Tag Archives: South Africa

Western Cape launches Cruise Cape Town! More than 80 Cruise liners headed for Cape Town in 2021!


Wesgro is actively working on attracting cruise liners to Cape Town, and has proudly announced the booked arrival of 83 cruise liners before the end of this year. The local cruise season is set to begin in October.

Last year it launched Cruise Cape Town, a collaboration between a number of role players such as Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT); the City of Cape Town (CoCT); V&A Waterfront; Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA); the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); and Wesgro. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 13 of Level 3, 27 June 2021

Sunday 27 June, Day 13 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a sunny morning, enjoying sitting in the sun with Dilmah tea at The 42, spoilt by Manager Emma and chatting to owner Giles; for being me-focused, letting go of the busyness of this week; for surviving another noisy tenant evening in our building; for two walks, one to Camps Bay, to The 41 and to Woolies, and the other a late afternoon one to Bakoven, the rain clouds rolling in for the next wave (pardon the pun) of rain forecast, a whole week’s worth, maybe not too bad if we won’t be able to go anywhere ….; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

What should one do and not do once vaccinated!


Vaccinations are on everyone’s lips and on some of our arms, I having had my first Pfizer vaccination at the Somerset Hospital last week.

Having only followed the vaccination at arm’s length, pardon the pun, I am far more aware about the vaccination status in our country, more than 2,3 million residents having been vaccinated to date. Continue reading →

ëlgr. in Cape Town named 18th Best New Restaurant in the World by TimeOut !


Much like Cape Town and the Winelands seeing at least 70 new restaurants having opened in the past 15 months since the Corona Lockdown began, so too Restaurants are opening in other parts of the world.

TimeOut has selected a handful of restaurants from around the world, curating a list of 21 restaurants from as far afield as Mexico City, Madrid, Lisbon, Montreal, Sydney, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Cape Town. The method of selecting the best new restaurants is not revealed, the majority of these being based in the USA. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Adjusted Level 2, 4 June 2021.

Friday 4 June 2021, Day 5 of Adjusted Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a good night sleep; for a full day in my home office, opening my doors to the cats to spend most of the day outside, the longest that 7 month old Earl Grey has been outside, loving lying in the sun😻😻; for a very busy workday, organizing a Father’s Day competition, proofreading a Winelist, and doing Social Media posting; for being able to sleep like a baby when I go to bed, being so busy on weekday client meeting days💙; for a Bakoven walk with Vivian, bumping into Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 90 of Level 1, 29 May 2021.


Saturday 29 May 2021, Day 90 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for good night and morning rain, inspiring me to buy plants; for the sun coming back by lunchtime; for friendly service at Lazari, picking up an order; for being invited to attend the Wake of Martin Koch at Kelvin Grove today, not having been there in many years, sadly where Martin died of a heart attack almost 2 weeks ago whilst playing squash; for buying pansies, as well as parsley, Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 81 of Level 1, 20 May 2021

Thursday 20 May 2021, Day 81 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another fabulous day, they are just getting better and better 💙; for the luck of a 4th restaurant added to my Client Portfolio today, pinching myself to check if this is real; for the excitement of working with a brand new restaurant, opening next month, attending a glassware selection and cocktail tasting today, oh what fun, meeting new suppliers and reconnecting with the mixologist Aidan Powrie, whom I hadn’t seen in 2 years; for collecting my poppyseed roll order from Dinkel Bakery; for amazing reaction to a Dinner Bed & Breakfast promotion Utopia is running with the Villa Rosa guest house in Sea Point; for a chatty Status Meeting and Dilmah Earl Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 76 of Level 1, 15 May 2021


Saturday 15 May 2021, Day 76 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of wonderful rain; for celebrating the birthday of Jenny Stephens at Hemelhuijs, to which I hadn’t been in years, having a lovely breakfast, being gifted a glass of birthday bubbly each, and having the pleasure of owner Jacques Erasmus coming to our table to chat; for getting to the restaurant and back home without getting wet; for lovely afternoon rain; for a one hour dry gap to walk, doing a power walk along my secret Bakoven lanes; for writing Blogposts for next week already; for gorgeous (almost) peace and quiet in our building, most renters appearing to have left; for fabulous sunsets despite the grey sky; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 71 of Level 1, 10 May 2021


Monday 10 May 2021, Day 71 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a hardworking day, even though my day was turned upside down with an early meeting, which got in the way of writing my Blogpost 😱; for winning a power struggle against a male supplier; for two builders coming to see the apartment building, giving me amazing insights into what maintenance problems we have and what needs to be fixed, definitely not needing millions of dollars of repair; for a beautiful sunny 19C day; for getting a gap at my dentist for tomorrow to fix the implant, pardon the pun; for a walk through Bakoven; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 69 of Level 1, 8 May 2021


Saturday 8 May 2021, Day 69 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely sunny day after 3 days of cold, grey and rain; for a day of indulgence, having my hair cut and coloured by Isabella Page Morgan; for popping in at Schoon on the corner of Main and St John’s Road, to buy a dessert treat for lunch, as well as at Woolies St John’s Piazza, for bread for the lunch; for an early 😻😻 Mother’s Day lunch feast with Michele Antelme at my home, she bringing a Mauritian Creole Rougaille, made with garlic, onion, ginger, thyme, tomato paste and canned tomatoes, with beef sausage, mmmmm, and cheeses, and biscuits, which we washed down with a fabulous Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc, enjoying the sunniness, view, and warmth of the terrace; for a Vit D snooze on the terrace, not having had one in ages; for a walk to Woolies to pay an account, rewarded with a lovely sunset ❤️; for listening to lovely music on Kfm’s Blokparty while I write; for having Minsky for a year today 😻; and for being happy, healthy, and free 🙏💙 Continue reading →