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Cape Union Mart, Home of the Father's Day Gift
15 Jun 2015
 
     

by Lisa de Speville 
For Cape Union Mart

Days turn into weeks and weeks into months, which pass in a blur of school, studying, work, activities and social commitments. Birthdays, anniversaries and celebratory days remind us to be thankful and appreciative of people important in our lives.

On Sunday, 21 June, Father's Day celebrates fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and the contribution that these and other paternal figures have in the lives of children, and in our lives.

A Father's Day gift, presented with kindness and love, is a thank you for the hours he spent teaching you to ride a bicycle, reading to you before bed, taking you to school, cooking breakfast, building your beloved tree house, sitting through summer swimming lessons, working long hours to give you an education and, most of all, for loving you from the day you took your first breath.

Choosing an appropriate gift to show appreciation can be challenging. With an extensive range of useful and practical gifts at Cape Union Mart, saying thank you is affordable.

Our thoughtful suggestions for ‘Gifts under R200’, 'Bright gift Ideas', 'Top Gadgets for Dad' and 'Top 50 Gifts' will help you find the perfect way to spoil your dad this Father's Day at Cape Union Mart, Home of the Father's Day Gift.

'UNDER R200 GIFTS' 

Picquic Teeny Turner - R75
This cunningly designed screwdriver has seven different tips that fit neatly into slots in the lifetime-guaranteed handle when not in use. Leave in the kitchen drawer, toolbox, tacklebox or glove compartment for quick tightening - or loosening - jobs that keys and knives just can't do.  The Picquic Teeny Turner is available in red, yellow, fusia, blue, green and orange.

'TOP 50 GIFTS'        

Tonglite Braai Tongs - R275
If you've ever watched you father stooped over the braai with a dish in one hand, tongs in the other and a flashlight in his mouth trying to gauge whether your dinner is cooked, then this is the gift for him. A removable, waterproof torch nests between the tongs to shine a warm white LED light directly onto the item in the grip of the tongs - illuminating your food in the best possible light. Ergonomically designed to suit both small and bigger hands, the elongated frame allows you to reach food on the grid without burning your hands. 

'TOP GADGETS FOR DAD' 

Powerstick 2600mAh Portable Charger - R250
Your father will never be caught with a flat mobile battery or powerless tablet with this Powerstick Portable Charger in his pocket. It's ideal for weekend hikes and business travel and when loadshedding last for hours, the Powerstick is a perfect backup power source. A charging indicator shows when the device is full and how much power is left. It has a standard 5V-1A input and output and comes with a Micro USB cable and USB port. It works on any USB-charged devices.  Get this portable charger in pink, green, white, black or blue.  The Powerstick 5200mAh capacity model (R399) is also available.

'BRIGHT GIFT IDEAS'

BlackfireClamplightMINI - R99
The Clamplight, which comes in four colours, allows for hands-free use thanks to its unique clamp mechanism. Clamped on to almost anything, the double-axis pivot directs brilliant light from this compact unit into the tightest of corners. Battery life from the three LR44 (A76 equivalent) batteries, which are included, is 55 hours and the LEDs never need replacing. Clamp to a tackle box, tent, bracket, tool box or even the peak of a cap. The Clamplight is primarily grey in colour with black, green, orange or blue trim.

To view the complete digital catalogue of Cape Union Mart's Father's Day gifts, please download the catalogue PDF.
https://www.capeunionmart.co.za/media/digital_catalogue/fathers_day_2015...

What’s Up at Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs at the V&A Waterfront
29 May 2015
 
     

Introducing Roll’s Royce Burgers, Red-Hot Dogs, 40 Decadently-Divine Gourmet Shakes, To-Die-For Belgian Beer Waffles and Fabulous Monday and Wednesday Specials 

A few years ago, the Slick Restaurant Group, owners of the award-winning Belthazar and Balducci’s Restaurants, embarked on a quest to create the ‘Best Burger’, visiting the top burger joints in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas, and working with their Master Butcher at Belthazar. The result was ‘The Ultimate Burger’, proudly showcased at Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs at the V&A Waterfront.

Made from grainfed beef, these juicy 200g burgers are firstly flame-grilled to perfection with lashings of their best-kept-secret basting, and then lovingly placed on a fresh, homebaked, lightly-toasted sesame-seed bun, crowned with shredded lettuce, sun-ripened tomatoes, caramelised onions, Collette's famous deli-pickled cucumber and, finally, drizzled with their No 6 Creamy Sauce. All this deliciousness is served with a choice of thick-cut fries (potato, sweet potato or half-and-half), and spiced-up with a sprinkling of their addictive seasoning salt. And to spruce up the spread, delectable chicken and vegetarian burgers are on offer as well as ten sensational Designer Burgers.

This incredible line-up of Gourmet Burgers is complemented with Export Quality Beef, Pork and Lamb Spare Ribs and A-Grade Wet-or-Dry-Aged Grainfed Beef, supplied by Belthazar’s Master Butcher, as well as scrumptious chicken and seafood dishes, decadent desserts, craft beers and a superb selection of premium wines, all to be enjoyed at this cool and trendy joint where the ambience is super-chilled and the service slick. 

The Slick Restaurant Group is passionate about food and what they do and their culinary crusade for excitement, innovation and excellence is unstoppable. Gibson’s has done it again, whipping up fabulous new fare, including a selection of Roll’s Royce Burgers, Red-Hot Dogs, 40 Decadently-Divine Gourmet Shakes – handspun, double thick and available in the most awesome yummy flavours, and to-die-for Belgian Beer Waffles. And don’t miss the super–duper Monday and Wednesday Specials.

