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Do it in the dark in Cape Town: things to do to celebrate Earth Hour

Mother City lovers, it’s time to dim the lights and do great things in the dark in Cape Town for the annual celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday 23 March, 2013. Earth Hour is the largest mass global participation event, in which people the world over switch off their lights for one hour, to reflect on our impact on the environment and renew our commitment to protecting our planet.

A Cape Town buzz – Flickr pic of the day

This image of a giant praying mantis at the 2013 Cape Town Carnival, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ajay, aka AJAY B2010.

Cape Town Carnival 2013: Photos

The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival once again had the streets of the Mother City awash in colour, festivities and entertainment when it was held on Saturday 16 March, 2013.

Top five things worth knowing about Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport has been rated the Best Airport in Africa for the third year in a row by the Airports Council International. It is also one of five airports in the world (for 2012) nominated for inclusion on the Director General’s Roll of Excellence.

Infecting the City 2013 in Cape Town: photos and video

Cape Town’s biggest public arts festival, Infecting the City, is currently enthralling locals and visitors alike as it reawakens an appreciation of creativity and artistic expression in the streets of the Mother City.

Your Cape Town weekend: top three things to do

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… It’s the weekend in the Mother City Cape Town fanatics – and you know what that means, right? It’s party time! I know it’s the middle of the month and you’re feeling the pinch, but with the range of events on offer this weekend, you don’t need to break the bank to have a good time.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: Cape Town lovers’ top photos

Happy Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town, Mother City lovers! As is now our custom on a fine Wednesday in our inspirational city by the sea, we’ll be sharing suggestions and photos of places we’d rather be today.

Top 5 delectable places to eat in tasty Cape Town: an Instagram essay

I love seeking out the best food and drink in tasty Cape Town, and then letting fellow foodies know when I find it. It can be anything from haute cuisine or a plate of salad at a deli to a craft beer, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. If it’s great, I’ll Instagram it immediately it and show it off to my followers.

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.

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!

The early morning fisherman – Flickr pic of the day

This image of a fisherman getting the earliest catch at Kalk Bay harbour was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ian Junor.

Five things you didn’t know about the South African National Gallery

On hot days it’s a sanctuary, in winter it’s an inspiration. A cultural treasure, the South African National Gallery is in the heart of Cape Town’s green Company’s Garden, a squirrel scampering path and goldfish pond away from the Iziko South African Museum.

Dance your heart out – Flickr pic of the day

This image of vibrant Cape minstrels at Wale Street near Bo-Kaap was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Sumaya Hisham.

The Wheel of Excellence – Flickr pic of the day

This image of Cape Town’s Wheel of Excellence at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Janet Prentice, aka Janet.

Second-hand book stores in Cape Town

Nothing turns my pages quite like a marvellous second-hand bookstore and in inspirational Cape Town, there are plenty to keep me happy. As fantastic as Kindles, Nooks and iPads are, there is nothing the feel of a book in your hands and it is for this reason that having a plethora of great second-hand bookstores in the Mother City is such a joy. Join me at the following bookstores in Cape Town and rediscover the wonder of reading.

Cape Town-filmed Searching for Sugar Man wins Best Documentary Academy Award

And the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to … Searching for Sugar Man, a film focused on the rediscovery of elusive musician Rodriguez and partially filmed in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!

Sizzling Mexican restaurants in Cape Town

Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it! And here’s where to satisfy your cravings …

Discovering Langa – a photo essay

Langa, South Africa’s oldest township, was established in 1923 as part of the then Urban Areas Act. Similar to Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, Langa is one of the areas in South Africa that was designated for black Africans before the apartheid epoch. The name Langa means “sun” in Xhosa, but the name of the area is actually derived from the name Langalibalele – a famous chief who was imprisoned on Robben Island for rebelling against the government.

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.

African legends to descend on the Mother City for Cape Town Carnival

It’s the stuff of legends … one magical night when locals and visitors come together to celebrate their vibrant diversity by marching to the beat of drums, wearing fantastical and colourful costumes, and enjoying world-class entertainment. The popular Cape Town Carnival, which has delighted spectators since 2010, will once again fill the Mother City’s Fan Walk with vivid colour and boisterous energy on Saturday 16 March, 2013.

Five things you didn’t know about the Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope, a Cape Town landmark, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline.

Fazielah’s top three weekend bargain shopping spots in Cape Town

So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: A paradise of plants and flowers in photos

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the Earth laughs in flowers”. If this is true, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden must be one of the happiest places on Earth.

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.

Capturing Cape Point: A photo essay

For years the beauty of Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly tip, has captured travellers, nature lovers and adventurers.

The V&A Waterfront in pictures

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited tourist attraction. With its combination of popular nightspots, restaurants, shops, museums and things to see and do, this is one place never to miss on even the briefest of visits to Cape Town. Take a peek at some of the sights at the Waterfront in our photo essay below, compiled from Creative Commons images taken by locals and travellers to the Mother City.

2013 Cape Minstrels on the march – photos and video

Playing popular tunes, Cape minstrel troupe after troupe walk down Darling Street in the Cape Town city centre to welcome in the new year, revelling in the perfect Cape summer weather. The Minstrel Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar and is watched by thousands of people every year. It's also called Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which means "Second New Year" in Afrikaans, because it traditionally takes place on January 2.

Give responsibly this festive season in Cape Town

Cape Town is an inclusive, caring city, and with the festive season now upon us, responsible tourism through the assistance of the less fortunate is at the top of our list of priorities. Having won the Best Destination category in the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the Mother City knows a thing or two about caring.

Fazielah’s top 3 weekend festive markets

By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa: