Welcome to my World!

I thought I would take a moment and introduce myself and my little family. I am Candace and welcome to my world.

I am a full time working mom. Balancing work and my family can be tricky sometimes but I am so fortunate to work for a company that encourages a good work life balance. We are a little family that loves being together and enjoy each other’s company.

I met my lovely hubby at boarding school at 16. We were very firm friends throughout school and only got together after we had matriculated (finished school). We have been together for 14 years and married for seven. I know! … Long time. We moved to London in 2006 to travel and to date, we have been to some amazing places. Thailand, Egypt, Champagne – France, Kuala Lumpur and Rome to name just a few but one of our favourite places to visit is South Africa. We love the African bush, so much so we had our honeymoon near the Kruger National Park. It is a country that has so much to offer and we find something new every time we go home.

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Our wonderful daughter Emily was born in September 2012. It was simply the most wonderful day of our lives. She is a feisty, independent and strong willed little girl who certainly gives us a run for our money and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I learn how to be patient, humble and giving, through her. She teaches me far more than I think I am teaching her at the moment.

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Most of our family live in South Africa and it can be testing to have them live so far away. Not just for the additional help that family members offer to a new family but also the relationships I feel Emily is missing out on. We go home every two years and we have a trip planned for next month with Emily and I going two weeks ahead of Matthew. I am very excited about posting our South African adventures here. As well as how I travelled on my own with a toddler… The long haul flight will be my biggest test!

We have a wonderful clan of friends and some family that surround us here in London and we love them all to bits! When you live that far away from your extended family, it’s these relationships that make life away from home worthwhile. Friends are the family you choose and our London friends certainly have become our family!

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So, with our next South African holiday around the corner, all I can say is… Watch this space!!

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For the love of Slovenia

I have the privilege of travelling to some wonderful places for work and for leisure. One such place is Slovenia. I travelled to Slovenia with our agent Absolute Corporate Events for a site visit.

It it is a very unassuming country that, for most, is not a dream destination. I cannot begin to express how incorrect people are to think this. It is truly one of the most wonderful, amazing countries I have ever had the privilege to see.

There were so many highlights to my visit and we got to see most of what this little country had to offer but I have decided to point out my favourite bits.

1. Otočec Castle

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This is a castle and hotel that sits on a small island in the middle of Krka River, just outside Ljubljana. The walls of the castle are said to date as far back as 1252 and the interior has been beautifully restored. The interior had the feel of a castle with the exposed stone, dark furniture, high back chairs and circular chandeliers… It truly is a magical place! We had the most wonderful lunch. We also sampled an array of Slovenian wine which is surprisingly good. While I do not consider myself an expert on wine I certainly drink enough of it to know when I am tasting a good one and the Slovenian wine is delicious!!  

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2. Lake Bled – The Alpine Region

This place makes you feel like you have landed on a set for a fantasy film because it simply cannot be real! The Bled Castle sits on a hill above the lake and the views from the castle have the ability to take your breath away (see the very top pic)…The lake surrounds Bled Island which has a long history and dates back to around 1400. You access the island by electric boat or a traditional gondola type boat called a Pletna boat. A Baroque stairway consisting of 98 steps brings you to a little church. Certainly a good workout! The church is popular for weddings and it is considered good luck for the groom to carry the bride up the stairs and ring the bell at the top. I was ready for my strong cup of coffee and sweet Slovenian delights waiting for us in the coffee shop on summiting this little island.

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3. Piran – Mediterranean Region

It wasn’t Piran as a town itself that grabbed me but rather just the area as a whole. It is incredibly close to Croatia. In fact many people living in Slovenia, have a house in Croatia as a holiday home. It is also a 2 hour drive from Venice which makes it a wonderful holiday destination to go exploring!! Besides… Look at that view!!!

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4. Zemono Manor

We had the wonderful opportunity to eat in one of Slovenia’s top restaurants. We were welcomed by the amazing Tomaž Kavčič himself who is one of Slovenia’s famous chefs. He has previously been presented with an award for best restaurant in Central and Eastern Europe.

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We were greeted with an array of canapés which included truffles, salmon and Slovenian ham. To say that it was an experience is an understatement. The food was almost theatrical in nature, with each course giving us something new to discover. It was an evening to remember!

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Slovenia has so much to offer!! From skiing in the Alps in the winter to the warm Mediterranean climate and beaches for the summer. You have Croatia and Italy on either side to discover and some of the worlds most wonderful natural spa’s to enjoy. It truly is a destination for everyone. So… where will your next holiday be?