Did I Mention Jozi is Pretty?

You already know that Jozi is pretty from the rooftops. You know Jozi is pretty from the ground. I am now here to tell you that Jozi is pretty from highway overpasses, too.

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View of Market Street from the Joe Slovo Drive overpass, just east of the city centre.

I took my usual Sunday evening Instawalk with the Instagramers. We met at Maboneng, strolled around for a bit, then walked a couple of quick blocks to the exit ramp for the Joe Slovo Drive overpass. We walked up the exit ramp (it’s easy to do — there is a sidewalk so it’s pretty safe) onto Joe Slovo, where we witnessed a spectacular sunset over the city.

building and street

I think this is President Street. So pretty.

junk yard

Even this junk yard is pretty. Although there is a very sad-looking dog living there, seemingly alone, and that isn’t pretty at all. A story for another blog post.

wide building

Not the prettiest building but the sky makes up for it.

Best Enough

I actually shot this at the bottom of the overpass, not on it. But I had to include the photo for obvious reasons. Not best, but best enough. Pretty too, in a quirky, Jozi-ish kind of way.

While I’m on the subject of Jozi prettiness, I want to mention that I’m participating in a really cool event this weekend: a “Media Weekend in the City”, sponsored by the Joburg City Tourism Association (JCTA). I’ll be spending the weekend in a hotel downtown, doing fun things in the Joburg inner city, and then blogging about my experiences. Sounds fun, right? You’ll be hearing all about it soon enough.

Also, I’m working with the JCTA on social media stuff. Please follow the JCTA, a.k.a. “JoburgCity”, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/joburgcity.net) and Twitter (@JoburgCity), for updates on what we’re doing over the weekend. The JCTA is a new, grass-roots organization — a small group of people and businesses who are passionate about showing the world how great downtown Joburg is. I’m proud to be involved and so stoked about all the amazing things that are happening in Joburg. I haven’t even told you the half of it yet. I can’t imagine a more exciting place to be right now.

More Jozi prettiness is on the way.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough May 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    OMG, Heather, these images are stunning! Stunning! I don’t know what else to say–wow!
    Hugs,
    Kath

    • Reply 2summers May 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Kathy. It’s amazing what an iPhone and some night evening light can do 🙂

  • Reply Susan Baloga May 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Heather, nice pictures. What animal welfare resources are there for rescuing the junk yard dog? I know the culture and animal values are probably different than in the States. ~Susan Baloga

    • Reply 2summers May 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Susan, there are several good charities for animal welfare here. The best one that I know if is CLAW: http://www.claw-sa.org/. Animal welfare does tend to be overshadowed by other issues though. There’s just so much need and animals, especially in the city itself, are hardly noticed. (Although people also passionately love cats and dogs here — it’s a bit of a dichotomy.) It is very sad — seeing that dog down there broke my heart. 🙁

  • Reply joanfrankham May 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    wonderful photos of African skies!

  • Reply Sheryl R May 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Heather you have a unique way of making Jozi stand out with it’s beauty. Thanks for that.

  • Reply Nicholas Merrynote May 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Insanely great pictures Madam, especially the first one. Pure genius ! Please let me know your thoughts on our latest story. For sure it will inspire you! I also hope you are more than well. Thank you so much for this great article, Kindest regards, Your friend, N. Merrynote

  • Reply amelie88 May 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

    The angles in these pictures make me think of the Highline Park in NYC–an elevated old railway on the east side of Manhattan that was reconverted into a park. It’s become one of the most popular places in NYC and it makes for great photo ops because you get to see the streets of Manhattan from a higher perspective. Definitely check it out if you are ever in the area!

    • Reply 2summers May 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Amelie. Hopefully I’ll make it back to NYC one of these days 🙂

  • Reply cascade May 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Your photos make me homesick – in a good way! Thanks for sharing and making me smile. Jozi is a beautiful place and I love that there are good people appreciating it. Keep them coming 🙂

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