THERE’S SOME­THING EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY ABOUT CAPE.

Ekaruna - - Off The Radar -

In fact, it was deemed the num­ber one place to visit in 2014 – it topped the New York Times list of 52 places to go in 2014 and was an­nounced as The Guardian’s num­ber one hol­i­day hotspot this year. And when you Google Cape Town, the im­ages the search en­gine sug­gest are pure splen­dour.

So when I was in­vited to join an intrepid va­ri­ety of jour­nal­ists, blog­gers and pho­tog­ra­phers from the MENA re­gion to cap­ture the colours of Cape Town, cour­tesy of Mi­crosoft – you’ve prob­a­bly guessed that al­ready by the ti­tle of this ar­ti­cle – I just took up the of­fer in mad grasp­ing dash.

While it wasn’t my first time vis­it­ing the city and that might seem a lit­tle con­trived, in the days lead­ing up to my trip it was gen­er­ally beau­ti­ful things I thought about – white sandy beaches, clear blue skies, good wine, ex­quis­ite scenery, Candice Swanepoel, Char­l­ize Theron … you get the point, right?

As soon as I touched down in Cape, I started feel­ing the warmth and magic of the city. Clear blues and sunny weather kept the win­tery Novem­ber weather at bay. As we got into the taxi es­cort­ing us to the ho­tel, my ex­cite­ment started build­ing up and I was in­stantly reen­er­gised.

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