30/10/2016 ChandreBo

If you are going to Paris there are certain things you have to do: You have to eat some form of French treat, be it a croissant, a pain aux chocolate, a Nutella crêpe or a macaroon. If you are a lady, you need to get either a scarf of a beret. It’s a little cheesy, but who doesn’t like some cheese to look back on. Buying something from a street market is a must. Be it a few cherries, or antique silverware. You need to get a little lost wondering the streets one evening. It’s preferable with a lover,…

25/10/2016 ChandreBo 2Comment

I was lucky enough to be raised with a great appreciation for art. I grew up in a home full of books, music and paint supplies, which means that a visit to The Louvre was a rather serious affair for me. Which is probably why I am discussing it first in this series of posts on Paris. The first time my husband and I went to Paris we were only there for two days. I knew that I didn’t want to rush through the Louvre just to say that I saw Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. My husband and I vowed that…

22/10/2016 ChandreBo 2Comment

I have seen many posts, from t-shirts to coffee mugs to note books, emblazoned with the phrase: “Paris is always a good idea”. But is it really? Who hasn’t day dreamed about a trip to Paris? Or at least romantacised an evening in the French capitol. After all, any place known as “The city of love” is surely a good idea. As if the air there is somehow rose-coloured. Paris has captured the hearts of so many that it seems to be a must on many a bucket list – as it certainly was for me. I was dying to see…

17/10/2016 ChandreBo 1Comment

I, like many other brides, became a little obsessed with ‘Mr and Mrs’ everything while planning my wedding. Don’t get me wrong, my feminist side hates the fact that as a woman my title changes simply because I’m married. Although I will admit that my romantic side took over during the wedding, my practical side kicked in and told me that a free-standing ‘Mrs’ sign on my bookshelf just takes up space and requires dusting. But then I found something cooler. A way for me to make a personalised doormat. Although I didn’t take my husband’s surname, I thought it…

12/10/2016 ChandreBo

I first tasted rose jam as child when my mother bought a jar at an obscure little road stall on holiday at the coast. The taste of rose petal jelly spread on hot toast started my life-long obsession with trying to procure the delicious stuff again. At the end of my varsity years my mom told me about a place where I could find rose jam: Ludwig’s rose farm was just a short drive outside Pretoria. It just so happened that I was living in Pretoria at the time. Knowing that I desperately wanted to visit the farm, my then boyfriend…

09/10/2016 ChandreBo 3Comment

  I wanted to kick off the first post of this blog with something fun. I’ve been living in Johannesburg for almost two years now, and moving here was a big adjustment. Before Johannesburg I lived in Hatfield for a number of years, which is basically a small town in Pretoria. Before that I lived in an actual small town. So to launch City Chronicles, in the year that Joburg turns 130, here are 10 really cool things about living in Johannesburg: We are living in a forest. A really big forest With over 10 million trees Joburg is the biggest man-made…