Australian road trip

Here we go: the next big adventure with my sister: we’re finally taking our three-week Australian road trip. Here’s the planning: 4-5 February: the flights We start our journey in the morning at 9.00, taking Qatar airways QR196 from Brussels to Doha. It will be my first flight on a Boeing 787, the Dreamliner. After a 3h45 layover in what I…

Impressions from District Six

District Six is a former residential neighborhood in Cape Town. It’s pretty central, within the so-called city bowl. And, weirdly, it’s a pretty barren area in the middle of town. It is barren and abandoned, as over 60.000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed from their homes during the 1970s under apartheid laws, when the regime declared the area a whites-only neighborhood. The…

Cape Town Stadium

It’s a landmark building of modern Cape Town, and a reference point on any picture: the Cape Town Stadium. Built in 2007-09 in time for the Soccer World Cup, held in South Africa, it replaced the old, more modest Green Point Stadium that had been at the same spot. A part of the old stadium was reconstructed into the Green…

Getting up on Table Mountain

You simply cannot visit Cape Town without getting on top of Table Mountain. When I first saw it, I was stunned. I had no idea how prominent and massive that mountain towers over the city. No wonder, it’s peak is 1086 meters up in the sky. And as the city is basically at sea level, it’s really impressive. So every…

Signal Hill: listen to the noon canon

You can tell tourists and Capetonians apart very easily. Just wait for noon. When you hear the boom, tourists will look around confused, wondering what that was. Capetonians will look at their watch. And maybe set it. Since 1806, every day at noon, a canon is fired from the – appropriately named – Signal Hill. Rising over the neighborhoods of…

On the history trail: colorful Bo-Kaap

It was my first neighborhood in Cape Town when I lived there for a month in 2014 during my trip around the world: the small scale, beautiful neighborhood on the slopes of Signal Hill: colorful Bo-Kaap. The Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter is a former township situated above the city center. It’s the historical center of Cape Malay…

Sandy Bay beach

It’s a hidden gem some 20 kilometers south of Cape Town, my favorite beach on the cape: Sandy Bay beach. Unlike the other main beaches such as Clifton or Camps Bay, you have to know this one and look for it. Getting there Driving down the winding M6 towards Hout Bay, you’ll have a great view on the Twelve Apostles,…

New Year’s on the Cape

I’s been quite a while since I posted anything here… mostly for the reason that I did not travel as much in 2016 as I used to. I bought an apartment this year, the home base, and coughing up the taxes and associated fees made me cut down seriously on the traveling I had initially planned. But for New Year’s,…