Friday, 5 February 2016
05.02.2016 - 05.02.2016
Went up on Deck 14 and witnessed an incredibly brilliant sky. The Easterly skyline was bathed in a beautiful pink/red glow. The reflected lights from buildings and the harbour almost overwhelming. Decided to get off the ship to catch a ground level view. sadly most of the colour had gone so decided to try and capture an image of the ship from the back end. As I walked along the wharf I was intercepted by a lady security person. She didn't want to stop me but just warn me and walk with me. She escorted me along the wharf for me to take the photo and then walked me back to the gangway.
Joined Jenny for breakfast and decided to take a walk to The V&A Waterfront. Due to the extensive construction activity the path was uneven but well signposted. The complex is huge and we covered only a small portion. There are upmarket hotels, boutique clothing shops and many restaurants. Most of the buildings are re-purposed commercial warehouses surrounding a series of jetties and wharfs. The area is still in use for various ship related functions and moorings. Ferries, yachts and tour boats compete for day trip customers. There are helicopter flights and tours out to Robben Island amongst other offerings.
Back to the ship for some lunch and prepare for our outing this afternoon. At 13:20 we boarded our coach which drove through the inner city areas where there were many magnificent buildings. We then continued to the bottom station of the Table Mountain Cableway. Two cars operate in opposite directions and climb to the top of Table Mountain which rises to 1000 meters. Each car carries up to 65 people and the floor of the car rotates as it scoots up the hill at 10 meters per second. Each car has a built-in tank that can hold 4000 litres of water which acts as ballast during the windy seasons.
The view from the top provides a spectacular overview of the city below. Even with my maximum zoom on the camera it was difficult to pick out specific buildings. I was able to snap a slightly blurred shot of the Sun Princess at her berth. The return trip down the mountain and on to the docks was along a different route which went through the expensive houses at the foot of Lion's Head.
We were back aboard about 17:00 and prepared for a quick meal in the Horizon Court. After diner we lined up at the Theatre for tonight's Cape Town Folkloric Show by "African Masala" who provided a high energy and colourful performance of music and dance. It is past 21:00 as I write this and I'm finding it difficult to remain awake. Another tour tomorrow morning and that will end our stay in Cape Town. Two questions I had were answered today. Why don't more ships visit Cape Town ?? The Captain stated "It is just too far from anywhere". The other was; with so few ship visits what do all the fancy coaches get used for ?? Our driver today explained that there is a year round call for the tour buses to service tour groups that fly in and also for many conferences. The ship visits are nowhere near the mainstay for the local tour operators.
Today's image selected from the day break shots captured this morning, if you have time you can view it by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony