I dream of Africa .. on Freedom Day

Freedom Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. The elections were the first non-racial national elections.

We awoke to a cloudy morning and even though we had some blue skies, Table Mountain remained enshrouded all day long. We will try again tomorrow, but if not, it gives us a very good reason to return!!

Meanwhile, we enjoyed the day touring the city on the “hop-on hop-off” red double-decker bus. We got off at the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, where we especially enjoyed The Waterfront artisan market. We saw some beautifully innovative and creative works – whether jewelry made from can flip tops; or beautiful wood carvings of animals and birds from driftwood; beads made into everything, fashions, and much, much more.

Bokaap is an especially interesting neighborhood formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town.

The Cape Town architecture is a mix of Victorian, contemporary, ugly, and southern European (especially along the coast line). Amazing condo buildings or individual houses with huge expanses of glass overlooking the Atlantic.

We enjoyed another amazing dinner at The Hussar Grill in Camp’s Bay. We have both been so impressed with the standard of food served and the knowledge of the servers. They don’t simply read from a list of specials – they give detailed descriptions and have a wide knowledge of the wine also.

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