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Signal Hill

16 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

Signal Hill is at an elevation of 350 metres and offers some of the best views over the city centre, harbour, Waterfront and of course of Table Mountain itself.  Signal Hill is a popular spot to bring tourists when the cable car at Table Mountain is closed, but even if you have already been to ...

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

12 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

The land was bequeathed to the Republic of South Africa by Cecil John Rhodes.  In 1913, with the vision of Professor Harold Pearson, the transformation began into the botanical gardens.  Today Kirstenbosch celebrates being a world heritage site with numerous events throughout the year. The best time to visit Kirstenbosch is during our Spring (September ...

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Noon Gun, Cape Town

9 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

At Lion Battery, on the slopes of Signal Hill, the oldest SBML guns in the world are fired daily at 12 noon (except Sundays and public holidays). It is best to arrive around 11.30am so that you can leisurely enjoy the views of the stadium, city and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, until the gentleman arrives ...

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Rustenberg – a visit to the Barlow family private home

27 October 2016 by Lesley No Comment

I am a member of the Simon van der Stel Society in Cape Town and they organise some interesting outings to historical places which are not typically open to the public.  Today was an amazing experience to visit the home of Simon and Rozanne Barlow, owners of the Rustenberg wine estate, initially purchased in 1941 ...

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Duck Parade at Vergenoegd

26 October 2016 by Lesley No Comment

Vergenoegd vineyards are located just off the N2 highway along the R310, and have been using Runner ducks for the last 30 years to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in the vineyards.  Vergenoegd have created an opportunity to showcase this special workforce of just over a 1000 ducks in a ...

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Allister Sparks: The Sword and the Pen, at the Book Lounge

15 March 2016 by Lesley No Comment

The Book Lounge is known for hosting some of the most interesting book launches and last night was no exception with Allister Sparks in conversation with John Maytham.  Sparks has been a political journalist for the last 66 years and has covered all our intense political events through apartheid and the new democracy.  I had ...

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The Price of Gold – photography exhibition at The Slave Lodge

13 March 2016 by Lesley No Comment

I was moved by The Price of Gold exhibition at the Slave Lodge, which has now been extended to March 31.  Photographer, Thom Pierce, traveled through the rural areas within the Eastern Cape and Orange Free State provinces to capture the stories of career mine workers who have been abandoned by their employers with minimal ...

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Faldela, cooking experience and breaking the Ramadan fast in the Bo Kaap

3 July 2015 by Lesley No Comment

I have taken many guests over the years for a cooking experience with Faldela in her home in the Cape Malay Quarter (BoKaap), and last week we enjoyed the special experience of breaking the fast with her family during the holy month of Ramadan.  At this time of year the fast is broken around 5.50pm ...

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Jean Doyle – a visit to her sculpture garden in Wynberg

26 April 2015 by Lesley No Comment

Jean Doyle is our local internationally acclaimed bronze sculptor who is known for her lovely bronze sculptures of beautiful ladies with the fuller figure.  At her home in Wynberg she has a vast array of bronze statues of ladies dancing, sun bathing and working.  Ladies celebrating their body shapes in their daily lives. While you ...

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Mnandi Textiles and Design, Observatory

24 March 2015 by Lesley No Comment

There are plenty of shops selling African fabrics and prints scattered around the city centre of Cape Town – but if you are looking for something of quality and a little special then it is worth the time to take a trip out to Observatoy to visit Mnandi Textiles and Design.  Can be difficult to ...

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