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Your Cape Town weekend: What to do in the Mother City

With 48 hours of glorious free time in beautiful and exciting Cape Town, there is time to see and do so much, Mother City-lovers! If I had to narrow down my choices, though, I’d prefer to be out and about on the streets of my hometown, enjoying the sunshine, the culture, the people and the oh-so-delicious cuisine.

Kiteboarding in Cape Town

White men can’t jump? With all the wind power in Cape Town, ALL men can! In Big Bay, when the wind starts howling, the surf starts calling! After all, life really only starts at 20 knots.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: I ♥ Cape Town fans’ top places in photos

Four weeks, four questions and over a thousand suggestions … Mother City lovers, you’re amazing at letting us know Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in inspirational Cape Town!

Carbo-loading restaurants on the Cape Argus Cycle Tour training route

Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? Hello, Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour madness! For the past few months, you have probably driven past cyclists along the Cape Peninsula – Wynberg Hills, Misty Cliffs, Chapman’s Peak, Suikerbossie hill … to name just a few! With five days to go until the biggest cycling event of the year, on Sunday 10 March, cyclists are gearing up this week for the final countdown. While training is important, it is probably too late to pack in the extra kilometres now if you have not been cycling consistently. Instead, shift your focus to nutrition and prepare your body for maximum energy release!

An Athlone panorama – Flickr pic of the day

This dramatic panorama, of a view of the Athlone stadium and Table Mountain in the background, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce aka smee.bruce.

Exploring South Africa on a motorcycle with Kaapstad Tours

It isn’t every day that you meet a dashing English biker with a passion for Cape Town who is determined to travel thousands of kilometres through South Africa and explore its national parks. So naturally I was impressed and intrigued by Alex Jackson when we met recently for coffee to discuss his travel plans.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top 10 places to be

You know what, Mother City lovers? You sure know how to show a writer some love … I mean, I put out one simple request for you to tell me where you would rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, and not only did you respond in your thousands but boy, did you blow my mind with suggestions!

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013: preparing for a ride less ordinary

It is that time of year again – the clock is winding down to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March, 2013, and the kilometres are adding up on our bike and trailer. After negotiations with the organisers, the rules were altered and Damian Gower, my 14-year-old son who is quadriplegic, will be able to participate – towed in a trailer attached to my bike. We will be riding in support of the Chaeli Campaign, to raise funds and awareness.

Put the Mother City on the world’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?

Paddle ski action – Flickr pic of the day

This image of paddle skier taking on some great waves at Muizenberg beach was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Craig Wilson, aka creative666.

Windsurfer’s delight – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of windsurfers catching a wave at Sunset beach, Table Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ian Barbour, aka barbourians.

Girls’ getaways in Cape Town for the non-Valentine’s Day celebrators

If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and hearts displays in retail stores makes you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense. I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through.

Cape Town Stadium – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the Cape Town Stadium from an unusual angle and behind trees was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member mikkelz.

Good luck, Bafana Bafana! – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of two Cape Town fans cheering on Bafana Bafana was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Lance Peters, aka FreeLANCEr Productions.

Your Cape Town weekend: top 3 events in the Mother City

Party, party, party… that’s the theme for your weekend in sunny Cape Town, Mother City lovers! Go forth and spend your hard-earned salary on fabulous outfits, then shimmy on over to the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February, 2013 – and discover why the fun never stops in Cape Town.

Riding the waves at Long Beach – Flickr pic of the Day

This photograph of a surfer was taken at Long Beach, near Kommetjie, by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Chris Preen.

Top 10 reasons why Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town

I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.

J&B Met 2013: Tanki Em’s guide to being Made To Fly

Oh my. It’s that time of the year where classic style and fashion are put aside for the celebration of avante-garde looks and one-of-a-kind garments that are either custom-made for the J&B Met, happening at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 2 February, 2013 – or dramatically altered retail store dresses and tresses which make the cut for this annual themed horseracing event.

Hiking up Table Mountain – Flickr pic of the day

Spectacular views from Table Mountain.

Ten good reasons to go golfing around Cape Town

Golf in South Africa began in 1885 when Lieutenant-General Sir Henry D’Oyley Torrens, commander of the British garrison stationed in the Cape founded the Royal Cape Golf Club. Well over a century later the course has stood the test of time and remains one of the Cape’s premier golfing destinations. A relatively flat course, it weaves through avenues of trees and water features which add to the appeal and challenge of the game.

Late afternoon surf at Llandudno – Flickr pic of the day

As the sun sets over Llandudno, a surfer gets ready to take advantage of the surf before dark.

A surfer and a sunset – Flickr pic of the day

What better way to end a perfect summer’s day than with a twilight surf?

Kitesurfing at sunset – Flickr pic of the day

Kitesurfing is one of the Mother City’s most popular water sports.

Visit Ceres – the ‘Eden of the Cape’

Often referred to as “the Eden of the Cape”, the town of Ceres is world famous for its exceptional deciduous fruit production. Fruit tours present a great way to appreciate the journey from tree to table, while sampling fresh fruit along the way.

Sunset in Muizenberg – Flickr pic of the day

A hazy, golden sunset of Muizenberg Beach.

Cape Town water adventures

Cape Town’s Peninsula and inland waterways offer perfect locations for trying your hand at an array of water activities. Our city is known as a leisure destination, and many of the activities are leisurely in nature – but there are also plenty of the adrenalin-rush variety, from kitesurfing to cable water skiing.

Fazielah’s top three festive weekend events in Cape Town

Deck the halls with cheer and holly, Cape Town fanatics, because it’s officially festive season in the Mother City! What that means, party animals, is that we are free to let our hair down and boogie like there’s no work on Monday…

12 amazing things to in Cape Town on 12/12/12

Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:

The best hiking routes in Cape Town

There’s no doubt that one of the nicest activities to indulge in is a good hike, and what better place to walking up a mountain, through great fynbos or along the coast than Cape Town?

Kiteboarding Big Bay’s windy strip – Charlie Browners love it

What’s not to love? Big Bay is a gorgeous stretch of surf along Cape Town’s north coast (sandwiched between Melkbosstrand and Blouberg’s Kite Beach). It delivers daily side shore winds that are near perfect for launch, topped with incredible views of Table Mountain.