Arriving in Cape Town

Trip Start Jun 14, 2011
Trip End Sep 21, 2011

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Saturday Sept 10th
Arriving in Cape town was relatively uneventful, we had pre booked a rental car, picked it up and headed on out towards camps bay. Camps Bay is stunning, right by the ocean front and filled with luxury homes and condos facing the water. The promenade is crammed full with cafe's and restaurants and little shops. The beach front is boulders and rock intertwines with white sand, playgrounds and park benches.
We passed by the famous table mountain and arrived at our "home" for the next 9 days. it is a great victorian apartment with a Huge balcony overlooking the ocean and a pool doing the same. The only thing is that is is too cold to use the pool :) but never the less it is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the sunset. (And Mikael did brave it)
The kids have all ready requested their first two meals, Maija wanted these beef patties I make stuffed with feta cheese, rice, tatziki and greek salad and Mikael -Home made spaghetti bolognese. It was nearing 7 o'clock when we were all settled in so we headed down the street to a local grocer and got some food and then we had dinner at a diner by the water. We slept well, but I was missing the tree house and it's calm...even the sound and smell of the ocean didn't quite do it. I don't like the feeling of being back into reality filled with technology , satellite TV and WIFI.
We did have a marvelous breakfast sunday morning, home made swedish pancakes, (requested by Maija) and a croquet monsieur (as requested by Mikael) fresh orange juice and coffee. We took out time did some laundry and enjoyed the views. About 10 or so we headed out exploring the close by area, it is very reminiscent of Malibu at parts. The very rich and the very poor gather here.
We ended up at the V&A water front where we parked and went walking around. It is a wonderful waterfront , think a super inflated pier 39 or the chicago pier. It is HUGE. The waterfront is filled with street performers, acrobats, dancers, singers, drummers and more. face painters, balloon makers and african craft stalls line the streets and the smell of BBQ and fresh seafood fills the air. There are so many cafe's , bar's, pub's and grill's and music that makes you want to dance. Tour companies offer their "very special deal" and there is even a large shopping galleria attached on one side and a large African craft market on the other side. WE had a late lunch here and spent some more time browsing, sensing, smelling and enjoying.
We headed back to our apartment for some R&R about 5.30 or so and I made dinner. I have not seen Maija eat so much food for months. It is great to see that home cooking is still number one on their list. Jonas and I had a glass of wine that we have toted around since New Zealand and enjoyed the sunset. Beauty and the beast was on Dinsey channel and we all watched it together before almost falling asleep on the sofa.
Cape town seems like a wonderful place, but my heart is still in what for me is the real Africa...the bush, the open air and the warm sun.
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