Paul Murray

Paul Murray is a history educator at Diocesan College in Cape Town. He was awarded his DPhil degree in the historical sciences by the University of Pretoria, based on his study of the Afrikaans poet C Louis Leipoldt’s The valley, his English novel. He regularly travels to Italy, visiting his favourite sites and viewing international gothic art of the fourteenth century.

Gordon’s Bay, Western Cape

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-10-09

"Today it is a popular tourist destination, especially for its quaint Mediterranean-like appearance, safe beaches and variety of activities, from bathing, sailing, boating, climbing … to suntanning on Bikini Beach."

"Where the city meets the sea"

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-09-04

"Cape Town, a seafront city, offers the visitor the finest in fish restaurants, such as La Perla in Sea Point. One late afternoon, I also took to the V&A Waterfront (Table Bay harbour), where the land and sea meet, to see what the food was like at a few of the fish restaurants at the quayside."

The Obz Trail (Observatory, Cape Town)

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-08-13

"Experience an alternative Cape Town": "Observatory, commonly known as Obz or Obs, in Cape Town, is an interesting area, but probably more suited for the younger generation, for the traveller and, even more, for the backpacker." 

The Rosebank Area – Johannesburg, Oxford Road

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-07-22

"Rosebank is one of Johannesburg’s most cosmopolitan areas, yet it is also very commercial. It lies in the leafy northern suburbs, on the Main Gautrain route from Pretoria to Johannesburg central. Young professionals and younger people alike enjoy it as do business persons and residents of the adjoining suburbs, Parktown, Melrose and Houghton. Its day-time life is as lively as its night-time, with cafes, bars and it even has its own flea market." Paul Murray explores the Rosebank area.

A gem of a Boland town: Franschhoek

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-07-02

"It is only relatively recently that the Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley. The first to arrive at the Cape was Francois Villon and his family, which was in 1671, and by 1692 a total of 201 Huguenots had settled in what was then known as the Cape of Good Hope."

Somerset West, Western Cape: Upper Main Road

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-06-19

"Its colonial history dates back to approximately 1672, when the Dutch administration in Cape Town established a cattle post there to supply passing ships with fresh meat. The Cape was a midway station between the European continent and India, with India being the attraction for trading in spices and cloth. It was where Somerset West is now, that the Tweede Rivier was named, being the second river from the city of Cape Town." 

Lanzerac Wine Estate: a treasured Cape Winelands experience

Paul Murray Culinair 2019-04-18

"Its initial owner was Isaq Schrijver, who had been a sergeant in the employment of the Dutch East India Company. It was the governor of the time, Simon van der Stel, who in the late 1600s opened up the area, granting 17 hectares of land to freed slaves Manuel and Antonio of Angola, Louis Bengal and Schrijver himself, with Schrijver getting the portion where the Lanzerac is today."

Murray’s food trails: Kalk Bay

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-03-08

"Spacious walkways stretch from one side of Kalk Bay to the other, offering excellent facilities for recreational walking or just sight-seeing – at places, with sight-seeing of the harbour and the mountains. Or, just come and enjoy fresh fish and chips from some of the local venues, such as Kalky’s, which is reasonably priced."

Murray’s food trails: Andringa Street, Stellenbosch

Paul Murray Reizen 2019-02-28

"Stellenbosch’s visitors, tourists and residents will certainly find a great deal of attraction in the area of Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, particularly the leg between Dorp and Plein Streets. There is a great deal to discover there, and lots to do  ̶  everything from ice cream parlours, fashion boutiques, a book shop, to antique stores and a range of restaurants/eateries."

De Brasserie (Kusweg, Strand, Wes-Kaap)

Paul Murray Culinair 2018-10-18

"De Brasserie hou dalk verrassings in vir die avontuurlustiges wat die dag op die strand deurgebring het en op soek is na goeie seekos en wyn."

The Taj Hotel, Cape Town

Paul Murray Culinair 2018-10-05

"The Simon van der Stel Foundation was founded on 8 April 1959 at a ceremony at the Cape Town Castle to promote the conservation of South Africa’s national heritage buildings and sites such as the Dutch East India Company’s hospital where the Taj Cape Town now stands."

De Grendel, the jewel of Durbanville Hills / Tygerberg, Cape Town

Paul Murray Culinair 2018-09-17

"Along this range of hills were once the most spectacular farms that were allocated in the seventeenth or eighteenth century by the governor, to supply meat and produce to the Dutch East India Company. Gradually, however, these farms gave way to urbanisation, and much of today’s Durbanville, Parow and Bellville were born out of this land."

Nelson Mandela-plein, Sandton

Paul Murray Culinair 2018-08-30

"Nelson Mandela-plein is ’n plek van matelose aksie en energie. Duisende mense lê besoek af by die standbeeld van Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, wenner van die Nobelprys vir Vrede en Suid-Afrika se eerste demokraties-verkose president."

Dorp Street, central Stellenbosch

Paul Murray Culinair 2018-08-13

"Stellenbosch is the Cape’s second oldest town. It is not surprising, therefore, that its most historic street/avenue, Dorp Street, has been declared a national monument. Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, the 'City of Oaks', represents one of the longest rows of old buildings and oak trees in any of the major towns in South Africa."

Plein Street, central Stellenbosch

Paul Murray Culinair 2018-07-27

"Another interesting street with lots of history is the next one to the right, as one proceeds further up, walking up Plein Street – this is Ryneveld Street. Number 18 Ryneveld Street is the Stellenbosch Museum, itself a national monument. It’s much more than just a single space housing one museum, as there are four lovely restored historical homes making it up – Schreuderhuis, Blettermanhuis, OM Berghuis and Grosvenor House. The Schreuder House is the oldest known existing dwelling from that time, built in 1709."

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