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Parliament with Culture Connect

17 April 2019 by Lesley No Comment

Thanks to Kate Crane-Briggs Culture Connect for organising another great outing to Parliament with speakers Lila Komnick and Peter Soal. It was hard to imagine that we were standing in front of Parliament in what used to public space until the public works department, purchased the land, closed it off and made it part of ...

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Company Gardens: emphasis on the trees

13 April 2019 by Lesley No Comment

Huge thank you to Kate Crane-Briggs of Culture Connect for organising this fabulous outing through the Company Gardens with Clare Burgess (authority on landscape architecture). I can’t even guess how many times I have walked through the Company Gardens since I started guiding in 2002, so it was wonderful to learn something new about some ...

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Mount Nelson Hotel

7 April 2019 by Lesley 1 Comment

Thanks so much to Kate Crane-Briggs from Culture Connect who organises interesting outings featuring guest speakers full of expertise about their subject. A couple of snippets from the walk through the Mount Nelson Hotel, where PR manager, Gaby Palmer pointed out these simple chairs used in one of the dining rooms. These chairs were used ...

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Art: thought provoking art which we walk passed everyday

1 April 2019 by Lesley No Comment

I have walked passed this art work often, and only on a recent tour by Culture Connect did I learn about the true significance of this special space. From a distance, we see the image of a child’s face, and only on closer inspection, multiple newspaper ads are revealed. Our history reveals that between the ...

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The ‘Purple Shall Govern’, September 2, 1989

22 June 2018 by Lesley No Comment

On a city walking tour it is very easy to get distracted by all the architecture, art and craft shops and walk passed this poster which shares the story of an important protest march which occurred towards the end of the dramatic eighties decade. Protest marches against apartheid were illegal and on September 2, 1989, ...

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Zeitz MOCAA, Silo District, Waterfront

20 June 2018 by Lesley No Comment

It was one of those beautiful, crisp winter mornings as I walked through the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront towards the Silo District to visit the Zeitz Mocaa, a wonderful educational organised by the Cape Town Tour Guides Association (CTGA). The Zeitz Mocaa really is a spectacular piece of architecture inside and outside. To get a ...

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Sadie Family Wines, wine tasting

17 June 2018 by Lesley No Comment

Thanks so Pam McOnie, owner of Cape Fusion Tours for organising this wonderful visit to Sadie Family wines, a unique glimpse into this Swartland vineyard which offers wine tastings limited to 16 visitors around seven times per year. A little over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, with the last few kilometers on a gravel ...

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Stellenbosch Synagogue

6 April 2018 by Lesley No Comment

Tucked away in Ryneveld st (close to the corner of Van Riebeeck st) in Stellenbosch is the synagogue , of which the foundation stone was laid in 1923.  Prior to this the first services were held from 1900 in a private house and a rented hall.  The adjacent house became the residence for the Rabbi ...

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Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie

6 April 2018 by Lesley No Comment

A pleasant detour along the Cape Peninsula route has to be a visit to the Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie which was established in 1919. I was fortunate to meet Cyril, currently the keeper of Slangkop Lighthouse and has been working in lighthouses around our coastline for 25 years and able to share many stories about the ...

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Robben Island – Cell #18 Tokyo Sexale

6 January 2018 by Lesley No Comment

I was fortunate to visit Robben Island again a couple of days ago, and as always, visitors crowd eagerly around cell #7, Mr Nelson Mandela to take a photo.  I usually take the opportunity to learn about a new cell each time, and today I found myself in front of Cell # 18, Mr Tokyo ...

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