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November 7, 2008 - Friday - Cape Town

Before checking into our Cape Town hotel, Craig and Phineous take us up to Signal Hill. The views of Cape Town's shoreline and the mountains (including Table Mountain, the Apostles, and the Lion) are spectacular. We then check into the Hollow on the Square Hotel, and say goodbye to Craig and Phineous after I give them both generous tips.

The view from Signal Hill
Robben Island from Signal Hill
Robben Island
Cape Town & harbour from Signal Hill
Cape Town & harbour
Table Mountain & the Apostles from Signal Hill
Table Mountain & the Apostles
Table Mountain from Signal Hill
Table Mountain
Table Mountain Tramway
Table Mountain Tramway
Table Mountain & tramway from Signal Hill
Table Mountain & tramway
  Joe on Signal Hill with Cape Town behind
Joe on Signal Hill with Cape Town behind

I meet one of the single travelers on the tour this evening and we take the hotel shuttle (R10 each) to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. It is a happening place the locals are obviously out for dinner on this Friday evening. We manage to get the last unreserved table at the Wang Thai restaurant. It is wonderful Thai food. I have prawns and stir-fried vegetables with steamed rice, a corn meal appetizer and a cappuccino to finish (200 Rand, US$24).

Information about Cape Town from Craig

bulletThe Red and Blue topless buses offer good self-guided tours of Cape Town. Tickets cost 100 Rand (US$12) for the whole day.  Buses run from 9am to 2pm. Buy tickets from the Clock Tower at Victoria & Albert dock. The Blue bus covers the beachfront area, and the Red bus covers the inland area (city & Table Mountain).
bulletRobben Island boat tour is closed right now, but it is a 4 hour tour when operating.
bulletIf restaurants list "SQ" in place of the prices, ask for the price before you order, otherwise you will probably be in for a rude shock when the bill arrives.
bulletThe red Excite taxis offer the best rates and service in town.  Call them on 021 448 4444.

November 8, 2008 - Saturday - I go on the all day Cape Peninsula tour.

November 9, 2008 - Sunday - I take an afternoon South African Airways flight Cape Town to Victoria

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