Water, flowers and fabulous beach houses

Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2010

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Friday, March 5, 2010

From Barbara Cape Town March 5

This morning we had intended to go to Robben Island to visit the site where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for twenty seven years - it's only about twenty miles off the cost of Cape Town. We were at the ticket booth bright and early at 9:00 a.m. ready to purchase our tickets only to discover they were completely sold out for the day! Onto Plan B which included an extensive tour of the waterfront, a tour of the aquarium - really fantastic and again, a great educational component. We walked back to our hotel and rested for a couple of hours before hooking up with Bernie Spiro and taking off for the Botanical Garden - Kirstenbousch. I have to say I nearly died from the heat but that was basically my fault since I thought as a kindness to Bernie I would spare him the sight of seeing me in shorts - so I wore something less relieving - read I was covered up - and then we hiked through the mountainous gardens in a billion degree wished for my own demise but the higher power thought it would be better if I expired from the heat for my vanity. I finally had to throw in the towel and mention we should start for cold water which could be procured at the café near the exit - the rest was easy. Dear Bernie took us on the scenic route back to our hotel around the back side of Table Mountain via his spectacular home on the bay. His original home on this site was washed away in a Tsunami seven years ago and he had to completely rebuild. I have never been in a more stunning home - it has a massive stone in the courtyard that they built the house around - check out Mel's photos - there is no way to describe the massiveness of the rock - it is huge.

From Mel Cape Town March 5, 2010
I was really disappointed we did not make the Robbin Island tour. Things were going too well for us as we planned our own excursions in CapeTown. In fact when Birnie picked us up he marveled at how much we had already seen on our own. He was very sweet to spend so much time with us as we circumnavigated Table Mountain to see all the sights. The Kirstenbousch Garden is the most beautiful Botanical Garden I have ever seen. Even the Huntington pales in comparison. We could have spent a whole day there....instead we wisked off to Bernie's house in Cap Bay to have a quick drink and watch the sunset. Everything Barbara said about it plus.....it is like one of those houses featured on HGTV....he has incorporated the rock adjacent into the design of the house. Photo here is in Bernie's bathroom. Really neat.
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Laura on

Amazing. Sorry you couldn't visit Mandella's place in history. How moving that would have been, but I guess it says something about how many people want to visit the prison because of its significance.

Marian on

well, at least you got to visit his house in Soweto...andyou are lucky that the table coloth was not onthe mountain when you were up there- really- so many tourists are disappointed, it can be off limits for several days in a row. Glad you got to see Kirstenbosch. Our second house in Capetown was about a quarter mile from there. I took the girls there all the time- it truly is beautiful. have a lovely- and cooler- last day in teh most beautiful city in the world.

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