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December 13th, 2007 – by: _amarula_
To say that I fell in love with the place would be an understatement. I really wished I could stay here longer or I could go back...soon.
The whole experience started off with me having to stay in a cozy hotel (http://www.urbanhiphotels.com/) just few steps away from my clientâ€™s office (and itâ€™s just at the back of the E&Y Cape Town office!). I never expected a hotel, with such simple faĂ§ade, would have a very elegant, modern and functional interior.
Just below the hotel is a French resto called Bizerca Bistro (http://www.bizerca.com/). It really is a food haven. My favorite dishes? Ratatouille and Pan-fried Kingklip! And the interior--imagine how it exudes vibrancy with just two contrasting colors--black and white! It was just amazing. Oh and I had tasted their amarula--a native African liquor--better than Baileyâ€™s, I must say.
And weâ€™re not yet outside the hotel premises...Thereâ€™s more to see.
We had our first (free) lunch, c/o the KPMG partners, at the Cape Town Fish Market (http://www.ctfm.co.za/2009/home/) along Camps Bay (akin to Californiaâ€™s Laguna Beach). It was summertime then, so there were a lot of people.
Summer in CapeTown is colder than in the Philippines. Maybe because of its location--cool winds coming from the Atlantic Ocean on one side lingers around the city because they are blocked off by the Table Mountain on the other side.
We were also able to go to the Waterfront (African Port Area) for lunches and dinners. A very nice view of the Table Mountain (http://tablemountain.net/) can be seen from the Waterfront, especially during clear nights.
My client had this year-end function (sort of a Christmas party) at the Groot Constantia vineyards (http://www.grootconstantia.co.za/). The place reminds me of the movie "A Walk in the Clouds"...
Thanks to Pieter Visser of Accenture, we were able to go to his flat at the Blouberg area and eat a mouthful of grilled seafood at Jimmyâ€™s Killer Prawns (http://www.jimmyskillerprawns.com/). The view of Table Mountain from Blouberg is nothing but awesome, especially during sunset. Ah lovely!
Thanks to the KPMG Cape Town dudettes Zeenat and Lynn, we were able to get a taste of authentic Indian cuisines at Bukhara (http://www.bukhara.com/). The food is deliciously hot. The place is so good that a lot of Cape Town folks and tourists often go there for lunch.
Near Bukhara is the Green Market, where you can find all sorts of African souvenirs.
I have been mentioning Table Mountain a couple of times here--itâ€™s because Cape Town would not be Cape Town without the Table Mountain. I went there on a weekend, together with my Accenture friends, Shim (from Malaysia) and Anthony.
The 20-min cab ride from my hotel to the foot of the mountain was an awesome experience. Imagine having a road trip in a convertible with a reggae-version of Seals and Croftâ€™s 1972 hit â€śSummer Breezeâ€ť playing on the background. Oh what a joyride!
We were lucky we looked like weâ€™re under 18, and we weâ€™re able to, you know, get â€śBIGâ€ť discounts (ok promise, that was the first AND the last time weâ€™ll do that).
The Table Mountain is famous for its (what else?) table-like figure.
The mountain top is oftentimes covered by low-lying clouds. And what will you get when these clouds cover the whole top of the Table Mountain? A Tablecloth!
We also visited Bo-Kaap (which means "Above Cape" in Africa)--famous for its rows of colorful houses.
I told you it would be an understatement to say that I fell in love with the place. And these are just a few of the must-sees in Cape Town. Look at my missed list:
1. Cape Point (to take on the Cape Point Route and to visit the legendary Cape of Good Hope) www.capepointroute.co.za
2. Canal Walk (â€śThis is their SM Mall of Asia,â€ť as how my teammate described it) www.canalwalk.co.za
3. Boulders Beach (where Happy Feet and Surfâ€™s Up dudes come together to enjoy the summer break) www.bouldersbeach.co.za
4. Safari (they have Aquila and Kruger safaris--one to two-hour drive from Cape Town www.aquilasafari.com and www.krugerpark.co.za
5. Wine Tasting (will try Stellenbosch next time) www.stellenbosch.org.za
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