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Hippie van at Chapman’s Peak – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of an orange Volkswagen was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Venu Prayag.

Cape Town on a budget: romantic picnic spots

Valentine’s Day is not the only time to share a bit of romance – there are many spots in Cape Town where couples can get away for some alone time.

Boulders Beach – one of TripAdvisor’s 10 truly unique beaches

TripAdvisor has named our own Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town in False Bay, as one of its top 10 truly unique beaches in the world.

Century City Canal Walk – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful image of Canal Walk shopping centre was composed by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mark Liebenberg aka mliebenberg. Mark says, “I hadn’t been back to Cape Town since I moved to the UK in 1997, and this complex hadn’t been built yet. So I was delighted to see the beauty of this place when visiting at sunset to meet up with some friends for dinner.”

Cape Town Green Point Urban Park open

Green Point Urban Park.Photo courtesy: RichardAtUCT/Flickr As lovers celebrated Valentine’s Day in February, the city of Cape Town proudly launched the Green Point Urban Park to the public. Situated in Green Point next to the Cape Town Stadium, which was used for the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, the multipurpose 10.5 hectare park is open seven days a week from 07h00 to 19h00.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2013 line-up: Toya Delazy, Goldfish, Freshlyground and many more

The 2013 leg of the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts features performers such as Toya Delazy, The Parlotones, Mi Casa and local crowd favourites Goldfish and Freshlyground. If you are going to be in Cape Town anytime between now and April, keep a Sunday afternoon free to go to one of these gigs.

Cape Town has cabs: Don’t drink and drive

Drunk driving is one of the biggest threats to road safety in South Africa and over the festive season the temptation to drink and drive increases. The 2009/ 2010 annual report by the Road Traffic Management Corporation reported 1 307 fatalities in the Western Cape alone, versus 13 923 deaths nationally. Cape Town Tourism would like to urge all locals and visitors to Cape Town to be responsible this summer holiday by refraining from drinking and driving.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Fans’ Top Things to do and Places to be

It’s Wednesday in the inspirational Mother City, friends, and that means I want to know Where Would You Rather be in Cape Town today.

IPL cheerleaders: our ten best pics

Cape Town Tourism’s IPL photographer Greg Beadle has collated his top ten shots of IPL cheerleaders. All photos by Greg Beadle.

MCQP 2011 in Photos

Geishas, dragons, kung fu fighters and Hello Kitty fanatics came out in their thousands for this year’s hugely successful MCQP party at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday 17 December, 2011.

Cape Town’s Tjing Tjing makes 10 Hottest New Bars Around the World list

Tjing Tjing Bar in Cape Town has made the list of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around The World by Conde Nast Traveler. The list profiles the best new drinking and dancing hotspots in the world with Tjing Tjing, in Cape Town, coming in at number four.

Crystal Pools – Flickr pic of the day

This stunning shot of Crystal Pools was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Julian Knutzen aka j.knutzen. Julian says, “Last year in November, I got the chance to visit a German friend who was studying for one semester at the University of Cape Town. Without hesitation another friend and I started to plan our trip to South Africa.”

#LoveCapeTown Photo Competition: And the winner is…

The #LoveCapeTown Photo Competition winner is Naude Heunis for his photo titled “Our own seventh wonder”.

Woodstock – a creative hub

Over the past 10 years, the creative scene has crept eastwards, from the heart of Long Street towards the East City district into Woodstock. Young artists and collectives are taking root in the city’s more industrial areas and breathing new life into them.

Cape Town airport – not just a pretty facelift

Cape Town International Airport has created quite a buzz this November with its new central terminal building, which will soon welcome thousands of travellers for the 2010 World Cup.

The Phantom of the Opera Opens at Artscape Theatre

You know a production is good when it renders you speechless. When the production is the multi award-winning and long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera, there is only one word for it… spectacular! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary masterpiece returns to the Mother City and the Artscape Theatre Centre for the highly anticipated second run (it was first staged in 2004) from November 22, 2011 to January 14, 2012.

Kalk Bay wave – Flickr pic of the day

This powerful image was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace. Keith says, “This was captured on September 1, 2008 after a storm had passed over Cape Town. When I saw these huge waves flooding the breakwater I made an immediate U-turn and drove into the harbour precinct. It was a humbling experience to observe and hear the absolute power of nature in action.”

Celebrities at the 2011 J&B Met

Scores of celebrities attended the 2011 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, January 2011. You can submit your images of the event to the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group. Tag your pictures of people “capturesummer2010” and you could stand a chance of winning R10 000 in our Capture Summer Photography Competition.

Cape Town meditation – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful sunrise was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Darby Sawchuk. Darby says, “Last year, I was in Cape Town for a couple weeks on a product shoot with work. It was a hectic schedule which left almost no time for seeing the city. That was a bit of a shame since Cape Town is a captivating place, with a lot to explore.”

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.

Bon Jovi live in Cape Town: road closures and other important stuff

Do you hear that, rock music lovers? The early strains of You Give Love a Bad Name, the thunderous applause and the crazy screams of the crowd? Yes, Mother City fanatics, it’s time for superstar rock band Bon Jovi to perform live at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013.

Camps Bay – Flickr pic of the day

One of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Camps Bay is the place to see and be seen in the Mother City. Sivan Miller, one of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members, captured this beautiful shot. “The tidal pool in Camps Bay is one of my favourite places to shoot,” says Sivan. “Usually it reflects the clouds and makes for an amazing composition!”

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!

The Cape Minstrel Carnival – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

When I woke up on January 2, 2010, I decided to grab my camera and see the Cape Minstrel Carnival. I had never been to see the Klopse and decided that in order to call myself a true Capetonian, it was necessary to see them at least once.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September, 2013

TGIF! It’s the long-awaited weekend in entertaining #LoveCapeTown! Now, I know staying under the covers is very tempting but there is so much to see and so much fun to be had in our Mother City over the next 48 hours, staying indoors is just not an option.

Bree: Cape Town’s hippest street

What’s fast becoming known as the hippest street in Cape Town, Bree Street is where you will find a hive of artisan activity. And if you’re a food lover, there’s plenty to sample here too, from burgers to gourmet pizza, craft beer and cupcakes. As one of the main arteries of the city, this street is building a reputation as the retail, culinary and design centre of the city. Here is a list of just a few of the gems:

Capture Your Cape Town Winners Announced!

Lights, camera, action! The winners of the Capture Your Cape Town photo competition have been announced.

Top 5 delectable places to eat in tasty Cape Town: an Instagram essay

I love seeking out the best food and drink in tasty Cape Town, and then letting fellow foodies know when I find it. It can be anything from haute cuisine or a plate of salad at a deli to a craft beer, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. If it’s great, I’ll Instagram it immediately it and show it off to my followers.

Gay and Lesbian Wedding Show in photos

The inaugural Gay and Lesbian Wedding Show at the Grand Daddy Hotel in the City Centre from October 29 to 30 was a resounding pink success. From expert gay wedding planners (Pink Confetti) and stationery extraordinaire (The Fairy Factory) to thrilling honeymoon package providers (White Shark Diving Co) and luxury accommodation providers (Protea Hotel Stellenbosch), there were plenty of wedding service providers ready and able to help engaged same-sex couples plan their special day.

Tribute to Absa Cape Epic champion Burry Stander

Tributes are flooding in for celebrated South African mountain biker Burry Stander, who has died in a road accident while on a training ride.