Fantasy Friday – Johannesburg, South Africa

My old roommate used to live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and she told me so many amazing things about her few high school years there, and I fell in love with this place!

Here’s what I would go experience:

Market square
Today’s government precinct, owned by Gauteng province, was once the town’s market square and produce market, and the bustling centre of Johannesburg. Its legacy lives on in City Deep

Joburg’s castles
Johannesburg can boast four “castles” around the city and suburbs, the oldest being almost as old as the city itself, at 105 years old, and the newest 11 years old.

Guildhall Pub
The Guildhall Pub has sat for 115 years on the edge of Johannesburg’s original market square, now the Library Gardens.

Joburg’s oldest buildings
The town of Johannesburg was born in 1886, after gold was discovered on the farm Langlaagte. The town grew rapidly, and many of the early buildings were torn down and replaced. But some of those buildings and farmhouses remain, a monument to the city’s pioneers and farmers.

Somerset House
There’re dozens of old buildings around the CBD. One of them, Somerset House, although a little neglected, is still functioning, and signs of its former splendour, including its basement, are still visible.

Hillbrow Tower: Joburg’s own Table Mountain
Portrait of the most prominent landmark in Johannesburg, the Hillbrow Tower, built for just R2-million.

Mai-Mai: visit a genuine African bazaar
The Mai Mai bazaar – a complex which boasts a rich concentration of traditional herbs and healers – is to be restored and promoted as a prime tourist destination in the city.

Brenthurst, Joburg’s breathtaking secret garden
In the heart of Parktown is a spectacular garden of 45 acres, employing 45 gardeners, one gardener for every acre. The gardens are part of the Brenthurst estate, belonging to the Oppenheimers, and are a model of organic gardening. Carlton Hotel
Joburg’s Carlton Hotel – an icon of the high life for years – fell on hard times and was closed in 1997.Delta Park
One of Johannesburg’s best known green lungs, Delta Park, is to be given a much-needed facelift – and reclaim its place as a leading conservation area.Flatland’s tranquil oasis
In the middle of Hillbrow’s dense flatlands, where unemployment runs high and crime is commonplace, Joubert Park is a green oasis – and a surprisingly tranquil one too.Source: Joburg.org

Cannot wait to see this place some day!!

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