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#InstagramDiary: the awesome architecture of Long Street

Long Street is one of Cape Town’s most iconic streets, and with the incredible variety of food, fashion, nightlife spots, book stores, antique stores, street vendors and international visitors lining the sidewalks, it’s easy to see why. But don’t let all of this distract you from one of Long Street’s finest features: the awesome architecture.

Germany’s top Instagrammers visit Cape Town

With almost half-a-million followers between them, Germany’s top two Instgrammers, Thomas Kakareko and Sylvia Matzkowiak, are racking up the “likes” as they Instagram their way through Cape Town.

Cape Town dominates Nightjar Adventurer 2013

Recently, the inaugural Nightjar Adventurer 2013 Awards took place at the Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre at Canal Walk. Well over 100 adventure enthusiasts packed out the venue, having read the adventurers’ stories over the past weeks but having no idea what to expect next. Well, even their best guesses would have missed the mark: the evening turned into a comedy hour, with the speakers and winners brilliantly recounting some of their more amusing adventuring mishaps.

South African star Emo Adams’ top reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

He is one of South Africa’s biggest musical entertainers and beloved television personalities but at heart, Emo Adams is and always has been a true Cape Town “boykie”.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: places our visitors recommend

Beautiful Cape Town has played hosted to a number of top international journalists and bloggers in the past year, including National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans and Matt Long of @LandLopers, who visited along with his fellow #lovecapetown iAmbassadors, and they sure have been vocal about Where They Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in the Mother City.

My weekend away at the Agulhas National Park

There are few things I enjoy more than exploring my beautiful Cape Town and her gorgeous surrounding towns, so my adventures with South African National Parks are a real treat. Marking a year since our first trip to the West Coast in April 2012, our media family set off for the luscious shores of the Agulhas National Park on Friday April 19, 2013.

Countdown to the 2013 Gugulethu Wine Festival in Cape Town begins!

It’s May in the Mother City ... and you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time for the third annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, which runs from Friday May 24 to Saturday May 25, 2013.

Reds, whites and greens – golf in the Winelands

“Many professional golfers are wine aficionados, and worldwide recognised names have launched or are in partnership with vineyards throughout the world.” This quote is by golf and travel writer Michael Cunningham, writing in the Wineries Refined magazine in British Columbia, Canada.

Justin Bieber live in Cape Town: concert photos

They came in their thousands, they screamed at the top of their lungs and boy, did they Believe! Canadian pop star Justin Bieber had scores of Cape Town’s teenage girls (and their moms) enthralled at his sold-out concert at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.

Bon Jovi in Cape Town: photos

“Whoaah, we’re halfway there, Whoaah, livin on a prayer …” If you still have chills running up and down your spine thanks to the crowd and Bon Jovi’s amazing a capella singalong to this popular hit, chances are you partied like a rock star with the legendary band at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013!

Lunch at Live Bait in Cape Town

I don’t often experience the sensual seafood tastes of a restaurant in Cape Town, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to review the impressive menu at Live Bait in Kalk Bay on Saturday 27 April, 2013. With its spectacular views of Kalk Bay Harbour (one of its walls is actually the breakwater of the harbour) and the Atlantic Ocean, this seaside eatery is the perfect lunch spot. Patrons lucky enough to get a table at the floor-to- ceiling windows facing the ocean will spot a seal or two frolicking in the waves.

Into the light – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a stunning day out at Misty Cliffs, near Cape Point was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Gabriela Slegrova.

Before night falls – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a picturesque golden sunset at Clifton beach was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Flavio, aka whats_ur_flava2000.

Cape Town welcomes #MeetSouthAfrica travel bloggers

Bloggers love South Africa – we know this from our #LoveCapeTown campaign. This campaign saw us bringing four international travel bloggers (@traveldudes @velvetescape @landlopers and @wildjunket) to Cape Town in July 2012 during a social media drive in which Capetonians interacted with the bloggers and their followers, telling the stories of Cape Town and her people.

A classic view – Flickr pic of the day

This picturesque view of the famous Table Mountain was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Jose Romeu de Abreu, aka Jose Romeu.

Mother City lights – Flickr pic of the day

This lovely photo of an evening view of the Cape Town City Bowl was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Yiwen Chen, aka Y Chen1984.

Long Beach sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful photo of a sunset at Long Beach, Kommetjie, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Keith Lyle.

Watching the sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This gorgeous Table Bay sunset was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ian Barbour, aka barbourians.

Rhodes Memorial – Flickr pic of the day

This image of the spectacular view from Rhodes Memorial on Devil’s Peak, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.

Beautiful Camps Bay – Flickr pic of the day

This picture-perfect view of a Camps Bay beach was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Antonella, aka Antophotasia Cape Town.

Paternoster boats – Flickr pic of the day

This image of boats on a beach at Paternoster, just a short drive out of beautiful Cape Town, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ben Osborne.

Metallica Live in Cape Town: Photos

It was the night many of Cape Town’s metalheads had been waiting for, for more than seven years ... legendary band Metallica’s return to the Mother City, live in a rocking concert at the Bellville Velodrome on Wednesday 24 April, 2013!

Rietvlei sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This image of Table Mountain at sunset as seen from Rietvlei was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Clarissa de Wet, aka clarism_4.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: beaches, wine farms and gardens

It’s a beautiful, warm autumn Wednesday in inspirational Cape Town, and that makes me wish I was rather frolicking in the cool waters of Hout Bay’s gorgeous beach.

Big Bay vista – Flickr pic of the day

This image of Table Mountain as seen from Big Bay was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mark Vee Photography.

Top stylish shopping spots in Cape Town: an Instagram essay

As far as my favourite stores in Cape Town’s CBD go, these five are at the top of my list at the moment. I tend to shop where products stand out by way of design and quality, and where I know I’ll always get amazing service.

Kalk Bay splash – Flickr pic of the day

This image of children playing on a breakwater wall in Kalk Bay was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Hassner Pepler, aka hassner.

V&A mermaid – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful image of a stained-glass mermaid at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Anna Phillips.

Sailing by – Flickr pic of the day

This image of yachts sailing in Table Bay, as seen from Milnerton, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mervyn Hector.

The Slangkop Lighthouse – Flickr pic of the day

This image of the Slangkop Lighthouse was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Lyn, aka Dreamcatcher photos.