Surrounding all this is the stylish, relaxed, warm and elegant, yet informal décor accentuated by the mellow sounds of jazz in the background that will transport you back to New York in the 1940’s. On top of that, the friendly and impeccably dressed staff (in full aprons and nifty flat caps), the professional and efficient service, the generous servings, the reasonable prices, and the delicious food will certainly convert you into a raving Gibson’s fan.

Go to www.gibsonsburgers.co.za  for the full menu and if you want to stand a chance of winning a stack of Gibson’s, Belthazar or Balducci’s vouchers, try your hand at designing your own perfect burger. 

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs
Shop 153 Lower Level V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 418 3660/2
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.gibsonsburgers.co.za
GPS: 33 54' 14" S, 18 25' 16" E
Twitter: @GibsonsBurgers; https://twitter.com/GibsonsBurgers
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GibsonsBurgers

South African runners at IAU Trail World Championships
28 May 2015
 
     

Two K-Way athletes are in France for the 5th IAU Trail World Championships, which take place on Saturday. AJ Calitz and Nicolette Griffioen, together with their South African teammates and runners from 38 other countries, make up the 287 participant count for this gruelling 85 kilometre run.

The IAU Trail World Championship is held annually and this year the event is hosted by France. The 85 kilometre race starts in the town of Annecy, which lies at the northern end of Lake Annecy. The route climbs into the mountains only a few kilometres from the start and circles the lake, taking in the surrounding summits for an accumulated 5,200 metres of vertical ascent over the course distance.

Although Calitz has competed abroad before, this is 22-year old Griffioen's first time in Europe and first international race. She is the newest member of K-Way's athlete family.

She has had a strong year already with wins at the Buffelspoort XTERRA and the Ultra Tail Mount Moodie 80km in January and a strong second place at the recent 32km Molweni Trail Run. Griffioen crossed the line only 20 seconds off the race winner.

"Annecy is really beautiful - both the mountains and the town," she says.

Griffioen is expecting the course to be technical and tough with unrelenting climbs and descents and with very few flat sections.

"Our team manager, Altus Schreuder, went to see sections of the course on Wednesday. He returned saying that 'a proper world champs' awaits us and that the course is 'definitely not boring'," she adds.

"My goal is to finish the race only," Griffioen says. "Being my first international race, I don't know any of my competition except my South African teammates; I have no idea how I'll place. I'm testing the waters to gain experience."

With a 03h30 start, it is a given that the temperature in the very early morning will be chilly. The weather on Saturday is predicted to be sunny during the day. The runners can see snow on the peaks of the mountains surrounding the lake from their hotel; they're expecting unpredictable conditions on the summits and know that cold and wind up high is almost guaranteed.

"I am going to go out relaxed, enjoy the views and see if I feel good enough after halfway to pull back some ladies," she says.

Calitz and Griffioen's Team South Africa teammates include Eric Ngubane, Graeme McCallum, Iain Don-Wauchope, Jock Green, Chantel Nienaber and Su Don-Wauchope. There is a team competition element where accumulated results count towards selecting a winning country.

QUICK REFERENCE

Event: 5th IAU Trail World Championships (run on the Tecnica MaXi-Race® course)

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2015

Venue: Annecy, France

Start time: 03h30 (France is currently GMT +2, same as South Africa)

Distance: 85 kilometres

Vertical gain: 5,300 metres

Number of participants: 178 men and 109 women (287 total)

Number of countries represented: 39 for the World Champs

Course Records: Men: Sebastien Spehler (FRA), 8:45; Women: Caroline Chaverot (FRA), 10:15

Website: www.worldtrail2015.com

Start list: on IAU website 
(http://iau-ultramarathon.org/images/file/StartList_IAU_TrailWC.pdf)

Follow online during the race - live splits:
maxirace.livetrail.net (this looks like the page where splits will appear - use the 'Following' tab - maxirace.livetrail.net/teteCourse.php)

Facebook: Trail Run SA
https://www.facebook.com/TrailRunSouthAfrica?ref=ts&fref=ts

Maxi-Race: https://www.facebook.com/traillacannecy

TOKARA ‘Wine Made Art’
15 Sep 2014
 
     

TOKARA has much to celebrate in September. With the coming of spring, this unique winery releases its new vintages to the public at its annual Gala event – among them the highly acclaimed TOKARA Director’s Reserve wines, Reserve collection and Limited Release wines – and at the same time launches its annual selection of “Wine Made Art” for viewing.

 “Art is very important to us and it gives us tremendous pleasure,” says Anne-Marie Ferreira, co-owner of TOKARA Estate. “We therefore wanted to develop a concept whereby we could promote art to the public in various available spaces, in and around our winery and delicatessen. We also felt art was a means to satisfy the sense of sight, which in turn would complement the other senses one could stimulate at TOKARA through our wines, olive oils and cuisine.”

Forty-five students from the Marié Stander School of Art literally transform wine into art when they dip their paintbrushes in 2011 TOKARA Shiraz, to visually portray their interpretations of this year’s relevant theme: “2014 World Design Capital – Cape Town”. (The World Design Capital title is awarded every second year to those cities that recognise design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development).

 Marié Stander, who is herself a practicing artist, encourages her students to work in a variety of mediums, from oil and ink to charcoal and pencil. So painting with wine was a welcome challenge. “I’m very involved with the creation process. Whenever we start a new brief I show them different examples and ideas – to get the inspirational juices flowing,” she says.

