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Cape Town City Sightseeing bus tour in pictures

Spectacular Table Mountain, one of South Africa’s most iconic attractions Last week, two colleagues and I spent a few hours on an open-top bus tour of Cape Town, courtesy of City Sightseeing. We chose the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, which costs R110.00 for adults and R60.00 for children aged 5-15 (kids under five are free), and is fabulous value for money, because you can spend the entire day on the tour if you like, and get to see some of Cape Town’s top attractions.

Street reflections – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Vineyard Road, in Claremont, Cape Town, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Anton LeRoux-Marx.

Cape Town to host Fortune/Time/CNN Global Forum

United States President Barack Obama could be one of many famous faces visiting Cape Town for the Fortune/Time/CNN Global Forum in June. Photo courtesy jmtimages Cape Town will host some of the world’s most influential people during the three-day Fortune/Time/CNN Global Forum, which takes place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

2010 FIFA World Cup™ call centre now open

The FIFA World Cup™ ticketing sub-committee has opened a call centre to assist soccer fans who want buy tickets for the World Cup.

Love equals football

Graffiti on a wall in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Mike Metelerkamp While walking through town a few weeks ago I came across some chalk graffiti outside my office, with the images translating into: “Love equals football”.    

Convenient living with a great view of Cape Town Stadium

Photo courtesy Mike Metelerkamp About two weeks ago I attended a dinner at the home of a good friend, who is lives in an upmarket top-floor apartment in the middle of the Cape Town CBD.

Getting inked – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a tattoo artist at work was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mark Kalkwarf.

Dreams for the future at the Wishing Wall

The Wishing Wall is a fluid collage created from Capetonians’ wishes, hopes, dreams and opinions. Photo courtesy Felicia Pattison Walking up Adderley Street, you’re usually accompanied by wind-blown detritus. But Adderley Street will be surprisingly different for the rest of the week.

Infecting the City: The Spier Public Arts Festival

Infecting the City 2009, photo courtesy Yasser Boodley Infecting the City, or the Spier Public Arts Festival, is taking place in Cape Town for the third year, in February.  The theme for 2010 is Human Rites and the idea behind the concept “Infecting the City” is that of infectious enthusiasm, laughter or empathy. The organisers want people to be infected with energy, colour, excitement and surprise at having public art in inner-city spaces, where they may not have noticed it before.

Zorgvliet horses – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of horses at the Zorgvliet wine estate was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Amanda Cooper aka *betonoir*.

This is my Cape Town – Alison Beere

Cape Town website owner and editor, Alison Beere, advises visitors to consider Cape Town’s villages when planning their visit. Kalk Bay, pictured above, within 20-minutes drive of Cape Town central. Photo courtesy Ian Junor Alison Beere is a Cape Town mom and the owner and editor of Cape Town Family Holiday Magic, a website dedicated to family-friendly holidays in and around the Western Cape.

Bringing tourism benefits to grassroots level

Children at Bloemvlei Primary School “As members of the tourism and hospitality industry, we believe the TCD Trust can play a leading role in facilitating community development, by channelling the extensive resources our sector can provide. We believe strongly that tourism and hospitality stakeholders can play an enormous role in bringing about real change in our society,” says Di Thomas of Daytrippers, one of Tourism Community Development (TCD) Trust’s trustees.

Froggy Pond – Postcard from Paul

V&A Waterfront dancer – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a dancer at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Richard Pixels.

Cape Town Stadium: getting louder – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a visitor blowing a vuvuzela in an empty Cape Town Stadium was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gabby Gang aka cosmopolitan photography

The jazzy V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a jazz performance at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Trevor Exposed.

Cape Town Tourism abuzz on Twitter

Cape Town Tourism now has more than 1000 followers on Twitter Cape Town Tourism’s Twitter following has passed the 1000 mark! As of today, CapeTownTourism is being followed by 1002 people looking to know what’s happening in and around the Mother City. Cape Town Tourism is also following more than 1100 people on the social networking site.

