Monday, November 9, 2009

Cape town and surroundings/ South Africa

We settled in our rented apartment with a lot of joy! We were so happy to have a home again after 2 days of difficult travelling!
The first couple days were very wet with uninterrupted rain. This was not fun but we were so much behind on our sleep we found ways to enjoy the rainy weather.
The highlight was to have dinner with old friends Erick and Mia who emigrated to SA 10 years ago. They were very happy to see us and we were very inspired by their fortitude!
On Monday, th e sky cleared and we were able to start discovering this apparently beautiful region.
(by the way we decided to focus on the western cape region since this country is too big to discover in a couple of weeks….sorry Namibia!)
We followed the coast to the Cape of Good Hope (where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet at the end of the African continent). The road was breathtaking (kind of like highway 1 in central Calfornia) and we got to meet some very interesting locals.
We literally got attacked by a family of baboons who climbed on the car and gave us the best monkey show available, we had a blast!
Then we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope who greeted us with unbelievable wild scenery!
Finally we ended the day by visiting a colony of rare African penguins before returning to Cape town for a last evening in town before moving on! ( we will come back and spend our last 3 days here)
PS: this part of SA is very attractive, a mix of the best of US and Australia but sadly seems to have major security issues…..barb wire everywhere, 3 or 4 locks on each door and security staff everywhere!
Yet the police is absent…..a strange feeling but very nice place!

Better than California?

doggy at the cape

penguin's beach

here we are! southern most point of the year! (next year's Patagonia with be more south!)

Alec and Luca

Riding Mummy!

what a view!

kids are the same everywhere!

Hout bay in background

chilling in our appartment!

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