Fondly known as the â€˜stadium of lightsâ€™, the colourful artistic elements that change the appearance of the stadium from blue at noon, rose in the late afternoon and the sunset causes the filigree skin to glow red. When its stormy weather the stadium appears as a pewter grey or silver. At night when the 360 internal lamps are switched on the stadium appears pellucid, revealing the thrilling inside of the magnificent structure.
Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.
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South Africa has one of the richest historical sites known to man, Cape Town however is home to the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa, The Castle of Good Hope. A national monument and provincial heritage site thatâ€™s rich history makes this a definite bucket list experience.
The Mother City, the Mother of all creative cities in the world, also one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, and home to more inspirational settings than one can believe. Table Mountain, being one of the seven natural wonders of the world has been an inspirational backdrop for artists and creatives of all kinds since paint touched canvass and 2B pencils were sharpened on African shores for the first time. It is no wonder then that one would wonder which places would be the best to frequent when needing your mediums to create from the monumental inspiration that surrounds you, after all even a travelling artist cannot resist the incomprehensible urge to create when inspired with the force that the Mother City causes. Below is a list of the four top art supply shops that will satisfy even the strangest medium needs.
The Deckle Edge
The Deckle Edge, the frame containing every artists dream collection of, well… absolutely everything. The Deckle Edge is extremely well stocked, the store which is situated in Woodstock, in Sir Lowry Road, is by far the most incredibly neat and tidy, colourfully displayed and well organised art store that one can expect to find. The Deckle Edge caters for the artist in every sense of the creative mind. Every crafter and hobbiest will find, to their hearts delight, the goods to satisfy their hours. Those who prefer the charcoals, grafites and inks will be pleasantly surprised to find no shortage of their beloved mediums. Paper, boards and the like are in ample supply as well as the different oils, acrylics and watercolours, not forgetting every type, size and bristle of brush that you can imagine. The Deckle Edge also caters for the little ones and has an equally large selection of Stationary. It is a beautiful shop and is perfectly placed in the heart of the new creative hub of Cape Town. Make sure to check out their website on www.deckleedge.co.za and take note of their online shop and free delivery special for purchases over R500.
The Italian Art Shop
There are art shops and then there is The Italian Art Shop. The absolute cream of the crop, priding themselves in stocking the highest quality brands from Italy, France, UK and the USA, at absolutely reasonable prices. The Italian art shop also delivers door to door right around South Africa for a minimal fee of R50. The brands range from the highly respected strokes of Raphael to canvass setting easels from Mabef, not forgetting the incredible colours from Maimeri to name but a few. Not only does The Italian Art Shop supply the blue ribbon mediums to the public but they also have those products which one would have a seriously difficult time getting hold of such as rabbit skin glue, poppy and safflower oils as well as the odorless thinners for those artists who understand painting in oils. Unfortunately they do not have an online shop as yet but check out their website www.italianartshop.co.za and contact them for pricing and orders.
Situated in Bellville, Cape Town, Art Attack is every artists one stop shop. They cater equally for the novice as they do for the virtuoso. Art Attack is well stocked and superbly priced. There is no shortage to the base mediums that they offer and have an incredibly huge concentration of affordable artistic products. Their wide range stretches from everything the kids could ever want, to the intricate drawing equipment for the technical minded. The brands are simple but the range of mediums is incredibly wide. Make sure to check out their website at www.artattack.co.za
Created to fill the needs of the graphic and illustrative minded individual, Art Sauce understands stocking items such as dowel sticks and cutting matts are just as important as stocking to satisfy the printmakers requirements which they do. One thing that Art Sauce stocks extremely well is clay, a potters dream, and truly a relief as finding good clay stockists in South Africa is almost as difficult as finding that needle in the hay stack. There is not an artist who would not appreciate the variety which Art Sauce supplies with incredibly professional, modern styled perfection. If there is something that their shelves cannot produce then they are more than willing to order it for you, or point you in exactly the right direction. Go and have a delightful squizz at their website on www.artsauce.co.za
The Mother City is famous for her beautiful beaches and pristine blue waters, though they may be cold they are exquisitely perfect for great activities such as wind surfing, surfing, body boarding and all round water sports. Bloubergstrand is a pebbled pleasure with snow white sand and deep cobalt blue sea, as well as having the most exhilirating views of the majestic Table Mountain as its main backdrop.
The amount of information available on the internet can be so overwhelming and most websites are not comprehensive enough to contain an answer to all your questions, Cape Town Superb is one of those all encompassing websites to make planning your trip to Cape Town as efficient as possible.
â€œTo the spirit and life work of Cecil John Rhodes who loved and served South Africaâ€
There is a wooden bench below the Rhodes Memorial, the same wooden bench that belonged to and was used by Cecil John Rhodes. This was his favourite spot in the world. Cecil John Rhodes, a man to occupy the imaginations of many a scholar as he never left a diary or journal, and the personal letters that he did leave were few and far between any concrete facts as to the ins and outs of his lifestyle. Between allegations of homosexuality, white supremacy and being stalked by a polish princess, Catherine RadziwiÅ‚Å‚ his personal being remains only loosely based tales.
Cecil John Rhodes was particularly noted for his involvement in the following:
- The Founder of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe),
- Founding the De Beers diamond company in 1888 which retains prominence up to today,
- In providing land dedicated solely for the nation, of which a portion was used for the Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town.
- Setting up the Rhodes scholarship at Rhodes University,
- Leading figure in the politics of South Africa, using his political stand to relieve the second boer war sieges of places like Kimberley, Mafeking and Ladysmith.
The Rhodes Memorialâ€™s architect was Sir Herbert Baker, he modelled the memorial after the Greek Temple of Segesta, however it resembles the Temple of Pergamon far more. There are 49 steps to represent every year of Rhodesâ€™s life, with eight bronze lions by John Macallan Swan, leading from a semi-circular terrace toward a pillar monument designed in a u-shape. At the bottom of this massive staircase is a bronze statue of a horseman entitled Physical Energy and was created by George Frederic Watts. John Macallan Swan also created the bust of Rhodes up top the memorial, where in honour of Rhodes the last stanza of Rudyard Kiplingâ€™s poem burial is inscribed:
â€œThe immense and brooding spirit still
Shall quicken and control.
Living he was the land, and dead,
His soul shall be her soul!â€
The Rhodes Memorial is part of the Table Mountain National Park, it is also frequented by many a UCT student. Those hiking up Devils Peak find the Rhodes Memorial to be a prime starting point and it is also a wondrous picnic spot with the divine views it accommodates.
Keeping a watch over Camps Bay from the Table Mountain range is the grand twelve apostles. The Twelve Apostles only actual reference to the original twelve apostles is the Judas peak that crowns Hout Bay, otherwise the 17 differently shaped buttresses are not named after the twelve apostles at all.
Cape Town has an activity for anyone, young or old, outgoing or not, fit or not so fit, indoors or out. The City and the surrounds has something for you, it is the reason why the place is a great place to live and a top destination for tourists.
If sea salt runs through your veins, the feeling of the salty air beating against your skin gives you a shiver of excitement and your eyes find solace in the open seas; then there are 5 definite destinations your logbook must show sea miles for… The first and foremost would be the â€œspice Islandsâ€ or better known as The Grenadines. There are 32 Islands and cays to get wind of and only nine of these divine islands are inhabited, with a tropical weather in your sails, this is an adventure that is a prerequisite to anyone fairing the ocean adventures. Continue reading “Top 5 Sailing Destinations in the World”