11 Sep 2007

Holiday...Pretoria

I'm still busy sorting zillions of pictures, here are a few pictures from Pretoria...I liked this taxi..the yellow was striking and the number plate...just right!

This is where the road from Akasia split, turn off to Gezina and the Market and other routes....when you take this turn off and turn left again, you cross the Apies River, before entering Gezina ....I think from Van Heerden Street...is the one way ...from West to East..."Apies" is the Afrikaans for "ape"....the river is named after the many apes that were found in this area when Pretoria was founded in 1855...this Apies River can be a "mighty" river! With heavy rains, places alongside the river get flooded, but that doesn't happen very frequently though.
This is a very familiar "landmark" ....the cement factory as you leave Pretoria and you travel north to Pretoria North/Akasia....or on the Mabopane highway..traffic on the road can be quite heavy...if you look at the lanes on the right...you can see....rush hour is a nightmare on this road...! We were heading towards the city....and it was after rush hour....
Traffic in Pretoria, paper boy on his way to his post...just sold us a paper!

.Gezina if you turn left...Harties (Hartbeespoort) if you keep going.....more traffic, 10-ish in the morning...
I know this road like the palm of my hand! Travelled this road for a couple of years from school in the afternoon.....Zoo coming up on your left....Langenhoven High school as the sign board indicates...always a speed trap when you go down! I missed them most of the time, but got ONE once....it is a 60km/h zone and I drove 70....think my fine was something like R60! wasn't much anyway....
Now, if you live in Pretoria, you know Boom Street very well!! Buses...zillions of them, because, this is Zoo-area ....and....a main route for the buses to travel to other areas easy accessible for them. There is parking for coaches at the Zoo...and as you can see by looking at the trees: It was Winter!! July/August..."boom" is the Afrikaans word for "tree"....this is also a VERY busy and "dangerous" street...crime! Though the police claimed that crime isn't anymore that high in this area, they (the police) also claimed that they are very visible....because of all the tourists visiting the Zoo...we didn't see them...perhaps they were around....
This is the same road...the one I travelled a couple of years from my school, just a few meters back...all these pictures were taken from inside the car...perhaps yo can see the wipers of the car!.....there wasn't time to stop every now and then to take a shot....so, they are not as good as they should be! I was in a moving car!!...hahaha...
ZOO! entrance....Boom Street...this is really a MUST if you go to Pretoria. I've been to London's Zoo and it's not a patch against Pretoria's...I must truly say, I was a bit disappointed the day when visiting London's Zoo....visit the Pretoria Zoo WEBSITE here.

6 comments:

  1. Particularly like the pic of the cement works ! funny ! ive just started book on The Cement Works of the World !! fully expect it to do better than the Harry Potter novels : )

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  2. great! tell me more later!

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  3. Ons het vir ontrent 2 weke in Boomstraat gewoon en dringend ander plek gesoek. Miskien moet ek eendag die storie vertel. Mense daar het vir ons die sanger Jannie du Toit se huis gewys, hy het toe ook nog daar gebly, ek glo nie nou meer nie.

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  4. Ons het naby die taxi rank gebly! Prinshofskool...vir omtrent 7 jaar!! :)

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  5. I really liked this glimpse of your world! I have never been to South Africa and would love to go! It amazingly looks similar to here in Alabama.

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  6. I'm glad you like it, Andrew!:)

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