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2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - CAPE TOWN

FOLLOWING ZANZIBAR I HAVE A FEW DAYS IN CAPE TOWN WAITING FOR THE OCEAN PRINCESS


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CAPE TOWN.....

I'VE HEARD PEOPLE CALL IT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD

MIGHT WELL BE THE CASE.

BUT WE ARE NOT QUITE THERE YET.

THIS OVER AFRICA SOMEWHERE

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AND THE ONLY PHOTOGRAPH I HAVE OF JOHANNESBURG., OUTSIDE THE HOTEL.

IT IS IN GAUTENG I THINK. WHICH IS AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE BECAUSE I AM READING A BOOK RIGHT NOW WHERE THE CHARACTER IS FLYING TO GAUTENG.
IT'S A GOOD BOOK IF YOU LIKE DETECTIVE STUFF. TRANSLATED FROM AFRICAANS, ITS BY DEON MEYER. CALED SEVEN DAYS. HE HAS WRITTEN A LOT.

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SO - WHAT TO DO WITH A FEW DAYS IN CAPE TOWN

HAS TO BE TABLE MOUNTAIN

I CAN SEE THE MOUNTAIN FROM MY HOTEL BUT IT LOOKS CLOUDY SO I DECIDE NOT TO GO TODAY.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL THERE IS A TAXI RANK & I CHANGE MY MIND, NEGOTIATE A PRICE WITH THE TAXI DRIVER AND OFF WE GO.

IT MIGHT HAVE ESCAPED YOUR NOTICE, BUT TABLE MOUNTAIN IS A MOUNTAIN.
THE CAB I AM IN IS OLD. IT CONKS OUT TWICE ON THE WAY BECAUSE THE GAS CANNOT REACH THE ENGINE ON THE INCLINE. THE THIRD TIME I GET OUT - WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT TO THE CABLE CAR.

I START WALKING, UP HILL OF COURSE. PASSING THIS ON THE WAY.

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I AM STILL A LONG WAY FROM THE CABLE CAR & SEE A SIGN SAYING IT IS CLOSED TODAY. AYE, CARAMBA?

THERE IS A TOURIST HUT AT THIS CAR PARK & THE GUIDE CONFIRMS THE CABLE CAR IS NOT GOING TODAY. I FORGET WHY. MECHANICAL? WEATHER. NOT UNUSUAL APPARENTLY.

STILL - A NICE SHOT OF CAPE TOWN SPREAD OUT BELOW. AND A WALK A LITTLE FURTHER ON..

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THEN I BACK TRACK AND WALK BACK TO TOWN.

NOW WHAT TO DO?

THE BIG RED BUS SOUNDS INVITING AND AFTER WALKING UP & DOWN TABLE MOUNTAIN I WILL ENJOY A REST ON THE OPEN TOP BUS

THE BUS GOES TO HOUT BAY, PASSING SOME ROUGH AREAS....

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BUT THE BAY IS DELIGHTFUL..... I HOP OFF HERE FOR A VISIT,,

KIDS PLAYING ON THR BEACH

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A GIRL SURFING... WILL SHE MAKE IT ???????

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WIPEOUT....

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HERE SHE GOES AGAIN. WILL SHE MAKE IT THIS TIME?????

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THEN IT'S BACK ON THE BUS FOR THE RIDE BACK INTO CAPE TOWN.... BEACHES, BAYS, BAYS & BEACHES

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& BACK TO MY HOTEL, JUST THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROUNDABOUT.

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I SPENT THE EVENING WATCHING FOOTBALL ON TV IN THE HOTEL BAR.

I STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION WITH A TRADITIONALLY BUILT YOUNG LADY. SHE SHOWS A GOLD TOOTH WHEN SHE SMILES & I ASK IF SHE MINED IT HERSELF. WE CHAT FOR A LONG TIME. WATCH THE FOOTBALL. LISTEN TO STUFF GOING ON AROUND THE BAR.
THEN SHE ASKS, QUITE POLITELY, IF I WOULD LIKE SOME COMPANY & THE PENNY DROPS..

I DECLINE.

SHE'S PERFECTLY PLEASANT. SAYS GOODBYE & LEAVES. THE RECEPTION GUY NODS TO ME.

HOT & COLD RUNNING HOOKERS IN THIS HOTEL. A NEW ONE ON ME.

THATS ENOUGH FOR ONE DAY.

Posted by hasbeen 04:05 Archived in South Africa Tagged southern_africa Comments (0)

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