It is time to begin reflecting on our most recent trip. We returned, on New Year's Eve day, from a visit to South Africa.
We spent a week in South Africa, with our daughter and son-in-law: our Christmas gift to each other, no need for any other presents.
The scenes below begin to tell the story of our trip--Camps Bay Beach at sunset, with the ocean spray.
Turn around and we can see part of the mountains around Table Mountain lit by the setting sun.
Part of Cape Town, the Malay area, with brightly painted buildings. After years of mandatory whitewash exteriors, when the rules were changed, the residents in this area opted for splashes of color.
The mandatory trip up Table Mountain, the cable for the cable car firmly in view. I had been to Table Mountain as a child, traveling up a more primitive cable car with my dad. Now, a corporate sponsored sleek car takes us up, all the while revolving for a view all around.
Table Mountain dominates Cape Town, visible from almost all angles. The winds sweep clouds over the mountain, which give the impression of a table cloth. Our guide told us Table Mountain is a guide's nightmare. The cable car up can be closed down on a moment's notice, due to high winds. Frankly, I'd rather not ride up in high winds. We were fortunate--up and back with no hitches. Our guide told us of one group he had who were determined to go up. When informed that the cable car wasn't running, they wanted to know if there were another way up. HIKE--was the answer. So, they all informed the guide they would, and they did--two hours up.
I wanted a reprise photo of me on the top of the mountain, this time with my husband. I have a photo from childhood of me with my dad--not necessarily sitting on the same rock, but certainly on the same mountain.
Lion's Head to the one side of Table Mountain.
The view below--Cape Town. In truth, Cape Town is all around Table Mountain.
Well, there's a start. More photos, more reports and observations--to come.