Thursday, September 30, 2010

And this little piggy went off to market(S)!

Durban is perhaps a little slower than the rest of our fellow communities on the foodie/crafty scene. We have more franchise restaurants than most, and generally most people by clothes that are made in china and can be purchased, well, anywhere really! Generally we take a little longer to catch onto trends, if we follow them at all, and we tend to be happy with our lot. However, it comes with great pleasure to write about the hottests food / crafty markets that are taking us by storm!

Thank Goodness a group of people got together and decided, hey, lets see what is going on out there and bring all these earth/food/wholesome people together and put them into a market! It really has changed the way we look at things now. The best part about these markets is that we are supporting local producers, one market in particular will in fact not let you participate if you are not from Kwa Zulu Natal. Love that! I'll take you through all the markets i have been to recently, and then mention a few that i have not been to, but come highly recommended.

Shongweni Farmers Market - every saturday from about 7am till 11am.


The Shongweni Farmers like to keep everything local. Most of the farmers from the surrounding area’s have a table, selling everything from fresh free range Hormone and anti-biotic meat to fresh bread. There are also cup cakes, freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juices and homemade pies. They don't just have food, they have a carpenter, lots of people selling plants/herbs/ worm farms. There is an area which is cleaned constantly for you to sit and enjoy your breakfast, whatever it may be. Thankfully you will not be able to buy a steers hamburger anywhere! What a lot of people do is buy there weekly grocereries there, this way, you have a chance to find out exactly where they are sourced and how they are grown. this will keep your carbon foot print down and i'm sure your body will be happy with more holesome food!

Kids entertainment is taken care of while you browse, there are slides and jumping things. The trend seems to be to bring your dog along, on leash please! And make sure it has been socialised, dog fighting is not on the list of activities!

Ample secure parking and it isn't too far from town. If you take the M13 towards Pietermaritzberg, take the shongweni offramp, and turn right, you can't miss it! Great Market!

The Food Market - Last Saturday of the month. 8am -2pm. Durban North

The first time I visited the The Food Market, i spent a fortune! It was like heaven on earth! My eyes were wide and my mouth was hanging open in anticipation! I think we were only supposed to spend an hour there or something unrealistic like that, but we must of spent about 3 hours there! There was so much passion for food in one place it was almost tangible!

Ok, so you might have guessed that this is my favourite thing to do every last saturday, infact i sometimes i even debate whether or not to go away that weekend or not incase i miss the food market!
Its put together so well, there are no competing products, one cheese girl, one olive girl, one chocolate guy... you get the picture! They have the most amazing selection of baked goods, from brownies to beautifully iced buscuits. Robsons beer are there, the swiss goats cheese lady is there, the duck lady is there. Everything your foodie heart could possibly desire is there!

Everything is locally produced, right down to the coffee which is grown and roasted in Assagay. Here are some photo's that i took on my last visit.














I Heart Market - First Saturday of every Month DLI Hall, Greyville. 8-2pm

I heart market is a little less foodie, but still has the odd indulgance in cupcakes and juices. There are local designers of many kinds all in one place! It is a creativity over load! So awesome to see all this talent in Durban.

Essenwood Flea Market - every saturday of the month 8-2pm

Essenwood was one of the originals and still holds great appeal. They have a good range of locally made clothes, crafts, flowers plants, decor options. I hear that their food section has been revised a bit and has some really good offerings.

These are a good shopping mall alternative for christmas!

Happy Shopping!

V


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bike riding on the Promenade




Today was a toasty warm winters Day in Durban with a temperature of around 28 degrees! Tough life we have here i thought as i dabbed sun cream on my shoulders and put on my running shoes.

Gareth and I have been meaning to go riding on the Durban beach promenade for a long time now, and so being the long weekend, i thought we should try give it a go.

