13 PICTURE ALBUM
Sunday, June 13
Paula: Rain in the morning encouraged us to look for
some indoor activities, and we decided to explore the South African Museum
located near our hotel. The area surrounding the museum includes the parliament
buildings and a park devoted to Cecil John Rhodes (the man who established
the famous Rhodes Scholarship Program to Oxford University and made his fortune
here during the diamond rush).
The park is lovely and we continue to be surprised to find palm trees here
on the tip of the African continent. Despite the rain, the temperature was
still quite mild for winter and the climate here is comfortable (by our standards)
through the whole season. We enjoyed the museum and focused our attention
on the natural history of South Africa (especially the Peninsula) and the
cultural heritage. There is a wonderful exhibit of rock and cave paintings
from as long as 70,000 years ago.
the museum, we walked through the Greenmarket Square, a popular outdoor shopping
area. We were surprised to find it deserted - in fact the whole City Bowl
area seemed unusually quiet. As it turns out, the city has laws which limit
retail activities on Sunday and encourage a day of rest. The area is pretty
but a high level of security is obvious in all the areas we have visited so
far. There is a security parking attendant watching each block of street parking
because crime has been such an issue. We have been given clear messages about
traveling safely (e.g. keeping windows closed) through the city to avoid problems.
After lunch, we traveled back to Camps Bay to have tea with Hillary and her
family. Hillary is a friend of a friend of a friend (amazing how the network
of friends has connected us to wonderful people) and has lived in Cape Town
for the past 10 years. Tea and great conversation rolled well into the evening
with appetizers and wine. Before we knew it, we had spent six hours talking
with Hillary, her friend Steve, two daughters and a family friend. We had
fun discussing our traveling experiences and learning more about South Africa.
Hillary and her family provides us with a wealth of knowledge and opinions
about how to spend the rest of our time here, and tomorrow we will need to
beginning sorting this out and finalizing our plans.