Filed: Cape Town

National Stereotypes

We were chatting with Ms P via the wonder of FaceTime™ and got onto the subject of national stereotypes for the places we’ve visited. Not in a nasty, xenophobic way I hasten to add, but rather the cultural differences and idiosyncrasies that are fond and abiding memories.

For example, in South Africa it was the Capetonians notions of time and the concept of ‘now’. Read more ›››

Mr Mandela

Robben Island

I have quite a soft spot for South Africa. It helps that we spent some time there, of course, and we have lots of very fond memories of the places we visited, but it goes beyond that – it is one of those countries where I can imagine living.

This may sound like wishful think, and it probably is, and yet only this week we were looking online for houses in Montagu, the quiet town in the mountains of the Western Cape that we fell in love with, even though we were there for just a couple of days. Read more ›››

Z is for Zephyr, Zibi and Zip-lining

Zephyr at Knysna

Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge. Phew! I managed to make it through the alphabet from South Africa and with quite a few examples for the letter Z. First up is this Zephyr in bronze and chrome that you can find on the waterfront at Knysna. It is… Read more

Y is for Yachts and Yellowwood

Yachts in Knysna Marina

Yachts are always helpful to illustrate the letter Y, as any author of ABC books for children will tell you.

I took this photo of yachts at Knysna Quays Waterfront during a stop off on our Garden Route trip along the south coast of Africa.

The town was once quite isolated but is now a popular tourist and retirement resort because of its clement climate. Read more ›››

X is for Xhosa

There was a black stand-up comedian in Cape Town who told a joke that went something like this:

‘A lot of my white friends ask me if I speak Zulu when I’m at home. You know why they ask that?

‘Because they can’t f*****g well say Xhosa!’ Read more ›››

W is for Wheels, Water and a Wedding

Wedding Band

I have two wheels to show you for the letter W, although the first is a bit of a cheat because we saw it in Holland en route to Cape Town.

We flew with KLM and our connecting flight at Amsterdam Airport was delayed, so we had a wander outside which is where we came across the Wheel of Energy on the left. Read more ›››

V is for Victoria, Vineyards and Vuvuzela

Kudu Horn

My first V from Cape Town is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a very colourful place as you can see from the ladies who had been singing with their choir.

And it is Victoria and Alfred, not Victoria and Albert. Construction on the harbour was begun by Prince Alfred in 1860, the first basin being named after him and the second after his mother, Queen Victoria. Read more ›››

U is for Umuzi Photo Club

I want to use the letter U of ABC Wednesday to promote the Umuzi Photo Club, a project that my daughter became involved with during her stay in Cape Town.

Despite the success that is the modern South Africa, it still has its sinister side of townships, grinding poverty and crime. The Umuzi Photo Club encourages children to take photos of their world so that the rest of us can be made aware. Read more ›››