Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cape Town - South Africa (Day 1)


Travelling to South Africa was like a dream came true after I returned from my short vacation to Myammar/ Chiang Rai/Chiang MaiHonestly, never in my slightest moment I would have imagined I will get the chance to be in South Africa. A big thank you to my other half half for this 10 days 7 nights once a year love-bounding holiday together. Mind you, not the average budgeted tour, we didn't mind paying for the luxury of staying in 4 and 5 star hotels, meals at decent eateries and shopping stops as always included as well.    


All in all, almost 20 hours prior to arriving in Cape Town,  from KLIA and transiting from Singapore. Upon stepping foot during this summer, though I was earlier told that weather is gonna be cold, surprisingly it was actually akin our Malaysian weather. What a waste for stuffing my luggage with thick clothes. Then again, you never know, weather throughout the world is now unpredictable. So, no harm done to my sweaters should I need them, from the airport, the first thing we did in Cape Town was lunching in Ocean Basket. Gaining recognition as South Africa’s most loved seafood restaurant, Ocean basket is one of the eateries among the rest in V & A Waterfront.

Quite an attractive ambiance, blue is their theme colour, our meals were already pre-booked. As always when you travel in a tour. We sat back, obviously, service should be spot-on and efficient because, as I have already said, meal already on the go, our set meal consisted of soup, fresh salad, seafood platter, dessert, coffee or tea and free flow of water. Pretty much decent, seafood platter paired with fries no doubt showcased the fresh catch but since portion was way too big for two people, some of could hardly finish it off. Such a waste.  


Next, we were allocated two hours for own pleasure. Shopping in the mall or leisurely walking around to admire this cosmopolitan and stunning African landscape and outside ocean view. Shopping while holidaying I have long given up. As said before (Norway & Denmark), I realize that shopping out of temptation is such a sheer waste of money, I basically feel that we ourselves sometimes don't have valid reasons why we shop and I personally had enough shopping during my previous travel bucket wish-list (Grand Bazaar Turkey). Some of the things I bought, call it greedy eyes syndrome, those boxes and packets of food snacking stuffs I gave away instead of idling in my pantry (Franciacorta Outlet Village Milan, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Bangkok & Phuket Premium Outlet).  

In V & A Waterfront, while fellow tour buddies excitedly window shopped or maybe they actually shopped, I was keen in asking by the way, I other hand didn't even bother looking at the brands stuffs. What for when you are not keen in buying, I walked out of the mall and sat outside, facing the harbour. That's it until we departed to Table Mountain. Passing by the luxurious houses, some owned by world known celebrities and popular people, we then arrived somewhere nearby Table Mountain. However, due to the misty, cloudy and windy weather, Table Mountain was out of bound. So, we detoured to Signal Hill for the awe jaw dropping stunning view. Helicopter view against the backdrop of Mountain, suburb Sea Point and Greenpoint World Cup Soccer Stadium.  
  
  






Within an hour most to most, we left and arrived at the Malay Quarters. Nestled against the hill steep slope, Malay Quarters is one of the oldest parts of Cape Town, still retaining some of its historical characteristics, this about 15 minutes stop was basically to see the artistic designs of the earliest Malay settlers, the unique exterior architecture of mostly single storey houses with flat roofs painted in various pastel colours. We also didn't miss out on taking a 360 degrees turn to view the surrounding area and of course, you shouldn't miss out on picturing.

Back into the coach again for the next stop at Castle of Good Hope. Again, just a couple of minutes of stop for the outside view of this 17th century fort, built by the slaves and digested as a symbol of oppression, slavery and land dispossession at the hands of the brutal colonial regime. Completed in 1679 and replacing the older structure constructed from clay and timber, this granite castle is the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Today, Castle of Good Hope is a showcase of Cape’s early days and is also a popular museum.  

By 6.30pm, day one sightseeing came to a draw. We then had dinner at Tao Yuan Restaurant. Indeed quite a lavish Chinese meal with around 8 dishes per table. Dishes were not anything special neither unique, but sure, hearty and tasty which we tucked in with rice. Sincerely appreciated. 


Next change - Cape Town Part 2


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14 comments:

  1. great place, i like that bottle
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  2. Glad u enjoyed ur trip.. South Africa is a lovely place to visit.. :)

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  3. It's always interesting to read about your travels, Nava. South Africa sounds fascinating...enjoyed going through your pictures and am looking forward to your next post.:)

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  4. Beautiful place! Looking forward to read about your time in South Africa!

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  5. Nava, I'm so envious! Always wanted to visit Cape Town when I missed a chance many years ago when I was pregnant. I'm surprised to see Chinese cuisine let alone the beautiful town. Can't wait to read more of your posts :D

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  6. Luck you- I've always wanted to visit South Africa!! The views look amazing!

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  7. I heard so many positive things about South Africa you doll look fabulous in the images and also capture the beauty of the place.

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  8. so refreshing and eye soothing photographs...thanks for sharing it...waiting for the upcoming story..

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  9. Amazing photos..Now I am remembering the history lessons learnt about Cape town.. Africa is in my to-do list for a long time.. Hope one day I get a chance..

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  10. What a journey! Makes me want to make a journey to the place you visited.

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  11. I must visit this place some day

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  12. Loved the pictures. .must visit place someday...hope you enjoyed your tour :)
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