Rome

Our expectations of an ancient city with cobbled street, crumbling monuments, elaborate fountains and crazy vespa-filled traffic circles would soon come to pass. Once we had collected our luggage, we hastily exited the terminal to find any road that, as the popular idiom promises, would lead us to Rome.

Claimed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2017, the Lost City of Petra is a destination that can only be fully appreciated in the flesh. And so we did. 

Once upon a time dear reader, wagon trains crossed our land and the sounds of lowing oxen and the cracking of whips echoed across the vast open plains. When the shouts of the pioneers as they stopped to set up camp and erect their tents for the night broke the silence of the darkness as it quickly spread from horizon to horizon.

Barberton is a gem of a town with so much to offer the visitor, that it is a pity that it remains somewhat off the main tourist route. But that’s good news for the visitor who wants an uncluttered, authentic experience of one of the most fascinating corners of South Africa.