Friday, July 2, 2010
Good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable.......
If Cape Town (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Town) was in the dating game that's how her profile would read!!
The Mother City of South Africa occupies one of the world's most stunning locations, with an iconic mountain slap-bang in her centre.
As beautiful as the surrounding beaches and vineyards can be, it's the rugged wilderness of Table Mountain, coated in a unique flora, that grabs everyone's attention.
Table Mountain National Park is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO site.
Long before the Dutch took a fancy to the Cape Peninsula in the 17th century, the land was home to the Khoisan people who valued the spiritual power of the mountains and their life-providing water.
While the European immigrants, and the slaves they brought here, have all shaped the physical environment of South Africa's third-largest city, Table Mountain - now protected within a national park that covers some 75% of the peninsula - remains at Cape Town's heart.
This ever present backdrop is the city's adventure playground, as well as a source of legend and continuing spiritual nourishment.
The city is crammed with restaurants, shops, galleries displaying amazing artworks and shops selling wonderfully inventive craftwork.
It's also getting a reputation as the fashion nexus of South Africa.
Hikers can take advantage of over 300 routes up and down, but bear in mind that the mountain is over 1000m high, conditions can become treacherous quickly and it's easy to get lost....
We are going to take the revolving cable car to the summit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_Mountain_Cableway)
Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all who fall under its spell.
Since it's opening in 1929, over 16 million people have taken the trip to the top of Table Mountain.
Wow, did you know that the Table Mountain cableway has carried some of Cape Town's most illustrious visitors including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Stefi Graf, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Andrew, Micheal Schumacher, Brooke Shields, Micheal Buble, Tina Turner, and Jackie Chan??
These Rot-airs have a revolving floor...and this allows us a 360-degree view of the city and Table Mountain as we travel........
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company celebrated its 79th anniversary in 2008 and remains the most popular tourist attraction in Cape Town!
Wow, this view is simply phenomenal!