The school has been involved with “Wine Made Art” for the past four years and over time they have perfected the method of preparing the wine for use as an art medium. Stander says that getting the rich burgundy colour you see in a glass of Shiraz to translate to the surface being painted on is tricky, because if used as it is, the wine becomes a lilac grey colour. “It’s very pale, but you can’t reduce it too much because it becomes too syrupy.” So after much experimentation they came up with using an old Voortrekker recipe for ink: boiling a wine reduction with a rusty nail and a white Protea leaf, creating the rich colour seen in this year’s art. 

Stander discourages her students from using found objects or photographs taken by other people, so this project saw the Stellenbosch-based students venturing out onto the streets of Cape Town to find their inspiration. She is very impressed with the concepts and quality of the works chosen for this year’s exhibition. 

Mark Lester, Marketing Manager at TOKARA, is also impressed: “The quality once again was truly magnificent. The theme was relatively broad, some artists interpreted it literally and others less so. The visuals therefore touch on a variety of subjects ranging from historic, to modern, to everyday scenes of Cape Town, to cultural scenes. The works capture a very diverse city, which Cape Town has truly come to represent.”

 Twenty selected artworks from this year’s “Wine Made Art” project will be displayed in the on-site gallery from September 11th until end January 2015 for all public to view. 

TOKARA, a picture-perfect destination on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass with sweeping views all the way to Table Mountain, offers visitors a unique combination of award-winning wines and olive oils, and a restaurant featuring one of South Africa’s leading chefs, Richard Carstens. 

TOKARA is open 9am-5pm weekdays and 10am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For further information visit www.tokara.com, email [email protected], phone 021 808 5900, Tweet @TOKARA_ZA #WineMadeArt, www.facebook.com/TokaraSA 

Stellenbosch 360 cements Township ties on Madiba Day
28 Jul 2014
 
     

Inspired to make every day a Mandela Day, Stellenbosch 360, the town’s dynamic tourism outfit, reunited with Heart Capital in its ongoing efforts to create social and sustainable change in the poverty-stricken Kayamandi community, by lending some green fingers and elbow grease to its Foodpods Project.

Earlier this year, Stellenbosch 360 joined forces with Heart Capital, a boutique impact investment company based in Cape Town, by donating a Sandbag House towards the Heart Capital Foodpods Hub which was rooted in the township to establish food security for the locals in a financially sustainable way.

“This hub is an inspiring place making it possible for the locals to grow, consume and sell fresh, organic vegetables with Heart Capital providing the infrastructure, training and support they need to start and run urban-agri businesses. Stellenbosch 360’s Sandbag House will serve as a home for the security guard who keeps a beady eye over the growing greens,” says Matt Smith of Stellenbosch 360.

Honouring one of this year’s Mandela Day themes – food security – Stellenbosch 360 rolled up their sleeves and painted and beautified their donated house; assisted with the building of additional Sandbag Houses, and got their hands dirty in the urban veggie hub by planting some seedlings.

“We are inspired to grow with our local communities in building a better and caring society together. It was so heart-warming to see how the crafters from the local Centre of Entrepreneurship and volunteers all joined hands in transforming our house with beautiful African colours, depicting the vibrant township lifestyle,” shared an elated Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360.

“By reaching out to the township, we aim to make a small difference in the fight against hunger and poverty and we challenge all fellow Stellenboschers to follow in Madiba’s footsteps and live a life of ‘67 minutes’ as opposed to making it a yearly activity,” adds Ferns.

For more information regarding Stellenbosch 360 and its various community projects and initiatives visit www.stellenbosch.travel, contact Tel: 021 883 3584 or email Matt Smith at [email protected]. Also join them on Facebook and Twitter @MyStellenbosch.

Winter Food and Wine Specials at Winter Valley
25 Jul 2014
 
     

THE GREEN SEASON in the Western Cape is a time to cuddle up during cold snaps with delicious soups and warming red wines, and take advantage of those glorious sunny days with picnics and light whites. And at Hidden Valley Wine Estate high in the hills between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, these are all available during winter: gourmet foods, fine wines and beautiful places to enjoy them.

At the tasting room, you and a friend can share the Winter Platter with its homemade soup for two, fresh ciabatta, two lovely cheeses, two meats, three relishes, and a bottle of Hidden Valley Pinotage for R280. If the weather is good, why not plump for a picnic? The baskets, which sell for R300 for two and must be booked 48 hours ahead, contain ciabatta and crackers, meats and cheeses, relishes, salad and nuts, olives and olive oil, and something sweet, plus a bottle of Hidden Valley red or white.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can take your picnic along with you on the landscaped nature trail along the beautiful farm dam. Two other treats at Hidden Valley are the wine-and-olive tasting (five wines with olive oil, bread and olives, for R45) and the chocolatier’s platter (five handmade chocolates to pair with Hidden Valley wines, for R65).

Hidden Valley farm, a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, is run according to a philosophy of working with nature, and an uncompromising approach to vineyard and wine quality. Fifteen hectares are under vine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc), and three hectares are planted to olives, producing top-quality extra virgin oil (Leccino, Coratina, Frantoio, Mission and Favola), table olives (Calamata and Nocellara) and homemade olive tapenade from the farm.

Hidden Valley produces three reds and a white wine: the Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc, a red blend of Shiraz and Tannat, named Hidden Secret, The Hidden Gems is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. All are made and matured in a state-of-the-art cellar nestling on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain.

To book and for more information on Hidden Valley wines contact Tel: +27 21 880 2646, email [email protected] or visit www.hiddenvalleywines.com. Like us on www.facebook.com/hiddenvalleywines and follow us on www.twitter.com/HVwines. 

Hidden Valley is situated on T4 Route, Off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch.

