Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lijlja and Sina part 2: the BIG 6 of Cape Town...

We did such a lot with Ljilja and Sina while they were here (see part 1 for more) for two weeks: and after a week we discovered that there was actually a Cape Town Big 6 and we had only done one of them: the Waterfront:
Here with Table Mountain (and its tablecloth!) in the background:
We discovered this when we went up Table Mountain on Saturday night, as Table Mountain is also one of the Big 6. My aunt, Jan, took us to the top to celebrate her birthday with a sunset picnic and it was more than perfect. No wind (for those of you who don't know Cape Town - this is unusual!) and the sunset was the so breath-taking: pictures just don't do it justice:
Happy Birthday Jan!!
Robben Island was number 3 on the list: this was where Nelson Mandela (and many others) were imprisoned during the apartheid years and it is a sober reminder of the not-so-good stuff that went on in South Africa in the past...
But not for us to get too serious: Here we are hamming it up near Nelson's cell:
Another feature of the Island (which is in Table Bay) is that it has stunning views of Table Mountain: 
We then had a beach day (yay!) and waited for the wind to die down for my dad to take us to number 4: Cape Point. Most people think it is the southernmost tip of Africa, which is actually Cape Agulhas about 200km East: and in fact we even heard some guy confidently telling his wife "this is the southernmost tip of Africa", but were too scared to disillusion him! This picture is actually of us and Cape Maclear and the Cape of Good Hope: but we didn't have any group pics in front of the actual "Cape Point": but you get the idea of the beauty of the place!!
And here we are at the southwestern most tip of Africa: Cape of Good Hope:
And dad took us for a picnic lunch at Buffelsbay which is stunning:
And luckily we had already encountered these guys on the road above Buffelsbay going away from the beach: they can be quite dangerous. Signs everywhere saying "Beware of the Baboons" didn't make an impact on our foreign guests: Ljilja wanted to take a better picture and so tells Sina "put down the window" and Sina starts doing it until Dad and I both scream in unison "no, no no nononoooooooo"!!! Luckily they didn't get in the car, but they can be quite aggressive as tourists have fed them and so they associate cars with food...
Next on the list was Kirstenbosch: our beautiful Botanical Gardens: Mom took us there and we wandered around before having brunch at the Tea garden.
And to round off the Big 6 of Cape Town and so Sina could experience some winelands: we went to the Constantia Winelands. More specifically Groot Constantia and Buitenverwachting: Here they are at Groot Constantia: so pretty!
We did spend one day visiting Khayalitsha, one of the townships (poorer suburbs), so they could also see that side of Cape Town: thanks Heather for the tour!

We also did fun South African stuff, like a braai (barbecue) with friends, "sundowners" on Llandudno with friends, Spur (a South African restaurant chain) outings and family pizza nights...

We all had such a wonderful time with them, and I know they both left with fantastic memories of their Cape Town adventure!


Anonymous said...

Hello Belinda,

I enjoyed reading your blog like always.This reminds me of a nice time I had while I was in Cape Town last year.Here in Bosnia is a deep snow I hope Ljilja will acclimatize quickly.

Regards Danijel

Anonymous said...

Hey Bee,
nice pictures, nice story, nice everything... Ljilja has adjusted well Danijel (except her skin is so dark because of the SA sun and it contrastrs with Bosnian faces and even more with Bosnian snow) I met her for coffee today and she told me a lot about the trip, she feels very relaxed. Looking forward for you Belinda! David

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