Last Day in South Africa

Cape Town Travel Blog

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We had already taken the red route bus twice, so we finally took the blue route on our last day in Cape Town.  The difference is that the blue route goes behind table mountain to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wine country, the township of Imizamo Yethu, and all the way down to Hout Bay before coming back on the same coastal route as the red route.  This was the first and only day that Table Mountain had the famous "table cloth" of clouds hugging the top.  It was a beautiful day on the city side of Table Mountain.

  I kind of thought that the cloud was only rolling off the city side and that the other side of the mountain would be clear.  Wow, was I ever mistaken!  As we got on the highway, the wind continually picked up until it was almost impossible to sit in the exposed area of the upper deck of the bus.  As we went around to the back side of Table Mountain, the sky continually darkened and the temperature dropped dramatically.  It was easily 20 to 25 degrees (Farenheit) cooler than it was on the other side.  We got out Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where the wind was whipping and it was biting cold.  We hurried into the Kirstenbosch Tea Room to have lunch.  Here I had the warm and hardy Cape Malay Babotie, which was the perfect thing to warm me up.  It is a minced meat flavored with spiced and top with a quiche-like egg.  After lunch it was too cold to walk the gardens, so we just waited for the next bus.
Cape Malay Babotie at Kirstenbosch Tea Room
  The rest of the trip was gloomy from the cloud cover, intense wind and threat of rain.  So we just went to Olaf's to wait for our shuttle to the airport.  The wind was screaming violently outside.  Luckily our flight was not affected by the turn in the weather.

When got to our gate at the airport, we were happy to see that the US-Ghana game was on a large screen TV right by the gate.  Unfortunately the TV was on an energy-saving timer and shut itself off early in the second half.  None of the employees new how to turn it back on or who to call.  So we all packed around a smaller TV at a coffee shop.  It was rather dissapointing to see the US lose 2-1 in extra time, but Ghana was truly the better team that day.  Overall the US campaign should be considered a success.  I then boarded the plane for the 11 hour flight back to Amsterdam and then the 7 hour flight back to JFK.

 

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Cape Malay Babotie at Kirstenbosch…
Cape Malay Babotie at Kirstenbosc…
Table Cloth
Table Cloth
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Mandela portrait at V&A Waterfront
Mandela portrait at V&A Waterfront
Mandela statue at V&A Waterfront
Mandela statue at V&A Waterfront
the famous Table Cloth
the famous Table Cloth
Table Cloth rolling off of Table M…
Table Cloth rolling off of Table …
Holland House (one of many)
Holland House (one of many)
Table Cloth
Table Cloth
Lions Head obscured by cloud
Lion's Head obscured by cloud
Cape Town University
Cape Town University
bird of paradise
bird of paradise
Olafs Guesthouse
Olaf's Guesthouse
Cape Town
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