Umhlanga and Durban

We spent two nights at the Oyster box hotel. It was pure luxury, and we spoiled ourselves. The meals were great, the view fantastic, the cocktails sublime. I had got Lena a birthday present of a spa “togetherness” experience (you will notice that I bought it for Lena, but it was actually for both of us). The hotel has a top class spa, and we spent Thursday being pampered, massaged, exfoliated, lightly cooked in a steam room, and otherwise treated by thorough professionals. I have never done this kind of thing before, but loved it. I was so relaxed by the end of the day. Flipping Marvellous.

Friday we left the lap of luxury, and returned (via couple of very frustrating hours in a shopping mall where I failed to get any presents for my kids) to Durban – back to Mom and Dad. We had lunch at home, then Lena and I went to the beach for a swim. It was a bit overcast, and within a few minutes we were the only two fools swimming at North beach. Still, we enjoyed it, and then went back home to look at safari pictures. On Friday eve we went out to Joops Steakhouse with the Foster family, and had a lovely time. (and a really great steak).

Saturday (yesterday) we packed up all our various bits, and drove via a number of stops (Kloof Gorge, Howick falls and a number of Natal Midlands craft shops) to Granny Mouse’s Country house. Somewhere between a B&B and a hotel, it is in a secluded and pretty spot in the hills. We are staying here with Mom and Dad, and today are driving up to the Drakensberg, where we will say goodbye to the folks, and enter into our next mini-holiday, a few days at Champagne Castle hotel.

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