Flying high in Cape town

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

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yesterday it was cloudy and rained in the afternoon but they have a saying here in cape town it's "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute" and that is so true, it changes by the moment. as it was overcast we decided to catch the hop on hop off tour bus from the camps bay hotel. We did the city round of about 2 hours and and learned about the history of the cape and all the ship wrecks around here. This is called the grave yard of the oceans. There are more ship wrecks here than any place else in the world...Many of the ships that crashed were slave ships and the slaves were shackled to the ship and drowned then barred in mass graves on the beaches. human history is so cruel. We learned about district 6-- after apartheid laws were implemented it was made law that colored people were so different than whites that they should not live together. Thousands of people were forcefully removed from their homes and families were torn apart. A community of over 60 000 was completely bulldozed and flattened as mostly colored people lived there...their homes destroyed and they were chased out of town. This completely changed the socio economic structure of cape town as all of a sudden the work force was halved and industries were no longer able to operate.
They have just started to re build district 6 now, with community housing. We learned about the shores of cape town and how they have receded and how Table mountain has risen from the sea and so much more... it was a fun an educational day. We got off in the down town district where we browsed the markets and had a great lunch. We returned " home" about 4 or so and just relaxed. We are staying on Victoria road, this is the most beautiful area in all of cape town. We simply got lucky with the location as we really had no idea when we booked this place. it is an apartment But it still has maid service so something in between a hotel and apartment. The kids have their own large room, living room , kitchen our room and a full balcony that stretches from one side of the apartment to the other overlooking the ocean. I know I mentioned earlier that it has a pool but it is pretty chilly in there.
Last night Mikael woke up several times with a tummy ache and we were so scared that he would be really sick today, but after a night of sleeping with mommy he was A ok this morning, thankfully. The sun was shining an we headed up to Table Mountain.
It is apparently 6 times older than the Himalayas, it was formed under the sea about 600 million years ago. It was an amazing Gondola ride up. THis is our 3 rd gondola ride on this trip, NZ and Australia were the first two, but this one was super cool . First of all it was by far the steepest one , it also had a revolving floor so you saw everything from every angel. It was Spectacular. You could see all of cape town , Robben Island , Lions Head and more. Mikael got to "be inside a cloud" as he has been wanting to be lol. Once we reached the top we did the 45 minute klippspringer walk to se Dassies ( I mistakenly called them Dessies in one previous post) these are such funny animals also called rock hyrax, the daisies closes relative is actually the Elephant which is really odd as it has no resemblance what soever either in appearance or behavior.
We really enjoyed our time on the mountain. When we headed on back we drove to the V&A water front for lunch. We also booked a few tours for the rest of the week at the information centre. Then we decided to do a Helicopter tour of the Peninsula. It was absolutely Amazing. We went with sports helicopters , a really great company, Keifeer sutherland, Beyoce , celiene Dion and many many more have used them and I can see why--They were the best.. Seeing Cape town from above this way was Amazing. we passed by the Atlantic seaboard,

The twelve apostles, Hout Bay, Chapmans peak, Fish Hoek, Simonstown, City bowl and more. I think the most fantastic part was when we passed over false bay and Muizenberg where all the surfers are. We got to see 6 HUGE WHALES from an aerial view. These whales are so large it is mind blowing. There was one with two smaller whales on each side and then another group. So so so Awesome. I spoke to steven our pilot and asked him if he was a surfer as well as it appears that most people are surfers here and he confided in me that he used to surf a lot until he started flying helicopters and he saw the sheer size of all the great white sharks around this area. He said one day he saw 7 of these large creatures only about 30-50 meters away from the surfers, and he sees at least one per day. Ironically Muizenberg (surf city) is located just by seal island where the great whites go to feed (anyone who has ever watched any episode on sharks on Natural geographic will have heard of seal island) this is the most densely shark populated waters in the world. The food is plentiful and the waters cool just the way the great whites like it. hmmm...not sure I would be surfing there...

We saw so incredibly much on this helicopter tour it was one of the most memorable moments of this trip as well. (along with many others). By the time we were done it was getting late and we had some ice cream at the waterfront, and headed back to our apartment. It is now about 7pm and jonas and I have enjoyed some wonderful wine from Stellebosh a 2006 merlot which we picked up while at the V&A. Tomorrow morning we are getting picked up at 845 for a full day of wine tasting in the famous SA wine tasting region (Yes we have a car but thought it better to get a driver for the day when doing wine tasting ;0) We are also doing a small food sampling, and chocolate and wines...sounds good to me!
Jonas and I had a talk and we are both now feeling ready to wind down and start preparing to head back to reality. It is funny how you somehow adjust to a situation and now we are prepared to head start heading back in a few days...but still part of my heart is in Pezulu and if I could head back there that would be Ok too!.
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