A Castle “Fit” For A Queen…

The Stunning Pezula Private Castle
The Stunning Pezula Private Castle

Hey guys and girls!

Recently we had the awesome privilege to spend a couple of days at the Pezula Private Castle in Noetzie just outside Knysna. This made yours truly (me!) feel like the queen of her own castle!

We being myself and a couple of other bloggers… i.e. Sarah & Ralph Dirsuwei from Chasing the Rainbow Blog; Sheena & Sian O’Keeffe from Live Adventure and last but not least, Ryan “Zimdollar” Moss from What A Lot We Got and Rebel Media Guys.

The Road Tripping “Crew”

Upon arrival at the Pezula Private Castle we were greeted by our amazing host, manager Jeanne Stander and his gracious staff and treated to drinks on the veranda overlooking the most stunning of private beaches. Obviously all the girls went for gins with pink tonic in beautiful huge bubble glasses.

Gins & pink tonic for the girls!

Jeanne took us on a tour of the castle, showed us the chair where Pres Nelson Mandela sat in front of the fireplace in the lounge, the room where he stayed as well as the other two rooms upstairs and off course my own “private” castle, Honeymoon Castle a stone’s throw away from the main castle.

Honeymoon Castle

Honeymoon Castle is ideal for a honeymoon couple (obviously!) or for a small family that want to be more private. It’s even got the cutest private little splash pool, a fireplace and a fully fitted kitchen for those wanting to cater for themselves, although the suppers in the main castle dining room is way more fun as Jeanne can entertain you for hours with his stories and anecdotes!

We also had a tour of Lindsay Castle, the oldest and original castle in Noetzie, which is currently under renovation and a true gem of a stone castle – authentic in nature and a visual feast. The entire crew just fell in love with Lindsay Castle and we all agreed that Lindsay is “the one”!

The “cutie pie” Lindsay Castle – the oldest and original castle in Noetzie

I managed to catch the crew by surprise on the first morning in Noetzie with a sunrise boot camp session on the beach… Just what the doctor ordered to work up an appetite before breakfast with loads of squats, jumping jacks, running, bear crawling and yes… BURPEES!!! After cooling off in the refreshing ocean we had a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda – fresh fruit salad, yummy coffee and freshly baked croissants…

Sunrise in Noetzie… just before the boot camp training session happened

After breakfast we headed off to Knysna to meet up with Schalk from The Waterclub to participate in the Knysna Experience which comprise of a 9km forest hike, a township tour, visiting various stunning viewpoints in and around Knysna, lunch at Totties Eatery in Rheenendal and finishing the experience off with a sunset cruise and being thoroughly entertained by Monty from The Waterclub. We chuckled properly at his Knysna seahorse explanation and also his rendition of how Knysna got its name.

Ralph & Sarah in the forest
Sheena & “the tree” – this really gives you a good idea of the magnitude of this beautiful old tree
Our resident filmmaker Ryan capturing Monty’s seahorse story
The stuff dreams are made of – sunset on the Knysna lagoon

The one stand out activity on Schalk’s Knysna Experience is definitely lunch at Totties Eatery, a quaint and gorgeous family restaurant in Rheenendal just outside Knysna. The food is amazing, fresh, fragrant and delicious. The service is genuine and friendly and we were even treated to gifts from the owners. If you ever find yourself in beautiful Knysna, do make the trip to Totties and treat yourself to a visual and culinary feast!

Totties Eatery – a cute and quaint family restaurant in Rheenendal just outside Knysna
One of the walls inside Totties Eatery
My deliciously scrumptious beef wrap and fresh salad from Totties Eatery
Our gifts from Totties Eatery

It is no secret that Knysna is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth… Part of the Knysna Experience with Schalk from The Waterclub is visiting various viewpoints in and around Knysna. Photos cannot do the beauty of this place justice, but at least I’ve tried…

The crew at one of the viewpoints with Schalk from The Waterclub.

Now you may ask me what can you possibly do at the Pezula Private Castle other than relax, eat, drink, bask in the sun at the pool or the beach, especially if sunrise boot camp sessions is not your “thing”. Well folks on the morning of day two, myself, Sian and Sheena went to explore the hiking trail which is still a tad overgrown and very challenging but oh so very beautiful. Little did we know that we were not only going to hike but also indulge in such serious rock climbing, or in our case rock scrambling as both myself and Sheena are petrified of heights. But we came, be conquered and we thoroughly enjoyed.

Your host Sharon dangling from a rock face… it may not look like it, but it’s around 4m high!

And if rock climbing isn’t your “thing” either, there is a beautiful river where you can indulge in a not-so-physical kayak paddle session up and down the sanctuary and just enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundant bird life.

Alas… all great things had to come to and end, but this will always and forever be one of my stand-out travel experiences. All that is left to say is that you should consider a stay at the Pezula Private Castle, it is truly special and will leave you a changed person forever!

Until the next adventure, I’ll sit and reminisce at the unique and touching beauty of this very special place.

Yours in travel, adventures and a healthy, active lifestyle

From Sharon with Love

Sharon overcome by nostalgia as this stunning stay comes to an end…
Thank you to Ryan Moss for this stunning photo!!!

My AWESOME trip to Berlin, Germany

Hey Guys and Gals

Long time no blog! So much to do and tell and so little time – LOL!

