Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hill Walking, Face Painting and Road House Visiting- Another Weekend in the City of Gold

Had a super busy weekend around town again!

On Saturday woke up early and headed to the CBD with one of my favourite people- Kezhia (Hope she reads this!). We hit the shops along Small Street. This area definitely has some of the best street fashion around! And the prices are crazy! It was also great to shop without working for once. It gave me time to appreciate how awesome the Joburg CBD is looking

We then spent the afternoon at Kezhia's moms house as it was her sisters son- Junior's 3rd birthday (one of the cutest kids I have ever seen!). We spent the afternoon, painting faces and blowing up balloon animals (or rather balloon pretzels- the instructions were lost until much later in the day). My boyfriend Justin acted as official photographer and took the most stunning pics of the kids and activities. Was really a stunning party- beautifully decorated along the theme of "Cars", their was also an awesome jumping castle. I want a birthday party now too!

After such a busy day we didn't feel like cooking so we decided to try out the new Road House on Beyers Naude. Its called the "Choose a Burger" Road House and is across the road from Steve's Spar. One word- Awesome. Its open to about 12h00 every night and its going to be a great spot for middle of the night/ after partying food. Its also sooo great to have a road House in the area. We used to sometimes make the trip to the Burger Box in Krugersdorp which has been around for ever. Hopefully this new venue gets a lot of support from the area. A great idea is to go for dinner their in the evening and then why not make the short drive to the Veldskoen Drive in. A great 1950's themed evening out and also pretty reasonably priced.

Sunday was Mothers day and after a delicious lunch with the family we were absolutely stuffed. So myself, my boyfriend, sister and puppy-Digital Dog From the Future decided to make the long walk up Northcliff Hill. Having lived in Northcliff my whole life I have done it before but not in a long time. I love Northcliff Hill and always proudly tell everyone on my tours about its long history. Did you know that archaeologists have found both Stone Age and Iron Age sites on the hill! It is thought to have been occupied by humans for over 250 000 years...and still is. According to Wikipedia the hill has 3 vegetation zones, is home to numerous animals and at 1807 metres, the ridge is one metre lower than Observatory Ridge, the highest point in Johannesburg. The view from the top is breathtaking and I was happy to see that their were loads of people at the top, watching the sun set and flying gliders. What a great way to end the weekend and we are planning to walk up again this week!

Just another fun week in the city of gold. As I always emphasise their is so much to do if you just know where to look and get creative. 30 days until World Cup and I can wait to share this city with tourists coming to see the Soccer! What an exciting time to be living and loving Joburg!

(pics- Justin, my sister Sarah and Digit looking out at the view, and me standing next to the Water Tower- a Northcliff landmark)