Africa Journal Day 6

Bret and I woke up early and drove to Table Mountain. This was Bret’s first time driving on the wrong side of the road and he did wonderful. He is the smartest human being that I have ever met!

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(so proud)

 Bret and I had talked about hiking/picnicking/drinking wine up Table Mountain but we were told that when the clouds unexpectantly roll in, it can be fatal. We were even told more people have died on Table Mountain than Everest. Since we do not want to die on our honeymoon we will settle for the cable cars to get us to the top. We prayed for a clear day but it was foggy again. Fortunately, the cable cars are running, but this can change by the minute. We were in line for 30 minutes and it stayed clear enough to get our chance to go. As soon as we lifted off they instructed you to let go of the railings because the floor was going to start rotating. We got a fabulous 360 degree view of Table Mountain and Capetown as we traveled the 3,500 feet to the top of the mountain. We were pleasently suprised by all the flowers that covered the side of the mountain. They shined brightly through the dim fog that surrounded a great part of the mountain. The temperature dropped at least 20 degrees once we got off the cable car and the fog obscured the scenery but we were still able to enjoy being atop one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die.  The fog cleared for a about minute and the view was breathtaking. Im sad we had so much fog but that’s Capetown for ya.

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When we got back to our car we were greeted by a “parking attendant”. Some towns in S.A. have this weird thing where you pay homeless people donations to guide your car in and out of spots. It is weird and annoying, but we always felt bad not paying.

Next stop was Mount Nelson Hotel for tea. I don’t like tea but my obsession with the 1,000 Places to see Before You Die knows no bounds. The restaurant was closed for renovations but we got to look around the hotel. It is the fanciest pink stucco hotel I have ever seen. The best part to me was the great backdrop. Im going to go ahead and check it off the list.P1011017 (2)

Bret and I then hopped back in our car and headed to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It is one of the world’s “Magnificent Seven” botanical gardens. It was stunning. Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak serve as the backdrop for the gardens. Kirstenbosch is HUGE and had some difficult terrain. It completely exhausted me but Bret wouldn’t let me quit!!! Highlights for us included the humming birds and birds of paradice flowers. Kirstenbosh has probably ruined us for other botanical gardens!

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After Kirstenbosch we drove out t0 a suburb of Capetown called Camps Bay. Its only about a 10 minute drive and Bret is getting really good at driving on the wrong side of the road so we decided to hit it up for dinner. Camps Bay reminds me of Miami with its super chic homes and restaurants, palm trees and fabulous beach. Bret and I walked the beach for a few hours, watched the sun set, and ate at a super fancy restaurant, Paranga.  Bret accidentally ordered lettuce, something he swore he wouldn’t do, so well see how that works out. After dinner we drove back to Capetown and headed to our local drinking establishment Van Hunks. Sarah ordered their Pumpkin Ale and Bret ordered a Black Jack, it’s his new favorite beer. Ian recommended this bar and we are sad that we couldn’t tell him how much we enjoyed it. Cheers to our last night in Paradise.

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Also, Happy World Rhino Day!!!

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