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Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2022 Review

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2022 Review

The first 'real' Fair for two years and the ninth since its humble beginnings in 2013 in the Waterfront's Lookout, it was wonderful to have the Fair 'back' and treated again to its energy, variety and inspiration. Here blogger, Fiona gives her take and insights - she...

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City Hall – civic centre to temp Parliament

City Hall – civic centre to temp Parliament

Mass vaccinations to Charles Darwin's lecture on evolution  - City Hall was immediately put to a variety of uses after it opened its doors in 1905. Cape Town was a city at last - it has its own building with offices, chamber, library and mayoral suites at the front...

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Salt River’s battles & beauty (past & present)

Salt River’s battles & beauty (past & present)

I have been enjoying getting to know this hidden, gem of a neighbourhood. Initially it was the street art that drew me, now it is much more - its past and the people who live and work here. First why the name? No surprises it is named after a river which flows into...

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Parliament of South Africa – architectural history

Parliament of South Africa – architectural history

With the 2 Jan 2022 fire that lasted until midnight the following day, Parliament's buildings have been in the spot light. The fire started in the Old Assembly and spread to the new General Assembly. The architecture, like its art collection of 13 731 items, can be...

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Arch For Arch – Desmond Tutu’s Monument

Arch For Arch – Desmond Tutu’s Monument

Impish wit was how Barack Obama described Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu soon after the announcement of The Arch's death on Sunday, 26 Dec 2021. I bet Tutu prayed he wouldn't die on Christmas Day. Many recall his wide use of prayer - even when driving back from...

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Muratie – humble home to internationally appreciated wine

Muratie – humble home to internationally appreciated wine

Owner, Dr Rijk Melck, gave Culture Connect a fabulous tour of his home and old farm buildings at Muratie. Cleverly intertwining the history of its humble beginnings in the late 1600s to the present day, Rijk used different Muratie wines to tell the fascinating story. ...

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Boschendal changes, conservation and community

Boschendal changes, conservation and community

Boschendal is one of South Africa’s oldest and most well known wine farms. Yet for over a hundred years it has mainly grown fruit and its focus now are veg as well as fruit with pastures and woodland grazing. During our recent tour we saw Angus cows (there are about 1...

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