Mandela House, West Soweto.
A must do while in Johannesburg South Africa is the Mandela House. The Mandela House is located on 8115 Orlando West on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane Streets Soweto. The house was built in 1945 and Nelson Mandeal moved there in 1946 with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase and his first son. After their divorce in 1957, his second wife Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela (Winnie) joined him in the house. Though Mandela stayed there briefly with Winnie as he was forced underground until his arrest and imprisionment in 1962 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. After his release from Runbben Island in 1990, Nelson Mandela returned to the house for 11 days. He then moved to Beverly Hills Soweto and then to Houghton. The house now a museum has loads of history of the struggle of Winnie and her daughters and historical significance for the Mandela family. A definite must do while in Soweto South Africa.
De Palm Island, ARUBA
Aruba, a beautiful island with great beaches and nightly entertainment, and if you would like to do something different with your family, I recommend De Palm Island. De Palm Island is Aruba’s only all-inclusive destination, great for families, groups, family reunions and school outings. Searching for a romantic getaway, that may not be the place for you, however you may be able to find a quiet corner on the beach to relax. Fantastic for families as there is so much to do to keep everyone busy, and what I was certainly impressed by was the abundance of lifeguards on duty and plenty of monitors by the water slides. Parents can feel comfortable that there are more eyes checking on their kids for safety purposes.
A short thirty minutes’ drive from the Palm Beach area followed by a short 8 minutes ferry ride and you are in De Palm Island. Great family fun and adventure. The island provides a water slide, snorkeling, sea trekking, face painting, hair braiding, and a full service spa. Breakfast and lunch and snacks is all included in your package. There is a small beach area, lots of cabanas on a first come first serve basis. The staff on duty also organize other activities like beach volleyball, card games and you may just find a partner to share a game of dominoes. There are also lockers available for rent in the event everyone in your party would like to go swimming or snorkeling.
Full day and half day passes to enjoy the De Palm Island facilities are available for purchase.
Overall great for the entire family!!!
Zee Rover Restaurant
Do you like to experiment with the local cuisine on your travels? If so, you are in for a treat. I mean, this is one of the tastiest ways to get a feel for the personality of your destination. I call it “Tasting the culture”. While in Aruba we decided to find out where the locals eat, and who do you ask for recommendations? The waiters, housekeepers at the hotel or an on patrol officer on the street. We met this wonderful Police Woman who gave us great directions to the place with the best local food on the island. ZeeRover!!!
Zee Rover is located on the east coast of the island in Savaneta. The drive from Palm Beach was approximately thirty minutes and the restaurant was very easy to find because it was bustling on this beautiful Saturday afternoon. It is definitely a favorite spot on the island. Zeerover sits right on the water overlooking the fishing boats in Savaneta, where the vendors sell their fresh catch daily. On arrival we selected our order from the bucket of freshly caught fish and other seafood. You can choose from red snapper, mahi mahi and whatever the catch of the day may be. Side orders includes: shrimp, cornbread and fries. So we appropriately chose a little of everything. Your order is then weighed, seasoned and then taken to the kitchen for preparation. The kitchen is open so you can actually watch your order go through the process of being prepared for your feast. You pay your tab upfront, given a number and then you find yourself a table. You have to visit Zeerover with lots of patience, as the wait is approximately thirty minutes on a busy day. However with the stunning views and the sound of the waves crashing on to the shores, you get into that relaxing mood.
I was concerned that our server would not find our table, as the place was so crowded. However after twenty minutes of chatting with other patrons, there she was strutting down the terrace with our piping hot delicious food. Everything is served with pickled onion, tartar sauce and papaya hot sauce. This was my first encounter with papaya hot sauce. Everything tasted, so good, the meal was scrumptious, well except the corn bread. The corn bread was a bit of a surprise as it tasted and looked like pancake, not what Southerners call corn bread. The best drink for such a hearty meal is definitely a very cold Balashi, local beer of Aruba.
Overall, great food, ambience and over fifty happy people, made our Zeerover an experience to repeat.