Visiting Cape Town
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September 3rd, 2009 – by: travelodyssey
One of the interesting places I only discovered recently, after having driven past it a thousand times, is the Bo-Kaap. With its smartiebox houses, painted in all the colours of the rainbow, with it's facinating history of slaves shipped here a few hundred years ago from places as far afield as Malaysia, it is a unique part of Cape Town to visit.
Walking up the steep cobblestone roads, that hug the foot of Table Mountain, I just could not stop myself from taking hundreds of photographs. I walked to the top of the hill, and into the graveyard site of the original slaves that inhabited the place. One has a magnificent view of Cape Town waterfront from there. I could not help but wonder how these people felt, that were dragged out here, so far from their homes and families, and had no hope of ever returning to their country of birth. One can only hope that they found some solace in the beauty of their surroundings.
From there, it is a 5 minute drive to Cape Town Waterfront, which one should never miss when you are here. It is a wonderfull hub of activity, built on the old shipyard, and still, despite the new buildings, still has the feel of the old harbour. There are numerous wonderfull restaurants, craft markets, and shops. The restaurants are built around the shoreline, so one can sit and watch the boats fo in and out, while sipping on you locally produced wine, and wonderfull sesafood.
You can also go on a cruise from there to Robben Island, which of course is the place where Nelson Mandela spent a big part of his adult life as a prisoner.
More about places to see next time....
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