Monthly Archives: February 2013

O’Driscoll’s, and Irish pub

O' Driscoll's, an Irish pub
Sadly I've never visited O'Driscoll's in Cape Town. We almost visited the green building one Saint Patrick's day, but it was (obviously) so popular that there was no way to comfortably squeeze inside, let alone order a drink in any reasonable amount of time.

This is however a matter that we should settle. I resolve to visit O'Driscoll's soon. Even if only for a solitary beer. :)

City parking parkade

City parking parkade
It's no doubt that during the week you'd find hundreds of cars parked above each other in the multi-level Golden Acre parking garage.

Do you ever find that having so much concrete above you makes you a little nervous? I have to admit that I feel a twinge of unease if, while in this kind of structure, I dwell on this point for too long. :)

Cape Town City Hall

A Cape Town City Hall vantage point
Ten points to the first person to guess exactly where I was when shooting this photo. Photographers, it an interesting vantage point - that's actually not very difficult to find and offers a few interesting perspectives on the city.

Where the street has no name

Where the street has no name
It is in the city, but to be perfectly honest, I have no idea which street this was - though I'm sure one of you will recognise the buildings and identify it for me, right? :)

This road reminded me a little of San Francisco. Not that Cape Town is by any means as hilly, but still, I find the rises in the distance somewhat reminiscent of that great West Coast city.

The Golden Acre underground mall

The Golden Acre underground mall
The Golden Acre underground shopping mall in Cape Town used to be awesome. These days it's a little run down, a little dirty, and not a place that I'd rush to hang out at for an afternoon.

I used to work in the city a few years ago, and at that time I appreciated it greatly - not for the stores, but for the underground walkways. They offered a way to avoid having to wait for traffic lights to cross busy roads, and also provided shelter from the rain for much of the 10 minute walk between the train station and our office building.

A mural, of sorts

A mural, of sorts
I found this mural below the Cape Town Civic Centre buildings in Cape Town. If you click the photo to see the large version you'll barely be able to make out a small sign with red text to the lower left of the mural that reads "Emergency Exit - Keep Clear". It's pretty cool that the door was included into the mural - it's barely visible when walking past. :)

Sprinkler stop valve

Sprinkler stop valve
A friend mentioned that a major retail chain recently had a small fire break out in their store and that the sprinkler systems activated, torrenting down water across the entire shopping floor.

Imagine that happening while you're shopping. Imagine the water, the panic, the slippery floors. Also, imagine the cleanup job - drying the floors, walls, and fixtures; and then replacing all the stock. It can't be a fun experience for shoppers nor store employees.

I'm however sure you'd agree that all that wetness is far preferable to fire and smoke.

Identify this building?

Identify this building?
I'm embarrassed to say that I have no idea what this building is. It overlooks the Camps Bay side of Table Mountain, somewhat below the upper cable station. If you happen to know what this building is, please help us out and leave a comment. :)