We started off having a very chilled breakfast at a trendy little spot in the point waterfront area called Ciao Bella. Good vibe and great food! Everything is made fresh from the Juice to the pasta and pestos. Feeling a little refreshed and much more awake, we then went to Ushaka and I hired a bicycle. For those of you who know me this is a huge stepping stone! I'm not big on bicycles, we'll just leave it at that!
So off I stumbled through the poor unsuspecting crowd and off we went all the way to the stadium. Bikes for hire are in pretty good condition and not too expensive, it was R80 for 2 hours. I have seen them at the Elangeni Hotel for R50 per hour. So worth every cent! The views are magnificent and Durban is looking amazing! The sardines were still on the run and so there was a hive of activity around North Beach. We rode to NMR avenue and turned around, we went pretty slowly and it took us around one and a half hours. Because the promenade is pretty wide, there is lots of space to ride in and you shouldn't have any collisions! Its pretty flat with just a few little inclines here and there.
After the ride we went to Moyo On The Pier for a drink! Its Moyo's new development, which is really doing well, but is hugely dependent on the weather. Their theme is an African one with lots of North and West African influences. You can see their website to get a better understanding of what to expect here. There are couches and chairs all over the place and is very chilled! There was a guy singing and strumming away on his acoustic guitar, which was so good i thought it was a CD playing! By the looks of things they have a DJ downstairs in the afternoon, we saw him setting up when we were leaving. I thought upstairs was more impressive in terms of decor, downstairs was more rustic with just being on the pier surface. You can get most cocktails and wines and Stella on tap. Food is limited to finger snacks and platters, we saw a few people with platters and they looked fantastic! Moyo is generally a bit more pricey than some, but not too bad. My cosmo was R35 and Gareths dr
aught was around R40. Platters range from R80 to R350 depending on what is in them.



Another highly recommended days activity in Durban! Enjoy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park

This last weekend my friends and i headed for the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal.

The reason for our stay was for the annual mountain bike challenge which my boyfriend and his friends do every year. It is limited to 300 riders and is a very special, not only for its unique location but for its cause. Its main object is to raise funds and awareness for the wild dog population in the park. Since its inception the population has gone from 35 to 90 dogs in just a few years. This year around R25000 was raised for the wild dogs in particular and around R300 000 for nature conservation for the park. From what the riders say its one of the better rides and with its setting certainly one of the most special. What made this year even more special was that on the way to the start on the race, the bus that was carrying some of the riders saw the largest pack of wild dog on the reserve, which is around 20. Hluhluwe Imfolozi has the largest population of wild dog in the world and what people don;t know is that it is one of the most highly endangered animals on the planet. We camped in a specially set up and secured area which is only done for this race, but there are many other places to stay on the reserve.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and it is the place where King Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and implemented the first conservation laws. It was established in 1895 and has seen many successful projects throughout its years. One of the most successful was the white rhino conservation project in the 1950's and this ensures that good rhinos sightings are guaranteed. The Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. For a detailed history and other information of the park you can visit their website on the link below. It has good articles and is well worth the visit.

They offer plentiful accommodation options from self catering to a fully catered hotel. We normally stay in the Mpila camp. which is on the Imfolozi side. For rates and other options visit the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife website here. They offer guided walks in the morning and the late afternoon and game drives in the evenings as well as 5 day guided walks. These options are extra but well worth it as i feel you miss so much when in the car. The guides are phenomenal and are all well experienced, with many of them growing up in the area.

Our group were very fortunate to see Leopard, Cheetah, Lion, Wild Dog, Hyena, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo as well as Impala Nyala and a Terrapin. Although this is a great list, it is not always the case, which is what i appreciate so much about this park, you are never know what you will see, you could go a whole day without seeing anything besides the odd Impala and Warthog, i feel it makes you treasure your sightings that much more.

The one thing to remember is it is not a zoo, these animals are wild and you are in their territory. Two big rules are: Don't get out of your car while in between designated areas (accommodation/picnic sites etc). It is dangerous! And secondly, to keep on the roads and never leave the the paths. There are other rules to keep to too, you will be advised of these as you enter the park.


You could do this trip is a day, it took us around 2 and a half hours to get there, however, best viewing times are morning and afternoon, especially in Summer as the animals tend to keep to shady areas and aren't very active during the heat of mid-day. There is a great picnic site on the Sontuli Loop which has braai/BBQ facilities. The sontuli loop is always very rewarding in terms of game viewing potential, especially Rhino. I also find making friends with the rangers is also very rewarding as they are always happy to share a bit of information with you as the where abouts of the animals.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi has a very special place in my heart, I just find it so peaceful, perfect for recharging batteries and putting things into perspective.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Inanda Heritage Route



A few weeks ago i was fortunate enough to drive along the Inanda Heritage Route with a friend of mines Dad who is very involved in the project. I think this day trip was one of my best yet...

First of all, how to get there! If one drives north on theN2 highway towards Gateway, you will see the Inanda off ramp, take that. There are signs along the way to help you so you don't get lost.

