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After this rock formation the town Paarl is named.

We get up at 6.15 am. I haven’t slept very well, probably because of the warmth in our room (no air-conditioning, just a fan). Breakfast is o.k., but the mushrooms taste awful.

We leave at 8 and very soon Trudy starts feeling sick. And it gets worse and worse, until finally breakfast comes ‘round for the second time.

Again we are driving through magnificent landscapes. When the morning comes to an end we are surrounded by rocks and mountains and it is hard to see where the road leads us. Fortunately Trudy is getting on the better hand and she’s able to enjoy it too. We make a couple of stops to take some pictures.

We reach the town Paarl around half past one.

On the balcony in the middle of City Hall, Nelson Mandela held his speach after being released from Robben Island.
This town was named after the mountain next to it that, after a rain shower, glistens like a pearl in the sun. The town doesn’t have much to offer but industry, so it is not that interesting for tourists. The lunch we have here isn’t bad though (although it takes very long before it is served).

A quarter past four we are in our hotel in Cape Town, which is rather luxurious. The hotel we were supposed to go to is overbooked, so we have to settle for this one (it has one more star than the other one, but we don’t mind). Quickly we drop our belongings in our room and walk to the tourist information office, it has tons of brochures, but none of them provide the information we need.

We decide to go to the City Hall, a very nice building, but than again, what building wouldn’t look stunning with Table Mountain as a decor? Nelson Mandela held his speech on it’s balcony after he was released from Robben Island.

The VOC fortress is closed for the rest of the day.

Across the square stands the fortress which is, of course, closed for the rest of the day.

We walk around the fortress and end up on the backside of the train station. Since sunset comes closer, and we were warned to be back at the hotel before dark, this is not really a place you want to be at this time of day. Even though Cape Town is supposed to be a lot safer than Johannesburg and nobody even so much as looks at us in an ill-mannered way, it just doesn’t feel right. As soon as we are back in the busier streets, the sense of threat disappears like snow in the Karoo.

Back at the hotel our party reassembles and we hire two taxis to take us to the V&A Waterfront. This is the part of town where people go out and have a good time. There is a plethora of restaurants and shops and everything is illuminated in a cozy way.

Again the food is quite good and we have quite a few laughs during our meal, but soon afterwards we go back to the hotel to take a hot shower. In spite of the terrace heaters it was rather chilly (and windy too) and this brings our body temperature up to normal again.

When I hit the sheets I’m in the realm of dreams in no time at all.

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After this rock formation the town…
After this rock formation the tow…
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On the balcony in the middle of C…
The VOC fortress is closed for the…
The VOC fortress is closed for th…
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Cape Town
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