We celebrated Earth Hour here in Stellenbosch, South Africa, with two major streets being closed off and locals took to the street to dine.
While it did not seem to be all that dark, as many storefronts did not participate, the spirit was there and everyone seemed to be having a marvelous time.
My camera does not do night portraits well, but you get the idea. I had to laugh when I thought about Kathmandu participating in the Earth Hour, as they do not have electricity for 12 hours per day as it is!
Muizenberg is famous for surfing and its shark-infested waters. Here we sit and enjoy the surf from the Empire Cafe in Muizenberg where we watched the barefooted people go by on their way from the beach. Set on False Bay - South Africa's largest bay, Muizenberg became famous as a beach resort, its heyday being 1880 - 1930. One odd note about South Africa is that people often go barefoot here. We would notice students at the Stellenbosch University walking without shoes, kids in parks and in the schoolyards barefoot.
Still full of charming old buildings, Muizenberg and the Amberley Traveller's Lodge will be our home for the next week as we explore the fynbos of Muizenberg Peak. Fynbos are the native plants of South Africa. More on that tomorrow.