Inanda and Kwa Mashu were historically set as Black and Indian areas. As you drive along, you'll notice a house built in the shape of a airplane and another of a Boat. These were original homes by one of the successful businessmen at the time. If my memory serves me correctly he started one of the first bus services in the area. No historical significance, but just interesting to look out for.
Our first official stop was Ghandi's House when he was staying in the area. He lived there with his wife and children. The house was burned down during an anti Apartheid protest, and this is a replica of the house. Mr Harbour (My friends dad) said that he was one of the first people to visit his house after the flames were out and all his litreture was burned but he found a book by Leo Tolstoy and in the book was a personal inscription to Ghandi from Leo Tolstoy himself. WOW! To prove that Ghandi was not above anyone else, he slept on a mat on the varandah, with just a blanket, this is shown by a triangle on the varandah. There are plans to build a restaurant and a BnB on the premises. Good one to look out for. There is also an information centre and crafts centre which is run by the local community.




The next stop was at the Ohlange school. This was one of the first dedicated black educational school set up by John Dube. His house (below) was built in 1908 and was were he started the Ilange newspaper, which is still in publiation today. For those of you who don't know John Dube was the first president of the African National Congress. This is also the site where Nelson Mandela voted in 1994. The guide told us that Mr Mandela went stright from voting to John Dubes' grave and said, "We've done it my brother, from today we are free!" WOW!! Inger and i were in tears! So this is truely significant ground here!



Further on down the route you will come across the Inanda Seminary School for Girls. It is a boarding school originally for black girls. Mr Harbour said that it was originally there to help educate the black women which were taken on as companions of the white colonialists. Not normal education mind you, they were tought how to make a good cup of tea and how to make bread and be good sevants / wives. Then it was taken over by missionaries who made it what it is today. A lot of the current black women in parliment attended this school. The grounds are beautiful and kept in prestine condition. The school fees are a mere R1600 a year which includes board and tuition. The girls are all very polite and you can see that they are proud of thier school, which was really good to see.

Then we went to see the Inanda Falls, which is truly breathtaking. They are currently building a viewing deck. Its perfect spot for a mid afternoon picnic!

I would suggest taking a guide with you as i would imagine one would miss out on a lot just driving through. I felt pretty safe during the trip and didn't think i was in any immediate danger.
For contacts on guides you can call the Durban Tourism information.

Happy Day Tripping!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra at Durban City Hall.

Feeling like a little bit of culture injection? Head down to the Durban City Hall on Thursday nights to watch the Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) play. It really is amazing to hear this talented group play. Its also a good excuse to get all dressed up!

We went to watch on Thursday the 3rd of June, and sadly it was the last of the season, but the Spring season starts again on the 16th of September, which, judging by the line up, promises to be a whopper! Tickets are available from Computicket or are available at the door. They range from R80 to R180. We took the R80 seats, but it did not disappoint and we heard and saw everything perfectly.

Durban City Hall is amazing! It really is so beautiful! Don't forget before you take your seats to order your drinks from the bar, so the bar staff can put them on the table on the balcony for you at interval. I would recommend a good Gin and Tonic in summer and a warm dry Sherry for winter! While sipping your drink on the balcony, you have to take in the view. The Durban city centre is breathtaking at night, what with the old buildings and the harbour lights shining. Really impressive. We also thought that the people watching value was extremely high, lots of very interesting people!

Shows normally start at 7:30pm, but the Friends of Music Society normally meet in The Royal Hotel before hand. There is normally a lecture given by the conductor on the movements and pieces played. This is very interesting if you don't know a lot about classical music as it gives you insight and information that you might not know, which in turn makes the pieces more interesting. They meet at around 6:15pm. It was R30 when i went the time before so it might be more now, but that includes tea and sandwiches. (Very handy if you haven't had dinner!) The front reception will be able to give you directions to their meeting place.

We parked at the Albany Parkade, however, it was a bit dodgy after the performance and so we would suggest to park at the Royal Parking. KZNPO will give you a discount on this, so make sure to take your ticket to get it stamped in the entrance hall. the discount is only for the Royal parking though.

I would really recomend this attraction, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can't wait for the spring season to start!

Till Next time, Happy Day Tripping!

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Golden Mile

Last Saturday we walked Durbans famous Golden Mile from the new Moses Mabhida Stadium to Ushaka Marine World.It really is something that Durban can be proud of. Our beachfront looks amazing!

Although it is far longer than a mile, it works out to be around 10kms there and back, you never really feel tired as there are many things to grab your attention. There were lots of families cylcling and running, and as the walk way is very wide it doesn't feel like you're squashing up against everybody else. We felt safe the whole way because of the CCTV cameras everywhere and there were many Policemen and women walking around.

