06 February 2014

Cape Town - Our Mother City

Cape Town - Our Mother City
The Cosmopolitan Heart of the Western Cape
South Africa
Clock Tower in V&A Waterfront with the Design 2014 Yellow!

As citizens, we are immensely proud that Cape Town has been voted THE NUMBER 1 City to visit during 2014 by the New York Times. Being a Capetonian has so many advantages, that we sometimes forget how truly blessed we are to be living in this incredible, diverse city.

We have it all!

Table Mountain - this natural wonder of the world greets all visitors and is a must see

Amazing beaches:.
Muizenberg, St James, Sea Point, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Sandy Bay, Blouberg to name a few.

Hundreds of Restaurants - it's a foodie's dream.

One of the best Waterfronts in the World - V&A Waterfront

Scenery, scenery and more scenery - make sure you have your camera handy!

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - one of the best in the world

The Summer Stage at Kirstenbosch with stunning mountain backdrop
And the Sunday Summer Concerts are very much part of the Kirstenbosch scene!
Bring a picnic and sit on the lawns - booking essentiaql.

Museums, showcasing our heritage.

Arts and Crafts and Sunday Markets

Pavement Cafes in the CBD and various seaside suburbs.

World Class Shopping

Theatre is alive and well - choose from a wide variety of shows throughout the year.

Wine Estates within our city limits in Constantia and Kommetijie

Outdoor extreme sports such as Tandem Sky Diving, landing on the lawns at Sea Point

Sea Cruises for Whale Watching or Sunset Romance

And the list goes on - whether you are into culture, history, photography, food, exercise, theatre, mingling with the locals or just behaving like normal, excited tourist - do visit our city!!

  1. Messages for Mandela at the V&A

© Judelle Drake

See article, courtesy of the New York Times, below

"A place to meditate on freedom,
and the creative life that followed.

 When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”

Cape Town’s importance to Mandela, who made his first address there as a free man, will doubtless draw many visitors in the wake of his death. The country has transformed itself since Mandela’s imprisonment, but there’s still much to be done. Many in Cape Town have been grappling with that challenge, including its creative class, which has been examining whether inspired design can solve some of the issues stemming from years of inequality.

The city formally takes up that issue this year during its turn as World Design Capital. Cape Town is celebrating design in all its forms, putting on fashion shows by students and established designers alike, hosting architecture open houses, welcoming the public into artists’ studios and folding the annual visual arts spectacular Design Indaba conference in February into the design capital program. Also part of the lineup are locals seeking to rejuvenate impoverished black-majority townships: The Maboneng Lalela Project turns township homes into galleries and performance spaces; Foodpods constructs sustainable farms, giving residents access to healthy produce; and the Langa Quarter project seeks to make the precinct a cultural tourism destination.

Cape Town is again reinventing itself, and the world is invited to its renaissance. — SARAH KHAN

For your safety in our city, please read my "Safety in Cape Town - Security Tips for Tourists" Blog.


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