Escaping Table Mountain

Last Friday afternoon at 3: First Capetonians arriving within the boundaries of the Cape Agulhas Municipality for their weekend getaway in places like Napier, Bredasdorp, Arniston, Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas. Every Friday about 10000 to 15000 cars with registration plates of the Mother City (including suburbs) escape Table Mountain for enjoyment in the Overberg; the …

At The Fritz

The Fritz Hotel in Cape Town only has 3 stars but the service goes beyond 5. Above all: It’s clean!!! And it’s near Kloof Street with the widest variety of restaurants (within a few hundred meters walk) in the Mother City.

Trendy Places in Cape Town 3 (Helon Melon)

Many tourists to Cape Town visit the Waterfront. Alas … next to the Waterfront is the Watershed; a new building (with a yellow top gable). It’s one of those few places in the Mother City where one can buy truly South African made souvenirs. And unique these are!!! Unfortunately the Watershed is severely under-marketed by …

Post FynArts

Recently there was this event ‘Hermanus FynArts‘ in Hermanus in South Africa. Last week I walked along the ocean in this little town and realised that there is more public art in this town than in the bit ‘Mother City’ (Cape Town). Just wondering ….

Row, Row, Row your Boat

Pictured at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. There is not much public art in South Africa’s ‘Mother City. Most art of significance can be found in private collections or in/around prestigious hotels. In Johannesburg one can find a plethora of public art; accessible for all and not only for the happy few…

Bric à Brac in THE Book Shop

Some photo’s I made at Hemingway’s in Hermanus. You might ask yourself if this is a book shop or a museum? It’s described as one of the ‘must visit spots’ in the new Louis Vuitton City Guide of Cape Town. Funny enough Hermanus is NOT in Cape Town but 120 odd kilometers East of the Mother …

Deja Vu: The Caledon Botanical Garden

While tourists are, en masse, directed to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town by the tourism industry; real garden lovers from abroad (who did their own home work) prefer to go to a garden one-and-a-half hour East of the ‘Mothercity’. No tourist banter like coffee shops, restaurants and Made-in-China-shops but a real more natural …

A walk on the Green Side

I just had to say something about an article in The Huffington Post; an American internet publication. I browse it every now and than and wish South African publishers would be able to put something like this with the relatively high quality on the net. That set aside; the author of the article was for 24 …

A Sunday afternoon on the beach

For tourists having road trips in South Africa we always say that the ‘real South Africa begins >100 kilometers beyond Cape Town’. Not that the Mother City does not offer something but it has become too much of a tourist trap. And so is Hermanus in a way but at the outskirts of Hermanus in …

On the Road in South Africa

This week we made a road trip via Matjiesfontein, South Africa’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ (even South Africans have to discover this little gem) and Barrydale, to Robertson. In Robertson we did some maintenance in the cactus garden we created last year at Fraai Uitzicht in the Klaas Voogds area; Klaas Voogds East to be more precise. This …