Month: November 2010

Red Barn outside knysna is a must

I am always a little dubious when people tell me so-and-so restaurant is fab, so I was really chuffed with my trip up to the Red Barn on the Rheenendal road outside knysna.

I was working on an assignment for Getaway on family holidays in knysna and was travelling with my wife Justine and two sons aged Alex aged two and James four. The place was a hit all round.
While Jus and I enjoyed a relaxed glass of wine the kids amused themselves in the large garden, clambering up the jungle gym and playing on the pirate ship.

We had asparagus soup which the boys really enjoyed and a helping of delicious chicken livers cooked up with Moroccan spice and tomato reduction. Don’t expect the same on your visit – and you must visit if you are ever in this neck of the woods – as all ingredients are organic and fresh so the menu changes with the seasons.

All in all a great venue, lovely relaxed atmosphere, superb food and great host.

Writing about travel and sex

Getaway recently published a blog on the sexparade called the  Folsom Street Fair  in San Francisco. And, predictably, there were those who thought this had no place in our content lineup. I disagree. Travel journalists need to travel and experience the strange … and they need to write about it. If all we do is write about the ‘nice’ we leave a very big hole in our reporting. Admittedly, travel is not exactly the cutting edge of investigative journalism but we do have a responsibility to inform. So back to the sex fair. Do I think its healthy … well no. Do I think its weird … hell yeah. Would I run it in our magazine pages? Not on your life. But as a blog which is a free space where our writers can comment as they like on what they see, hell yeah I’ll run it. I am wary of censorship in any form … because one moment you’re stopping people reading about relatively harmless, foreign and darn weird sexparades and the next you’re killing stories because they disagree with the ruling party’s view of the country. So if you’re sensitive to these kinds of things … please don’t page past the opening paragraph as Justin Fox’s blog Sex tourism: the Folsom Street Fair will blow your socks off!

The Big Picture: Southern Africa Fujifilm and Getaway Wildlife and Environment Photographic Awards 2010

I am always amazed at the quality of South African photographers and this year’s Getaway/Fujifilm African Wildlife Photography awards was no exception. Of course it wouldn’t be Fujifilm awards time if there wasn’t debate about the winning image. Personally, I am glad that this years judges took the bold step of picking a truly different image as the overall winner … as controversial as it may be. Follow the link below to see all the 2010 winners.

The Big Picture: Southern Africa Fujifilm and Getaway Wildlife and Environment Photographic Awards 2010.