making a visual impression

Day 2: We arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

A photo before we leave on our eleven hour flight to Cape Town. I wish I could say that I was well rested by the time we landed, but turbulence all the way down Africa does not make for good sleeping.

2014-01-06 17.11.32Landing at Cape Town International Airport is a dream compared with arriving in the USA. We expect passport control to be tough because this is what we’re used to when entering the USA but the immigration officer is very friendly and apologizes for the weather–cool and cloudy. And whoopee our bags are waiting for us.

My first impressions of South Africa is that the people are very friendly. First the immigration officer and then our cab driver is very welcoming. It’s about 18km from the airport to our hotel–the Mount Nelson.  The cab turns to pass through a grand white archway, stops for a guard to raise the barrier and then we proceed up a long driveway flanked by tall palm trees.

We have a view of Table Mountain from our hotel room. I can’t wait for the cloud to lift!

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The hotel is a beautiful pink old colonial building. A glimpse of former times.

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A cup of tea on the terrace before we head up to our room to freshen up from our 40 hour door-to-door journey from Massachusetts.

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Then it’s down to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town for lunch.

2014-01-07 water front

One could choose from Ostrich, Wildebeest, Kudu (a type of antelope), Springbok and many other types of game.

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But I decide to have a local fish called Kingklip. It reminds me of Mai Mai. Not my favourite type of fish but still enjoyable.

At the Waterfront there are four larger bronzed statues of characters central to South Africa’s move from apartheid to democracy: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. This is in Nobel Square. I did not know this, but all four won the nobel peace prize. You can read more about these men here.

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2014-01-07 Mandela


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