Friday, April 30, 2010

what to do in Cape Town in May

19–20 May
Did you know? The average adult thinks of about five alternatives for any given situation. The average child thinks of 60. Go see US improvisation comedian Wayne Brady in Making It Up at GrandWest. Also in Jozi (13–15th) and Durbs (22nd). R150–R300 at Computicket.

5-31 May
Did you know? Seahorses and pipefish snap and click as part of a courting ritual.
Follow the hilarious antics of Bernard (Robert Fridjhon) and his three fiance’s who all happen to be airhostesses in Boeing Boeing (Theatre on the Bay) directed by the award-winning Alan Swerdlow. Tickets from R110 Computicket.

6-13 May
Did you know? Lobsters, crabs and squid have blue blood. Feel like royalty by being entertained by the beautiful sounds of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s autumn season, with two shows at the Cape Town City Hall. Tickets R60-R160 at Computicket. Visit for more information.

28 May
Did you know? Starfish have two stomachs. We only have one – so remember to sip water in-between tasting award winning wines at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show public wine tastings. Wine lovers the opportunity to taste 90 different wines all achieving trophy, gold or silver medal status as judged at this year’s show held at the CTICC. Joburgers can head to Hilton Sandton for their share of tastings on 21 May. Tickets from R90 through Computicket.

14-16 May
Did you know? German propaganda artist Goethe could only write if there was a rotting apple in the drawer of his desk.
Lovers of the written word are cordially invited to attend The Franschhoek Literary Festival featuring a gathering of editors, publishers and writers including international bestselling French author Muriel Barbery, John Carlin (author behind what became the movie Invictus) and locally acclaimed authors such as Spud’s John van der Ruit, Wessell Ebersohn (the pioneer of SA thrillers) and many more. Visit for more info.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

the best way to see Cape Town...

And here it is:

Phone up base4 helicopters and book a ‘full peninsula’ helicopter ride. The ride takes your from the V&A waterfront all the way around the coast to Cape Point, around to Fish Hoek and then cutting across the burbs back to the V&A.

It is the most beautiful way to see Cape Town – an hour of blissful flying.
Although we saw something that gave me the creeps… cue the jaws music.
The pilot said ‘I spotted somethin’, next thing you descending at such rate and angle (you feel like you might just fall out) and there lying on the surface of the water about 200m from a group of kiddies playing in the shallow waves of Strandfontein was a 5m great white. It was HUGE!!!!! And it juts kinda lay there, facing the beach – creeeeeeepy…
Nothing like a bit of adventure and a huge adrenaline rush to make the trip super exciting.
They do offer shorter rides and varied routes, so check out for more info.

If you are heading to the V&A waterfront, go for a stroll around the Table Bay hotel side to check out all the amazing boats (well, huge cruise liners really) docked in at the moment. Spot the seals, there were about five swimming around and basking in the sun on the decks.

The Champagne and oyster festival was bigger and better than ever before!
And the oysters were delish... so was the sushi…
We spent the day sipping Villiera brut under the shady trees listening to the raw blues voice of Gerald Clarke…
Hmmm – heaven.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

what's on this long weekend.....

First up is a very exciting helicopter ride around the peninsula for me...
All the details and story to follow next.

But more importantly, for those of you who arent leaving the beautiful mother city for a weekend in some-off-the-radar-small-town-just-to-get-away, then do show your support to those running the Two Oceans marathon on Saturday. I'll be there waiting for two sweaty (sexy) friends of mine to finish the half.
I must say, I may just do a fun run, this one particularly caught my eye just because of the absurd humour:
'56 m Nappy Dash - for kids younger than 3 years (must be able to walk)'
funny right?
My Runner's World Friends tell me there is usually an awesome after party at Forries (Newlands).

For music lovers, go immerse yourself in the world of sexy jazz music at the International Jazz festival. Weekend Pass: R485; Day Pass: R330; Rosies Tickets: R25 per performance.
There will be food stalls and other textile stores around. It can be a bit crazy though, so come well prepared.
Attendance figures have increased from the initial 14 000 to 32 000 in the last ten years. 3-4 April at the CTICC.

There is also the Champagne and Oyster Festival at Bloemendal wine estate on Sunday. it's a great excuse to sluuurp down some bubbles and eat juicy oysters (mind you the oysters weren't that fabulous last year). There is a wide variety of music entertainment throughout the day in a really stunning setting (great for the whole family - if you must bring tant Marie and Cobus jnr along). R70 for adults, kids for free... book your tickets at