This place ticks all the boxes

We are just loving Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.

Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment) with the backdrop of Cape Town and Table Mountain

So much so that I can really picture ourselves living here. No joke. A word of travel advice – if you haven’t been here yet, you absolutely must add this to your travel destination wish list.

Now don’t worry everyone, we haven’t made any rash decisions and are still scheduled to come home in late January! Kind of ironic though, that these thoughts have sprung into my head the week I finalized our plans and route home. 

I realize we’ve been here just a few weeks, and are in vacation mode, but Cape Town and surrounds is such a spectacular place. Beautiful scenery and sights, wonderful climate, countless things to do and places to see, tons of outdoor activities and really friendly, warm people (extremely helpful too). Our lovely apartment and this picturesque seaside community have truly been an oasis for us. 

Noordhoek beach

Noordhoek beach on the Atlantic side of the peninsula – just a 15 minute drive from Fish Hoek

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After a few failed attempts in Australia we finally got to see penguins!

After a few failed attempts in Australia we finally got to see penguins at Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town!

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It certainly doesn’t hurt that South Africa is a relatively inexpensive destination. Maybe not Cambodia cheap, but your dollar definitely goes much farther. Still can’t get over the other day when I bought two bottles of wine (which tasted great by the way) and a six pack of beer for the equivalent of $10!

Kite festival we went to in Muizenberg (a seaside town close to where we are staying)

Kite festival we went to in Muizenberg (a seaside town close to where we are staying)

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I don’t want to gloss over the oppressive and discriminatory history of apartheid. This is a nation still working towards reconciliation and healing, still struggling with immense economic disparity. Yet there is a palpable sense of optimism in this resilient and vibrant society. As an outsider allowed a glimpse into this beautiful land, it really does feel like the “Rainbow Nation” Desmond Tutu described.

Outside the Robben Island prison where political prison were held during apartheid

Outside the Robben Island prison where political prisoners were held during  the apartheid era

Nelson Mandela's prison cell

Nelson Mandela’s prison cell

Former prisoner took us on a tour of the facility

Former prisoner who took us on a tour of the facility

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We also visited the District Six Museum in Cape Town which shares the stories of the over 50,000 people who were removed from their homes to make it a "white only" district

We also visited the District Six Museum in Cape Town which shares the stories of the over 50,000 people who were forcible removed from their homes when the area was leveled to make it a “white only” district

Street signs saved from the District Six community

Street signs saved from the District Six community

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Cape Town City Hall where Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech after being released from prison

Cape Town City Hall where Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech after being released from prison

Shopping in Green Street Market in Cape Town

Shopping in Green Street Market in Cape Town

Cen has taken to playing chess on the trip so we bought this hand carved chess set at the market

Cen has taken to playing chess on the trip so we bought this hand carved african chess set at the market

Company Gardens in Cape Town

Company Gardens in Cape Town

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Cate's Birthday dinner at a cuban restaurant in Kalk Bay

Cate’s Birthday dinner at a cuban restaurant in Kalk Bay

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2 thoughts on “This place ticks all the boxes

  1. Angela K.

    Loved this post!

  2. interesting! At school I’ve noticed that there have been quite a few families that have moved from South Africa to Kelowna (of all places) over the last few years. I’d be interested to know why. Lovely pictures (especially the gorgeous beaches and cute penguin shots)

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