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Cape Town ranks third on The Telegraph Greatest Cities on Earth list!


In March The Telegraph announced that Cape Town is the greatest city in the world to visit right now. Last week it ranked Cape Town as the third greatest city on Earth, scoring 549 out of 810 points.

Utilising a list of 50 Top city contenders, its annual reader survey, and input from its Travel writers, it ranked the list of cities on a number of factors, including the number of museums, galleries, UNESCO heritage sites, Michelin restaurants,  5-star hotels, beaches, air cleanliness,  transport, tourist attractions, legalized same-gender marriage, and LGBTQ+ community safety. Additional points went to cities with a symphony orchestra, and a metro system.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 128 of Level 1, 5 February 2022


Saturday 5 February 2022, Day 128 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful but hot 31 C day, with no wind; for surviving a shitty start to the day, with the news that the Camps Bay sewerage pump station was not working due to an electrical fault, donning my Camps Bay Ratepayers hat in spreading the news to EWN at Cape Talk and Kfm, requesting Beachgoers to refrain from swimming in the ocean, followed by the Camps Bay beaches being closed, Law Enforcement officers and lifesavers making sure that everyone stayed out of the water, a huge disappointment for picnickers who had arrived early in the morning on an ideal beach day; for a trip to Constantia with Helen Hicks to buy figs and grapes at the Constantia Fruit Stall, followed by a late breakfast at Quentin’s at Oakhurst Barn, Helen having chili calamari and I two scoops of ice cream; for a walk with Gift, showing him where to clean up Litter; for a wonderful afternoon snooze; for a lovely Bakoven walk with amazing sunsets; for meeting all the clients renting at Ebbtide, all meeting by chance in the garage as once again the garage door is not opening/closing on a Saturday! 😱; for fabulous dancing music on Kfm Blokparty; for a refreshing pink gin to end off a stressful week; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙

I was able to get up a kids jungle gym to photograph an amazing fiery sunset at Bakoven. I was so excited that I could see an aeroplane in the sky with my new improved right eye. A wow moment 💙💙💙 😎😎😎

In the last 24 hours videos from the iPhone Photography School have been dominating my video stream, after I watched one, so inspiring. Lovely photography tips ❤️

SA Corona Status: 3,622,210 cases 95817 deaths 30,185,123 vaccinations

FitBit 7500 steps 5,5 km 👣

LovemylifeandloveGaryslife 💙❤️

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July,  returned to Level 3 on 26 July, returned to Level 2 on 13 September, returned to Level 1 on 1 October,  and the Curfew Curfew lifted on 30 December 2021 is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whaletalesblog.com www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide


Makers Landing Cape Food craft market opens in the Waterfront today, celebrates SA food diversity!


Today Makers Landing opens in the V&A Waterfront, at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal, it offering ‘authentic South African food and its diversity is shared and celebrated’. 

In an over-written post the Waterfront describes the new Food market as  ‘a place where people can meet, eat, drink, shop and work’.   Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 1 of Level 1, 21 September 2020.


Monday 21 September 2020, Day 1 of Level 1, Day 179 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an all-sun day; for a productive writing day, writing tomorrow’s blogpost today already; for a calm and peaceful day, organizing the next two days; for two Camps Bay walks, the second one being chilly; for two beautiful weather days lying ahead; for receiving a Discovery Insure CashBack for driving less in August; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →