Castle & Fan Fest

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
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Trip End Jul 13, 2010


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Castle of Good Hope
Fan Fest - Cape Town

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Today i headed off to the Castle of Good Hope, built by the dutch in the 16th Century after they set up a trading port here for the East India Trading Company. The Castle was completed in 1695, and occupied by the dutch until the early 18th Century when it was captured and controlled by the English.
It really was a worthwhile visit. The castle boasted a variety of elegantly contrasting architecture types, from the Original Dutch foundations, to English and French influences.
There was a museum and variety of interesting rooms and sections of the castle to explore.

Across the road from the castle was the World Cup 'FanFest.' I spend the afternoon here, laying out in the sun with snacks and beers to watch Italy Vs New Zealand. What should have been one of the biggest ever upsets, was reduced somewhat to a draw, for Italy's 4398534098943th undeserved penalty.... sigh.

Awaiting the Ivory Coast vs Brazil match, i headed off for dinner with Lauren. Deciding it was high time we experienced some authentic local/African cuisine, we stumbled upon an Ethiopian Resteraunt. This was an interesting experience. The meal consisted of very doughy 'bread', spongy in texture, made of water and flour. Along side it was a spicy mince dish, beef, pickles, potatoes and carrots. It was tasty enough, and was enjoyed with a live show of dancing and singing.

Finally we returned to Fan Fest for the Brazil Vs Ivory Coast match, finishing with a comprehensive 3-1 victory for the South Americans. It was an awesome place to watch the game, generating a good atmosphere (much like Fed Square) back home.. but actually AT the world cup, and with an incredible view of Table Mountain.
I was introduced to a local alcoholic cider called 'Fruit Ale' which was a treat and welcome alternative to the Castle Draught and Hansa found everywhere.

After just witnessing Korea take a thrashing by Portugal 7-0, im having a cruisy evening and dinner later at the Waterfront.
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