The Falling Water of Linksfield Ridge (and Other Architectural Marvels)

The Falling Water of Linksfield Ridge (and Other Architectural Marvels)

It's been two months since Thorsten and I joined a Johannesburg Heritage Foundation tour of three crazy houses on New Mountain Road in Linksfield Ridge. I have very limited time to write this post (I'm getting on a plane to Namibia tomorrow -- more on that soon), but...

Chinese Tea and Cake in Bedfordview

Chinese Tea and Cake in Bedfordview

Tomorrow is the Lunar New Year -- the Year of the Rabbit -- and this is my first Joburg post of 2023. In celebration of both these facts, I'm thrilled to tell you about Tea and Antique, a brand-new Chinese establishment in Bedfordview. Tea and Antique, which opened...

The Blogitects Do America

The Blogitects Do America

Thorsten and I just returned to Joburg after a long trip to the U.S. -- I was there for a month and Thorsten joined me for three weeks. We had a fun, emotional, hilarious, exciting, and utterly exhausting time. The tired but happy Blogitects (one architect, one...

Trixie and Brixie

Trixie and Brixie

As I write this, I'm sitting in my aunt's house in chilly Sleepy Hollow, New York. But let me backtrack a couple of weeks to a summer day in Johannesburg, South Africa, when I was typing away in my home office and a skinny black kitten walked through the open glass...

Hidden Joburg: The Freemasons’ Hall in Parktown

Hidden Joburg: The Freemasons’ Hall in Parktown

My quest to visit all of the places featured in the Hidden Johannesburg book continues. With my recent trip to the Freemasons' Hall, which I'm about to tell you about, I have now visited 20 of the 28 places in the book. This will be my final Hidden Joburg post of the...

Art in Fordsburg at Lilian Road Studios

Art in Fordsburg at Lilian Road Studios

I've visited Lilian Road Studios, a collection of artists' studios in a historic, dilapidated building in Fordsburg, many times. Several great Joburg artists have had studios at Lilian Road, including Hannelie Coetzee and Hermann Niebuhr. Now there is a group of...

Black-Tie, Jozi-Style

Black-Tie, Jozi-Style

I recently joined the Rand Club, which holds a couple of black-tie events each year. When it came time to attend our first fancy function, the Club's 135th-anniversary gala, Thorsten and I considered his black-tie options. He didn't own a tux, we didn't like the idea...

A Jacaranda Weekend in Rosebank

A Jacaranda Weekend in Rosebank

Last weekend I led a jacaranda walk through Rosebank and neighboring Parkwood for Johannesburg in Your Pocket, followed by sundowners in a penthouse at the Tyrwhitt. View from the enormous penthouse balcony at the Tyrwhitt -- perfect for post-walk sundowners -- with...

Take a Walk Through Brixton with the Blogitects

Take a Walk Through Brixton with the Blogitects

Thorsten, my architect boyfriend, and I recently led a walking tour of Brixton, our home suburb, on behalf of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. That tour was a big success so we've decided to strike out on our own and host another one -- a "Brixton Tour with the...

An Ode to Joburg in October

An Ode to Joburg in October

I don't usually complain about life in Joburg, at least not publicly. But there's been a lot to complain about lately. The city's infrastructure has collapsed, resulting in horrifyingly frequent power and water outages. Potholes have grown into jacuzzi-sized pits and...

Hidden Joburg: The Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove

Hidden Joburg: The Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove

The Radium Beer Hall, known as "Joburg's oldest running bar" -- there are older bars, but none of them have remained open continuously for as long as the Radium -- is not a new destination for me. I've been there several times over the years for beer and/or pizza, but...

Sleeping in Jozi: A Night at the Rand Club

Sleeping in Jozi: A Night at the Rand Club

Several weeks ago I blogged about the night Thorsten and I spent at the African Penthouses in downtown Joburg. Very soon afterward we spent a night at the Rand Club, so I decided to make a mini "Sleeping in Jozi" series to showcase some options for staying overnight...

Hidden Joburg: The View in Parktown

Hidden Joburg: The View in Parktown

As most of you know, I'm on a quest to visit all the places featured in the Hidden Johannesburg book. Last week I went to the View, a historic Victorian mansion in Parktown, as part of a tour with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. This brings my total number of...

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Heather Mason

I’m an American writer/blogger/photographer living a quirky life in Johannesburg. Follow along as I explore Johannesburg, South Africa, and the rest of the world.

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