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Monday, April 21, 2008

I Dream of Africa

I'm back from my whirlwind trip to South Africa. I had a fabulous time and enjoyed every minute of my brief time there. South Africa is such an amazing and diverse country and Cape Town is a beautiful city. We stayed in a condo in Camps Bay, an affluent suburb of Cape Town right on the beach. The early fall weather and cold ocean water kept us from spending a lot of time at beach, but we couldn't stay completely away; it was right outside our door! The views of the ocean and the mountains were amazing. We spent several evenings walking along the beach and watching the sun set over the African sky.

Camps Bay Beach

African Sunset

Twelve Apostles Sunset

The backdrop to Camps Bay is Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. The flat-topped Table mountain is a prominent landmark for Cape Town and I took pictures of it from just about every view point!

Table Mountain

back of table mountain

Table Mountain from Robben Island

We spent one morning actually hiking the mountain. Although we took the "easiest" trail up, it was still a challenge (at least for me!), but reaching the top was worth it. We walked along the trails at the top taking in the fynbos and the spectacular views from the top.

Table mountain flora

View from Table Mountain

After a morning of hiking we treated ourselves to high tea the Mount Nelson Hotel which sits on the slopes of Table Mountain. Voted "Best Tea in the World" it's grand and luxurious with an informal dress code.

High tea

We sat in the lush gardens of the hotel sipping tea and eating the buffet spread of scrumptious petit fours, cucumber sandwiches, eclairs, quiche, and cakes.

Bon appetit!
We even took in a beautiful afternoon wedding in the gardens. It was a fun, relaxing afternoon and much deserved after our hike.

More to come!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Marisol said...

OMG Kessa! Your Pictures are amazing!!! I want to go there now... I need to add this as one of the places to visit in my lifetime:) Is there good diving there for the hubbs?

4:59 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

beautiful pictures. you must have a great camera.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Great pictures!!!!

W

9:29 AM  
Blogger Kessa said...

Marisol, there's definitely lots of diving for your hubby. One of my friends even went shark diving with great white sharks!

4:12 PM  
Blogger NF said...

I found your blog "by accident" - I live in the Western Cape, about 2 hrs from Cape Town. So happy you enjoyed your visit here!

Much love -

Nina

2:37 PM  

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