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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Soweto

Soweto

Posted on: October 6, 2014| By: admin

  Soweto, incorporated in the city of Johannesburg, is South Africa’s largest township. (South Western Township). It’s a half hour away from the Johannesburg city center, is right on our doorstep, and apart from being a crucial part of South Africa’s history (Soweto Uprising, 1976) it is an extraordinary, fast growing and vibrant African city….
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ParkWords

ParkWords

Posted on: September 25, 2014| By: admin

ParkWords was this amazing event that took place in Parkview yesterday, to celebrate Heritage Day.  Organized by the formidable Theresa Gibbon of the Parkview Resident Association, the first Parkview Literary Day is sure to be the first of many. Tyrone Avenue was blocked off, the restaurants put their tables and chairs on the sidewalks and…
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Heritage Day

Heritage Day

Posted on: September 22, 2014| By: admin

  There’s a lot happening in Johannesburg this Wednesday, 24 September, Heritage Day.  Johannesburg Heritage is offering a fantastic bus tour to Soweto, including the usual tourist attractions but also the lesser-known historical sites.  The tour will take in the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, James Mpanza Sofasonke’s Orlando house, the Soweto Theatre and Freedom Square. …
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Liz at Lancaster Guest House

Liz at Lancaster Guest House

Posted on: September 15, 2014| By: admin

I hear Liz answering the phone with a ‘Hello Liz speaking, Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse’, and I know this is not just an ordinary Guesthouse.  She chats on the phone, takes note of a new booking, gives the client all the details, follows up by email, and then greets the Englishman, as he makes his way…
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Art and Culture in Jozi

Art and Culture in Jozi

Posted on: August 29, 2014| By: admin

There is art all over Johannesburg right now.  Street art in Maboneng, performance art in Newtown (secret venues, look out for it) and hair art in Braamfontein. Last week we saw the 7th FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, which was truly extraordinary.  The fair displayed the finest and most significant art from the African continent, and…
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