On the Cape

No, not “our” Cape.  This Cape!

IMAGE_95I would like to report that on our NBC Connecticut trip to South Africa, we reached the southern tip of the continent.  Alas, there’s a spot 90 miles farther south.

But hey, close enough.  And besides, who’s to quibble over proximity when you’re looking at this?

IMAGE_91IMAGE_87Before our group went on safari, we spent three days in Cape Town.  Our excursions brought us to Cape Point, and before that, the equally magnificent Table Mountain, which stands guard over Cape Town.

IMAGE_74The Table Mountain Cableway lifts you to this view of the city, with Lion’s Head to the left.

IMAGE_47And off in the distance, Robben Island, better known as the prison home of Nelson Mandela for 18 years.

We had the opportunity to visit the District Six Museum.  If apartheid was a somewhat abstract concept, it was made crystal clear by the gentle voice of a man named Noor Ibrahim, who explained what it was like to be told your neighborhood (District Six) was suddenly off-limits.  Your home was no longer yours.  You weren’t second class, you were no class.  Noor could explain it, because he lived it.

IMAGE_62Noor is still waiting for the government to replace his home.

Cape Town in 2013 is a tourist mecca.  Our hotel, the Cape Grace, overlooks a marina.  It is, in a word, outstanding.

IMAGE_30Even more outstanding, we finally found a country where our dollar is strong.  The food and drink was excellent and affordable.  And speaking of drink, Napa and Sonoma lovers would be right at home in the wine country outside the city.

Leopard's Leap Winery

Leopard’s Leap Winery

IMAGE_108Yeah, a case is on the way.

As you may have figured out, we packed a lot into our stay.  You have to, because South Africa’s not exactly around the corner.  Up next, a few random thoughts, and lots of pix to wrap this up.

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I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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5 Responses to On the Cape

  1. Wendy says:

    I think this is the BEST trip you’ve taken us on! Thank you your dearly beloved!

  2. cat says:

    What a great time. Thanks to you I have seen many beautiful parts of the world and it didn’t cost me a penny.
    In my next life, I want to come back as Gerry Brooks. :)
    Have to say one thing, the first picture of you in front of the sign,,,
    You look like Dennis House,,,,I can’t get over it…
    2 great gentlemen.
    Welcome back to boring Ct…….lol

  3. cat says:

    All in the eyes, Ger, all in the eyes.. :)
    Go Sox’s!!!!!!

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