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Standing Tall

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This is new! I am definitely printing out this photo to keep…

The Voortrekker Monument doesn’t need a frame, but it does get my kids to stand in one place for more than 2 seconds.

Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.

Leigh Hunt

It was a rainy day and the wind was howling through the arches – and yet, I still stood there raindrops clinging to my hair while the wind wipped them around, because this is my favourite place on the #VoortrekkerMonument #VTM

I had the top terrace all to myself while walking through the arches. It was a first. It was a perfect moment.

This time I didn’t walk the last set of stairs to see the cenotaph from the top. I will keep that moment for another time.

These 2 half pints of terror had a fun time running around like hooligans in the #VoortrekkerMonument #VTM – I was mortified at their piercing screams echoing through the 40mx40mx40m structure.

299 steps, a small price to pay to walk around in this beautiful monument with its 92mx2.3m marble frieze, 3.3 million stitch tapestry that took 9 women 8 years to complete, and a cenotaph that is touched by the sun on only the 16th of December every year.

For me, this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It is a place of quiet reflection to study the story of my people and to always remember the vow they made.
Which South African monument is your favourite?

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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