September 19, 2008
Capetown District Six Museum, Company's Garden, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
In Capetown, Goodman dropped us off at the District Six Museum. 60,000 people were forced to leave their homes when this area was declared a “white” zone. The area never was developed. Our museum guide was a child when this happened. Jacqueline told us that her grandfather lived on Hanover Street in District Six before he emigrated to the UK between WWI and WWII.
We walked through the Company Gardens, past the statue of Cecil Rhodes (as in Rhodes scholars) to the gate of the Mount Nelson hotel.
We checked into Underberg Guest House. The room was spacious, nice shower bath, complimentary bottles of red and white wine (they are associated with a wine farm in Paarl), room safe, coffee/tea kettle, fridge and free wi fi access. We ate lunch at a nearby hamburger / bakery joint.
Goodman dropped 3 of us at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront while the other two tried to get to the Township Tour. Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, began construction of the harbour in 1860. The first basin was named after himself, the second after his mother, hence the name. I shopped while Kris and John enjoyed beer at the Mitchell’s Brewery. Kris and I caught a taxi home for 50 rand.
We met at the honor bar before dinner. We drove back to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and ate dinner at the Cape Town Fish Market. Kris loved his sole but my miso soup was salty, my tea bitter – the side vegetables were tasty but the portions small. The service was so, so slow but the waiter did split our bill.
Posted by CEG at 14:31