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Happy Africa Day!

Today is Africa Day, in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union in 2002. Although not a public holiday in South Africa, the day is still recognised as an important celebration of African unity. This year will be the 50th celebration of Africa Day.

Open Streets in Observatory

This Africa Day, Cape Town’s vibrant locals and visitors will be taking to the streets ... the Opens Streets in Observatory, that is, on Saturday May 25, 2013. Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia and projects in other cities like San Francisco and Jakarta, Open Streets in Observatory will see the usually traffic-congested Lower Main Road collectively transformed from a car-dominated road to a people-friendly public space.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your favourite soup spots in Cape Town

With cooler weather setting in, it’s important to know where in Cape Town you can find some warm, delicious soup. So who better to ask than the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town? On Thursday, we posed the question: “Where do you go to have your favourite soup in Cape Town?”

#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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, 2013

Tick tock, tick tock … can you hear that? It’s the countdown to an eventful weekend in gorgeous Cape Town! From hilarious comedies to divine wine festivals and gourmet shows, there is plenty to see and do in the Mother City over the next 48 hours. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.

Cape Town makes TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Travelers’ Choice list

TripAdvisor has listed Cape Town as one of its Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations, as part of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards.

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.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top foodie spots with fireplaces in Cape Town

There is just something about the cooler weather in inspirational Cape Town that makes me wish I was at one of her top foodie spots, enjoying the warmth of a fireplace this Wednesday. Several delectable establishments where I’d rather be indulging my Hump Day cravings come to mind, but if I absolutely had to choose I’d pick these ones.

Top places to be in Observatory

Quirky Observatory is the bohemian soul of Cape Town … it is here where you will find some of the Mother City’s most interesting residents and visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of this whimsical suburb’s numerous cafés, theatres and bars.

Kirstenbosch takes gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

Last month, we showed you a sneak peek of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s exhibition that would be on display at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Today we can report that Kirstenbosch has won a gold medal for their amazing work. Congratulations to the team!

Two days hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail

Cape Town has an extensive offering of hiking trails for hikers of every fitness level ... I recently spent two days on the Hoerikwaggo Trail, taking in the views and enjoying nature’s splendour.

Gordon Ramsay heads to Good Food & Wine Show 2013 in Cape Town

He’s nearly as well-known for his fiery temper as he is for his heavenly culinary creations … celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is headed to the Good Food & Wine Show in Cape Town from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.

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.

Cape Town, the vegan and vegetarian way

Cape Town is a city famous for its exciting cuisine. With a multicultural mixture of people and appetites from all over the world ... there is no need for vegans and vegetarians to go hungry!

Magical sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of a beautiful South African sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Marc Descroizilles, aka marc.descroizilles.

Kirstenbosch butterfly – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of a vibrant yellow butterfly was taken at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Graham Bartholomew, aka graham_bart.

Facebook Feedback Friday: which is your favourite wine farm to visit on a wintry day in Cape Town?

Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: which is your favourite wine farm to visit on a wintry day in Cape Town?

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”.

Jetsam – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of a “washed-up” Santa was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Psuedoir.

Cape Town’s Ceara McEvoy heads off to London for Biggest Baddest Bucket List finals

She’s impressed locals with her passion for the Mother City in her amazing video, and scored hundreds of votes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more ... Now exuberant videographer Ceara McEvoy heads off to London as one of 10 finalists in My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition on Friday 18 May, 2013.

Cape Town on the National Geographic Channel: watch The World in Two Cities

The National Geographic Channel is currently screening a documentary called The World in Two Cities, in which travel expert Andrew Evans explores Cape Town and Durban. The documentary airs around the world on various dates for the next few weeks, including countries such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, India, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and France.

#InstagramDiary: V&A Market on the Wharf

We recently opened our Instagram account, where we’ll be posting weekly #InstagramDiary trends in exciting things to do and see in Cape Town ... as well as lots of other pictures in between.

Baxtop at the G-Spot – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of the band Baxtop was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May, 2013

The countdown to a fun-filled and thrilling weekend in Cape Town has begun, Mother City lovers, and I’m sure that like me, you can’t wait to get things started!

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.

Garden’s company – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of an adorable squirrel was taken in the Company’s Garden by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Antophotasia Cape Town, aka Antonella AfricanSoul.

Charly’s Bakery launches new cake-themed trailers at Old Mac Daddy

What do you get when you throw together two luxury Airstream trailers, 12 creatives, a whole lot of love and a little bit of sugar? The answer is two beautiful Charly’s Bakery-themed luxury Airstream trailers set in the Elgin Valley.

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.

Five yoga studios in Cape Town

There’s absolutely no need to miss out on yoga when you visit Cape Town. Here is a list of five studios in Cape Town that offer drop-in classes and short-term packages.

Five spots in Muizenberg

From being a millionaire’s paradise to a bohemian village, Muizenberg remains a lovely seaside town to visit.