Directly translated Bloemfontein means Flower Fountain in English. Bloemfontein is the capital of the Free State and our closest city. It is also the nation's judicial capital. Bloemfontein is also known as the city of roses due to the abundance of roses grown there and the annual rose show.
Five soccer matches are being played in Bloemfontein during the World Cup Soccer. "Ida, from South Africa," a precious lady and dear friend of mine, (also known to many bloggers out there) photographed the beautifully decorated streets and shopping malls of Bloemfontein. She sent them on to me knowing how I miss the Free State, friends, my home and loved ones. She also kindly agreed that I use them for this post. Thank you Ida, you are a very special lady. (And an excellent photographer!)
Then entrance to Bloemfontein after you leave the N1 highway.
This is the main street into Bloemfontein called Nelson Mandela Avenue. The metal roses on the left were cut out of a slab leaving a silhouette of the rose. Amazing artwork and no waste! Isn't this a brilliant photo?
Above is the cut-out silhouette of the roses on the other side of the street
Above is another dear friend of mine, Yvonne, whom I've posted about on occasion. She and Ida were in the city together
Above photos are of the shop displays and mall decoratations promoting the SA World Cup Soccer 2010
Above is the Soccer mascot, Zakumi. ZA for South Africa and kumi which means "10" in several African languages
All photo credits: With grateful thanks to Ida le Grange, South Africa
The Arabic word for friend is sadiqa (feminine)