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Saturday Spot: Se7en Visit National Geographic Kids and Charly’s Bakery…

March 1st, 2011 · 16 Comments

We went on an urban adventure… to the city center… We may live in Cape Town, well actually about forty minutes drive further south. We are like most Cape Townians: if you don’t work in the city then you never actually go there… So, in keeping with my weekly outing this summer we headed for the City Center. We armed ourselves with good music, a google map and a snack…


We changed a spark plug (note to self: blog a post on car maintenance)… and headed out… DSC_0424 Into the Friday morning traffic… DSC_0425 Spirits were high… and excitement rose as we arrived in the city center, with wide intersections and skyscrapers that we normally see from a distance up really “close and personal.” DSC_0427 And here is a truth about Cape Town, nobody goes to the city center because there is no where to park… Unfortunately we picked the same day as the Design Indaba and there was really NO WHERE to park!!! DSC_0429 Heaps of traffic and folks “double park” and otherwise just stop in the road while they go and do whatever they need to do… but really no where to park at all. Eventually I pulled my “I have eight children in this car and we have been driving around this block for an hour…” card. The poor car guard took pity and parked us in a shady spot until a parking spot became available… And can I just say – everyone was still enthusiastic about their outing!!! Once out of our hot, sticky car we were ready to conquer anything!!! DSC_0431 Past the mini-cooper showroom (Hood #1’s favorite car!!!) and BMW… would you look at that cool table in the glass room…forgive us we are from the relative countryside and everything was wonderful and so exciting!!! DSC_0432 And finally we got to our destination: the National Geographic Kids Offices… DSC_0516 How cool is that… Applause Applause!!! If you are local and read the local NGKids Magazine, then just pop your head inside the front cover – all my kids knew her straight away: “That’s Fiona”… Yup, she’s the editor… and she’s great. DSC_0434 She just stopped her workday and took us under her wing, happily interrupted the entire office to show us around and introduce us to everyone… And gleefully accept my kids artistic attempts for an art competition. DSC_0439 But that just wasn’t enough… she then took us to the top of the NASPERS building…22 stories high!!! DSC_0440 22 Stories High… I was happy to stand way back with the camera. DSC_0441 We could see forever… DSC_0443 Not to mention a lot of people battling to find parking spots… DSC_0442 And lunch in a real live cafeteria… and just look at the view of Table Mountain… DSC_0444 And a calamari roll and chips… Eating amongst all sorts of serious journalist looking types. And learning all sorts of interesting facts about National Geographic. DSC_0445 And our whirlwind tour of National Geographic was over and Fiona returned to work and my kids have not stopped talking about the whole event ever since!!!


And then since the Father person works at the top end of town and we never visit him at work and we were actually in the city center… We offered to meet him at Charly’s Bakery – an offer nobody could refuse!!!

DSC_0448 Now Charly’s Bakery is Cape Town’s answer to cupcakes… DSC_0469 Everything here is totally to die for… even the sidewalk!!! DSC_0471DSC_0470 So much to look at that no pair of eyes was looking in the same direction… DSC_0452DSC_0453 Shelves and shelves of cakes… you have to love this!!! DSC_0456 And chandeliers… DSC_0455 And look at this one with the tea-cups… love love love it!!! DSC_0463 Treats for everyone… DSC_0458 Even Hood #8… DSC_0464 Who had to provide entertainment for the window shoppers – or was it the other way round!!! DSC_0468 And that was it!!! DSC_0478 Thanks Charly’s Bakery we will definitely be back for more!!! DSC_0479 Go on visit Charly’s Bakery’s website for lots more fun… and some of the most amazing cake stories ever!!!

That’s us!!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!!

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ruby // Mar 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

    What a fabulous outing! I just love the picture of everyone looking in a different direction.

  • 2 se7en // Mar 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Hi Ruby, Oh tell me!!! So much to see, so little time!!! I don’t think I am going to top this outing for quite a while!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!!!

  • 3 irene // Mar 1, 2011 at 8:18 am

    ohhhhhh Charlie’s Bakery….. YUMMY YUMMY YUM
    National Geographic also looks fantastic!!!

  • 4 auntymuffin // Mar 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    What a fabulous outing; it certainly wants one to support National Geographic fpr kids!

  • 5 se7en // Mar 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Hay Irene – Not a bad outing was it!!! Hope you have a totally brilliant day!!!

  • 6 se7en // Mar 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Aunty Muffin – I knew you would love it!!! Have a great day… hope you find a cool spot to collapse – it’s already pretty hot!!!

  • 7 Cheryl // Mar 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Oh boy! My lot would have loved to go to the NG Kids office. Our magazine is read from cover to cover and back again. Brilliant magazine!

    Although I reckon they would have loved the bakery equally. I have this urge to make a tea cup chandelier now. Oh and the cute mosaics.

    When you showed the photo in an earlier post, I thought you were off car buying. I reckon NG and cupcakes make a far better outing.

  • 8 cat@juggling act // Mar 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Now that was a fantastic outing!

  • 9 se7en // Mar 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Hay Cat, it was fantastic!!! Who knows what I am going to do this week for an encore!!!

  • 10 se7en // Mar 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hay Cheryl… No car shopping is a little out of our league and with eight little helpers it may not be that much fun!!! Needless to say the outing we went on was a whole lot cooler!!! Our NG Kids mags are so well read that they practically know them by heart!!! I think the expression read to shreds and then saved forever!!! I think I am quite inspired by the chandeliers myself watch this space!!!

  • 11 Stephanie // Mar 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    What a wonderful day in the city! Yup, to be remembered for a long time. 🙂

  • 12 se7en // Mar 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Hi Steph, I know it was one of those awesome ones!!! I came away thinking we should venture into the madness more often… so I am doing a little “outing research” and looking for things to do in the city… not an easy place mind you – not exactly brimming with wide open places and patches of green park… a little more “concrete jungle” surrounded by urban sprawl!!!

  • 13 katy // Mar 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

    That bakery looks amazing! Perfect for kiddos.

  • 14 se7en // Mar 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Hay Katy… It is just wonderful, just the place to go for buckets of inspiration – as well as cupcakes and cookies!!! I came away full of crafty inspiration!!! Hope you are having a fun weekend!!! It is hot hot hot down here!!!

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