Two new Mandela exhibitions open at Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in Cape Town

Cyril Ramaphosa remembering February 11, 1990. Photo courtesy Carina Beyer/Iziko Museums Two major exhibitions opened this week at the Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in the Cape Town city centre: Mandela: Character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator, statesman; and Drawing on Madiba, by Zapiro. Twenty years ago yesterday, on February 11, 1990, Mandela was released after spending 27 years in prison.

Stormers start Super 14 rugby quest in Johannesburg

Bryan Habana will start his first Super 14 game for the Stormers, against the Lions at Ellis Park tomorrow. Photo courtesy gillstrawberry The popular Super 14 rugby tournament, featuring regional teams from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, kicks off this weekend. Cape Town’s local team, The Stomers, will begin their campaign against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg tomorrow.

Cape Town seascapes – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

This photo was taken just after sunrise at Maiden’s Cove in Camps Bay. This is one of my favourites – there’s great colour in the sky. I used a three-stop filter to blur the movement of the water. Just after I took this shot the wave broke over the rocks, soaking my feet!

Floating in Kalk Bay Harbour – Flickr pic of the day

. This photograph of a fishing boat in Kalk Bay Harbour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Steve Crane.

Take advantage of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special

Watch the sun set from the top of Table Mountain with your loved one this February. Photo courtesy Douglas Walker The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special is valid until February 28, 2010, and offers visitors the chance to spoil their loved ones, by taking them to the top of Table Mountain, after 18h00, for half-price.

Cape Town celebrates 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison

Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island. Photo courtesy Mark Holtzhausen Today marks 20 years since former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison. In celebration of Madiba’s 20 years of freedom, people will be gathering just outside Cape Town in their thousands to march from the former Victor Verster Prison (now the Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl, in the Western Cape. According to the Mail & Guardian online, the 500m march will be led by Mr Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and aims to symbolise his walk to freedom, broadcast globally to millions of people 20 years ago.

Road closures for opening of Parliament

President Jacob Zuma will be delivering his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town this evening. Photo courtesy World Economic Forum Parliament will officially open today at 19h00, when President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament. This event usually takes place in the morning, but this year will see an evening event. Traffic will thus be more heavily affected than in the past.

Cape Town Tourism shares and cares

Cindy Kleinhans and children from the Open Door Project I recently visited Ocean View to deliver some Cape Town Tourism items to the children of the Open Door Project. The experience left me with overwhelming feelings of humility and awe at the work being done by the Open Door Centre’s umbrella organisation, the Valley Development Project. Just some of its projects include:

Look a blue shark in the eye – Flickr pic of the day

This close-up of a blue shark was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jean Tresfon.

City set for world-class World Cup bash

Soccer fans at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town on December 4, 2009. Photo courtesy Tara Turkington In an effort to replicate the party atmosphere of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, Cape Town is set to host one of the country’s largest fan parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, on the city’s Grand Parade. Fan parks are sheltered public viewing areas where live matches are broadcast on big-screen TVs for free, with additional entertainment provided between games. Football fans in Cape Town will be able to enjoy local cuisine as well as performances by local and international artists, DJs and comedians at the city’s fan parks.

Big Bay footprints – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of footprints on Big Bay Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chester’s Mate.

Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

Buy your sweetheart flowers from the Adderley Street flower sellers This Valentine’s Day we unearth a centuries-old African symbol for love, re-visit the origins of the day and celebrate love in the Mother City. Valentine’s Day, named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Valentine, was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496AD. The association with romantic love reportedly started in the 11th to 13th centuries with the rise of “courtly love”, which involved chivalrously expressing your admiration. This practice was established when sending Valentine’s cards became fashionable in the 19th century. Today, Valentine’s Day is still associated with expressing admiration for that special someone, be it a public or secret declaration. The Mother City sets the scene for the perfect romantic day, with a candlelight dinner at one of the city’s excellent restaurants; a romantic stroll along Mouille Point promenade; picking up a gift of chocolate or jewellery and that perfect bunch of flowers.

Be on the ball with new 2010 FIFA World Cup™ book

The new pocket-size guide to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photo supplied by E.etiquette A pocket-size book with concise information about FIFA, South Africa and teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, has been published ahead of the big event, which kicks off in June.