After a long but comfortable flight from LAX via London, we arrived in South Africa. After we quickly settled in to our 'Backpacker's' guest house in the area known as Seapoint, we put on our walking shoes and took a scenic hour's walk towards Camp's Bay. The wild coast of Cape Town is a wonderland of spectacular vistas.
Above is a view of Clifton Beach, an area of magnificent homes overlooking sandy beaches.
There are many imaginative and beautiful ways used here to keep out unwanted intruders, including this lovely metal landscape.
Absailing over the sandy beaches of Camp's Bay - a chic and sunny beach with sidewalk cafes and beautiful people.
Camp's Bay is also home to a large and active cricket pitch. South Africans in general seem to bask in their balmy summer weather.
Milnerton Dunes Beach with it's view of Table Mountain and surfers in the foreground. The waves were high today. Kite surfing is also available here.
It turns out that this Sunday Cape Town will host largest bicycle race ever. Lance Armstrong is among the 35,000 cyclists from all over the world who have come here to compete. I have learned that the question to ask is their start time, as that will show their rank. We rode in from the airport with a Brit who had promised himself to participate in this famed race 10 years ago at age 50. His start time is 6:47 am, so he must be a fast and fit 60-year-old. Needless to say, the hotels and cafes and streets are full of people with lycra cycling suits.
This delicious breakfast of eggs over a dark rye with sweet cherry tomatoes set me back 20Rand (at 7.5 to the dollar that comes to less than $3).
At lunch, we ate at a restaurant with a 'gangster' theme, as evidenced by this wallpaper in the ladies room. The waitrons wore black fedoras. Waitrons is a quaint South African term for servers.
We went to the Milnerton Flea Market and met this pair of rescue pups. Originally from Bloomfontein, these dogs charmed their owner - who had never had dogs before. They are quiet and friendly, and were happy to be petted. The owner says they are a Maltese and Jack Russell Terrier cross.
This Border Collie fetches sea weed tossed from the balcony above by his lifeguard buddies.
This Chow Chow enjoys the sea breezes.
There are a few interesting signboards here in Capstad. Of course, Africa is famous for their barbershop signboards, but so far this is the only one I have seen in practice, but it is a doosy! That large gaping mouth on the right is part of an adult bookstore.
There are also some stenciled dog signs, but if I see any hand painted ones, I'll keep you posted.
This hand painted couple grace a curio shop on Long Street in downtown Cape Town.
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