Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Walking in Cape Town


Bo-Kaap

We were warned about the tempermental coastal weather in Cape Town, but we were pleasantly surprised by the near constant sunshine! Much of our long weekend was spent walking around Cape Town and it was a huge novelty to roam around, especially at night!  We meandered through Bo-Kaap, the heart of the Islamic community with its rainbow rows of fairytale-colour houses.   





View from our Long Street hostel (next to the Turkish Baths!)
 
Old Town House-abolition of slavery was read out in 1834

We checked out hipster vintage stores, kitschy tourist warehouses, hunted for Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama fabrics (successful!) and did some amazing people watching from our patio of Long Street, the official tourist boulevard.  We admired the national museums and libraries and galleries, Houses of Parliament, University of Cape Town, Provincial Legislative Building, St. George’s Cathedral (Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s diocese), and Company’s Gardens and its beautiful rose gardens. 


 
   

Across from Company's Gardens, we checked out the Supreme Court and benches they had left as legacy of the Race Classification Board and other apartheid legislation.

We bargained at Greenmarket Square with West African merchants for scarves and stood under the Old Town House where the proclamation of the abolition of slavery was read out.  We searched for Denzel Washington in the huge film set in the city centre and politely declined the latenight offers of marijuana.
Company's Gardens

Company's Gardens

Company's Gardens


St. George's Cathedral


Archbishop Desmond Tutu's legacy

Houses of Parliament
   
Houses of Parliament


Outside the Supreme Court

Outside the Supreme Court

Provincial Legislative Building


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