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People We Love In Africa

After a butt-numbing 36-hour travel day (which, technically makes it “days”) we are home from our African adventure. If you want to read about our romantic, intrepid, grabbing-life-by-the-cajones safari with lots of photos you can start HERE. We certainly miss

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I Can Talk To The Animals: Last Day of Safari

Guess what? After two weeks photographing the animals on safari I can hear their thoughts: Today we fly home. Blech. Last night we had our final dinner out in the bush. This was the moon that was out: Our field ranger

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Lion Sands 1933 Lodge at Sabi Sands: Here, I Am Megan Fox

We’re nearing the end of our trip. I’m in mourning. When I travel I find myself to be romantic and bold. My hat sits at a jauntier angle. I think it’s a good idea to buy some lacy g-strings despite

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Heading to Hippo Country: Safari Day 11

They had to pry me out of our More Quarters Hotel apartment in Cape Town by the bloody stumps of my fingers. People in Cape Town – and the whole of South Africa actually – are pathologically chipper, laid back

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Wine Tasting and Cheetah Petting in Cape Town, South Africa

Traveling can be The Agony and The Ecstasy. Just so you don’t want to garrote us for galavanting in the sub-tropical South African veld here’s a little Agony. But then, after a five-hour jostling coach ride and a two-hour flight

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Safari at Madikwe Lodge: Will The 7-Ton Elephant Bull In Musth Charge?

I never understood why anyone would fly 24-hours from California to the African bush only to potentially be eaten.  After three days at the Madikwe Safari Lodge I get it. The person who comes between you and a she-lion eating

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South African Safari Now! Days 4 & 5

I write this missive from the veranda of the Lelapa Lodge in Madikwe overlooking the South African safari bush. The air is redolent of  desert rains, my soundtrack the twittering, screeching and singing of over a thousand avian choristers, and

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Safari Bound: Days Two and Three

Hello, South Africa! After a six-hour flight from Los Angles to New York and a fourteen-hour flight from New York to Johannesburg the eagles have landed! Three mom bloggers, five kids, two mothers-in-law, one father-in-law and three husbands. Over the

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South Africa Bound: Day One

We awoke at the crack of a gnat’s ass this morning and stumbled about preparing to depart on the first leg of our South African safari, which is a flight to New York and a sleepover there. Yesterday it seemed

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We Leave For An African Safari on Wednesday!

On Wednesday, should all the stars align, my family and I will be boarding a plane DESTINATION AFRICA! I don’t really believe it. It seems impossible that after 24 hours of travel we’ll be standing in the Southern hemisphere on

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I’m Dreaming of Africa: My Personal Photos

My family and I are going to Africa in February, which I won’t believe until I land. In August of 2000 I had the incredible good fortune to work on a D movie (sorry Alyssa Milano – you were great,

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