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Gearing up for the Minstrels Carnival 2014 in Cape Town

The sounds of brass instruments and drums are popular on the Cape Flats at this time of the year. Thousands of people, from toddlers to grandparents, are preparing for the annual Minstrel competition – which traditionally starts at the beginning of January and ends in February.

Celebrating Guy Fawkes responsibly

Guy Fawkes, the night many celebrate the thwarted efforts to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in 1605, is fast approaching. And the City of Cape Town is urging residents to act responsibly during their festivities on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Stay dry in the Aquarium this winter – or dive right in!

I love winter. I love the feeling of wet grass under my feet, the sound of rain on the roof and the cosiness that winter seems to bring. That said, I must confess that somewhere along the line I usually come down with a severe case of cabin fever. You know the feeling… One morning you wake up and the first thought that pops into your head is: If I don’t get out of this house today, I am going to go round the bend!

Cape Town restaurants with fireplaces

Winter in Cape Town is the perfect opportunity to combine three favourite winter pastimes: sampling great cuisine, enjoying good company and sitting in front of a roaring fire. Tempting as it may be to stay indoors snuggled up under the warm covers, there are so many delicious restaurants with warm fireplaces to visit this season.

Llandudno sunset surfers - Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a sunset surf in Llandudno was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member FlowComm.

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.

#LoveCapeTown City Breaks: what to do in Cape Town in 48 hours

The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

World of shadows – Flickr pic of the day

This image of a picture-perfect sunset at Signal Hill was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mujahid ur Rehman, aka Mujahid’s Photography.

From the Chobe River to Franschhoek’s Haute Cabrière

I first met Hildegard von Arnim from the legendary vineyard of Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek, on a houseboat in the middle of the Chobe River between Namibia and Botswana. “You must come and visit us one day,” she said, as we watched elephants bathing and playing.

Little sail boats – Flickr pic of the day

This image of children learning how to sail in Hout Bay harbour was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Trevor Exposed.

Splurge in style at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Lady Gaga brought 80 pieces of luggage with her. I only brought one, but then I wasn’t staying in the Presidential Suite. Not that it mattered, because the service with a smile and superb style is given to all guests at the multi-award-winning The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa at Oudekraal in Cape Town.

Jump – Flickr pic of the day

This image of a man jumping down the dunes at Hout Bay was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Gabriela Slegrova.

Foggy day out – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a foggy day at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Antonella, aka Antophotasia.

Seaside dreams – Flickr pic of the day

This dreamy photo of Table Mountain, as seen from Bloubergstrand, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Nadine Swart.

Sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of clouds over Table Mountain, as seen from Sunset Beach near Milnerton, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ian Barbour, aka barbourians.

View from Philippi – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a distant view of Table Mountain, as seen from Philippi, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.