Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cape Town day 1

After leaving Congo we flew down to Cape Town, South Africa for a couple of days of rest before jumping back into American life. I didn't quite know what to expect, but it wasn't long before I decided it was the most beautiful place I've ever visited.

On our first day we rented a car and drove down the coast. 

Each turn brought a new breathtaking sight. 

The water is so blue in these pictures.  It looks like they're too edited and saturated, but the water truly was that blue.

Downside for Cape Town beaches: smelly kelp.  +1 point for our beach at home.

We worked our way down the coast and enjoyed it so much we decided to continue all the way down to Cape of Good Hope. 

Cape of Good Hope is not the southern most point of Africa, but it's pretty close. It used to be a common stopping point for sailors before heading south or across the turbulent waters off the coast of South Africa. 

This is the view from the restaurant where we had lunch. What an eyesore... not!

I could have spent all day here.  Between the color of the water, and the fact that it was 75 and sunny with a lovely cool sea breeze, it was pretty much the ultimate lunch spot.. 

Somewhere behind us is Antarctica.

On our drive back up the coast we stopped at Boulder Beach, which happens to be home to dozens of these tiny little penguins

It was really hard to leave Congo, but it was hard to complain in a place like this....

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