There are a few new "nodes" which have been built along the way, which i believe are going to be retail stores and restaurants after the world cup. These are looking really good and should prove to be some good sunrise/sundowners' spots!

The two best points for me along the way was the South Beach area and coming up from under the M4 tunnel and facing the stadium. South Beach has a really cool little spot for Kids to play, with a jungle gym and rope bridge to play on. There are really nice new public toilets there too for the little ones.
When on your way back/to the stadium when you come from under the M4 tunnel, pause and tae a look at the stadium. It really is breath taking. See picture below.

When FIFA gives us back our stadium again, i would advise to park outside, on the old Walter Gilbert Road and walk to Ushaka and back. Then when you've really built up a thirst and an appaetite, you can replenish at the Keg and Spier. Good food and a cold beer! Highly recomended!

I can see why some people are saying that Durban will have one of the top Beachfronts after this.

Till next week,
Happy Day Tripping!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Guided City Walk

On Sunday we went on a guided city walk with the Amblers Hiking Club. My mum normally walks with them every now and then, and i saw this walk advertised in the paper, thought it couldn't have been better timing!

The main objective of the walk was to look at all the Art Deco buildings that Durban has. Durban is deemed as Africa's Miami as it has the best Art Deco examples in Africa. But there were a few other buildings of interest also seen and explored.

We started at the Point Yacht Club and walked up the Esplanade and then right into Russle Street. Just off Russle Street we went into the Old House Museum, a replica of one of the oldest houses in Durban. It has been preserved with genuine artifacts and furniture as well as having one of the biggest gardens in the centre of town. In the Garden are old Buggies and a beautifully built carriage. The original building was built in the 1900's and was home to the Mercury's proprietor and editor, George Robinson, and then his son, John Robinson who became Natals Prime Minister in 1893. Needless to say the Old House hosted many of Durbans prominent colonist families. Admission is amazingly free and is open from 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11pm to 4pm on Sundays. Well worth a visit.

Next on our walk was the Zulu Christian Church. You might've seen it on your travels in town. Its Huge! The security guards weren't very keen to have us in there as there were big buckets of money at the alter. However the parishioners were very friendly; they all introduced themselves and shook our hands. Not too sure if this was worth the stop... but still interesting to go in. Because of its size and 'grandness' its always been on of those places I wanted to go look at inside.

While we were walking along the streets, i think everybody thought we were from overseas as they all were shouting hello and were very friendly. In the quieter roads people were all coming to their windows and waving from their flats. We really must've looked like serious tourists as we were all in walking gear and if i'm honest there were a few funny people with us. So it was a good experiment to see what the "locals" will be like with real tourists in a few weeks from now. I say "locals" because i don't know how many people i saw were actually from Durban, perhaps Nigeria and Pakistan. We noticed a few blocks of flats that were really run down, there was a terrible smell coming from them and all the windows were broken. I believe that slum lords have overtaken them and they are used for illegal purposes.

Next on Grey street was the Guma Musjid Mosque. It was built in 1880-1882 by local architects and builders. This made it cheaper. It is the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere and really is beautiful! What impressed me the most was how intricately and ornately it was decorated. As you enter you see the foot washing area, and there is a koi fish pond in the middle of the fish washing area. There is a separate area for men and women to pray and wash their feet. Interesting to note that in the mens' section there was a clock on every wall and time seemed very important, while in the womens' praying area, there was only one clock and no koi fish pond! If and when you go to the Grey street mosque, it is important to dress respectfully. Ladies please wear long sleeved shirts and no low cut tops. There are no shoes allowed into the Mosque building, but there is a safe place to leave them outside.
I will write on it separately as they found out i was writing a blog on it and have promised to send me a whole wod of information. And i do think that it is so special it does need a separate entry!

From there we walked to the Emanual Cathedral. This catholic church was built in 1905. Being very close to Warwick Triangle and the bus stops, one would imagine it is pretty dirty, but the cathedral grounds are immaculate inside the boundary walls. Everything is in pristine condition. Along the side walls of the church are the different stations of the cross all expertly carved out of stone. These stations of the cross were donated by Empress Eugenie in remembrance of her son Louis Napoleon. The stain glass work is one of a kind. I learnt that stained glass windows were used to educate the illiterate, through pictures rather than words. We climbed up the bell tower, the view from the top is sureal, the video below does not do it justice. The climb to the top isn't for the feint hearted, there are lots of ladders and small spaces to get through, but it is worth it. I was suprised to find that it is the only "viewing deck" in Durban from which you cannot see the new Stadium! I really get excited about being in a space that has so much history and SO much energy, and i really felt it here. This was the highlight.

