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One-day road trips from Cape Town

Did you know that Cape Town is one of the largest cities in the world in terms of surface area? It exceeds cities like London, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Rio de Janeiro and many more in sheer size.  Add to space the elements of beauty – the city of Cape Town is situated in the smallest and richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and cultural diversity and you are met with a city where inspiration lurks behind every corner, waiting to be discovered. Pack your favourite road trip tracks; whether it is Creedence Clearwater Revival who inspired the theme of this blog or local sounds, a map and let the open road take you where it will.

First impressions of COP17

Delegates of COP17 were met with a warm Kwa-Zulu Natal welcome, from the traditional Zulu dancers at King Shaka Airport to the Climate Change Response Expo (CCR) exhibition area and food court, and beyond, in Durban.

Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion wins at COP17

The Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion has won the best outdoor and best overall stand in the Climate Change Response Expo at COP17. The pavilion, constructed from 1884 plastic milk crates and more than 22,000 plastic bottles, is a completely sustainable structure that will be dismantled after COP17, with all materials re-used.

Freedom to Create: Female Empowerment Forum

Guests at the Female Empowerment Forum at The Fugard Theatre on 16 November were welcomed by the spokesperson of Freedom to Create, Priti Devi. The forum was part of the Freedom to Create event and Devi said Cape Town was a fitting venue as it has an established history of the transformational power of art. Freedom to Create was then lauded by former first lady Graça Machel, the keynote speaker, who said that the combination of celebration, women, freedom and creativity was inspiring.

My Top Five Picnic Spots in Cape Town

Even the word picnic is loaded with nostalgia; for me it holds memories of homemade frikkadels, chicken drumsticks and large cold drinks enjoyed with friends and family in special places. Your picnic basket may have changed, as mine has. The frikkadels and drumsticks are from the deli and the chilled drink is more likely to be a local wine. What does remain the same is sharing this time with loved ones, in places that leave me feeling inspired and relaxed.

…XYZ Design: Informed and inspired by Cape Town

Cape Town is one of only three cities shortlisted for the World Design Capital 2014 title, along with Dublin (Ireland) and Bilbao (Spain). Byron Qually, director of …XYZ Design, an award-winning design firm globally recognised for its leading and innovative design solutions, shared with us how Cape Town has both informed and inspired safe and environmentally friendly designs.

Live Design. Transform Life. Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town is on the shortlist for the World Design Capital 2014. It now stands alongside just two other cities – Dublin (Ireland) and Bilbao (Spain) – in the race to earn the World Design Capital title. The announcement is pivotal for Cape Town’s reputation as a destination that has adopted design for transformation and social cohesion. Cape Town Tourism is a proud supporter of the bid for World Design Capital 2014 and will be featuring a series of inspiring, design-focused blogs. We sat down to chat with Iain Harris, MD of Coffeebeans Routes, tour operating company with a niche in creative and cultural urban experiences.

Coffeebeans Routes Theatre Tour at the Baxter Theatre Centre

Local tour operator Coffeebeans Routes takes “dinner and a show” to new heights with their recently launched Theatre Tour. The setting for this unique experience is the Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town, renowned as a vibrant cultural centre with a good relationship with the local and university communities.

Lewis Pugh: “The Cape of Good Hope is just so graceful”

Lewis Pugh at the North Pole in 2007 Cape Town is home to many inspiring South Africans and we took the opportunity to talk to environmentalist, swimmer and public speaker Lewis Pugh on February 15, during Responsible Tourism Week.

Cape Town Opera 2011: A season of elegance and eclecticism

Photo provided by the Cape Town Opera Cape Town Opera launched their 2011 season to a full house at the Artscape Theatre on February 2, 2011. It was a surprisingly diverse audience, with both sophisticated operagoers and hip, young opera fans bearing testament to the success of the opera’s enc!re programme, aimed at making opera accessible to young professionals who love the art and enjoy networking in the city’s trendiest spots (while making conversation about contraltos and cabalettas over cocktails). Host and MC Alan Committie even commented at one point in the evening on what a ridiculously good-looking audience it was.

100 Days to Kick-off – Live it. Love it. LOUDER!

School children from around Cape Town perform a diski dance outside Cape Town Stadium. Photo by Roy Barford Tuesday, March 2, 2010 marked 100 days to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ kick-off, and Cape Town is celebrating in style. The morning started with a group of proud Capetonians walking the 2.6km fan mile route to Cape Town Stadium from St. Georges Mall.  They then went for a trip around town on a City Sightseeing Bus.

Design Indaba 2010

Design Indaba 2008, photo courtesy Sebastian Denef In a month dedicated to design on Time Out Tourist, we end February 2010 with a question. When was the last time you were moved by a truly great design? And yes, the design of your golf course counts, as does that fabulous wire art piece you bought for your home. Good design makes our lives easier, more comfortable, more beautiful and often, our experiences more enriching.

An historic day for rugby in Cape Town

A ball sails through the posts as The Vodacom Stormers build a lead. Photograph: Aslam Levy. The first recorded rugby game in South Africa took place on Green Point Common in 1862, and on Saturday, 40 000 supporters witnessed the inaugural rugby match at the newly built Cape Town Stadium on Green Point Common.

The good life in Cape Town

The interior of Vanilla October and November 2009 brought several sensational newcomers to the world of luxury living in Cape Town. The Cape Quarter has become my new favourite haunt for décor shopping, simply browsing and grazing from one restaurant to the other.

Summer sunsets in the city

Camps Bay sunset, photo courtesy Neil Howard “It was the cooling hour, just when the rounded red sun sinks down behind the azure hill…” Cape Town is a city of such magnificent natural beauty that one would be justified in quoting Lord Byron when speaking of it – more so because this specific poem speaks of a city with a mountain to one side and a deep, calm sea to the other.

New map traces Charles Darwin’s Cape Town visit

Mist rolling over Lion’s Head, photo courtesy Shaen Adey “This is a pretty and singular town; it lies at the foot of an enormous wall (the Table Mountain), which reaches to the clouds, and makes a most imposing barrier – Cape Town is a great inn, on the great highway to the east; an extraordinary number of houses are occupied as boarding houses, in one of which I am now settled…” So wrote one of the world’s most important natural scientists, Charles Darwin, in 1836 to his sister Catherine of his visit to Cape Town.

Rainbow Experience brightens Mandela Rhodes Place

The Rainbow Experience, a multi-level concept store, launched at Cape Town hotel and lifestyle complex Mandela Rhodes Place on Tuesday, September 1.  Described as a destination store that showcases South African innovation and design, The Rainbow Experience is set around the story, life and leadership of former president Nelson Mandela. The store offers an espresso bar and internet café, experiential learning workshops and a documentary movie experience of Mr Mandela’s life, as well as design works, music, fashion, gifts and creative events space. From October, the store will also host jazz jam sessions.