Royal Hotel Bethulie revisited

Oh the excitement! as I bundled my two kids into the car as we prepared for our journey across the barren landscape of the Eastern Cape, headed towards the equally barren southernmost town of the Free State. The kids, 13 and 8, were pretty blasé. Me? I spontaneously...

Crossing borders.

It’s been quiet on the travelling front. I’ve had some expensive repairs done to the old CR-V, but I’m looking forward to a much needed road trip. I’ll be doing two things differently on my next drive. Firstly, I will have passengers in the car...
The Royal Hotel, Bethulie

The Royal Hotel, Bethulie

Bethulie is a sleepy hollow with a dark and violent past, a colourful present, and a vibrant future. There are many good reasons to visit the Southernmost town in the Free State. One of these is a crisp black and white building on the corner of Voortrekker and Joubert...
Three Rats, a Burger and a Shotgun

Three Rats, a Burger and a Shotgun

When I tell people I am travelling to Smithfield, I get interrupted with “Where is that?”. When I continue to tell them why I’m going to Smithfield, I get interrupted with “Why?”. Eventually I get the words out: “I’m going to...
Every Royal Hotel

Every Royal Hotel

Every Royal Hotel is my dream to have at least one drink in every Royal Hotel in South Africa. I have mapped them out, and have managed to track down twenty two hotels currently known as The Royal Hotel. I have, over the years, developed and nurtured the need to...
Tarkastad to Bethulie

Tarkastad to Bethulie

The road from Grahamstown to Cradock is a familiar one. Most times that I have escaped the humdrum of small city life for the bright starry skies of the Karoo, or the blinding neon/xenon radioactive lights of the e-toll gantries of Gauteng, this is the way I go....