Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cape Town, South Africa, March 1, 2016

Last day of the trip and that means the dreaded truck clean!  Fortunately we only had to do the inside but that was bad enough.  After, I went to the airport to pick up my car.  Along the way, the cab driver stopped to show me the spot where a woman had killed a would be thief the day before.  Apparently along the N7 freeway there are numerous townships, which  is a fancy word for slum, that is if there is anything fancy about a slum! 😜  Some of the residents of the township hang out at the stop lights and smash your passenger window to steal what's on your seat.  Anyway, that happened to a woman and she pulled a gun and killed the thief.  Needless to say, I won't be driving on the N7!  And speaking of driving - wrong side of the road for me!  As long as there's a car ahead I'm fine but if I am alone and have to turn, it can be tricky.  I certainly won't be driving in the dark!

My car-


I had a booking for Robben island at 1 pm but didn't get there in time due to my gps quitting and driving frustrations - first time behind the wheel In 5 months with a manual on hilly streets and traffic.  So, I found my hostel, parked the car and walked to the Waterfront which is absolutely beautiful.

The centre piece is Table Mountain-


and it's pretty easy to sit in the sun drinking good cheap wine, eating calamari-


 looking at that view!

The Clock Tower was built in 1882 complete with an accurate tidal gauge to help ships choose appropriate times to enter and leave the port.  As well, the top room is covered in mirrors so the port boss could easily see 360 degrees by just moving his eyes-


Four Nobel Prize winners are commemorated:  Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela-


We had our final group supper and said our good-byes-


Rhod, Mark, Dougie, me and Jess, Adam, Poppy, Rob, Hellen and Mick.

Looking forward to some great wines in Franchshoek!



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