30/11/2016 ChandreBo 2Comment

Maybe it’s the poet in me, but I really enjoying writing cards. Whether its for a birthday, a wedding, or just a ‘get-well-soon’ I enjoy writing messages for people to read. I still keep all the cards I receive and stick in them into a big book. The messages and wishes written in them mean a lot to me, so even for a Christmas tag, I like to have the space to write something special. Which is why I decided to make these, rather large, Christmas-themed gift tags for presents delivered this past weekend. This DIY is very quick to…

22/11/2016 ChandreBo

I have a love-hate relationship with markets. I’m not a flea-market person, but mostly because I feel that you end up seeing the same thing over and over again. Going to the Hazelwood food market in Pretoria for a friend’s birthday introduced me to how interesting and creative markets can be. My family also loved going to that market when they were visiting on a Saturday. But then we moved to Johannesburg, and I felt like a duck out of familiar waters. Johannesburg has no shortage of different markets. On a whim, we started with the Rosebank Sunday Market The Setting…

14/11/2016 ChandreBo

When it comes to dining in Paris, I feel like we have truly done the full spectrum. From super-fancy-you-can’t-dine-without-a-jacket to buying bread and cheese at a local Franprix to make sandwiches in our hotel room. Notably, the sandwiches happened the night after we had the fancy meal with a jacket and we were feeling exceptionally poor. So here are a few of my tips on eating on your trip to Paris! Wine, baguette, tartare sausage and olives in the Opera District of Paris The most important meal of the day: Coffee If you just ask for coffee…

11/11/2016 ChandreBo

The Moulin Rouge. Immortalized by Baz Luhrmann’s film and demonized by more than a few mothers, it remains a big tourist hotspot in Paris. You can buy all kinds of souvenirs with ‘Moulin Rouge’ written all over them. From trays to t-shirts. Whether you love or hate it there’s no denying that the big, red windmill is synonymous with Paris. Maybe it was because thirteen year old me loved the film so much and knew every song by heart. Or maybe we two newlyweds wanted to try something a little controversial, but my husband and I decided to go see…

03/11/2016 ChandreBo

Getting around any city that you are not familiar with can be challenging. I grew up in a small town where the closest thing to public transport is grabbing a lift with a friend. The last time we checked, uber didn’t function there yet. So when it comes to getting around a new place, especially a city like Paris, I had no idea where to begin. Which means I had to learn quickly. Thankfully I have a very travel savvy and adventurous husband. Which is why I wanted to write this article. For people who are more like me. That time…

30/10/2016 ChandreBo

If you are going to Paris there are certain things you have to do: You have to eat some form of French treat, be it a croissant, a pain aux chocolate, a Nutella crêpe or a macaroon. If you are a lady, you need to get either a scarf of a beret. It’s a little cheesy, but who doesn’t like some cheese to look back on. Buying something from a street market is a must. Be it a few cherries, or antique silverware. You need to get a little lost wondering the streets one evening. It’s preferable with a lover,…

25/10/2016 ChandreBo 2Comment

I was lucky enough to be raised with a great appreciation for art. I grew up in a home full of books, music and paint supplies, which means that a visit to The Louvre was a rather serious affair for me. Which is probably why I am discussing it first in this series of posts on Paris. The first time my husband and I went to Paris we were only there for two days. I knew that I didn’t want to rush through the Louvre just to say that I saw Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. My husband and I vowed that…

22/10/2016 ChandreBo 2Comment

I have seen many posts, from t-shirts to coffee mugs to note books, emblazoned with the phrase: “Paris is always a good idea”. But is it really? Who hasn’t day dreamed about a trip to Paris? Or at least romantacised an evening in the French capitol. After all, any place known as “The city of love” is surely a good idea. As if the air there is somehow rose-coloured. Paris has captured the hearts of so many that it seems to be a must on many a bucket list – as it certainly was for me. I was dying to see…

17/10/2016 ChandreBo 1Comment

I, like many other brides, became a little obsessed with ‘Mr and Mrs’ everything while planning my wedding. Don’t get me wrong, my feminist side hates the fact that as a woman my title changes simply because I’m married. Although I will admit that my romantic side took over during the wedding, my practical side kicked in and told me that a free-standing ‘Mrs’ sign on my bookshelf just takes up space and requires dusting. But then I found something cooler. A way for me to make a personalised doormat. Although I didn’t take my husband’s surname, I thought it…

12/10/2016 ChandreBo

I first tasted rose jam as child when my mother bought a jar at an obscure little road stall on holiday at the coast. The taste of rose petal jelly spread on hot toast started my life-long obsession with trying to procure the delicious stuff again. At the end of my varsity years my mom told me about a place where I could find rose jam: Ludwig’s rose farm was just a short drive outside Pretoria. It just so happened that I was living in Pretoria at the time. Knowing that I desperately wanted to visit the farm, my then boyfriend…