Franschhoek’s Allée Bleue Wine Estate Pops Up a Winter Pizza and Pasta Eatery
25 Jul 2014
 
     

ALLÉE BLEUE WINE ESTATE is warming up Franschhoek this winter with a tasty pizza and pasta offering under the guidance of consultant chef Craig Cormack. Now, deep into the Cape winter, Allée Bleue’s head chef, Ian Laubsher together with Chef Cormack, have drawn inspiration from the valley’s local produce including the estate’s very own array of fresh herbs harvested daily from the estate.

The chefs' back-to-basics approach sees fresh local ingredients being combined to tempt tastebuds with delights including smoked feta, biltong spiced beef, chorizo, Parma ham and Allée Bleue red wine reduction. The menu includes classic dishes, destined to become favourites, and also features daily specials.

Known for supplying numerous retailers in the Western Cape with a fantastic variety of fresh herbs grown on the estate, Allée Bleue introduces a unique Herb Trolley. Patrons can select their favourite herbs and micro herbs, grown on the estate, to create their own personal taste and texture profile for each dish.

To accompany the gourmet pizzas and pastas, Allée Bleue’s scrumptious wines have been carefully selected and paired with each dish. Wines are served by the bottle and by the glass.

The Allée Bleue pop-up Pizza and Pasta restaurant is a great destination restaurant for families and is open for lunch 7 days a week until 30 September 2014. Allée Bleue is located at the junction of the R45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein.

For further information on Allée Bleue Wine Estate and to book your table call +27 (0)21 874 1021, email [email protected] or visit www.alleebleue.com.

Sheepstakes, Wine Tasting and Bring-And-Braai at Doran Vineyards’ Open Days
25 Jul 2014
 
     

At DORAN VINEYARDS in the Voor-Paardeberg, five pet sheep entertain visitors to the farm in a unique way. Rambo, Sid, Lucky, Séan and Alice are regularly decked in colours then, lured by offers of delicious food, amble along a short 80-metre course while spectators shout encouragement from the sidelines.

Two years ago, these five Île-de-France lambs, born on Doran Vineyards farm between Wellington and Malmesbury in the Western Cape, were rejected by their mothers – something that isn’t unusual among sheep – and were taken in by farm manager Basson Potgieter and his wife. 

Bottle-fed as babies, the five hanslamme (Afrikaans for orphaned or tame sheep) quickly developed a great fondness for food and the humans with which they associate their meals - which is how the idea for the “Sheepstakes” was born. “The sheep are never stressed in any way,” explains farm director André Badenhorst, the brains behind the drawcard event. “They run towards the food in exactly the same way as they would when simply being offered one of their regular meals.”

André – whose impeccable farming credentials include the iconic Buitenverwachting and Constantia Uitsig farms in Cape Town – is a great fan of this particular breed of sheep, which are farmed for both wool and meat. And he, like the rest of the farm’s management and staff, are passionate about the safety and wellbeing of all the animals under his care: the rest of the flock of Île-de-France sheep (currently 200, but with the aim of increasing this to 500 ewes), 60 Aberdeen Angus cattle and a large flock of chickens.

The Doran Vineyards Sheepstakes take place on the farm’s open day on the last Saturday of each month; the first of which is to take place on September, 27th. Visitors can roam the 180 ha property, just under a third of which is planted with vines.

Award-winning winemaker Martin Lamprecht produces both the flagship Doran range of three reds, a white and a rosé, and the Horse Mountain range. All are available for tasting and purchase at the open days, and André encourages visitors to bring along picnics or meat for a bring-and-braai.

Irish-born, London-based Edwin Doran, the other half of the Doran Vineyards partnership, describes the goal of this family farm as “To have fun and enjoyment in everything we do and to share that pleasure with as many people as possible.” And, with the Sheepstakes, this is certainly what they’re doing.

Doran Vineyards is situated off the R45, Voor-Paardeberg Road, Paarl 7630. To arrange a personalised tasting email [email protected] or call (27) 21 869 8328. For more info visit http://doranvineyards.co.za  

Free Wi-Fi in Paris Gardens
25 Jul 2014
 
     

Enjoy a quiet time in one of the French capital’s finest green areas, and connect with the world through free Wi-Fi!

Paris Wi-Fi is accessible to all in gardens and parks of the capital during opening times. These are depending on the season, during the week they open between 8h00 and 9h30, and 9h00 on Sundays. Closing times vary also according to the seasons and the sunset!

When you see the the Paris Wi-Fi sign, you will be able to get access to free wifi. All you need to do is go to the connexion zone, close to an access zone.

List of parks, gardens equipped with free wifi:

(Arrondissements (arr.) are effectively suburbs, you can see them marked on this map

3e arrondissement  

- Square du Temple: 64 rue de Bretagne
- Square Léopold Achille: 13 rue Payenne
- Square Georges Cain: 14 rue Payenne 

4e arrondissement 

- Square Jean XXIII: rue du Cloître Notre-Dame
- Square Louis XIII: place des Vosges
- Square de l'Ave Maria: 30, quai des Célestins
- Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques: 39, rue de Rivoli 

5e arrondissement 

- Square Paul Langevin: rue des Ecoles
- Square des Arènes de Lutèce: 51 rue Monge 
- Jardin Tino Rossi: Quai St.-Bernard 
- Square Saint-Médard: rue Censier 
- Square Scipion: 8 rue Scipion
- Square René Viviani: rue Lagrange 

6e arrondissement

- Square Felix Desruelles: 168 boulevard St.-Germain
- Square Ozanam: 18 rue Stanislas 

7e arrondissement 

- Parc du Champ de Mars: 2 allée Adrienne Lecouvreur
- Jardin Catherine Laboure: 33 rue de Babylone 
- Esplanade des Invalides: rue Paul 

