Day 3 Mon May 9th 2011
Table Mountain Day!!
We head into town via train (got dropped off at the 'safest' station). It is R30 return for both of us. This is not before Gert telling us stories about people getting robbed on train's (Erm..Thanks Gert)!! However we arrive in town 'safely'. Dan recognizes a roundabout (which turns out not to be difficult as there are literally hardly any roundabouts in Cape Town but good to know hes on the ball) & cafe that he went to with his Dad when he was here 9 years ago. We have breakfast & then get tickets & jump onboard the City Sightseeing bus headed straight for Table Mountain getting a tour through some of Cape Town. Once we reach the base Trish gets butterflies about the cable car (the mountain is higher for her than it is for most people!), Dan reckons he's not scared but when we reach half way up the mountain, in a cart that's carrying about 25 people, being pulled up by not very thick cables he realizes how high we actually are going to be & I'm sure I hear his arse squeak!! Once we get to the top we are treated to one of the most amazing views around. An eerie mist is creeping into the bay and within half an hour clouds are pouring over the hillsides and down into the city. Within the hour we are literally standing above the clouds, which can only be described as somewhere between heaven and earth! Once we reach stable ground again (breathe sigh of relief) we continue on the bus journey passing the Ritz Hotel (which brings back memories again for Dan) and getting a tour of some of Cape Town's coast line. We get back to the V & A Waterfront & pass a shop selling boxed magic a set of 5 simple tricks, of course Dan can't resist and pulls out an even simpler pack of cards and completely blows them away, it goes down really well. We get the train back 'safely' & have a big political discussion with Gert and Petra about the history of Mandela and the apart ide, and the state of politics in this country today. They have very strong views about all this, but we listen with interest, and end up going to bed full of knowledge of South African history.