Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Imagine this - you're in Cape Town...

And you've had the perfect morning. A family breakfast, followed by a walk along Cape Town's Waterfront, and a take-away cafe mocha to enjoy while writing back in the hotel room. A new marimba CD is playing on a rented laptop (that incidentally has more than 15 minutes of battery life, allowing you to write from bed, as you're getting the baby to sleep). And your little boy falls asleep without protest. Could life be any better?

Of course, no adventure would be complete without some unplanned hiccups. Over the past few days, we've experienced the torrential rains that are characteristic of Cape Town in the winter, a drive through the Constantia Wine Region (save yourself the trip if it's overcast), and have eaten at one of CNN's "hot spots" for Cape Town - Savoy Cabbage, which, although nice, doesn't compare to our all-time favorite Cape Town establishment... Baia (no official website).

What did impress us was the fantastic Cape Standard guest house, as well as the popular seaside walk along the Sea Point Promenade.

A fantastic companion for Cape Town, which I've been reading at every opportunity, is the book A City Imagined. I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever lived in, visited, or dreamed about visiting South Africa.

Once Lukas wakes up, our plan is to check out a couple nearby hotels, then head to the Two Oceans Aquarium, which is just 10 minutes away from where we're now staying (the Victoria & Alfred Hotel). And tonight we'll be having dinner North of the city center in the Blauberg area.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to get any photos online for you until we return to Mossel Bay on Wednesday, but hopefully the picture I've painted with my words has whet your appetite. :-)

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