Port Elizabeth: a meander through history, heritage and art

For the fourth consecutive year I’ve spent time in Port Elizabeth in order to cover an aviation event in Uitenhage. Each time I’ve travelled between PE and Uitenhage to work and on my last day ‘off’ I’ve enjoyed travelling further afield to the wonderful Addo Elephant Park and the Kragga Kamma Game Park, only to return exhausted to Cape Town to process my work. Each time I’ve been to Port Elizabeth without actually experiencing Port Elizabeth at all!

This time I spent all of Sunday working on the laptop and utilised Monday on a sight-seeing trundle through PE Central in order to actually see and get to know the city.

Port Elizabeth, like my home town Cape Town, is a port city and colloquially called either the “Friendly City” or the “Windy City” (although I still think Cape Town can hold its own on that score!)

With my local friend Erika acting as tour guide, we started the day at MASTERTONS COFFEE AND TEA SPECIALISTS who pride themselves in traditionally hand-roasted coffee and have been in business since 1924.  The inviting smell inside the little shop is wonderfully aromatic and the experience is like stepping back in time.

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Zombie Walk Cape Town

On Saturday 26 October, Cape Town held its 4th annual Zombie Walk.

This time the meeting point was Thibault Square and the march lurched and shambled through St. Georges Mall through the Avenue and had a mid-way halt point in front of the Museum.  Many brains were eaten and humans scared along the way!

My daughter Laura and me at the end of the walk

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The Cape of Storms : Green Point Lighthouse

Welcome to the Cape of Storms!

Having grown up in Cape Town and going for walks along the Sea Point promenade from a young age, the Green Point lighthouse has been a familiar sight and part of my landscape since the days of the Dolls House that used to be across the road. Despite its presence, the lighthouse has not prevented several ship wrecks, notably the Seafarer that ran aground literally right in front of it in 1966.

Green Point Lighthouse Aerial

Green Point Lighthouse   Green Point Lighthouse Interior  Green Point Lighthouse

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A few recent walk-abouts

After many days of heavy rain, I made the most of a cool sunny day, and went up the cableway late on the last afternoon of May.

The cold breeze soon froze my hands to an unpleasant numbness, but I took some pictures of the setting sun over an oncoming cold front of clouds rolling in, before joining a busy queue for the last cable-car down (early closing at 18H00 for the winter months).

Oncoming Cable Car Sunset from Upper Cableway Station

 
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Splish, splash ~~~ waterdrops

To freeze that moment which the eye can’t see, even while watching…

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The lengthy heat wave

After a week of temp’s in the high 30’s and into the 40’s C, lethargy has overtaken me and I wasn’t sure whether my legs were still able to walk.  Waking up this morning – Sunday – I was delighted to see mist over the sea and got up early.  When I stepped onto the balcony, I saw our two girls sleeping next to each other like furry silver balls

I left at 7am for an hour’s walk around our area on the slopes of Table Mountain and was  pleased to have only encountered one other person (a dogwalker) on the entire route.  When walking I travel light, so no camera except for mah BlackBerreh :-)

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