The 12 Decades Hotel

Val-Day has its perks, like a night at the 12 Decades Art Hotel in Maboneng, a place I’ve wanted to visit for ages!  It feels totally indulgent staying in a hotel when your house is 20  minutes away, but also a lovely break from the same old same old.
We stayed in the MineHaus room, where Bauhaus meets Joburg mining town, designed by a long time favourite of mine Dokter & Misses.  Below are some pics from the room, the installations on the 7th floor, and Joburg’s famous skyline from the rooftop bar (most from my Instagram).
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Sunsets

Say what you will about Johannesburg, it does serve up remarkable sunsets.

Autumn

Johannesburg winters are not my favourite.  They have redeeming qualities – like warm midday temperatures, blue skies, and lack of snow and ice – but they are also so dry that the countryside, and my skin, turns to a scratchy, dusty husk of its former plumped-up-with-humidity summer self.

At the moment though I’m about ferreting out silver linings, and Joburg’s autumn colours and lovely wintery light fit the bill.

Pre winter's frost

Pre winter’s frost

Golden

Golden

An autumn cat

An autumn cat

Tree atop tree

Tree atop tree

Autumn sunrise

Autumn sunrise

Picnicking light

Picnicking light

 

 

 

 

Joburg City Festival

This weekend was the first of the week long Joburg City Festival.

The frustrated ballerina in me loved every moment of the performance by the  SA Mzanzi Ballet company at the Joburg Theatre (formally the Civic Theatre).  It’s an hour long taste of the company’s current and upcoming shows, and its talent.  Catch the other shows this week on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 7pm.

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Randlords is a pretty great venue with pretty fabulous views over the city.  Yesterday their Balcony TV Sunday was hot and sunny, with Jeremy Loops, Shaun Jacobs and BCUC (the banging highlight for me) performing against Joburg’s winter skyline.  A lovely day out in a city alive with beat, despite a slow Monday!

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Jo’burg’s lightness

I went to Randlords on Saturday night … I love the place.  It puts Jo’burg (and its luminescence) into perspective, and I always leave thinking how much I love the city centre; its aliveness, its humanity, its breathing buildings, its architecture.  I suddenly feel like we live in a proper city, like London or New York – there’s that swift optimism that the suburban set will begin to venture back into the CBD, injecting it with vigour and facilitating a cosmopolitan street culture.