Day of Netherlands vs Cameroon

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Table Mountain

Since our only real focus for our first day on the red bus tour was to go to Table Mountain, we used the second day to take full advantage of its various stops.  We started out by walking through the Company's Gardens.  It was yet another beautifully clear day.  Then we rode the bus to Camps Bay to have lunch.  We walked up and down the main stretch and chose the upstairs restaurant called the Pepper Club.  It had a great view of the crashing surf and the second floor patio also took full advantage of the beaming sun and coastal breeze.  I had a trio of game, which was made of medallions of ostrich, springbok and kudu.

Lion's Head
  The latter two are both types of antelope found in South Africa. 

After lunch we took the bus back to the V&A Waterfront to visit the aquarium and do some shopping.  We ate dinner at the food court in the main mall at the Waterfront.  I got a lamb shwarma sandwich with tzatziki and fried eggplants at Anat Falafel & Shwarma.  While we were eating, we could hear the crowd's reactions outside in the amphitheater as they watched the Italy-Slovakia game.  After we finished eating, were able to watch the end of the game in which Slovakia won 3 to 2 and eliminated the defending champions much to the delight of the many Dutch fans in the crowd.

Jeff with Jabulani
  We then made our way over to Green Point Stadium pretty early before the start of the game.

Our seats ending up being in the very top row near the half-line.  Being so high, we were exposed to a swirling breeze in the stadium and with an 8:30 start time, we were quite cold.  That eventually got better as bodies packed the stadium.  The other bad part of being in the top row was that Green Point Stadium's roof slopes downward from the perimeter towards the field.  This blocks the view of the top rows from being able to see the whole stadium.  You can see the entire field, but only a few rows up on the opposite side.  We could also only see one of the big screens and at a badly skewed angle.

Green Point Stadium
  The other thing that the sloping roof did was trap the sound of the vuvuzelas.  We brought earplugs, but they didn't help that much.  The people sitting next to us were using firing range earmuffs.  The noise was deafening.  We could not hear the announcements or music coming from the stadium's speakers at all.  Despite the fact that the Netherlands had already clinched advancement and Cameroon had already been eliminated, it was a very good game.  Robin Van Persie scored to push the Netherlands in front in the first half.  In the second half, Cameroon actually outplayed the Dutch and leveled the score when Samuel Eto'o converted a penalty kick.  Arjen Robben made his debut in the tournament coming back from injury and his shot off the post gave Klaas Jan Huntelaar an easy rebound goal to win the game late for the Dutch.

 

bubu932 says:
beautiful place!
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012
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Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Lions Head
Lion's Head
Jeff with Jabulani
Jeff with Jabulani
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
National Gallery
National Gallery
football at Camps Bay
football at Camps Bay
Shannon at Pepper Club in Camps Bay
Shannon at Pepper Club in Camps Bay
Pepper Club
Pepper Club
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
Camps Bay
12 Apostles
12 Apostles
Lions Head
Lion's Head
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
vanity
vanity
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
Cape Town Aquarium
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
Makoyas
Makoyas
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
Holland floating football
Holland floating football
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
Fan Park at V&A Waterfront
Fan Park at V&A Waterfront
Fan Park at V&A Waterfront
Fan Park at V&A Waterfront
Fan Park at V&A Waterfront
Fan Park at V&A Waterfront
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Jeff & Shannon at Green Point Stad…
Jeff & Shannon at Green Point Sta…
Netherlands
Netherlands
Cameroon
Cameroon
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Green Point Stadium
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
van Persie scores for the Netherla…
van Persie scores for the Netherl…
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands vs Cameroon
Netherlands wins!  They finish gro…
Netherlands wins! They finish gr…
Hup Holland Hup!
Hup Holland Hup!
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