Interesting to note that besides from Isreal, Durban is the only place in the world that has a Mosque, a Catheral and a Temple within a kilometer of eachother. Perhaps we can claim that we are only place in the world were they co-exist peacefully!

video

We then took a stroll down the old West street and looked at all the different building types on there. We also looked at the new Mutual Mall, which looks really good. We were making our way to the old Post office and the Durban City Hall. We noticed that they were planting a vegetable garden outside the City Hall, we assumed it was in benefit of those who could not get fresh vegies. Nice touch! They are busy refurbishing the outside as the sand stone does not age very well. So our guide told us that they clean the outside and then pant it in a similar colour so it looks the same and the delicate sandstone underneath it protected for the moment. I plan to go to the Durban City hall to watch the Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra play one Thursday night. So i will write more on it then.

We then turned back and into Durban Club Place, where we found one of Durbans most acclaimed buildings, the Nedbank Building, designed by Norman Eaton. It has one many awards not for the way it looks but more for the design of it. Also for the terracotta tiles/bricks that are
almost 'shelling' the buildings. They are green in colour and make the building look a little better these were made by Hendrik De Szanderes. It really isn't anything to look at especially with Durban Manor right across the road. However, it does remain one of Durbans best buildings, so i'm told.

As we got back to the Esplanade Dick King was waiting to greet us on his horse. He is famous for his 10 day ride on horseback to Grahamstown to round up British troops for the Old Fort.

This walk took 3 and a half hours but because we were a big group it took longer than it should especially as only 10 people were allowed in the Bell Tower at a time. I really count myself lucky to do this walk because i got to see a lot of the things i miss just driving past and i got to go into a lot of the buildings i would normally never have gone into. I am trying to organise another tour from Musgrave Centre to the harbour, if you are interested please let me know.

Perhaps Botanical Gardens or Mitchel Park this weekend, or both!

Happy Day Tripping!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Buds On the Bay


Today was a tricky day because i didn't know what to do on my list! I thought about going to Mitchel Park and Botanical Gardens for Tea and the most amazing crumpets i have ever had, but then thought the better of it, and decided to go to Buds on the Bay as it started clearing. (And to be honest i think Mitchel Park is better if you have children with you, we don't have any of those! A nice group of friends should have the same effect tho!

So off we went to Buds on the Bay in Maydon Wharf around the Bluff area. Its dodgy as to get there, we did feel like we were taking out life in our hands by dicing with the truck drivers. These aren't little lorries i'm talking about, they are big container/"abnormal load" trucks! However, it was a sunday and there weren't as many as when i have gone on my own for work. We made it out to the restaurant with my little Corsa Lite unharmed to find a FULL restaurant. Our hopes of a lovely lazy lunch sunk to the bottom of the harbour we were standing over. But then, a lovely gentleman made us feel very welcome at the bar where we had a drink and a plate of Nacho's and we eventually found a table just before our main course arrived. Gareth had the Lamb Chops(R95), he said they were outstanding, and i had the Zulu Sushi(R85) for which Buds is very well known, which was good.

The menu is varied from Vietnamese Chicken and Sweet Potatoe Curry to Line fish with Dipping Sauces. Prices vary from R16 to R95. There really is something for everyone. Its very chilled, and we noticed that there were a lot of big tables. Drinks were reasonably priced, and BYO is not really smiled upon. Fair Enough! The staff were amazing! I think its really hard to find good staff these days, but Billy Bud has got himself a good team. Everybody was warm; friendly and upbeat. In my oppinion, people are more likely to go back for good service then good food.

If you are a group of more then 2 people, i very much suggest that you book, it would be a terrible waste of excitement and petrol and nerves driving there and being turned away because you didn't book. The Number as well as a map is on the website, www.budsonthebay.co.za (if you didn't get the link at the top of the page in pink).

Another great day tripping adventure in Durban! Next weekend, i am working at the Tourism Indaba at the Durban ICC so i might not be able to have an adventure, but the upside is that i can get more ideas from the KZN section. I'll just write about Indaba anyway, its always fun!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rugby!

On Saturday night the sharks were playing the blues! It proved to be a very exciting game! The Atmosphere was a bit thin in the beginning but then it soon built up and everybody was on the edge of their seats by the time the game was up!