8e arrondissement 

- Parc Monceau: 1 place de la République Dominicaine
- Square Louis XVI: 29 rue Pasquier 

9e arrondissement 

- Square Montholon: 2, rue Mayran
- Square Trinité d'Estienne d'Orves: 1 rue Blanche 

10e arrondissement

- Square la petite Roquette: 4 rue Servan
- Square Juliette Dodu: 1 rue Juliette Dodu 
- Square Alban Satragne: 107 rue du Faubourg St.-Denis 
- Square Amadou Hampate Ba: 17 rue Boy Zelenski 
- Jardin Villemin: 8, rue des recollets 

11e arrondissement 

- Square Maurice Gardette: 2, rue du Général Blaise 
- Square la petite Roquette: 4 rue Servan 
- Square Orillon, Jules Verne: 19 rue de l'Orillon 
- Square Jean-Aicard: 15 avenue Jean-Aicard
- Jardin Zac Dorian: 26 passage du Bureau 
- Square Richard Lenoir: 67 boulevard Richard Lenoir 
- Square de Charonne: 159, rue de Charonne 
- Square des jardiniers: Place Léon Blum 
- Square Louis Majorelle: 24, rue de la forge royale 

12e arrondissement 

- Square Saint Eloi: 12, rue Sainte Claire Deville  
- Jardin de l'Arsenal: Boulevard de la Bastille 
- Parc de Bercy: 1, cour Chamonard
- Jardin de Reuilly: 1 rue Albinoni 
- Promenade plantée: Allée Vivaldi 
- Square Charles-Peguy: 21 rue Rottembourg 

13e arrondissement 

- Parc de Choisy: 160 avenue de Choisy
- Square René Legall: 43 rue Corvisart 
- Jardin Moulinet Vandrezan: rue du Moulinet 
- Square Henri Cadiou: 69 boulevard Arago 
- Jardin Cyprian Norwid: 63 rue du Chevaleret 
- Square Fontaine à Mulard: 20 rue de la Fontaine à Mulard 
- Parc Kellerman: 3 rue de la Poterne des Peupliers  
- Square Mesureur: 105 rue Jeanne-d'Arc 
- Square Gandon: 111 boulevard Massena 
- Square Héloïse et Abélard: 22 rue Pierre Gourdault 
- Jardin Michelet: 237 rue de Tolbiac 
- Jardin du Moulin de la Pointe: 68 rue Moulin de la Pointe 
- Square Jean-Claude-Nicolas-Forestier: 79 boulevard Kellerman 
- Square Georges Duhamel: 5 rue Choderlos de Laclos 
- Jardin Château des Rentiers: rue du Château des Rentiers
- Jardin James Joyce: rue Georges Balanchine

14e arrondissement 

- Parc Montsouris: 2 rue Gazan
- Square Serment de Koufra: 1 avenue Ernest Reyer 
- Square Aspirant Dunand: 26 rue Mouton-Duvernet 
- Jardin de la rue de Châtillon: 18, rue de Châtillon 
- Square Ferdinand Brunot: 3 rue Durouchoux 
- Square du Chanoine Viollet: 72 rue du Moulin-Vert 
- Square Julia Bartet: 1 rue Julia Bartet  

15e arrondissement 

- Square Saint Lambert: 1 rue Théophraste-Renaudot
- Parc Georges Brassens:  2 place Jacques-Marette
- Parc André Citroën: 5 rue de la Montagne de la Fage
- Square Violet: 4 place Violet 
- Square du Clos Feuquières: 30 rue Desnouettes 
- Jardin Atlantique: 1 place des 5 Martyrs du Lycée Buffon 
- Jardin Nicole de Hautecloque: 28 rue Edgar Faure 
- Square rue Blomet: rue Blomet 
- Square Alleray Labrouste: 92, rue d'Alleray

16e arrondissement 

- Jardins du Trocadéro: 11 place du Trocadéro 
- Jardins porte de Saint Cloud: 20 avenue Ferdinand-Buisson 
- Jardin du Ranelagh: 1 avenue Prudhon
- Square Alexandre et René Parodi: 1 place de la Porte Maillot
- Square du Tchad: 8 avenue du Général Sarrail
- Parc de Passy: Avenue du président Kennedy 

17e arrondissement

- Jardin de la promenade Pereire:  211 boulevard Pereire 
- Square des Epinettes: 1 rue Maria Deraismes 
- Square de la Villa Ste.-Croix: 32 rue de la Jonquière 
- Square des Batignolles: Place Charles Fillon 
- Square André Ulmann: 17 Bd de Reims 
- Square Ernest Chausson: 55, avenue de Clichy

18e arrondissement 

- Square Léon Serpollet: 25 rue des Cloys 
- Square Suzanne Buisson: 7 rue Girardon 
- Square Saint-Hélène: 41 rue Letort 
- Jardin de la rue Ginette-Neveu: 1 rue Ginette Neveu
- Square Henri Huchard: 25 rue Louis Pasteur Valery Radot 

19e arrondissement 

- Parc des Buttes Chaumont: 1 rue Botzaris
- Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge: 5 rue Alphonse Aulard 
- Square de la Marseillaise: 21 avenue de la porte Chaumont 
- Jardin de la Porte d'Aubervilliers: 18 avenue de la Porte d'Aubervilliers  

