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For a walking tour of Cape Town that will introduce you to the very heart and soul of the mother city, the Footsteps to Freedom historic walk will educate and enlighten any visitor.
Exploring the streets of Cape Town, this three hour walking tour traces 350 years of the city’s history including the challenges faced by the early Dutch settlers, the plight of slaves, the Cape as a colony, the dark days of apartheid and the dawning of the new South Africa as a rainbow nation. The tour starts out at the Cape Town Visitor Information centre on Burg Street and takes you on a tour of some of Cape Town’s most important historical sites.
St Georges Mall, originally an important thoroughfare for Dutch settles between the seas and the company gardens, is now a pedestrianised walkway cut off from traffic and lined with cafes, galleries, coffee shops, curio stores and restaurants. Street vendors ply their wares, and entertainment in the form of drummers, dancers and choirs can also be found.
Hand made goods from across the continent can be found at Green Market Square, originally a fresh produce market where farmers and slaves gathered to trade goods, find skilled artisans or even hire wagons and carts.
The Grand Parade is Cape Town’s oldest square, used primarily as a military parade ground and commercial centre. The Castle, one of the oldest occupied buildings in Cape Town, has had a rich history – from being the administrative, social and commercial hub of the Cape Colony to being a military command centre and, finally, a military museum.
The District Six Museum captures the loss experienced by over sixty thousand people, who lost their homes when the apartheid government declared the area a “white group area” and relocated an entire community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants over the course of fifteen years.
Footsteps to Freedom includes many more historic sites including, the Slave Lodge and Slave Tree site, Parliament, the Company Gardens, The South African National Gallery, South African Museum and St Georges Cathedral.
To learn more about the Cape Town’s rich heritage, any of the dedicated concierge staff at the Taj will be delighted to offer insight and guide you towards the city’s best tours, museums and cultural highlights.
The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and is within walking distance of the Cape Town Visitor Information centre and many of the city’s historical landmarks.
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February is often called the month of love, with many newly engaged couples inspired by Valentine’s Day to picture their fairy tale wedding.
Fortunately, the Canal Walk Bridal Fair, one of Cape Town’s most popular and prestigious bridal fairs, occurs just in time.
The 2011 Canal Walk Bridal Fair is geared towards helping excited future brides and grooms plan for their dream wedding. The fair boasts over a hundred expert suppliers, on hand to help with every aspect of the wedding. This includes menus, venues, gowns, shoes, photos and invites – making the bridal fair the one-stop wedding show that every prospective bride or groom needs to attend.
Breathtaking venues, glamorous gowns, chic grooms wear, alluring accessories, show-stopping hair and make-up artists, exotic honeymoon destinations, imaginative photographers and videographers, reliable transportation, magnificent flowers, delectable cuisine and superb music are amongst the many showcase attractions you will find at Canal walk under its “Diamonds are Forever” theme.
The Canal Walk Bridal fair also provides an opportunity to try out merchandise and ask questions from suppliers, taking the guesswork out of planning a wedding.
Additional attractions include a wedding parade, a cake competition, musical ensembles, live entertainment, interactive displays and special goodie bags for selected lucky brides-to-be, as well as giveaways to make the fair more than just useful and inspiring but a fun day out for everyone involved.
The year’s event will mark ten years of the Canal Walk Bridal Fair, so it is bound to bigger and more stunning than ever. Entrance to the event is free.
The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town in Cape Town. A perfect honeymoon experience awaits you at the Taj Cape Town along with the finest in Indian cuisine and luxurious spa treatments all within the historic heart of this beautiful city.