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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cape Town Sight-Seeing

Our first accomodation in the Cape Town are was in Fish Hoek, a pretty little fishermen's town at the Eastern part of the Cape and halfway between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. 

I loved the colorful locker rooms at the beach!


Before dinner we went to see the penguins in Simon's Town.




The next day we went all the way South to Cape Point. It isn't the Southernmost point - if you want to go there you need to drive another 90 miles or 150km which we did in 2006. It's a quaint place called Cape Agulhas where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet. 

This time we were happy to arrive at the Cape of Good Hope. Look who was greeting us!




We had to be patient to take this picture. Busloads of tourists were ahead of us.


Look! Are those crabs?


Isn't it awsome?


That's how far away we were.


Just beautiful!


Simon's Town





We made our way to the Western part of the Cape. This is Hout Bay.



Actually we queued for grilled lobster. 

Too bad their grill was broken. (No joke - we left hungry!)


Instead we met this guy!


And were really thrilled that he decided to get out of the water!


In all honesty he turned out to be a trained seal. A guy fed him fish as a reward and collected money from the picture taking audience.


We did something really touristy the next day! We bought tickets for the hop on - hop off bus! We had gotten to know this concept on our honeymoon in Sydney, Australia, and we thought it was great. The bus takes you to all the places you want to see, and you don't have to worry about driving there on your own, look and pay for parking, and when you're done you just wait for the next bus to pick you up!


They give you earphones that you can plug in and listen to interesting facts. So many that you can't remember... Colin liked to switch mine to Portuguese or Japanese when I wasn't paying attention.


From here Nelson Mandela held his first speech as the President


This is where in 2010 they put up huge screens for all the soccer fans who weren't as fortunate as to score tickets for the stadium. Obviously thousands of people were watching and cheering peacefully here.


This is Imizamo Yethu Township aka Mandela Park. We didn't have enough time to actually get out and do the walking tour, which I regret. I'm sure it would have been interesting and humbling.



For us privileged folks the journey continued to the beautiful beach at Sea Point




And the nice houses in Clifton




Note the trees! That's what permanent wind does