20e arrondissement 

- Square  Edouard-Vaillant: 3 rue Belgrand 
- Parc de Belleville: 45 rue des Couronnes 
- Jardin Gare de Charonne: 59 boulevard Davout 
- Square Antoine Blondin: 128 rue de Bagnolet
- Jardin ZAC Réunion: 20 rue des Haies 
- Square Emanuelle Fleury: 7 rue Le Vau 
- Square Samuel Champlain: 9 avenue Gambetta 
- Square Docteur Vario: 160 avenue Gambetta 
- Jardin des Amandiers: 40 rue des Cendriers 
- Square Sarah Berhnardt: Rue Lagny 
- Square Pixerecourt: rue Pixerecourt  
- Jardin Casque d'Or: 14 rue Michel de Bourges

Delheim whips up flippin’ good pancake and wine pairings
25 Jul 2014
 
     

At the legendary Delheim Estate, nestled on the idyllic slopes of the Simonsberg outside Stellenbosch, it is pancake weather all year round with the launch of their decadent sweet and savoury Pancake & Wine Pairings.

“At Delheim we don’t wait for the weather to turn grey and gloom before we whip out our pans for a pick-me-up pancake feast. Come rain or sunshine, here it is a ‘household staple’ which we salute every day and whilst it is not the easiest food to match with wine, particularly given the variety of pancake fillings, it is by no means an impossible job,” shares Delheim chef Yvette Horn. 

Like pasta the best match for pancakes depends on the topping or filling and at Delheim one can delight in a delicious trio of taste sensations, whilst discovering an array of estate wines on offer at a mere R75 per person.

First up to tickle the taste buds is a whole wheat Salmon Pancake, filled with salmon trout and cream cheese and topped with caper berry shavings. This healthy indulgence is served with the Delheim Pinotage Rosé for a match made in heaven, as the delicate floral and berry notes of the wine pair well with this lighter style of pancake filling.   

Next in line is the hearty Lamb Shank Pancake – a traditional pancake with Karoo lamb shank and homemade caramelised onion – which is just the ticket with the aromatic Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon. The black current, spice and dark chocolates flavours of the wine, work wonders with the meaty pancake mouthfuls, ending with a rich and lingering aftertaste.

Last but not least is an irresistible Pickled Pumpkin Pancake – crammed with Delheim’s own pickled pumpkin filling – which shares the spotlight with the estate’s eminent Edelspatz Nobel Late Harvest. Alluring with dried apricot, quince and cumquat notes, the luscious sweetness of this award-winning wine marries perfectly with the sugary acidity of the pancake.

The Delheim Pancake & Wine Pairings are on offer seven days a week at the tasting room – between 9h00 and 16h30. Pre-bookings are essential. To book for you and your friends contact the estate at Tel: 021 888 4600 or send an email to [email protected].

Featherbed Records Shattered
25 Jul 2014
 
     

The  annual SALOMON Featherbed Trail Run, presented by GU, once again graced the pristine trails of the eponymous Featherbed Nature Reserve today. Approximately 1000 off-road runners took part in a series of runs along the reserve above Knysna Heads, in the process shattering the route records.

The SALOMON Featherbed Trail Run, presented by GU, has without a doubt become one of the favourite sporting events at the annual Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. No other race quite matches up to it as far as scenery, natural grandeur, true grit and crowd-pleasing exhilaration go. If you don’t take my word for it, maybe the voices of a few thousand trail runners will convince you.

Imagine a ferry ride across the estuary at dawn, with a monster climb up the Knysna Heads, in turn followed by a tumultuous ridge descent onto the lagoon. Blast on to the flats, bombing across the rusted train bridge and over a finish line heaving with colour and energy.

Yup, it does not get much more exhilarating than this, except if you now imagine experiencing all this action three times in a single day. That is exactly how the SALOMON Featherbed Trail Run unfolds: a dawn run at 08h00; an afternoon run at 13h00 and a night run at 19h00.

The first run this morning saw a duel to near-death between Gauteng champion Thabang Elias Madiba and Stuart Marais from Stellenbosch, with the latter turning up the heat right from the word go. Incredible climbing legs and stamina made Marais unbeatable over the 15km Coelacanth Route, finishing in a time of 55min 33sec.

Carla van Huyssteen dominated the Women's field as expected – finishing in 7th overall position with a time of 01h07min41sec.

Both athletes are entered into the BIG5 Challenge of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and with their victories on the Salomon Featherbed Trail managed to hold onto the Yellow Jerseys that they are awarded after each stage of the competition.

Kudos goes to Magnetic South for once again presenting a world-class event with the assistance of two of South Africa's key sporting brands - SALOMON and GU - it is sponsorship such as this that has seen the sport of trail running booming over the past ten years.

A very special mention must also go to the Featherbed Company, who once a year allow the organisers to present this exhilarating event within their pristine protected area. “It is a privilege for us to run here every year”, said Event Director Mark Collins, “and we pride ourselves on instilling an ethos of respect for nature in each of the runners at our event”.

'New generation' Relais & Châteaux iPad application
25 Jul 2014
 
     

Total immersion for travel inspiration

When Relais & Châteaux launched its first iPad application 18 months ago, it confirmed its ambition to create an outstanding interactive showcase for mobile devices. With more than 18,000 photos and 500 videos, it is the new mobile benchmark guide, highlighting Relais & Châteaux' 520 hotels and restaurants and taking the hassle out of booking.

According to Philippe Gombert, President of Relais & Châteaux: ‘With every new generation of mobile app comes a new generation of guests. This is the way to inspire future young guests and persuade them that Relais & Châteaux Hotels and Restaurants offer them unique, authentic experiences.’

