Cape Town Club – down in the cellars

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.

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Old bar (and rather well stocked) bar

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Velvet cushioned chairs

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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.

Mythological Landscape

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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 Acropolis at night

This is one of those photos that I am really happy with – it made the high up a mountain in the dark at night worth it – ok it was a walk on a path up a hill, but it was at night and it was pitch dark! I would so love to get that same shot without the cranes and scaffolding, but it think it will be a few years before that is at all possible!

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Old cars at the brewery

If you ever visit Newlands Brewery (their brew tour is amazing), don’t forget to stick your head into the garage on the side of the parking lot. They have an old steam engine, a wagon and lovely old car. Just a small piece of SAB history.

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Lion Lager train (they still brew Lion Lager but only every 4 years)

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“Charles Glass” wagon

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Newlands Brewery Delivery car

See Vienna from the sky

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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!
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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!
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