Sat 26 Nov:Here’s your chance to catch up with the changes in Braamfontein

 

Interesting to compare this pic taken when the sculpture was first installed to how it looks today. The plants have grown and it looks more settled in the urban landscape.

Have posted before on what is new and happening in Braamfontein. The ‘Renaissance’ includes: the Neighbourhood Goods Market , the South Point building refurbishments for urban accommodation (sorely needed for Wits students), and the public art,  starting with Van den Berg’s iconic Eland marking the entry into Braamies from the north and including the quirky metal trees that dot the pavements (See http://www.joburgnews.co.za/2007/jul/jul6_trees.stm)

There is an opportunty to see all these new developments with a walking tour lead by Alex Parker and Clare Eisenstein of the Parktown Westcliff  Heritage Trust on Saturday 26th November.  The tour starts at 9.30. Meet at the Holy Trinity Church, 16 Siemens Street, Braamfontein  (diagonally opposite the Eland). NB if you park there cars will have to be moved not later than 1.00 pm because there is a wedding taking place that afternoon.

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Tripadvisor continues to be widely used by international travellers

Another excellent review for Liz at Lancaster on Tripadvisor the influential international travel site. See http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g312578-d574068-Reviews-Liz_at_Lancaster_Guesthouse-Johannesburg_Johannesburg_Gauteng.html

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Get your walking shoes out to explore Joburg and its surrounds this week-end

  You can’t complain about the lack of variety of what’s on in Jozi this weekend:

* Sat …5th Nov at 14.00 Join Parktown Heritage Association for the last Jacaranda Walk of 2011; park at the La Roche offices, 54 The Valley Road; no booking necessary; R40; stunning views of Parktown & Forest Town; more info phone 011 482-3349 

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* Meet at Arts on Main at 9.30 on 5th Nov for an Inner City Walk exploring the east of the city

And if you have explored the east of the city on Saturday with Main Street Walks, then you can explore the west with Walk and Talk Tours on Sunday.  Meet at Museum Africa Bree Street Johannesburg at 8am.  The walk will be approximately two to three hours.  The route will go Mary Fitzgerald square, Newtown,  past the old stock exchange,  going past the City Hall, Rand Club, Library Gardens, Corner House, Rissik Street Post Office, also going up Main Street Mall, Hollard Street, Standard Bank Mine Stope – also with a special visit to two to three buildings in Kruis and President Streets.  enquiries@walktours.co.za Cell: +27 83 269 9769

* and for something very different look for mushrooms and fungi (yes, I did say Fungi!) at the Kloofendal Nature Reserve Two-hour walk from 9am led by Bernice Porter, a fungi expert. Contact Karin Spottiswoode 011-674-2980 or 072-595-6991

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