We visited the windy city in January this year during the holidays. If only for two nights…we really had a great time.
We visited with our friends, Timothy & Verna. Thanks guys, we really had a great time and look forward to welcoming you in Jozi for a visit soon!
(Most pictures taken while in motion in the car)
Old Mill building
The old colonial historic mill building was produced for Premier Milling corporate client.
King Edward Hotel
King Edward Mansions open 21 November 1904. It became a hotel in 1911 and the name was changed to “The Edward” in 1961. Ashley and I had a very romantic weekend here in March 2008 when we attended Timothy & Verna’s wedding.
Located near the Port Elizabeth harbour’s entrance, the Campanile was built as a memorial to the arrival of the early settlers of the region in 1820. The 52 m high Italian-style bell tower, which stands in Port Elizabeth’s Strand Street was built in 1923, and features a carillon of 23 bells which makes it the largest carillon of bells in the country.
Ferris wheel on Summerstrand
Airplane coming in
My dream vehicle...
Ashley and I have a dream of touring through Africa with the girls in 2013. We want to do it before Chelsea goes to Grade 1 in 2014. This would be the type of vehicle we would need…vvvrrroooomm.
I was quite surprised at the effort the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality makes to initiate greener living.
Small wind turbine
This turbine was located in Summer strand and it generated enough energy to power the grid of festive lights on the left.
Solar heaters in low-cost housing areas
We drove through quite a few residential areas where solar heaters on the roofs were the norm.
One of the most surprising experiences were the absolute state of safety our friends lived in.
We left for a day trip to Addo National Park and they left their windows open. No burglar bars or fencing! Our laptops and valuables were all on the dining room table and they were very relaxed about it. I grew up in Paarl, a very safe town but still I wouldn’t leave the windows open without burglar bars! Now living in Jozi it is even worse. I just realised in shock how my sensible approach to safety can quickly become borderline paranoia. The quality of life made me a bit jealous, but not enough to want to move here.
Port Elizabeth is truly a great city. There is no rush, no traffic and then there’s the beach. Aaaah…the beach!