The application has been downloaded 70,000 times, proving a popular success with Relais & Châteaux guests, and has received a Travel d’Or award for the best tablet application in 2014. It is now available in a new version with a range of new features:

For people who like to get off the beaten track and escape our bland globalised world, the app now features 62  Routes Du Bonheur from around the world: with just the tap of your fingers, you can follow our ambassadors all over the world, and on every step of your tour, discover all the hidden treasures of our lands.

And if you are prepared just to succumb to temptation, we have devised an infinite wall of images offering travel inspiration: breathtaking views, suggestions for delightful alternative routes, destinations on the other side of the world, last-minute departures… 1001 ideas for Relais & Châteaux experiences.

This app’s features are constantly being upgraded to provide access to social networks and TripAdvisor ratings and comments on the web pages of Relais & Châteaux properties.

This application is available free of charge from the Apple App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/guide-relais-chateaux/id346844763 

The Relais & Châteaux application is also available on Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relaischateaux.android 

It is available 7 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and now also in Russian.

Savuti Camp Introduces Unique ‘Sleep-Out’ Experience In The Linyanti
24 Jun 2014
 
     

Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp has introduced a unique, sleep-out option for adventurous guests on outdoor decks overlooking the wildlife-rich Savute Channel in Botswana’s Linyanti Swamps. Situated a 20-minute drive or 45-minute boat trip away from the camp, the two new ‘sleep-out’ decks offer guests a truly secluded, up-close-and-personal wilderness experience and the exceptional opportunity of sleeping under the stars. 

Famous for the fact that between 1980 and 2008 it stopped flowing altogether, the Savute Channel is now a deep, clear waterway that attracts a variety of wildlife and anything can be seen from the deck, including hippo, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, impala, baboon and good birdlife. Guests enjoying the sleep-out experience will be treated to a range of night sounds as they drift off to sleep, as well as an array of sightings as they wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the channel. 

The two sleep-out decks, accommodating up to four people each, will be set up complete with comfortable beds and mosquito nets and basic ablution facilities nearby. A highly-qualified guide will be on standby to ensure the guests’ safety at all times and in case they need any assistance during the night. All needs will be catered for, including a cosy dinner around the campfire or a delicious breakfast the morning after.

Savuti Camp has front-row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted to the returning waters of the Savute Channel. Accommodation comprises seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the Channel. From the thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing are with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks towards the new waters that flow past the Camp. Activities on offer are day and night drives and nature walks with a highly-trained Wilderness Safaris guide.

Click here for more information on Savuti Camp.

The Show Is On - As Réunion Island Volcano Erupts
21 Jun 2014
 
     

This morning at 1:35 am, tourists on the French Indian Ocean Islands La Reunion witnessed a spectacle many had been waiting to see for some time. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupted.

“It made a few days that we were waiting for it, said Pascal Viroleau, CEO of Vanilla Islands Tourism, about the eruption of the volcano of Reunion Island, the Piton de la fournaise. According to Viroleau, “the volcano entered in activity this morning at 1:35 am.”

Most recently, an eruption occurred on December 9, 2010 and lasted for two days. The volcano is located within Réunion National Park, a World Heritage site. It is considered one of the major attractions of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.

“Sleeping since December 2010,” Piton de la Fournaise is considered as one of the major attractions of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.

Situated in the national park, classified in the World heritage by the UNESCO, its visit, combined with the attractions of the other islands constitutes a "must-seen" at the world level, added Viroleau.

Piton de la Fournaise, a typical basaltic shield volcano, located on the French island La Réunion, is one of the world's most active and productive volcanoes. It is in a phase of frequent but short-lived eruptions that start with lava fountains and produce large lava flows. Since the active areas of the volcano are not inhabited, its eruptions pose little danger and cause little damage.

Piton de la Fournaise is a typical example of a hot-spot volcano. The volcano is about 530,000 years old and during much of this time, its activity has overlapped with eruptions of its older neighbour, the deeply dissected Piton des Neiges shield volcano to the NW.

Three calderas formed at about 250,000, 65,000, and less than 5000 years ago by progressive eastward slumping of the volcano. Numerous pyroclastic cones dot the floor of the calderas and their outer flanks. Most historical eruptions have originated from the summit and flanks of Dolomieu, a 400-m-high lava shield that has grown within the youngest caldera called the Enclos, which is 8 km wide and breached to below sea level on the eastern side.

More than 150 eruptions, most of which have produced fluid basaltic lava flows, have occurred since the 17th century. Only six eruptions, in 1708, 1774, 1776, 1800, 1977, and 1986, have originated from fissures on the outer flanks of the caldera. The Piton de la Fournaise Volcano Observatory, one of several operated by the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, monitors this very active volcano.

La Reunion is a French province in the Southern Indian Ocean and a member of the newly formed Vanilla Island group.

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The Toughest Mountain Bike Race on Earth - The Munga
26 May 2014
 
     

The toughest mountain bike race on earth launches with prize money of $1 million – The Munga

On Friday 23 May 2014, the world of mountain biking and endurance racing was flipped on its head - when the world’s toughest, most demanding - yet most rewarding - mountain bike race was launched. The Munga - a 1000km, single-stage race will elevate the sport of mountain biking (MTB) by giving these sports enthusiasts a prize to be excited about – one that has never been offered before!

“The Munga offers more than just a race, it’s a test against the toughest of external elements and against the human body, but most importantly, it’s a game changer,” says Alex Harris, renowned explorer, athlete, founder of Xplore Authentic Experiences and Race Director of The Munga. “With The Munga’s prize money significantly more that of current event prizes, it is a massive leap for the sport and one that we hope will bring greater recognition to the sport and to the racer in all of us.” 

