Cape of Good Hope

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We rented a car for a few days and took a drive (left side of the street, with a stick left hand and sitting on the right side of the car) down to the famous "Cape".

The Cape of Good Hope marks the psychologically important point where one begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus the rounding of the cape in 1488 was a major milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East.

As one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape has been of special significance to sailors for many years who would stop for fresh water, local trade and to drop/pick-up mail depending on which direction they were sailing.

The Cape of Good Hope is the legendary home of The Flying Dutchman. Crewed by tormented and damned ghostly sailors, it is doomed forever to beat its way through the adjacent waters without ever succeeding in rounding the headland.

NOTE: We did not see Johnny Depp!

Huge waves, gigantic rocks,  penguins and ostriches were the sites of the day!
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