I have to share something before I get into how awesome my Berlin trip was… On 27 December 2018 I attended my first ever guided meditation with my friend Lee Morgutti (check her our on http://www.leemorgutti.co.za/)

One of the things I did was to put my intentions “out there” very clearly, and one of these was to travel – anywhere, anytime, all the time! I focused on these intentions quite deliberately and added them to my vision board for 2019.

Well, in February I got a surprising call from Eastern Cape Tourism with regards to the fact the SA Tourism needed someone to represent Bay TV at the ITB International Tourism Trade Show… in Berlin, Germany!!! And the rest is history.

Now suffice to say that Germany was NOT on my bucket list but one never declines any form of international travel – EVER!

So I set off from Port Elizabeth to OR Tambo International on Monday, 4 March. Got to OR Tambo and had some time to kill, but I was soon joined by the rest of the delegation – the 2 x Tsepo’s, Dinika, Liabo, Lameez and our hostess Thandiwe. Thankfully we all hit it off immediately and actually became good friends!

Much to their dismay I made Dinika and Lameez do a very public burpee at international departures on OR Tambo (as one does) prior to boarding our plane to Munich!

The flight was long and I indulged in watching A Star is Born, secretly balling my eyes out on a full plane seeing that I rarely manage to sleep on any flight (rolling eyes).

We reach Munich and rush to our connecting flight to Berlin – and yup you guessed it, made them do more burpees!

Arriving in Berlin was something special. We were collected at the airport by our beautiful young and super witty driver, Pia, and transported to our hotel. Once settled in most of the group went for a nap, however Lameez and I decided that we cannot possibly nap and promptly got our walking shoes on and hit the road to Checkpoint Charlie. What an experience! We chatted, took photos, shopped and really indulged in being tourists.

  

Back at the hotel we had to get all dressed up for our welcoming function at the South African Embassy and to meet, greet and interview our ambassador, the honorable Mr Stone Sizane. Needless to say, the South African Embassy is stunning, the food was amazeballs and Mr Sizane was a wonderful interviewee and a very gracious host. Oh yes… and he owns a home in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth – so very passionate about the Eastern Cape as well.

The next day we attended the actual first day of the ITB International Tourism Trade Show. Guys… what an experience! The convention center is the size of a couple of city blocks in South Africa!!! We spent the first three hours just walking around and did not even cover a quarter of the exhibition halls… so I decided to rather concentrate on South Africa and a couple of other African countries displays as I was after all there to cover the South African pavilion mostly.

After two solid days of interviews, filming and networking the hustle and bustle was all over, just like that! So the Friday morning before we had to leave for the airport was dedicated once again to simply being a tourist sightseeing in an amazing historical city.

Off course we went to see the Jewish Memorial, the Parliament buildings and the Brandenburg Gate – and YES folks, off course we did burpees in front of the majestic Brandenburg Gate. Who wouldn’t???

All in all this was a whirlwind, wonderful, awesome and amazing trip! If you do not yet believe in the power of setting intentions, then placing them on either a list of goals or on a vision (or dream) board, and deliberately manifesting your dreams and desires, I dare you to try – then sit back and watch the wildest, most amazing things happen in your life!

So my message to you? Never stop dreaming and believing, never stop living. Live your life to the fullest every single day, dream big – if your dreams do not scare the living daylights out of you, you’re simply not dreaming big enough. Go bigger and bolder, otherwise why bother?

Till next time guys, keep living your adventures and doing life!!!

Lots of love and fabulosity

Sharon

Visiting the amazing Turbine Hotel & Spa in Knysna

We recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Island in beautiful Knysna.

The Turbine Hotel is built around an old power station. The uniqueness of this stunning space cannot be described, it must be seen and experienced. I am totally overawed by the architecture and decor of this stunning gem of a boutique hotel.

You will certainly not find anything like this anywhere in South Africa and I can totally recommend a visit.

Each and every room is uniquely decorated says Joy Rea who was involved with this amazing project right from the start. Most rooms have the most divine views of either the canals or the lagoon and I definitely recommend a stay in the Infinity Room for the unique and stunning views from the bathroom.

The best is that you can “dine in” if you are exhausted from all your sight seeing at either the Gastro Pub or Island Cafe – I do recommend the tomato soup and pork belly… 😉

Why not book your stay today? Catch them on their website below and follow them on social media.

Turbine Hotel Website: https://www.turbinehotel.co.za/

Turbine Hotel Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/turbinehotel/

Turbine Hotel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/turbinehotel/

Turbine Hotel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheTurbineHotel

Climbing at Valley Crag

Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, I recently paid Valley Crag a visit to film an insert for my show, “Go Well With Sharon” on DSTV channel 260.

Well! What a blast!!!

I can honestly say that I had fun from the second we arrived until we left. JD and Ian were so sweet and JD is the most patient instructor ever.

I consider myself quite fit BUT by the 3rd climb I could no longer feel my arms… ‘Twas the greatest fun none-the-less.

My favorite is without a doubt the top ropes as I found those quite challenging (from my perspective) as I am vary of heights, but because I understand and trust the equipment (and the instructor), it was just great.

So be sure to watch “Go Well With Sharon” this coming Monday, 26 November at 18h30 on DSTV channel 260 for the full experience.

Thereafter I chat to Dr James Vlok a local chiropractor about the importance of looking after and “servicing” your body.