Well “Family Day” gave us the opportunity to put that to the test, rather early I popped into downtown Johannesburg to revisit a few old photographic locations in preparation for taking a few folk on an early morning photo walk. I started in Jeppestown and shot a quick pic of the oldest church in Johannesburg as well as an old building then quickly headed to Braamfontein to see some of the changes there.
Afterwards I went home and picked my wife and Jack Russell Terrier up and we went across to Delta Park to walk the spruit and surrounds. Ducklings abounded and the Cosmos was blooming, a brisk 5 km walk took us past the environmental centre and up to the top dams. After a quick breakfast at the river spot known as Delta Café we showered and headed into town to “window shop” and browse at the Maboneng Precinct a safe fun spot in the middle of town where large buildings have been reclaimed- well worth a visit with plenty to see and do – www.mabonengprecinct.com
Then it was off to Katy’s Palace in Kramerville where we enjoyed a fantastic lunch , the biggest toasted tomato and mozzarella sandwich with a side of pesto and roasted tomatoes, all for R 35.00 each, it’s a funky little spot , we finished with a coffee then explored the Amatuli Curio shop behind the restaurant ( known as the Milk Bar), this took around an hour as there were three levels, a veritable treasure trove for anyone looking for curios, priced from affordable to the real top end, the owner Mark Valentine is a collector who travels extensively to stock the shop. After that the after noon was just about over and we made our way home to catch the cricket and do some gardening, all in all a day well spent.
Now whether you stay in the city and explore the Zoo, Zoo Lake and the Botanical gardens or shoot west to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens there is so much to do, the Melville Koppies are a must and one should try the regular guided tours in this area as well.
It’s a cosmopolitan city with much to do and see, you could literally do something different every weekend and still be busy a year later! Don’t be hesitant ,get out there , you will find so much. And then start telling us at www.allterrain.co.za .