Slow down, Jo’burg

Slow down, Jo’burg

Posted on: June 6, 2014| By: admin

Jozi people are many things.  We are kind.  We are friendly. We are certainly fashionable. We are always in a hurry. We do not take kindly to anything slow.  We expect people to walk quickly on the sidewalks, traffic should flow smoothly and we go nuts when our supermarket queues are not fast.  We breathe…
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Jozi Parkruns.  (dogs optional)

Jozi Parkruns. (dogs optional)

Posted on: May 27, 2014| By: admin

Our resident Johannesburg guest house dog, pictured above, is a runner. She used to hang out at Emmarentia Dam, Zoo Lake, and Melville Koppies, but since discovering Parkruns, she’s had a personality change. Parkruns are worldwide events.  They’re 5 km timed runs or walks, and are weekly, always in gorgeous city parks.  They’re free of…
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Your guide to Jozi’s best markets.

Your guide to Jozi’s best markets.

Posted on: May 20, 2014| By: admin

Do you dream of doing the tango on a rooftop? Lazing under olive trees, while drinking champagne and eating oysters? Buying bunches of fresh flowers, warm just-out-the oven home-baked bread, a vintage skirt, antique dresser, or perhaps a lovely jar of rooibos marmalade? It’s time for you to visit Johannesburg’s fabulous markets! If it’s Saturday,…
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Mother’s Day in the Parks

Mother’s Day in the Parks

Posted on: May 9, 2014| By: admin

This coming weekend it’s going to be all about The Mothers.  Those wonderful women who pack lunch-boxes, nurse scratched knees, lie awake at night waiting for their teens to come home, lovingly feed and walk the dogs, schlep the kids to soccer and ballet, and of course, love and look after the fathers too! Sunday…
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Born Free in South Africa

Born Free in South Africa

Posted on: May 5, 2014| By: admin

It’s almost time for South Africa to go to the polls.  In fact, as you read this, there will probably be lines all around the country with people exercising their right to vote. The whole world remembers April 1994, our first ever Democratic election, and how the voting went on for three days.   Black people…
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The Church of Moria

The Church of Moria

Posted on: April 28, 2014| By: admin

A sea of Blue, Khaki and Orange is what you notice as you drive past The Church of Moria.  Women in smart blue uniforms, men in freshly pressed khaki suits, and hundreds of orange busses bellowing smoke, carrying them all to the Zion Christian Church in Limpopo. I expected chaos, as I’d read that over…
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Ten things you never knew you could do over Easter in Joburg

Ten things you never knew you could do over Easter in Joburg

Posted on: April 11, 2014| By: admin

Sometimes it’s really nice NOT to go away. Holidays are fab, but they do mean packing the car, leaving early to avoid traffic, getting stuck in traffic anyway, and then spending a small fortune on a weekend away.  Here are a whole lot of wonderful things that can keep you happy in Johannesburg, these Easter…
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Books

Books

Posted on: April 8, 2014| By: admin

A house is not a home without at least one bookcase full of books.  And a trip abroad is not a trip without at least one book being bought. Here in Jozi, we have the best-kept secret. The Collector’s Treasury. A bookshop, a gem that so few people know about! The Collector’s Treasury is in…
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A Walk Through Jozi – with Joburg Places

A Walk Through Jozi – with Joburg Places

Posted on: March 31, 2014| By: admin

So many things surprised us on the Joburg Inner City Walking Tour we did with Gerald Garner from Joburg Places last week. The first was how Johannesburg, once a run down, gritty city, is going through this extraordinary re-growth, and is today magical, alive and vibrant. The second was that it was totally safe.  And the biggest…
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The Call of the Mielie Lady

The Call of the Mielie Lady

Posted on: March 18, 2014| By: admin

The Call of the Mielie Lady A familiar sight to the people of Johannesburg, especially in the northern suburbs, is the Mielie Lady.  She can be seen almost daily, shuffling along the streets, hunched over her plastic shopping trolley, shouting ‘MIELIES, MIELIES’, her throaty call echoing all around the neighborhood. If you’re a visitor, you…
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