This will be my final post of the Cape Town Club (well at least for now). I love these old stairs – they remind me of the art by MC Escher (he used to draw the strange staircases that started and ended at the same place). If you have read Neverwhear by Neil Gaiman (if not you should – it is a great book), you will remember the “Down Street” section of the book, and these stairs really look like they could be Down Street.
While the formal lounge at the Cape Town Club has some lovely furniture, it is…well…just a little too formal for me.
Although I am a little intrigued about the organ on the right of the first pic.
But don’t you think the rooms are nice and spacious. They would make great band practise rooms – do you think the venue will agree?
There are some wonderful old buildings in Cape Town, and the Cape Town Club is no exception. If you go down into the basement there is a lovely old dark bar, complete with old carpets and period furniture – I am convinced the furniture was modern when the bar was originally built! This is where you go to watch magic. In fact the Cape Town Magic Club meet here (which is where I first found the bar). It is a lovely old building with some beautiful furniture inside.
Old bar (and rather well stocked) bar
Velvet cushioned chairs
The side room
Watch this space to see some more pics of the Cape Town Club.
Update: the Cape Town Magic Club now meet at Truth Coffee – still in the city bowl.
This sculpture is in the middle Cape Town on Thibault Square. I am not quite sure what it is of, but it looks like a few gargoyles looking around the city. According to this AVA, it was created by John Skotnes in the 1990’s, and is called “Mythological Landscape”. It was “an attempt to speak directly to, and become a celebration of, the diversity of people“. I just think it is a strange yet somewhat interesting sculpture.
Anyway if you want to see it pop over to Thibault Square in the city centre.
The Riesenrad in Vienna is a huge and very old ferris wheel. It was originally commissioned in 1897 and is still running. It sits at the entrance to the Prater amusement park (I will speak about the park in a future post).
The cabins are huge and can easily hold about 15 people, and if you visit in the evening you can book a private restaurant cabin. I am not quite sure how they actually get the food into the cabin!
Of course, from the top you have a magnificent view of the city and amusement park. It almost looks like you are looking down at a little model of the city. A must-visit when you are in Vienna!