My sister has been living in Johannesburg for quite a few years and I occasionally get the chance to go up and spend some time with her. I usually (actually always) plan my stay around the time that Hobby-X is on, as we love our crafts. I flew up on Kulula to Lanseria airport on Thursday 1 September and Carryn and family were waiting to welcome me. We all hopped in the car (little did I know we were going to do a lot of that) and went to have our first coffee of the weekend.
|Cappuccino's at Second Cup|
After Liberty Bespoke we met with Danielle Franco of Bush Telegraph Publicity at Espresso Cafe and Bistro and I had another cappuccino (actually 2). She also had a meeting with Claire Allen so we got to meet her too! So looking forward to the Durban Good Food and Wine Show where Claire Allen will be appearing in October.
|Claire Allen, Me, Danielle Franco and my sister Carryn|
I have never been to Montecasino and i'm so glad we could go and see it. I am very, very impressed at the work that went into the buildings. Montecasino is filled with fabulous restaurants and shops.
|Cioccoccino at Fego Cafe, Montecasino|
After Montecasino we drove straight to St Mingo's Church to attend a fundraising auction raising funds to build a school in Diepsloot.
|Carryn & I enjoying ice cream and Bar One Sauce - yummy!|
On Saturday morning we drove through to the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria to attend Hobby-X. It was a smaller Hobby-X show than the ones we have been to before in Johannesburg but we saw great crafts on display. We were thrilled with all our purchases - especially all the craft magazines!
On the way to the arena we saw how close the Voortrekker Monument was and since none of us had been before we decided on the spur of the moment to go and see it. If you have never been to see the Voortrekker Monument then I really encourage you to take a trip there. It is simply awe inspiring.
|Museum of costumes from the Pretoria State Theatre|
|Entrance to the Voortrekker Monument|
|Some of the marble panels and feautures inside the building|
|Viewing areas on top of the building and the very scary view down|
|Huge statues are on all 4 corners of the building|
We were exhausted after our busy walking day (swollen feet as well) so it was decided that we would stop off at Spur at Cradlestone Mall for supper. Fabulous steak and very friendly service.
On Sunday I woke up sad to know that I only had a few hours left to spend with my sister, but I also knew that we still had lots to see and do. First on the agenda was a trip to Sandton City as I had a voucher to spend at Steve Madden. Carryn helped me choose beautiful boots and a floral clutch bag. We also went to look at the Nelson Mandela statue. Then I got to ride on the Gautrain! It was a short but very fun ride from Sandton to Rosebank.
After all the shopping we were desperate for coffee and we decided to go to Father Coffee for cappuccino's. Then Carryn got me to try a Krispy Kreme doughnut - yummy!
|Father Coffee, Krispy Kreme and |
Flora Blend Bar
We had seen about the Flora Blend Bar on Facebook and knew it was somewhere inside The Zone @ Rosebank. It was supposed to be a quick stop in to look at it but we ended up staying and having lunch there. There are a lot of options on the menu and all are made with Flora margarine. You can choose 3 items for R45 and then a drink option is extra. We all decided to have cappuccinos from Motherland coffee. It was fascinating watching the margarine making demonstration.
|Vegetarian mini quiche, Carrot & apple muffin with cream|
cheese icing, Red pepper pate and homemade bread
After the Flora Blend Bar we raced back to Carryn's house to finalise my packing and then had to hop back in the car with my bulging suitcase and race to Lanseria. Shew! Very surprised that I wasn't overweight. Great flight back home to Durban with Kulula again.
|So sad that the Gauteng Adventures were over|
Thank you Carryn, Brett and Joshua for an amazing time!! I felt like a tourist in Gauteng and loved all the adventures that we went on - even the swollen and sore feet ;)