Thursday, September 6, 2018

Capetown, South Africa-In A Day (or a few)

Capetown's past as an important shipping port-is easily understandable given it's beautiful location on the tip of Africa. Now multiple bays along the ocean -offer wide open sandy clean beaches, visiting whales/dolphins hangouts, ferry accessible island destinations with history (Robbins island-where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 20 years), and accommodations ranging in styles from luxurious glam to basic.





Outdoors' paradise, cultural and artistic destination, boutique/unique items from burgeoning fashion/jewelry handcrafts,  plus culinary delights and world class wines...ALL found in abundance in Capetown, South Africa. No wonder so many people we know have this lovely city on their upcoming travel itineraries.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens against the eastern slopes of Tabletop Mountain-considered one of the world's finest. Open everyday.


Capetown Stadium was built for the FIFA World Cup Final in 2010. It's huge-seating 55,000 (permanent) 13,000 (temporary)- with terrific site lines and numerous underground parking facilities under the seats- that would make anyone who has ever driven to the Meadowlands (NJ) or Fed Ex field (MD.) mad with jealousy. Golf course surrounds part of it.






NOBEL SQUARE-in touristy V+A Waterfront section...a tribute to South Africa's four  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk, and Nelson Mandela

Fresh seafood is a culinary superlative here...plus  Capetown offers many cuisines-reflective of it's immigrant population from India (curries, fried spicy foods) and the Middle East (Halal meats). The wines from nearby Franschhoek are superb-and cultivate a lot of French grapes-Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as red blends.
An indoor highlight-the new ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art-located in the V&A waterfront area...a reclaimed Silo-grain storage facility houses contemporary art by African and African Americans alike. Pictured-a Kyle Morland  Still Life sculpture...installed in a rooftop sculpture garden with a view of one of the seventh wonders of the world-TableTop Mountain-itself a destination with multiple hiking trails and a cable car that goes around for views of it ALL.

Zeitz MOCCA