

Our intention of visiting the islands of Cape Verde has finally materialised. Cape Verde/Cabo Verde, which are a group of islands 500km off the West African coast, are in fact not green but due to being part of the Sahel region, are desert and brown.

We fell in love with Cape Verde the moment we arrived and they are our secret treasure islands, which we know we will be returning to again and again.

The history of Cape Verde is sordid and painful as it was the first location for European trading of African slaves, and the scars are very real today. European invaders, colonisers, and other groups from Africa give Cape Verde an interesting culture, language ( each island has their own accent!) and culinary delight.

We wish to share most of our first experience and impressions in photos here.



Praia is the capital city and the economic centre for Cape Verde. It is the largest city with the main government and embassies, and an urban feel.

We enjoyed the local vibe in each place and found the people humble, kind and welcoming.


A perfect fish luncheon, on the sea







I wanted to dive into the water like the local people were, and they let me join in on the fun! The sea was perfect!




We befriended one of the security guards at our Praia hotel.
 A fun secluded beach where we admired the sea and the rock formations etched out from the sea.


The mountains in the middle of the Santiago island are green and mountainous, and are a contrast to the desert like conditions on the other islands. We found this to be like a Shangri la!



 Idyllic feeling!
 Dinner at our hotel restaurant, right on the sea shore!


A feeling of JOY and happiness!


The first Slave trading post where Africans would be punished and sold, a monument to the islands' horrible past. The feeling and energy is still felt and alive walking around that monument.

Jerusalem: Whole Health Forum

Jerusalem:  Whole Health Forum


We were participants in a week long retreat in a retreat centre just of side of Jerusalem.
The agenda was full but there was a sense of calmness and a laid back atmosphere.




We were lucky enough to have a space among many of the other men in the men's dorm room. Our space was on the top floor.

 There was a cool veranda among nice gardens where we enjoyed local Kosher wines whenever we wanted to.



Some of the lads who worked on the property.

Jerusalem: Our Princely Experience at Crowne Plaza Hotel Jerusalem


During our stay in Jerusalem, we chose to stay at Crowne Plaza Jerusalem hotel. It was in a convenient location and a great place to unwind and feel pampered after busy times in the city.
We had arrived in the morning, before our room was ready, so the men in the front desk allowed us entry to the swimming pool!
There were resting capolas in the area, with a mattress so one can laze about around the pool area.




We had access to the VIP lounge on the top floor. We got bottles of wine, sandwiches, cookies, coffee, snacks and even one dinner! It was very cozy, open 24 hours, and we felt important!

Jerusalem : Our Jerusalem Experience

Our Jerusalem Experience



Jerusalem is one of those places which is more challenging to process and describe the feeling. The atmosphere in the city is, as expected, rather intense. There are all the energies of the religions in the "Holy Land", with all the hidden drama and feelings. I suppose I would more accurately describe it from my viewpoint, that Jerusalem is like an old uncle who "had really experienced a lot of it." 
Tel-Aviv has a youthful and playful feeling, whilst The Holy City is, well, holy, and more sombre, more potentially volatile in emotion, ideology, etc.



view point from up the stairs nearby

 en encounter at one of the narrow winding souqs.

 some fun lads on a back street near  Mesjid al-Aqsa

 cute guys at an olive market at Mekhane Market


  The view when stepping out on the veranda when we had special access to dinner, wine and snacks on the VIP lounge in Crowne Plaza Hotel Jerusalem





  I LOVE spice markets!


We were in Jerusalem during the Sabbath, and all establishments were closed, except a lively place on a back street. We had a fun dinner and watched a lively scene!