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 these mosaic pieces as part of a huge project to make Cape Town “beautiful and safe”.
The mosaic’s are mostly the work of artist Lovell Friedman. This beautiful piece I found at the top of Long Street as I started my stroll along this historic street.
London has her SoHo, New Orleans has her French Quarter, while Cape Town has her irrepressible Long Street, the ideal place to spend a couple of hours on a weekend. This street is filled with coffee shops and restaurants in beautiful 19th century Victorian buildings.
These buildings have been beautifully restored and are now housing antique shops, clothing boutiques, book shops, pavements cafes and even backpackers’ lodges. That’s because a number of preservation societies, heritage groups and architects constantly protect these structures from the wrecking ball. In fact, many of the buildings have been restored over the years.
As I explore Cape Town I do look like a real tourist taking photos of every building or piece of street art that I pass by. Those wrought-iron balcony’s lining the street look like the perfect place to sit with a cup of coffee and watch Cape Town go by. I enjoy walking through the streets of Cape Town and come across something new each time I go on one of my little adventures.