Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Mind the gap

 After the Gautrain officially launched on 02 August, we couldn't wait to get our tickets and treat Immy to a grand train adventure! Granny and Grandpa decided to join us for the day, so last Saturday we all set off for Hatfield station.
 
This way please...

After getting our cards, we made our way down to the platform, where we waited with anticipation for the train to arrive. Right after Rob took this photo, I got in trouble with a Gautrain person (very official and strict!) for standing on the wrong side of the yellow line. Oopsie!


Once aboard, Immy seemed fairly unimpressed by it all. Here she is making friends with strangers...


...watching the world go by...


...playing with the talking dog on Dad's iPhone...


...and lying down on the floor from the excitement of it all!


We arrived at Sandton station after about 40 minutes, and made our way from the bowels of the earth to the surface! The station is a short walk from the station to Nelson Mandela Square...


And then we were there!


We walked through Sandton Square, not terribly exciting - although I did get distracted in Geldoffs (the chocolatier) and almost lost the family! Our last stop before heading home was Baglios, where we bought Immy a banana icecream cup.  Yum!


                                                                  


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Food glorious food

A few weeks ago we stopped off by chance at the Hazel Food Market. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so we strolled around, had a bite to eat and took some pics...

We bought Immy a Gingerbread man - they were too beautiful to resist.


And for me, a red velvet cupcake..



We had lunch sitting in the dusty grass (or rather just the dusty dust!) Cheesegrillers wrapped in bacon, with Italian Sodas. Yum.



Italian Sodas





Shopping list for next time: flowers, cheese, olives, breads - and a cupcake or two (or three).


Sunday, 24 July 2011

You look like a monkey

On Saturday we set off for Immy's First Trip to the Zoo. The establishment known today as the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa was founded in 1899 by the then-director of the Staatsmuseum, Dr Jan Boudewyn Gunning. Long story short, he had a backyard full of animals that were going to be stuffed and put on display for the Museum - but the good doctor had other plans. He encouraged residents around the museum to complain about the smell and the noise of the animals in the backyard. Soon enough, he was granted permission to move the animals to 'Rus in Urbe' on 21 October 1899 - and so the National Zoo was born.

Fun fact: The Sammy Marks fountain is one of only two of its kind in the world.





Rob took this gorgeous photo. Tip: you need lots of cash at the zoo! We didn't have enough for the cable car, so this was as good as it got!



Apparently the zoo has 6km worth of walkways. I think we walked every inch of it. Immy also did her best to get in her mileage, although her motto for the day seemed 'why walk when you can run'!



This was the tiger's enclosure. Immy seemed quite fascinated, with good reason. The tiger was pacing up and down along the ledge, panting and STARING at her - she just carried on eating her sandwich. This is the confidence that comes with a 50 foot high fence.




By the end of our 3 hours, we had finished the Zoo Loop and definitely started looking at the golf carts through new eyes. We took this pic (my favourite) on our way out...


Tired but happy