Who: L U C I E, L A C H L A N, and B O W W O W.
Their occupations: Gypsy, Slick Suit in Finance, Dog
The trip: Crossing Africa by 4×4, helping communities through trade.
We’ve cut our teeth on over 25,000km of dirt roads across Southern Africa with our dog, Bow Wow, sourcing wonderful, handmade treasures… Think Summer of Love! Here are our highlights so far…
I think it’s safe to say that Bow Wow is loving life in the UK. It’s certainly a far cry from the existence that he could have had as a township stray, surviving amongst the rainbow warrens of shacks in his birthplace, Imizamo Yethu in Cape Town, South Africa.
One of the most magical ways to spend an evening in Cape Town (and escape the 21st century altogether!) is to have drinks on the terrace at The Mount Nelson and then stroll down to watch a movie at the Labia cinema which is just around the corner. This is what we did for Lucie’s 28th birthday a few days ago and it is like going back in time.
The Labia has barely changed for over sixty years and is the countries oldest independent art cinema. All of the original Art Deco features remain, including a little wooden box office where a woman in a pill box hat will exchange a cardboard theatre ticket for only R30 – that’s less than £3 and one cheap date!
Buy hot buttered popcorn in a brown paper bag and home made tablet from the Choc Bar (which still has the same innocent tagline ‘Nothing Nicer’) and then order drinks from Harold’s bar AND be served by Harold himself, as he has done for almost thirty years! Take your drinks into one of the four small theatres and, for a truly authentic nostalgic experience, sit in the back row with your arm around your girl!
Simonstown baboon Jimmy, who is a member of the waterfall troop, was re-collared on the 29th of April 2010. This was after he managed to remove the collar that was fitted to him by removing the nuts that held the collar in place with his fingers!
Get the insider knowledge on Cape Town and learn of all the wondrous things to do, see and eat in one weekend. We have managed to narrow down a large list of favourites to bring you our ultimate weekend in the Mother City. Hold on to your hatsies..
Layers of stripes at Harbour Heights.
An amazing clash of pillar box, pink and the palest blue on Long Street, Cape Town.
The Saturday market at the Biscuit Mill. Organic grub served on peeling doors.
Frighteningly smooth bouncer at Cape to Cuba in Kalk Bay.
Back from church in dramatic shoulder pads and all over geometric orange.
Boldly striped shack shop, Kalk Bay.
Don’t care, but do stare.
Mural of a mama carrying a television set on her head on a building covered in satellite dishes, Cape Town.
By The Hout Bay Manor pool.
Who says flowers can’t grow by the sea?
Bar on the beach, The Grand, once a shrimp factory, now hip haunt.
The brighter, the better for these Biscuit Mill babes.