eGoli…..Jozi….Johannesburg. The different names for the second largest city in Africa gives an idea of the melting pot of cultures it is. From Soweto and Hilbrow to Houghton and Roodepoort this really is a remarkable place. Some people hate this city and others love it. No matter what side of the fence you are you must admit that this really is a one of a kind experience. I use the word experience because around every corner there is a new experience. My family and I went on the Red Bus Tour in 2015 and it was really enjoyable. My sister in law is American and it was great to see South Africa through her eyes. They also have a blog you can find it here.
The bus departs from the Gautrain Park station. Minutes from going on the trip you are amazed at the views of Johannesburg. My mom and I with my brother and his wife in the bacground.
The architecture of Johannesburg is an array of old and new. The older buildings is more formal with colourful signs giving them a real african feel. The inner city has great examples of Art Nouveau to post-modern buildings. Read more about the architecture here.This gentlemen is proof that Jozi is a friendly city and that you don’t need to be a king or a queen to greet from your balcony. He isclose to the old Trust Bank building. It was built in 1970 to a height of 140 metres. When we took the trip it was rignt before our election so a lot of political posters was seen. This bird decided that the heart of the City of Gold is the place to be.
Parts of the inner city are still dirty but the city council is doing their best to solve the issue. There are street vendors in abundance. Apples or banana’s anyone?