Sight Seeing Bus-ride scenic tours - One of the most exciting things I tried that time had not permitted previously ? this was a city tour on the RED sight-seeing bus. Stops at or near 30 major area attractions. There are seven color coded tours from which to choose. Tickets may be purchased on the bus/V&A Station or the Long Street station. What a great fun way to get the logistical layout of the city! The price is minimal, there is hop on/hop off service, throughout the day with the day pass, ear phones make for easy listening above the city noise, and inside air conditioned ride or open or upper deck. Varied passes and trips can be arranged very inexpensively (on a budget/ or independent Traveler) Go to www.citysightseeing.com for more information. I enjoyed mingling with the locals and meeting other like me --- just looking!
Long Street stroll ? Before taking the bus tour I visited the Cape Cadogan and Mores Quarters properties. OK! The Boutique hotel is small, charming and intimate, attractive and tastefully furnished. It is a National Landmark facility therefore there are stairs and steps which may be a challenge for some. The Mores Quarters are located across a small street from the Cadogan. The location (small, quiet, and private) close to Kloof Street with connection to (great little walk ? I did it) Long Street and the Markets. Good for shops, food and entertainment and options with the locals along Kloof Street.
Two Oceans Aquarium ? Departing from my Day tour around the city at V&A I decided for the first time in almost 20 years to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. What a treat! Having grown up on the Gulf of Mexico with among the first Seaquariums in Florida, I thought I had seen it all. This one is better than the views at Atlantis in Nassau. It is really huge with an awesome display of aquatic life from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Yes, in Florida I live on the Atlantic and we have a Seaquarium, but this is truly known as the largest one in the world!! There is something for everyone, from feathered friends near the oceans, otters, fishes, to diverse and other related ocean animal and plant life. One can see, touch, feel and even dive to interact with various collections. I stayed high and dry. Well worth the minimal costs. Tickets can be purchased online. There were as many excited adults like myself, as kids and jumping babies in strollers at the sights they saw!! www.aquarium.co.za
The Red Shed Market ? Leaving the Aquarium I decided to explore the RED Shed and Workshop located adjacent to the aquarium and the V&A Waterfront. The smell of African food cooking in the indoor shops (too many to decide) yummy-yummy! I finally settled on a fruit smoothie before moving on to the arts and crafts area. This is a unique collection of crafts to include Africa Fashions and art of every medium. Beautiful reasonable priced items. Since I could set up my on shop from my own collection, I passed through and after an hour or so it was dinner time. I headed to my favorite restaurant for great seafood in Mall and people watched over a good cold Africa libation with fish and chips. www.southafrica.net
Driving the Cape coast - My next day was another first adventure for me as a friend took me for a private drive day tour of the coastal ocean area of False Bay, enroute to visit my dear friend Eddie Daniels, a former prisoner serving at Robben Island, (author of There and Back) and a longtime friend of President Nelson Mandela in the Western Cape. Following a great visit and lunch at his country club, my driver and I went to visit the wine country! In route I stopped at Victor Verster Prison now known as Drakenstein Correctional Center ? the last prison to house Mr. Mandela prior to his release. The site is now closed to visitors but we were allowed to enter briefly to the ?path? and to the monument and return to viewing of the postings at the gate. I locate new pockets of communities for cultural visits with the locals.
Paarl and Franschhoek (Wine Country) ? Quaint towns, shops and wineries, I decided to stop in Paarl at the Fairview Cellar Door (dating back to 1633) for a fine wine and goat cheese tasting compliments of my driver/guide. The wine, bread, and fruit preserve accompaniments are to die for! Need I say more ? I returned with a blackberries type preserve to be eaten with sharp goat cheese. I eat it on hot bread, ice cream or just a spoonful. Next to great tastings is a visit to the restaurants and don?t miss the infamous Goat Tower! Yep ? goats in their own lighthouse tower ??here?s looking at you?bahhh! This is a major attraction at the winery! A great stop off or treat for the at leisure client FANTASTIC scenery of vineyards and farm country. www.fairview.co.za
Nothing was better in Cape Town than my stay in and Executive Suite at the Cape Grace Hotel front and center in V&A Waterfront. Next to the best whiskey tasting at the bar, the High Tea is exceptional.
Once you go ? you know!
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