Carolyn Steyn, the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, loves travelling. The charity is preparing for a Golf Day wool-raiser on March 23. They are also planning a Family Hook-up Day on April 23 to celebrate 23 years of democracy. Families from across the country will hook up wherever there is a Mandela statue or any kind of commemorations to donate blankets.
First holiday memory?
When we were little, our parents occasionally took us to Scottburgh, on the
Favourite place in
Without hesitation, our home “Palazzo Steyn in
Four Seasons Hotel in the
What have you learnt from your travels?
Only travel with people who make you happy. Travelling alone can also be a joy as you are more likely to connect and meet interesting people.
Ideal travelling companion?
Michael de Pinna always makes me laugh, knows how to make new friends and when to give me my space.
Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?
Culture vulture. I love
Greatest travel luxury?
My iPad to keep me connected with the world. My Nike sneakers for comfort when travelling.
I always carry a French book with me. Right now I am in
I have just finished reading the most beautiful book, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez.
Which place has seduced you?
A few years ago I traveled on my own and found myself in a place called Eze, a medieval French village where very few people speak English. I was forced to get by with my French.
The Hotel La Chèvre d’Or teeters off a cliff and is wedged between the sky and the sea on the French Riviera and the restaurant has two Michelin stars. Each night I dined on my own and savoured every minute.
Worst travel experience?
My recent trip at the end of last year on British Airways has to go down as my worst. They delayed the flight without apology by 17 hours and I was offered muesli, yoghurt and a green banana for dinner at 2am.
The cabin crew on the flight to
Not to seem biased, I have to say the Saxon (owned by my husband) comes out tops. I love
The Four Seasons in the
Favourite walk, swim, ride or drive?
I swim every day in my pool at home. Nothing beats that. That is my meditation, my “time out”.
Best meal abroad?
The spaghetti schillaci at San Lorenzo (Princess Diana’s favourite restaurant) in
Where to next?
South of France to practise my French.