Day 4 – afternoon
Being one of those persons who can't stay put in the same place for very long and who always has to be on the go as one would say…..a walk along Beach Road followed by another one on Sea Point Promenade was exactly what I needed….some little exploration of Cape Town outside the Waterfront boundaries.
The afternoon’s weather was perfect for this. It had all the perfect ingredients to make it an enjoyable stroll with its deep blue sky and warm rays of sunshine. Looking behind me, Table Mountain had its white tablecloth on! What I mean by this is that the top of the mountain was entirely covered by clouds. I was glad that we had decided to visit the top of the mountain yesterday afternoon because the cableway was probably closed today due to poor visibility!
Beach Road was easily found and very well indicated. We didn’t have to go very far to find it since it was just one block away from the Waterfront touristic section of Cape Town. By walking down this street, we passed right next to the Stadium followed by oceanfront condos. It was a very nice area where other people enjoyed their afternoon’s walk with their dogs while others jogged.
Continuing walking a short distance further south on Beach Road brought us along the Atlantic Ocean’s shore! However, this section of the shore was very rocky. Not one of those sandy beaches if you know what I mean. Regardless, the views were wonderful where many species of birds were seen on the rocks as they ate little insects in shallow water or flew away as the waves came splashing around them.
And then we were there! We had arrived at Sea Point Promenade, a wonderful paved walkway stretching way up to the Green Point Lighthouse and even further. Benches made it quite inviting to sit on, relax and watch the boats go by or better yet….watch the huge waves come crashing along the walkway edge’s railing. Luckily for us we weren’t walking next to these railings as the waves came but got occasionally wet as we weren’t fast enough to evade them! Refreshing though! Hehehe!
The walkway led us to the Green Point Lighthouse, a red and white candy-striped lighthouse that dates back to 1824. Unfortunately this striking landmark was closed when we arrived but that didn’t stop me from going all around it and taking pictures! I later found out that it was the first solid lighthouse structure built on the South African coast! Interesting facts!
Across the street from where we stood was the west gate entrance to the Green Point Park! Curiosity got the best of me and within seconds, I was rapidly crossing the street with Michel being already ahead of me! Monique :-)