16.06.2013 - 22.06.2013 49 °F
I expected the city to be beautiful. It is. I expected the city to be interesting. It is. But i was unprepared for how much more there is. Now into our fifth day, we are enjoying this city like few others that we have visited. Luckily for us, we found a self-catering guest house, thelionsguesthouse.com, managed by Anthony and his family. they couldn't be more accommodating. They gave us a cellphone for our use while in SA and helped us with all our arrangements. It's in a vibrant neighborhood, with tons of good restaurants and shops. Here's a view of Table Mountain from our room:
. And her is one of the cafes that we enjoy:
It is a city with an active harbor flanked by mountains (the most famous are Table and Lion's Head). An example:
There is also a beach, train ride away. And the town center has a mix of modern, dutch and British colonial buildings. Here's the Parliament:
When you walk through the markets you hear many different languages (there are 11 nationally recognized). People come in so many shades (throw out your crayolas)! Their history is found in the museums of Robben Island, (Mandela's cell for 18 years: the Slave Lodge, district 6, the mosques and the synagogues. And then there is the art and design you see throughout. It should be noted that Cape Town been chosen as the World Design Capital for 2014.
But it is not without its problems: the apartheid legacy, 40% unemployment among blacks, and xenophobia. Based on what we've seen and experienced so far, the city will work through them. For sure, it's a city not to be missed.