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We have the second and last part of our celebratory special edition. Join our journalists as they take us on a tour of some of their favorite spots in their home countries. Visit the Kruger National Park in South Africa, enjoy the vibrant city of Toronto, discover Whitby the charming little coastal town in England, and delve into the splendid city of Seattle in the West Coast of the US.

Kruger National Park, South Africa (Jennifer Blumberg)

South Africa has so many fabulous travel destinations that it’s hard to choose just one! But as an animal and nature lover, I have to say that Kruger National Park is my favorite. With nearly twenty thousand square kilometers, Kruger is one of Africa’s largest and most well-managed nature reserves.

So, what is a typical day in the life at Kruger? Well, you start by getting up at the crack of dawn for a walk in the savannah with the well- trained park rangers. They acquaint you with the amazing African flora and fauna and, if you’re lucky, you can get up close and personal with the zebras and impalas milling about. You head back to camp for brunch and a quick catnap before you take the jeep out for an afternoon drive. This time you stop to watch thewarthogs, kudus, buffalos and of course the elephants that are now blocking the road. The sun begins to set just as you spot the day’s pièce de resistance: a fully grown female leopard resting in a tree. You could sit and watch her for hours, but it’s time to head back for your evening braai (barbecue) and luckily you remember to charge your camera batteries because tomorrow you’ll catch up to that pride of lions, you just know it…

Toronto, Canada (Elizabeth Nelson)

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and one of the world’s most multicultural cities. It is one of the best places in the world to really experience the four seasons. Summer brings multiple outdoor events and markets scattered throughout the city. The parks fill up with festivals and music and farmers’ markets come to town in abundance. The city of The Great North really loves to celebrate a bit of sun. Fall is the most visually spectacular season as all the great maple trees turn various shades of red, orange and yellow. Mornings get crisp and the city prepares for Hallowe’en by placing pumpkins and squash on their doorstep and getting ready to dress up. The first snowfall heralds the arrival of winter. The landscape completely transforms into a winter wonderland and the parks turn into snow- sled playgrounds. In particularly snowy years, it isn’t unusual to see cross-country skiers out and about on the sidewalks. Then, as the slippery ice slowly melts away and Spring arrives, the city breathes a collective sigh of relief. You can find people smiling over flowers and outdoor events begin to get into motion. Cafés and bar patios open up again and the city once again transforms itself.

Wonderful Whitby, England. (Darren Sketon)

In my humble opinion, Whitby is without a shadow of a doubt the most wonderful of holiday destinations in the whole wide world. Located on the east coast of North Yorkshire, facing out to the chilling North Sea, it is situated in a scenic natural harbour at the mouth of the River Esk. Built up through the years as both an important fishing port and an old spa town; it simply oozes history and charm in equal abundance. With the whole family, start your morning later than you would during the school year, start it up with a brunch of pulled-pork with apple stuffing butties (sandwiches) and a cup of tea whilst waiting for the tide to drift out. Then, get your beach gear in order and get on down to the enclosed sandy beaches down to the left of the harbour. Paddle around in the sea, make some sandcastles, decorate them well with weeds and feathers and pebbles, ride a donkey or two at three pounds a time, slurp on an ice-cream cone with a chocolate flake. When the tide comes back in and the afternoon is drifting away, take a quick boat ride on a converted fishing trawler out to sea and back to blow off that sand and take in some proper fresh sea air for an hour or so. Come evening time, after strolling some cobble paths, sit down in a small family-owned restaurant for a plate full of fresh fish and chips, with mushy peas and a pint of the local brew. If you have been good enough, top it all off with a home-made sticky toffee pudding. Wonderful indeed.

United States, Seattle (west coast) (Helen Huthnance)

Seattle—home to grunge, Microsoft, and Starbucks—is not often considered a tourist spot, but there are plenty of fun and eclectic things to do throughout the city. At the iconic Pike Place Market you can watch the fish mongers toss fish to each other. In Pioneer Square you can partake of the Seattle Underground Tour to visit parts of the original city, which was rebuilt following the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Rather than rebuild the city at the same street grade, its leaders decided to regrade the streets one to two stories higher, which would also put an end to the frequent flooding. Then head over to Fremont, the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe, to visit the famous Fremont Troll as he devours a Volkswagen beetle under the Fremont Bridge. Hungry? Thirsty? Walk over to Hale’s Ales Brewery in Fremont for some micro-brews and some delicious pub grub. Finish your day with a moonlight kayak tour with Agua Verde Paddle Club in the University District or if there is no full moon, join the locals for a bonfire at Golden Gardens in the Ballard neighborhood. And this is just the tip of the iceberg; one day in Seattle will leave you wishing for more.



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Let’s celebrete with TeaTime-Mag

To celebrate the 100th editions of TeaTime-Mag we share with you the second and last part of our special edition. Join our journalists and contributors as they take us on a tour of some of their favorite spots in their home countries that are surely worth a visit.

Kruger National Park in South Africa: one of Africa’s largest and most well-managed nature reserves is the perfect place to experience the amazing African flora and fauna. You can see warthogs, kudus, buffalos, elephants, and if you’re lucky, even a leopard.
Toronto, Canada: the largest city in Canada and one of the world’s most multicultural cities. It offers great experiences during any of the four seasons.

Whitby, England: an important fishing port and an old spa town; it simply oozes history and charm with many wonderful things to do for the whole family.

Seattle, Washington, USA: a city abounding with fun and eclectic things to do, such as the Underground tour or a visit to the Fremont Troll.

 

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