Monday, April 6, 2015

The Holy Rivers of Incredible India

One of the cleverest tags in the travel business, it perfectly sums up this multifaceted country of more than 1600 languages and dialects, scores of ethnic groups and the birthplace of at least four of the world’s major religions.

The cultural experience of India is overwhelming to many, especially for first-timers and travelling with a reputable operator that understands the needs of the modern sophisticated traveller is imperative.

Land travel has always been a nervous exercise on the roads of India and this is one of the reasons why the rise in popularity of river cruising has been so phenomenal.

Once the domain of the hardy and adventurous, the Indian rivers are quickly becoming the new highways for those wishing to travel in relaxed comfort without the anxiety of the notorious Indian traffic.

With luxurious new ships being launched to cater for this increased demand, the Ganges, Hooghly and Brahmaputra are seeing visitors like never before.

Cruise specialist, Roderick Eime, can provide a comprehensive examination of the ships plying these holy rivers that take you to temples, tea plantations, jungles and bazaars all along the way.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Testuya Wakuda: Australia's first superstar chef

Testuya Wakuda
Long before My Kitchen Rules or Masterchef, a man who arrived on Australia's shores as penniless immigrant with only a few words of English was shaping the way the next generation of diners would eat. Testuya Wakuda worked his way up from a kitchen hand to regular spot on the lists of the world's top chefs; and he still mans the pans at his restaurants in Sydney and Singapore. Winsor Dobbin reveals the remarkable and uplifting story of the man who changed the face of dining forever.

Out of danger: South Africa's hottest new urban destination

Maboneng, meaning 'place of light', is one of the most ambitious projects in fast-changing Johannesburg. Once a vast and dangerous wasteland of disused industrial spaces and warehouses, this 250-acre zone close to downtown has commissioned several dozen street murals and artworks. The precinct contains a complex of studios and galleries, artists’ lofts, mixed-use spaces, theater, makeshift shops in former shipping containers, bars, art galleries, hotel, loft apartments, the first micro brewery in the city, pop up restaurants selling food from all corners of Africa and and vibrant young people of all creeds and colours. There is a vibrant street market twice a week. Winsor Dobbin explores the new South Africa encapsulated in one district.

WINE: Australia's love affair with Champagne

Krug Vintage Champagne
Expect to pay $450 for this

Australians have an unquenchable thirst for premium Champagne. Whether it be Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill, Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut, Krug Clos du Mesnil, Dom Perignon or tiny-volume boutique bubbly from an exclusive grower's own label we can't get enough of the world's most prestigious sparkling wine.

Australians are now the sixth-biggest consumers of Champagne in the world. Winsor Dobbin examines why.