Barbed Wire Defence

Barbed Wire Defence

Between the old and beautiful buildings of South-Africa there is also spikes and barbed wire, intended to keep safe despite its ugliness. It does look like some places go to extremes for safety but I guess it is necessary in some cases. In the military science of fortification, wire obstacles are defensive obstacles made from barbed wire, barbed tape or concertina wire. They are…

The Bo-Kaap (2)

Cape Town Free Walking Tour

These days most big cities have walking tours and some, like South-Africa’s Cape Town, even has free walking tours. At the end of the tour you can tip the guide but don’t feel bad if you cant afford too, that is why they are called free walking tours. You get a guided tour from a local…

Cape Town City Hall is a large Edwardian building in Cape Town city centre which was built in 1905.

Disregard of a Straight Arrow!?!?

I actually got to see the inside of the beautiful town hall of Cape Town the other day. Unfortunately it was not to explore it, but to go and squash a traffic fine that I got the other day. Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. I have just moved back to South Africa and have…

Eyes on Long street

Eyes on Long street

I have noticed that there are quite a few mosaic benches and seats popping up all over Cape Town lately. It seems that Cape Town is really doing South-Africa proud as the Design Capital of the year and I love seeing all these new changes to this great city. I read that they are adding…

Babylponstoren puff adder walkway

5 Things that make Babylonstoren Enchanting

A perfect summers day is spending a couple of hours walking through the extensive gardens or Babylonstoren and ending it with a delicious winetasting session or with lunch at the Babylonstoren glasshouse. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm in the Western Cape with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The…

African Crafts in the Harbour

African Crafts in the Harbour

Hout Bay, nestled between the mountains and the ocean, is where crafters come to ply their trade. It is also here that most seal or shark spotting cruises leave so its the ideal spot to trade to tourists. As I walked through this craft market it was hard to believe that I was only a…

Seagulls

Seagulls: Garbage men with Wings.

Seagulls screech and they are loud and smelly. They are scavengers, nuisances and known as garbage men with wings. This is still my opinion of them although I had loads of fun photographing them in Hout Bay Harbour. As I was walking around Hout Bay Harbour the seagulls were flocking and my presence didnt even…

The rainfall on this side is much higher than on the other faces, hence the dense vegetation

The most Beautiful Garden in Africa

I live 10min drive from the most beautiful garden in Africa, and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and definitely lives up to its reputation. The entry into this beautiful garden is R45 so its well worth…

Wine tasting at Babylonstoren

Wine tasting at Babylonstoren

One of the biggest perks about living in the heart of the wine lands is that I can go for winetastings in some of the most beautiful places. I am a big fan of taking day trips out into the country to explore a place I have never been before. I think of them as…

Posing Seal in HoutBay

Posing Seal in HoutBay

From Houtbay Harbour you can go on seal cruises to seal island where if you are very lucky you will also get to some sharks in action as they love hunting these seals. But I didnt have to go on one of these cruises to see a seal up close. HoutBay harbour has its own…

Newbie cruise on the MSC Opera

Newbie cruise on the MSC Opera

Along with all the other  newbie’s at Pentravel where I work we got to go on a 5 day cruise from Cape Town to Walvis Bay and back on the MSC Opera.  It was a cruise educational to give us first hand knowledge of cruising and the products we sell. It is always easier to…

Hout Bay Harbour

Cape Peninsula’s Fishing Village

The Hout Bay Harbour is the main attraction in Hout Bay the Cape Peninsula’s Fishing Village.  This harbour is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape with a thriving tuna, snoek and crayfish industry. Hout Bay was named by the Dutch explorers who “found” the wooded valley and the name literally means “wood bay”. The…

All Shall Be Equal Before the Law on Queen Victoria St in the CBD is done by street artist Faith47.

All Shall Be Equal Before the Law by Faith47

There is an old saying that ‘All are equal before the law.’ The author Anatole France said in 1894, “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.” Equality before the law, is the principle under which all people are subject to the same…

As the suns ets it casts shadows over the beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed at sunset

As the sun sets over the ocean it casts earie shadows over the beach and its surroundings.  Low-light photography can be difficult to get right, but sometimes the absence of light can make for a compelling, dramatic photograph. Experimenting with shadows can be a fun and rewarding way to push yourself to try something new…

bronzes by Dylan Lewis

Bronze animals at Kirstenbosch

If you are a lover of gardens, then Kirstenbosch is a must-see in Cape Town.  Situated in the wettest corner of the town (some say the wettest place in the country), a very wide range of flora are to be found. One of the lesser known attractions of the garden are a series of artworks,…

New reclaiming the Old

Weekly Photo Challenge: New reclaiming the Old

New Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. For many of us, the year’s beginning is time to take stock of the past and plan for the future; this week, let’s get excited about those plans by celebrating what’s new. Here is the new incorporating the past and reclaiming the old…

Mambo stone sculptures

Art in the Garden

The magnificent landscape of Kirstenbosch is also a perfect setting for art. The Sculpture Garden of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden features a permanent but ever-changing outdoor exhibition of the wonderful Mambo stone sculptures in a beautiful garden setting. Exhibiting your art with Table Mountain as its background must be amazing. Each sculpture is a unique…

Members of the Edwin Willems Audience from Selwyn Park

Dancing in the streets of Stellenbosch

The annual Stellenbosch Harvest Parade celebrates the start of the grape harvest season in the Boland as well as the very popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival For me the festival highlight was the Blessing of the Harvest and the Harvest Parade. Early on Saturday morning I took to the streets of Stellenbosch along with what looked…