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Cape Town: Day 1

Someone once advised me to plan out at least a week’s worth of blog posts at a time, and typically I do not adhere to this because, well frankly, I dont know if I have that much to say (or at least the knowledge of it in advance). HOWEVER, this next week of posts have been planned, and all will be dedicated to our recent trip to Cape Town.

In brief, this was hand’s down one of the best vacations we have ever been blessed enough to embark upon. Barr and I loved the city, lucked out on some potentially questionable weather, booked some amazing guided tours, and took a ton of great pictures to remember the trip by (just prepare yourselves for photo overload!)

Arrival: We arrived Saturday evening to some chillier weather than we have been accustomed (not too hard given Dubai’s climate, but I digress) – actually, the mid 60s temps were quite a welcome surprise! We grabbed a cab to our hotel, the Glen Boutique Hotel, situated in Seapoint in Cape Town. If you ever find yourself in Cape Town, I can’t recommend this hotel enough! It was incredibly charming, just the right size, the food delish, rooms/views amazing, and the staff was friendly and so very helpful (we were immediately greeted with glasses of wine, which as many of you know, is the way to my heart!) We were both a bit zonked from the travel, so we made our way to the V&A Waterfront, grabbed some ahhhmazing sushi from Willoughby & Co (most of which I’m pretty sure Barr doesnt remember due his 24 hour marathon of a day), and headed back for a good night’s rest.

Cheesing for the camera on the balcony at Glen Boutique Hotel

Cheesing for the camera on the balcony at Glen Boutique Hotel

We woke up the next day raring to go (the 2 hour time difference and 12 hours of sleep helped a bit :)), as we had tickets to Robben Island and also wanted to see Table Mountain as well.

Robben Island: Absolutely moving place to go. Nelson Mandela and many, many other political (and criminal) prisoners were held here throughout apartheid, undergoing horrific physical and psychological torture. The island is about a 20 minute (rocky! not for the faint of heart/those prone to seasickness) ferry ride, where we disembarked and had a bus tour around the entire island, showing both the prisons from the apartheid period as well as WWII (practice purposes) cannons and the like. The tour concluded with a former prisoner walking us through several of the blocks, discussing everyday life there, and ending with a viewing of Mr Mandela’s cell. What really struck us was that both former guards and prisoners work as guides on the island now – our guide stressed that there are no hard feelings and it’s a testament to how far the country has come. Very neat if you ask me. Here are some of my favorite snaps, including the breathtaking views of Cape Town from afar:

Table Mountain from Robben Island (c/o Barr, photog extraordinaire)

Table Mountain from Robben Island (c/o Barr, photog extraordinaire)

As I said, the views were just beyond

As I said, the views were just beyond

Our amazing tour guide: both an incredibly strong, knowledgeable and forgiving gentleman

Our amazing tour guide: an incredibly strong, knowledgeable and forgiving gentleman

Nelson Mandela's cell

Nelson Mandela’s cell

Robben Island

Robben Island

V&A Waterfront: After disembarking from the ferry back in Cape Town, we were hungry (BTW: Cape Town food/restaurants are some of the best I have ever encountered – totally a foodie/wino’s paradise – also, we Blantons love to eat). We stopped for a quick bite on the water (as well as an obligatory bottle of local vino – when in Rome, right??) and grabbed a quick tourist shot before heading up the mountain.

Tourist-ing for days

Tourist-ing for days

Table Mountain: Table Mountain is the centerpiece of greater Cape Town – dont get me wrong, there are plenty of AMAZING mountains, hikes and views aside from Table Mountain, but I think this is probably the most iconic (you can check out of my Instagram for some top notch Photoshop of Table Mountain). We were a bit pressed for time as we had dinner reservations (as I said, we like to eat and plan each meal, duh), so we took the cable car up. By this time in the afternoon, it was a bit overcast and cloudy, but it was still a really neat and beautiful perspective to see the city below from above the clouds. Next time we visit Cape Town, hiking up is definitely on our to do list.

View of the clouds, city and cable car

View of the clouds, city and cable car

It was a wee bit chilly up top

It was a wee bit chilly up top

Aren't the clouds hanging low like that lovely?

Aren’t the clouds hanging low like that lovely?

Views for days

Views for days

I’ll sign off of the Day 1 post with some gorgeous shots we captured on drive down Table Mountain of Camp’s Bay and Clifton Beach (and the anticipation of what Day 2 holds) 🙂 Until next time….

Is this real life?

Is this real life?

Magnificent

Magnificent

Sea, sun, sky

Sea, sun, sky

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