Category: Travel

Travel Photo Diary – L’Open Bus Tour Paris

This year, it was time to hand over my iPad to Zee (although let’s face it, she’s been the boss of it, and the one who was most clued up on how it all worked, since I first got it when she was just two years old πŸ˜€).

Shawn bought me an iPad Pro in January – with a Smart Keyboard (which has proven to be invaluable for writing blog posts) and an Apple Pencil, because he’s cute like that. πŸ˜‰ So the time had come to delete the social media apps, and anything else unnecessary for a little one, and officially hand over Ol’ Faithful.

A few days ago, Zee came to sit next to me with it, and started showing me some old pics, and telling me all the stories she remembered from when they were taken. It’s amazing how much, and how well, they remember.

There was a whole bunch of pics from a day out in Paris. This was from our first holiday there, when she was three years old, yet she told me stuff about many of the pics, as if she had been there just yesterday. πŸ™‚

I realized that I’d never shared these pics here, so I thought a photo diary was in order, of our day on L’Open Bus Tour.

We chose to start our tour at The Louvre, and our last stop was at the gorgeous twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. Our adventurous three year old explorer obviously wanted to sit on the top, open level of the bus. This meant that we sat on the top, open level of the bus. Cold? What cold? πŸ˜€

Some highlights of the bus tour:

* There are 4 lines, 50 stops, and more than 100 sights
* Hop-on, hop-off as you wish
* Audio guide available in 10 languages
* An audio channel especially for kids, with stories and tales of Paris

All the pics were taken on the iPad, so some of them (especially those taken at night) aren’t perfect. They’re incredibly special to me though, and highlight one of the most wonderful days spent in our favourite city in the world. ❀

Something fun to do this school holiday – Harties Aerial Cableway

Harties Aerial Cableway - new cars

On a recent visit to Hartbeespoort, Shawn suggested we take Zee to the Harties Aerial Cableway. His suggestion was shot down quickly by the horrified look on my face, followed by the tale of how I’d been traumatized by said cableway many years ago – I was eighteen, and during a weekend in Hartbeespoort with family, we bought tickets for a ride. The cars were really old, semi open, and I was scared the entire ride up, and then down again.

Of course by now Zee had heard us, and all she caught of the conversation was that there was a fun ride to be had. Oh boy. My rather feeble attempt to get these two to put off the deathly scary cable car ride was unsuccessful (“Look at those clouds, guys, it’s going to rain! We can do this another time.”), and off we headed to the place I really didn’t want to be.

Fortunately for me, there was a very pleasant surprise awaiting us. The old cableway (which was built in 1973!!) had closed in 2005. It had since been completely revamped, under new ownership. Yes, fancy new cable cars too. πŸ™‚

Harties Aerial Cableway - new cars

The ride to the top felt so smooth and secure compared to when I’d last been there, meaning I was actually able to take in the pretty great view on the way up.

At the top, there’s a bar, and a curio shop – Little Shop at the Top. After a quick stop in there, we strolled along the Dassie Loop walkway, and were treated to gorgeous views of Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesburg, and some of Johannesburg. Shawn even pointed out where you could see Pretoria in the distance.

Harties Aerial Cableway - little shop

Harties Aerial Cableway - view

Harties Aerial Cableway - family

Zee was delighted to find the KidZone play area right at the top! We were just glad there was plenty of place to sit, because she was having so much fun, we were not getting her out of that jungle gym anytime soon. You can get light meals while you’re up there too, but with Zee not wanting anything other than to play, we decided we’d wait to grab a bite together at the base.

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Once we’d eventually pried Zee away from KidZone, we headed back to the cable car, and straight to Hero’s Cableway Grillhouse and Pizzeria at the base to feed our bellies! We were really impressed with the food – the pizza Shawn and I shared was generously topped and delicious. Zee’s chicken strips and fries were also yummy, and daddy and I couldn’t resist stealing a few! πŸ˜‰

Harties Aerial Cableway - Zee

Harties Aerial Cableway - old cable cars

Our trip to Harties Cableway turned out to be so much fun, and now I’m the first to say it’s a must do if you’re in Hartbeespoort.

A tip for when you do visit: Carry a jacket, as it can get a little cold at the top, and of course a camera so you can capture it all.

Some information to help you plan:

β€’ Harties Cableway is open seven days a week
β€’ Ticket office opens at 8:30am
β€’ The first car goes up at 9:00am
β€’ The last car comes down at 4:45pm
β€’ Adult ticket: R195
β€’ Kids (4-14 years) ticket: R115
β€’ Kids under 4 years of age ride free

Contact Harties Cableway on 012 253 9910, or visit the website here.

This post was originally published on jozikids.