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A tourist in Jozi

12 Dec

Earlier this year, Citysightseeing (or the Hop on, hop off group) introduced a new route in Johannesburg.

Ever since I found out about it, I have wanted to do this. And, on Sunday, we finally hopped on the bus. What an enjoyable day! I can highly recommend the tour to anyone, Jozi resident or not. It will take you to areas that you probably won’t see every day, and I have certainly learnt some new things about Jozi.

My only complaint is that a day is definitely too short and several of the tourist attractions are closed on Sunday (such as the SAB World of Beer and Constitution Hill). But what better excuse to do the tour again, this time with an extension into Soweto!

Sunday was also the first Sunday after the passing of our beloved Madiba, and I wanted to stop at the latest statue of our former president at Chancellor House in Fox street.

I will let the snaps tell the story!

(click on thumbnails for bigger picture)

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Kids, Travel

 

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8 responses to “A tourist in Jozi

  1. Kathryn McCullough

    December 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Sounds like a fun day, Gertie. And you even have an excuse to do it again. HOW PERFECT is that! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. We are sad about Mandela’s passing here in Ecuador, as well.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

     
    • Justcallmegertie

      December 13, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Thanks Kathy! It was a lovely day. We are definitely going to make a plan to do that!

       
  2. Eha

    December 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for taking us along on the tour. I have hopped on such buses all around the world in cities new to me: oft the best way to get one’s bearings. In many cities there are multiple buses along the same route, so one can jump on and off at will. Stayed up for the Nelson Mandela football stadium memorial of course ~ sad that the skies cried. Loved his grandchildren’s speeches and the Barack Obama one [tho’ he got a lot of criticism here for that unfortunate ‘selfie’]. Hope a little of the closure during the weekend is able to be filmed . . .

     
    • Justcallmegertie

      December 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Thanks Eha. It was a very moving memorial. I quite liked the idea of Obama and the selfie. Good to see a human side to politicians :-). I am sure the funeral will be a very different affair. it has been an amazing uniting event for South Africans. Amazing that even in death, he can do his magic. 🙂

       
      • Eha

        December 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

        Methinks a lot of Western people find the idea of ‘celebration’ of a person’s life difficult to comprehend even when they have had such a full one and depart at 95! Let’s face it, most of the black South African crowd largely sang and danced and ‘peace’ had to be made twixt them and those on the podium more than once 🙂 ! Hence a relaxed moment such as that ‘selfie’ could be misconstrued. Unfortunately dear Michelle O did look like thunder!!!!! :)!

         
      • Justcallmegertie

        December 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

        I guess. The week has been a week of mixed emotions for all South Africans. Of course it is sad that Madiba passed on, but his last public appearance was in 2010 (I was there for FIFA final!). And there are very few people who can say they have had such a full life.
        I am inspired by people wanting to live his legacy. This morning on TV they had a 6 yo boy exclaiming how he wants to live Madiba’s legacy. That brought tears (again) to my eyes 🙂

         
  3. Madoqua

    December 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I visited Joeys some years ago and found it rather a confronting city. I obviously did not see the lovelier side of the city!

     
    • Justcallmegertie

      December 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      It is a strange city. It sort of grows on you. There are some things about Jozi that I love (like the weather, all the trees, the highveld thunderstorms), but I can’t imagine many tourists putting it at the top of their lists of cities…

       

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