So, join me as we explore our first destination: Cape Town (and environs)!
Our first stop, of course, was Table Mountain, now one of the new 7 wonders of nature. After having a nice look around town, the Red Bus tour wound its way up the hills and to the base of the cable car. The base revolves, so everyone, during the 5 minute journey, is able to get a good shot out an open window.
Africa has its own plant kingdom, identified as "Cape Floral Kingdom" which has 1,500 unique species. Many are found at the top:
The views, of course, were magnificent!
Continuing the Red Bus Tour, we stopped at Camp's Bay, where the rich and famous go to hide (and film). Since filming costs a fraction of US prices, and the location is similar to the California coast, Hawaii, and many other islands, it's perfect:
That evening, we stopped at Pick and Pay to buy groceries. I chuckled as I perused the foreign products. This one caught my eye, and Dan dutifully posed:
The next day, when we planned to go to Robben Island (leper colony and apartheid prison), the weather refused to cooperate, so, Karen suggested we drive to Franschhoek and see the Huguenot memorial, and take the Winery Tram Tour. Brilliant!
In the memorial gardens, there were lovely Protea blooms, the South African national flower:
Then, on to the tram tour!
We visited three wineries. . .each having its own 'flavor', much like Tuscany. Here are a few shots:
One winery had sculptures . . .
We thought this description was a hoot. . .