Travel ABC's: A trip down memory lane. Part 4

20 December 2013

N: Nicest hotel you've stayed in

I don’t do luxury travel because it is too expensive and most of the time, I feel, unnecessary. The nicest hotel I have stayed in is La Playa Resort in Krabi, Thailand

O: Obsession - what you're obsessed with taking pictures of while travelling

People. Sometimes I take so many pictures of the people, I forget about the famous sites, museums, churches, temples and beaches.

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P: Passport stamps, how many, from where

I have over 50 passport stamps. They are from Mauritius to the Cork, Republic of Ireland; London Heathrow, England to Geneva, Switzerland; Incheon - South Korea to Vientiane, Laos.

Q: Quirkiest attraction you've visited and where

Sometimes travelling within one's country is just as interesting as travelling abroad. There is a very quirky little town called Kalk Bay in Cape Town. Located on the coast, one can walk along the water, popping now and again into little antique stores, quaint coffee shops and my favourite, The Brass Bell, a favourite on many an international tourist's itinerary.

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 R: Recommended sight/ event/ experience

Siem Reap's Angkor temples. Some people say Angkor Wat temple is a let-down. With scaffolding and all, I thought it was magnificent. I was in awe from the beginning of the day to the very end.

S: Splurge

Seeing the sights is my number one priority and worth every last cent.

T: 'Touristy' thing you've done

I have done the 'jumping' picture in the front of the Eiffel Tower. I have been on a gondola in Venice in the pouring rain (magical) and stepped off with a huge wet patch on my rear. I have walked around Berlin, Germany, with a fanny pack around my waist and a camera hanging around my neck. What is great about being a tourist is that no one really cares what you look like, including yourself.



Philippa Francis

Over the last few years, I have fallen in love with travel and I am not sure I will be able to stop, except for my other great love; writing. After studying journalism at Rhodes and Stellenbosch Universities, I wanted to get a taste of the bigger world. I have worked all sorts of jobs and I have saved. I have ‘bused’ around Europe and backpacked around south-east Asia. I have seen magical sights and met wonderful people from all walks of life.