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Making old friends new foes

Jose Mourinho during his time as the Chelsea manager. Photo courtesy Joe Gazman If tonight’s UEFA Champions League game between Inter Milan and Chelsea was a dish, the cooking of it would be a steamy affair, and yet the dish itself would be somewhat bland. For the first time since he left London’s Stamford Bridge in September 2007 for the slightly warmer post at the San Siro in June 2008, “The Special One”, as Inter coach Jose Mourinho is known, will come up against his old employers.

Swiss brothers return for Cape Epic 2010

Action from the 2007 Cape Epic. Photo courtesy Cris Bloomfield Swiss brothers Lukas and Mathias Flűckiger, who won the last stage of the 2009 Cape Epic, have confirmed that they will return to Cape Town for this year’s event, which takes place from March 21 to 28.

Hippo Watch - Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the hippos’ habitat at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member vgh.media.

Cape Town bids to become World Design Capital

A photo from the 2008 Design Indaba. Photo courtesy Sebastian Denef Cape Town will use this year’s Design Indaba, which starts on Wednesday, to launch a bid to become the World Design Capital in 2014.

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.

A stalling glance - Flickr Pic of the Day

This photograph of a Broad Nose Seven Gill Shark in False Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Day Is Coming.

The Wishing Wall

Cape Town Tourism staff at the Wishing Wall As we left the Jump exhibition we passed the Wishing Wall exhibition. The wall allowed everyday passers-by to write a note and stick it onto the wall.

Jump: might as well jump your cares away

The Cape Town Tourism marketing team jumping their cares away On Friday some of the Cape Town Tourism marketing team decided to take part in the Infecting the City productions happening around the CBD.

Hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail

The tented camp at Orangekloof The Hoerikwaggo Trail, as from January 2010, offers visitors the option of a one- or two-night stay. Both trail options start at the Platteklip Wash House, in the Oranjezicht area. The overnight facilities at the Platteklip Wash House sleep 24, while the Overseer’s Cottage sleeps 16.

Cape wheat fields – Postcard from Paul

Suze Orman confirmed for Cape Town conference

Suze Orman will be in Cape Town in June for the Time/Fortune/CNN Global Forum. Photo courtesy Steph Anderson Finance guru Suze Orman is one of the first confirmed guests for the first-ever Time/Fortune/CNN Global Forum, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between June 26 and June 28, 2010.

V&A Waterfront seals – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of seals at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Eva-Maria Mueller aka Evi23.

Stroll on the beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a woman walking her dog by the ocean was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Sonja Muller aka Sonja_za.

St James Beach reflections – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of St James Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace.

Vuvuzela Fridays at the Cape Town visitor information centre

Vuvuzela Fridays at the Cape Town visitor information centre The team at Cape Town Tourism needs no invitation to display its football spirit in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. To inspire visitors to the city to get into the footie spirit as well, the reservations teams at the information centre encourages them to try their hand at blowing what has become an SA Soccer World Cup icon, the vuvuzela.

Country view – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the mountains in Constantia was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Stachan aka Craig wants camera stage time.

Ruud Gullit in Cape Town – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

In December 2009, just before the Final Draw, soccer legend Ruud Gullit and other Dutch football stars such as Pierre van Hooijdonk visited Hout Bay, to treat children from Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu, as well as from Philippi and Gugulethu, to a soccer clinic. It was a day to remember.

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