We made sure that all the usual traditions were followed which might end up giving us the flu but more about that later on. Gareth and i started off parking on the other end of the world and trekking with all our stuff for the traditional braai afterwards, with our friends Mat, Jen, Lol and Wes. We found them in the outside field ad a had a quick drink before we headed off into the crowd. I always find that although its awesome to be at the game and you miss out on all the atmosphere, and the crowd telling the ref how to do his job at home, however, you never really catch whats going on, and i always find myself asking Gareth what happened, so the poor boy spends half the mats explaining what the whistle was blown for!
Any way, it was a successful victory for the Sharks.

We had the traditional braai afterwards, with a few beers for the boys and a few vodka's for the girls. And just as we were sitting there commenting on what a lovely evening it was ... DOWN came the rain! It Poured down! Most of us piled into Jens car, and sacrificed our meat for a little warmth and shelter! A little while later after the torrential rain. had finished, we ll came out again, and ate what was left of our food, soggy rolls and steal and of course Boerewors.

Another good day out in Durban, one that is highly recommended, and with winter coming up, perfect for sporting your coats and boots!

Gareths taking me out on a suprise outing today. So will let you know how that goes!

Happy day - tripping!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Oyster Box Hotel


Last night was the official kick off to the Durban Day Tripping Adventures at The Oyster Box Hotel's Lighthouse Bar just up Durbans North Coast in Umhlanga! We started off in style, with cocktails and BIG glasses of wine. It was absolutely Fabulous Darling!

The vibe is relaxed but classy, with ladies dress being smart casual and men in long pants and in closed shoes. For a first timer you can't help not staring at all the lavish decor. The bright red couches and bar chairs immediately catch your eye as you walk in. The 180 degree Views of the sea and light house are spectacular. It got quite noisy inside with the live music and all the people, so if you're looking for a quieter spot to have a chat, there are lovely little couches and tables and chairs outside on the balcony. Live music is played on from Tuesday to Friday nights.

Beverages on offer include exotic cocktails, good selections of spirits and beers and the wine list is great with each cultivar being offered by the glass. Drinks are a bit pricey with the average glass of wine being around R38, the average cocktail being around R40 and a draught around R20 for R25 for imported beers. Snacks of peanuts, roasted corn and pop corn are automatically brought to your table. If you prefer something a little more filling, dinner is available in the Grill Room, which is a fine dining experience of note and the Ocean Terrace downstairs from the Lighthouse Bar. I do know, although not from my own experience, that the pizza's that the serve in the Ocean Terrace are great. They also serve more casual meals here, perfect for families. You can also book at the Palm Court Restaurant for a posh High Tea! But make sure you phone a week or two before hand and book, as i know this is essential for avoiding dissapointment.

Everything started getting a little quite arounf 10:30, i think everyone goes off in search of louder music and a dance floor! Great place to start your evening off! For us(my boyfriend Gareth and our friends Jen and Mat), we needed food, and as all the kitchens closed around 10, we drove off to gateway for Mug and Bean as that was the only non fast food place open that we knew of. (Bit of a let down especially after what we were used to at the Oyster Box! A lifestyle I could seriously get used too!)

Tonight is a great old Durban Favorite. Rugby at the Absa Stadium (Also known as Kings Park)! The Sharks are playing the Auckland Blues from New Zealand. Starts at 5pm and then a few of us are having a Braai afterwards in the practice fields. Perfect Durban Tradition! Thanks to Jen and Mat for the Idea and tickets!

Friday, April 23, 2010

And so it begins!

Hi there,

You know how you always have these big plans to explore your own city and and do the stuff you only ever do when you have overseas visitors? And then life happens and you never get around to it? You know the feeling, "Ah, we have to go to the new stadium sometime!!" Or, "We never go to the beach anymore!" So i have decided to get out of the little comfort zone i like to find myself in and try all of these things to do in Durban!

I'm also trying to prove that Durban is not a boring little sleepy hollow and there is a multitude of things to do from sky diving, harbour cruising, and 'Learn to paddle-ski' lessons to High Tea at the Beverly Hills, Bars with pigs walking around and cruising around the 'muti' market in the middle of town!

My aim is simply to get people to do something different and appreciate the beautiful city we live in. The things i am going to do are not all in Durban and its suburbs. Some are down the South Coast and Up the North Coast and in towards the Midlands and Pietermaritzburg. I will try to get as much detail (Price/History/Directions etc) about each place we go to.
So get a group together and start exploring!

Tonight we are kicking off in style! Drinks at the newly renovated Oyster Box Hotel's Light House Bar.

Review and Photos to follow sometime on the Weekend!

Have a good weekend, what ever you are doing!