Category Archives: Joburg and surrounds: things to do and see

Besides having one of the best climates in the world, Jozi has much to offer …

Wow! what is it with Jozi at the moment? So much positive press from all sorts of different quarters. From no 1 cycle route, to an up-and-coming art hub to a new spin on the level of violence – Joburg is being praised and flaunted as an interesting and vibrant city.  Although Joburg will always [...]

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Liz at Lancaster’s Pick of the Week 25th Nov: Piece in the Firs, Rosebank

Piece in the Firs in Rosebank is one of Joburg’s most special shops run by a remarkable woman.  Their printed ‘brochure’ says it all: Expect the unexpected – pieces with attitude where old meets new, and contemporary design meets ancient tradition Started by Eugenie Drakes in 2000,  Piece showcases a variety of South Africa’s exquisitely crafted [...]

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Liz at Lancaster’s Pick of the Week: Enjoy the last of the jacarandas with a walk through Westcliff

    Speak to many Jozi-ites and you will hear a common refrain of how beautiful the leafy suburbs are at the moment.  Wonderful warm weather, luscious sparkling green gardens and parks, the white cotton- wool clouds scudding across high crystal blue skies that are so particular to the Highveld,  all make for a lighter spirit.    [...]

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Feast your eyes on Joburg’s purple canopy

During October and November every year Joburg is turned into a riot of deep purple with the Jacarandas in full bloom. From a high vantage point like Munro Drive or the Westcliff steps, the whole of northern Johannesburg from the Parktown Ridge to Sandton, is tinged with a dramatic blanket of blue.  Join the Johannesburg [...]

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From Berea to Xai Xai – the Braamfontein Spruit

 I recently visited the Barnato High School in Berea to do some scoping for a possible heritage report and was fascinated to discover that the Braamfontien Spruit rises in the grounds of this school. Apparently when Barnato built his mansion in Berea in 1897 (It was demolished in 1962) he created a lake in front of [...]

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