Why is Observatory? Who is Lower Main Road? How is Stones? When is Bourgeois-Bohemia? Where is dagga? What is love? We aspire to give you definitive answers to at least none of these questions this coming Sunday on our magical mystery ramble through the best suburb in the country.
Observatory is, in short, the wedge of Cape Town - the district that's never officially been one in the first place. It started by sucking in the loafers and flaneurs of the Imperial age and thrived through catching the hearts of every prospector hopelessly lost on their way to Jo'burg. It defied the apartheid-era by comprising the fringes of segregated worlds and bouncing most of the Commerce Bros at the door.
Today, like a lovable cockroach, it's survived years of recession and the pandemic and come out fighting with more coffee-spots and daylight-robbery-based vintage stores than ever before. And we all have at least one favourite establishment where our lives were exemplified in a moment's notice. Think about yours, and I'll tell you its history.
So join me at the entrance to the actual Observatory just past the Two Rivers Urban Park and I'll blast you through a living past of decolonial raiding, Victorian astrophilia, saloon-jazz derangement and diasporic immortality.
RSVP for kicks, tip what you can to the cause and come wander along the first and oldest frontier of our nation opening your mind to the raw ore of creativity laid out under the Devil's peeking gaze. email@example.com
P.S. If you've read this far I'm guessing you'll want even more of the specs, so here goes:
- We'll be starting (at 12h00) and finishing by the entrance to the SAAO at the end of Station Road, so happily park in the lot before the Wild Fig Restaurant if you're coming by car.
- We used to be donation-based but to secure our future we're now doing a pre-booking system whereby you can guarantee your tickets beforehand at R100pp, or you can join the tour on the day for R150pp in cash or EFT et al. Simply WhatsApp or Message us via the buttons on our home page to secure your place.
- This is a consistently well-reviewed heritage-focused walking tour; which is to say that all you'll need to enjoy yourself is curiosity about Cape Town's past (and History in general) and enough stamina to walk just less than 2km in one afternoon (with stops and snacks).
- Feel absolutely free to spread the word, invite friends who've been looking for this kind of experience and badger us with every imaginable heritage query. We live for it!
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