In a first for the world, The Munga has introduced a two-person team, single stage mountain bike race that will take place from the 3rd of December 2014. The intense, 1000km route for The Munga’s inaugural race will start in Bloemfontein, leading riders through vast distances across the Karoo, and conclude at the finish line at the Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch. The route has been designed to combine endurance, experience and strategy to satisfy those riding enthusiasts looking for a compelling story. It is set to take riders through some of South Africa’s lesser travelled paths - a trail that showcases South Africa’s remoteness – while testing the strongest of wills. 

“The world is not short of tough things to do. It’s short of tough people willing to tackle tough things. And this is set to be one of the toughest races on earth. Do you have what it takes to compete in The Munga and win your share of a million dollars?” concludes Harris. 

Muratie’s Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2009 Provides The Ideal Winter Companion
26 May 2014
 
     

At Muratie, the passion for preserving the estate’s rich heritage and the intriguing human stories woven into the very fabric of its centuries old history, are captured in every nook and cranny of this family farm, where the unique old-world ambience is almost tangible. 

Muratie’s history is also commemorated in the naming of the estate’s wines after the extraordinary characters from the farm’s colourful past, each with its own enchanting story described on the back label. And there are a myriad stories reaching as far back as the 17th century, making Muratie one of the oldest wineries in the Cape Winelands.

Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage

Muratie’s popular Cape Vintage pays homage to the estate’s legendary Ben Prins, winemaker at Muratie from 1957 until 1987. A hard-working, no-nonsense kind of a man - quiet, contemplative and exceptionally particular - he was both a perfectionist and a traditionalist. As unique as the wines he produced and affectionately known as Barefoot Ben, he believed that any ‘unnecessary novelties’ like shoes were ‘verboten’. It was said of perfectionist Ben that he knew wine like the back of his hand ... or indeed, his foot!

The Muratie Cape Vintage Port, which became synonymous with Muratie many years ago, was first produced by George Paul Canitz in the 1940’s, more than 70 years ago. Ben Prins arrived at Muratie in 1957, just before GP Canitz died, and the Muratie Cape Vintage Port tradition continued during the 30 years while Ben was at Muratie, and still continues today.

The Vineyards, Harvest and Cellar

Muratie Cape Vintage Port is produced from a vineyard planted way back in 1965. The traditional Portuguese varietals (Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roritz, Tinta Francesca and Souzao) are all planted in the same block. This block is hand harvested at the same time so this “field blend” is unique to the Muratie Cape Vintage. The grapes are crushed, destalked and pumped into a classic open concrete fermenter. Manual punch downs and pump overs are done at regular intervals. Fortification with grape spirits is done at the critical time to ensure the classic Muratie styled Vintage Port. Maturation takes place in old 225-litre French Oak Barrels for a minimum of two years prior to bottling.

Winemaker’s Tasting Comments

A positive bouquet of aromas comes forth from this fortified wine, with floral notes of violets and rose petals vying for space with the ripe black cherries, dark chocolate and sweet spice. A seamlessly-integrated port which marries alcohol, fruit and acidity into a delicious bundle of flavour – expect plum cake, mulberry fruit and a generous seasoning of perfumed spice – supported by a sturdy, but unobtrusive backbone of tannin and finishing positively, indicating there is plenty more to come over the next ten years. The Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage perfectly complements fireside contemplation and should be enjoyed with game dishes and mature artisanal cheeses.

Retail Price

Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2009, packaged in a stylish black canister, retails nationally for approximately R170. 

A Visit to Muratie

A visit to Muratie today, still guarded over by ancient oak trees, reveals a piece of history where time has largely stood still. The original open fermenters and winemaking implements in the werf that greet you on arrival; the rickety cob-webbed tasting room with stained glass windows; the renovated original old fermentation tanks, with their tartaric encrusted walls, where lunches and functions are held; the antique carpets and furniture; and original art; all adorn a unique and magical environment where you can still enjoy good wine, honest farm food, and great hospitality.

The many and varied attractions at Muratie include:

  • Wine tasting and sales daily between 10am and 5pm in Muratie’s rickety cob-webbed old-world tasting room;
  • The Melck family’s home-made preserves and treats for sale at the tasting room, comprising nougat made from their own free range eggs, honey from the hives in the blue gum grove on the hill above the tasting room, home baked rusks, as well as green fig preserves and apricot jam made by Rijk’s mother Annatjie and his wife Kim, from fruit grown on the farm;
  • The Farm Kitchen restaurant
  • Winery and history tours by appointment
  • GP Canitz Art Gallery in the refurbished historic concrete tanks in the cellar
  • Self-catering accommodation in GP Canitz’s original art studio which he built with bricks made on the farm
  • Functions hosted in the cellar inside old tartaric acid-encrusted Burgundian open fermenters which have been renovated and opened up for guest entertainment
  • Private tastings in the Kneipzimmer, GP Canitz’s drinking den
  • Regular music concerts and art exhibitions
  • Muratie mountain biking trail

Opening hours: Weekends from 07h00
Cost: R50 entrance
Distance: 22 to 26 km
Level of difficulty: Moderate

After the ride, relax under the oak trees and enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch and Muratie’s popular range of wines.

Herman van Nazareth bronze statues: New to Muratie are twenty commanding Herman van Nazareth bronze statues standing silent guard in the magnificent gardens beneath the ancient oak trees at this historic estate. Born in Belgium in 1936, Herman arrived in Cape Town in the early 1960s and played an important role in the protest movements of the time. Internationally renowned for his diverse artistic achievements, his work stresses anonymity, is simple in form, and abstract-expressionist of thinking. The imagery is natural, powerful and faceless, giving bold expression to the inhumanity that stems from the abuse of power.

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