Amanzi Guest House

Amanzi Guest House

Posted on: January 20, 2015| By: admin

The first thing that struck me as I drove down the driveway of Amanzi Guest House in Craighall Park were the trees. So it was no wonder when Pam, the owner, told me she had initially bought the property because of the trees. Amanzi is like a secret forest retreat in the suburbs, a beautiful…
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How to choose a Guesthouse

How to choose a Guesthouse

Posted on: January 14, 2015| By: admin

It’s 2015 and a lot of you already have your annual travel planners out. Flights are being booked and you’re busy with the hotel and car hire bookings. But wait! Stop! Think! It may be time for a change. Very often people book hotels without thinking. They book the branded hotel name because it’s easy…
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There have been people. Everywhere!

There have been people. Everywhere!

Posted on: January 4, 2015| By: admin

  Vida e Caffe – whichever Vida you go to – Greenside, Parktown North or Sandton – the cyclists are hanging out outside, the hipsters are inside and the writers are huddled over their laptops on the barstools. Vida are selling tons of coffee and doing a really good holiday trade. There are the most…
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Stay cool in Jozi, over December

Stay cool in Jozi, over December

Posted on: December 17, 2014| By: admin

Johannesburg can be sweltering over December. If you’re not one of those lucky people heading off to the coast for the holidays, here are a few fun and inexpensive ways to stay cool in the city. Hang out at the Zoo Lake Swimming Pool. The entrance fee is minimal, the grassy area is well kept…
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Christmas Shopping in Jozi

Christmas Shopping in Jozi

Posted on: December 11, 2014| By: admin

You have just two weeks left, people of Jozi, to do your Christmas shopping. Here are some of our favourite shops, all selling divine goodies with a creative South African flavour. In Braamfontein you will find the ingenious ‘I was Shot in Johannesburg’. They have a range of t-shirts, photographs, handbags, purses and notebooks, all…
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Melville

Melville

Posted on: November 27, 2014| By: admin

  We thought it was time we gave the suburb of Melville a little love and attention. Melville is a fashionable and charming neighbourhood where you will find the beautifully restored Melville Manor guest house.  It is conveniently located close to the heart of the city and designed with comfort in mind to make your stay…
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The Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Johannesburg Art Gallery

Posted on: November 19, 2014| By: admin

It is quite a thing driving to the Johannesburg Art Gallery. You have to brave the streets of Hillbrow, keep your eyes wide open because there are people everywhere, dodge the combis at the Joubert Park Taxi Rank , breathe in, pray you don’t get hijacked (you don’t, no-one does), and then suddenly – you’re…
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The Nike Soweto Marathon

The Nike Soweto Marathon

Posted on: November 10, 2014| By: admin

There are several important rules to follow when running a marathon. Be fit. Wear comfortable shoes. Use sun block. Call it a marathon if you’re running 42 kms. Call it a half marathon if you’re running 21 kms. Don’t feel scared to admit you’re just going to walk 10 kms. And always pick up a…
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Tricky picky eaters in Johannesburg

Tricky picky eaters in Johannesburg

Posted on: November 3, 2014| By: admin

  I’ve had a visitor from New Zealand staying with me for the last few days. He didn’t want to do the sights (been there, done that), but he did want to eat and drink out a lot. He’s a real foodie, and a difficult man, which makes him hard to impress. But that didn’t…
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Hands on Retreat

Hands on Retreat

Posted on: October 16, 2014| By: admin

The kind of invite I love receiving has the word ‘Massage’ on it. So when I received a gift voucher from Hands on Retreat in Johannesburg, for the ‘Spa treatment of my choice’, I was delighted. I arrived, parked my car, and was ushered in to reception. BAD MISTAKE. Next door to reception is the…
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