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Trip Report Cape Town Trip

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Life has been crazy since I returned from Cape Town, so I am late on my trip report. I will post pieces as I have time in repayment for all the help I get on this travel board.

I only had 2.5 days of free time around my work to get and out in the city at the end of August, but I lucked out on weather, arriving just as cold rains moved out and had warm sunshine (some wind) for my entire visit. I am sure that colored my opinion of the area. I had only been to Johannesburg and the Kruger area before. Each of the three locations are so different. South Africa is a large and diverse country.

I did make use of the hop on - hop off bus on my first half day to get around town sightseeing. I purposely did not have a schedule for the day. I was interested in the walking tour of Bo-Kaap, but my timing wasn't right, so I got off the bus at the Gold Shop stop and walked around on my own. It was a nice place to stretch my legs and take some photos. I already knew a lot about the area, but I am sure a tour would make it even more worthwhile. I am an architecture buff, so I enjoyed. I felt perfectly comfortable walking in the neighborhood with many residents out and about for their day.

The clouds were clearing and I had heard the advice to head to Table Mtn anytime you see the sun or you might miss your chance for the view, so I cut my time in Bo Kaap shorter than I would have liked and returned to wait at the bus stop. The bus was well off schedule, but if time is flexible, one knows that a bus will eventually arrive. The recorded commentary was informative.

A short line at the Table Mtn cable car ticket counter, then a wait for the second cable car, and I was on my way up to a cold, windy Table Mountain. I had my windbreaker hood cinched as tight as possible and the wind still could whip it free. I saw one child about 7 years old that a family had wrapped towels around his legs and body to keep him warm (why did they have towels, but not clothes?). I hopped around and walked through puddles to see views in all directions as well as the dassies. I like mountains, rocks, and the like, so I was happy. Watching my time for buses and cable cars, I again felt rushed as I made my way down and continued on my open air tour around the coast and back to the V&A waterfront to my hotel.

I took lots of photos and enjoyed the sightseeing. If I had an entire day, I would have stopped off at the coast for sure, spent more time in Bo Kaap and on the Mountain. If I had a second day in town, I would have gone to the city center sights and the fort. All that will have to wait for my next visit.

My in-town hotel was the Commodore. Just blocks from the V&A and a buy 2 get 1 free night B&B deal. I got a better room (executive or premium?) that I think meant larger and a view of marina/mountain. The view was great. The room was fine except a noisy toilet and wind howling in around the heat/ac unit. Breakfast was good. Staff was fine. Walking in the area was safe. Fit my needs exactly.

I did go to V&A to buy groceries at the Pick N Pay. Restaurants were tourist prices and mall stores no different than anywhere else. I wanted to be near someplace I could go out on my own in the evening and a destination in case I got all rainy weather and V&A seemed to fit the bill.

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