We arrived at the house we rented in Milnerton on the 20th Feb. We spent the day settling in and catching up on the sunbathing. Jacqui's dad did a great Braai to top off the day.
On the 21st Jacqui and Neen headed off to have a look at the City Bowl in Cape Town. The camera has been dropped off to see if it is fixable or not!! We visited Cape Town castle and had a lovely lunch there. We also went to the District Six museum which tells the story of the apartheid years how the people of this area were moved out and the building demolished. We then headed off to a shopping centre to check out prices of camera's and also had some lovely sushi. Very nice.
On the 22nd we spent the day again in the City Bowl of Cape Town on the internet making lots of bookings. We had a nice lunch in the Old Town Hall in the courtyard which was rather warm.
On the 23rd we headed off to the camera shop to check out the damage to the camera. It would of cost too much to repair so we bought another one!!! Again we spent the afternoon on the internet sorting a few things out for the next few months. We headed off to the waterfront tonight with Barbs and Mike for dinner at the Victoria and Alfred hotel. The dining room has a wonderful view of table mountain and the food was lovely.
On the 24th we headed off to Cape Agulus - this is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian ocean. It's a very nice site that you can go exploring on. We then drove over to Hermanus which in winter here is where the whales come to breed. Its a very nice little seaside town. We then took a scenic drive back to Cape Town via Betty's Bay and the Strand which we have some lovely photo's off. Of course that night the rugby match had to be watched Ireland versus England - you can imagine that Neen was one very happy man
Sunday the 25th saw us head to Lianne and Myles for a braai - Lianne is the youngest daughter of Jacqui's Aunty Sue and Uncle Mally. We had a lovely time with them but had to leave early as Mum was not feeling too well.
The next two days 26th and 27th were very quiet - nothing much to report.
On the 28th we had a trip out to Robben Island. We headed off on a boat across from Cape Town to Robben Island - we were on the old boat that use to take the prisoners across when the island was a prison. The 40 minute trip was lovely you get a nother great view of Table Mountain. The tour then takes your on a coach around the island to show you some points of interest. The guide for the tour was one of the 1st political prisoners to be taken to the island. We saw the limestone quarry were the men worked for many years including Nelson Mandela. There are also about 120 people who live on the island still - they are all involved with the Robeen Island Museum. We then made our way to the prison where another ex prisoner takes you around the prison where you see the exercise yard, the cells and the bathrooms. Unfortunately the tour is far too rushed so you don't get to finishing reading everything. It was very worhtwhile though. Once we got back to the docks we headed off for fish and chips.
1st March saw us packing. Jacqui decided to buy a rucksack as lugging the case around won't be too much fun. We went over to Lianne's for a nice lunch via the Chapman's Peak road. This is a very scenic road which hugs the coast line going over mountains. We had a bit of a late one as we were packing to leave Milnerton but also packing to go on our hike up table mountain