Obviously, like most working stiffs, I don't get to have as many exotic holidays as I would like. Usually it's only once or twice a year and one of those is Christmas with my folks (fun but not exotic). Yesterday I went on holiday, only for a few hours and less than 20kms from my house, it was wonderful to pretend I was one of the thousands of tourists that are in Cape Town enjoying the best we have to offer - both in hospitality and weather.
We started at the V&A Waterfront (as all self respecting tourist should) and walked into town and then down the Fan Mile, though the Cape Town Stadium complex and back to the Waterfront. It's only a 5.5km walk, but I took my camera and stopped to photographed all the things that only a tourist would.
Here is my walk in pictures....
The Two Oceans Aquarium.
I was thinking of spending the night here...but Keith said he thought the room service at home was much better!
The CTICC and the main intersection of Coen Steytler and Buitengracht, busy as always.
Click here to see this same street on a game day...you won't believe the difference.
Prestwich Memorial on the corner of Buitengracht and Somerset Road in Green Point. During the construction of a multi-million rand building in nearby Prestwich Street in 2003, excavations revealed thousands of centuries-old skeletons and after some heated public debate it was decided to build a dedicated memorial in which these human remains could be housed with dignity.
The colourful kiosks that have been erected for the World Cup, along Somerset Road. I was very impressed with the drinking fountains which are all along the fan mile. I don't suppose they will be there for much longer after the fans have left.
A grand old lady of Cape Town, the Somerset Hospital, with the mountain keeping a watchful eye over everything.
A quick glance back at the Cape Town Stadium entrance and the security checkpoints.
Anat at the Waterfront.
A falafel for me