Between the Lion's head and the Atlantic

Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
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Trip End Mar 11, 2008


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Apartment in Sea Point

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Friday, November 9, 2007

CAPE TOWN
 
The first thing I did in Cape Town when I woke up every morning was to slide open the kitchen window blinds.  In our apartment, we had a perfect view of Lion's Head Mountain.  If a cloud surrounded its peak, it meant rain within the next 24 hours. If it was clear; out came the sun.  We had our very own daily and precise meteorological forecast. The sweetest sounds also came from that window as the balcony coincidently faced a primary school yard with energetic children full of beans.  Loved it!
 
The sliding windows in the living room offered a very different point of view; one of the Atlantic Ocean.  Approaching storms were fascinating to observe especially when the sparkling blue of the water cloaked itself under this frightful deep colour of grey.  Sailors or any sea creatures beware!  On calm days, we could see large ships coming in to dock and a great white or two jumping out of the water. Well, they were there, somewhere in the sea.  Cape Town area has one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks in the world and no nets here to protect swimmers.
 
We lucked out in so many ways when it came to our living quarters in Sea Point as we were conveniently located in an "Old Ottawa South" type of neighbourhood.  We had easy access to grocery stores, dental office (3 visits, tchaching!), boutiques, spas, wine stores, restaurants and our big Atlantic pond.
 
Cape Town is truly one of nature's greatest masterpieces. It is nestled between mountains; "Table Mountain" as its impressive backdrop, sandy beaches and grand vineyards.  In the neighbourhood of Clifton, dwellings are set into the rugged mountains and overlook the sea and the whales that just happen to journey north or south twice a year.
Cape Town has a trendy cultural scene, a lovely waterfront and a very cosmopolitan and sophisticated ambiance.  It is a welcoming city and the locals tend to be quite laid back and friendly.

Safety:  we felt safe during the day where we lived.  We tried our best to blend into the community. Going out at night was infrequent as we were in by 6:00pm behind locked doors and gates.  If we went out, we always opted to travel by taxi or car.  Certain districts of Cape Town are off limits as they are very risky.  Common sense is always recommended.
 
Becoming part of a neighbourhood had its advantages.  We met amazing people.  Our local Internet café (Bubbles) owner Warren, his beautiful wife Heather and their charming daughter Siobhan became part of our extended family here in Cape Town.   To John and Lynn Ford, our guardian angels from the best wine and gourmet food store "Main Ingredient", thanks for adopting us. We are grateful to all of you for being so generous, positive, welcoming and fun!  We had a blast.  
We will forever cherish our memories of South Africa and we all fell in love with Cape Town.  It was a teary departure. We do hope to return.
 
Must-do's in/around Cape Town, go to:
 
1. Table Mountain-birth place of all geranium plants...cool!
2. The vineyards in Constantia
3. The Kirstenbosch botanical garden
4. The bird park
5. The Victoria and Alfred (yes Alfred) Waterfront
6. Hout Bay
7. Franshoek and Stellenbosch
8. False Bay
9. Markets
10. Restaurants-best value for great food
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