Our last evening in Cape Town saw us driving up to Table Mountain and viewing the bay of Cape Town from the mid-point. We decided not to join the incredibly meandering queue for the 225 Rand (SGD $20) roundtrip cable car ride which would have brought us all the way to the flat peak, opting instead to drive away from all the tourists to get a quieter view.
That’s Lion’s Head and Signal Hill on the left. Lion’s Head is the pointy bit on the extreme left (and according to the Dutch in the 17th century, beared a resemblence to a crouching lion) while Signal Hill (apparently also known as Lion’s Rump) is the coastal bit which is lower-lying.
We descended and drove through Cape Town to Signal Hill, which Ottie said offered a better view because we actually got to see Table Mountain in its glory from over there. He wasn’t wrong.
At some point, Cand expressed interest in picking up a dSLR, asking to borrow mine to play with it for a while to test out the image and video functions. Little did I know…
Here, have an actual derp proposal (video by Cand):
Ottie had apparently gone to see jewellers about a ring when he arrived at Cape Town two weeks before I flew over. South Africa is known for its diamonds, but we had both expressed a personal dislike of the rock earlier in our relationship, preferring to use our astrological birthstones for a spot of colour. So it was a bit of a funny story when he came all the way to the previous stone wholesalers in this country to buy a sapphire. He even got the jeweller to custom make this double-banded design out of platinum! It’s too bad we only got the ring on the last day we were in Cape Town (after much trickery about him going to the restroom and disappearing), so we weren’t able to bring it in for a free resizing.
Some of the other sights we saw in Cape Town that day belonged to Bo-Kaap, a quiet little spot of Cape Town. It features steep cobbled streets and colourful houses, but what fascinates me is that it was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Cool!
Our night was young:
Lastly, some sights we were reluctant to say goodbye to in Fish Hoek, home of our awesome host Ant, brothers Matt and Andy, and Puddi Tat:
Who else has a colourful chameleon in their backyard?! So jelly. I wanted to pick it up but Ottie dissuaded me with fears that my action would slowly kill it. It wasn’t until we saw one during our safari a few days later that we learnt it wasn’t the case… as long as I put it back exactly where I picked it up from. I COULD HAVE MOLESTED A CHAMELEON AAAAAAHH :(
Thank you, beautiful Cape Town and Fish Hoek. :)
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.