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London, England, United Kingdom
September 19, 2011
From journal South Africa: What to See and Do in Cape Town
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
June 27, 2011
Cooper City, Florida
July 29, 2008
From journal Wonderful Cape Town
Los Angeles, California
November 11, 2007
From journal Exploring the Cape
April 16, 2006
From journal Cape Town: First World to Third World
by Coronado Bob & Berie
May 27, 2005
From journal South African Magic
April 29, 2005
As you walk outside, you are greeted by the Cape Town harbor, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. There are also a lot of stores outside, though most are all different types of restaurants. On the deck, there is always some kind of entertainment going on, from magic shows to the ever-popular Zulu gumboot dancers. Hearing them sing and dance brought tears to my eyes. Coming from south Africa, it just reminded me the wonderful culture from which I come. They put on an amazing show, and I would highly recommend bringing your camcorder for the authentic African adventure.
From journal Back To My African Roots
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
December 4, 2004
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or V&A, is a shopper’s haven, offering designer boutiques and others selling quirky hand-painted clothing, health and beauty products, home wares, and specialty gifts. There are also over 40 ethnically diverse food outlets. Most eating places have harbour views and alfresco dining on the wharfs, and waterside platforms are extremely popular. Many bars and bistros offer live music, with excellent jazz at the Green Dolphin. Excursions of all kinds start at the Waterfront, from boat tours around the harbour and to Robben Island, helicopter trips over the peninsula to sunset champagne cruises off Clifton Beach.
Some of the V&A's attractions:
• The Scratch Patch affords visitors the opportunity to choose their own selection of polished semi-precious stones, such as amethyst and tiger’s-eye.
• Two Oceans Aquarium, with its shatterproof glass tanks and tunnels, is filled with shoaling fish such as yellowtail, steenbras, and musselcrackers, as well as turtles and even a short-tailed stingray.
• BMW Pavilion is a modern showroom with a twist. It’s open 24 hours daily and not only displays the German auto giant’s latest models, but the complex also houses the IMAX cinema with its huge screen and mega-sound.
• The Victoria Wharf Centre has exclusive shops, boutiques, cosy eateries, and informal "barrel" stalls that give this mall a festive, market-day feel.
• There are two hotels here of note. The Table Bay Hotel and The Cape Grace Hotel. The former is one of the latest and best appointed hotels built at the V&A Waterfront, and it offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Each room offers wonderful views of Table Mountain and the busy harbour.
• There is a Planet Hollywood here and a Telkom Exploratorium offering fascinating insights into the marvels of modern technology.
The popular V&A Waterfront is well signposted at all entry points, as well as from the N1 and N2 expressways. It is also well served by city transport, with a special "Waterfront Shuttle Bus" leaving from the info office on Adderley Street, in front of the Cape Town railway station, every 15 minutes.
From journal Two Oceans ~ One Hope
December 9, 2003
The area is still notable for its outstanding heritage buildings, retaining some of the charm of its Victorian industrial architecture and giving you a feel for the scale of a harbour built for sail and the early days of steam travel.
By the 1970s, though, cargo handling and transportation alongside the re-opening of the Suez Canal and South Africa's apartheid pariah status caused a sharp downturn in the V&A's fortunes, and instead, its owners turned it into a leisure site with dozens of restaurants (some have bars for sipping outside on deck), bars, a world-class aquarium, three cinemas (including an IMAX), conferences facilities, hotels, shops; a playground of shining chrome and smiling, busy visitors. However, look carefully and you'll see there remain a few of the older signs of yesteryear...
Near to the site of the original Bertie's Landing restaurant is the Victorian Port Captain's Office (1882) with its Gothic-style Clock Tower; always an icon of the old docks, they were reworked around it so it remains a focal point in the redesigned waterfront. Look out for the second-floor mirror room, which allowed the Captain a view of all harbourside goings-on, and the ground-floor "tide-gauge." Captain Robert Wauchope's Time Ball Tower (1894), next to the Dock House where the Harbour Engineer lived, was a signalling device in which a ball dropped at a set time so that ships' masters could verify the accuracy of on-board chronometers. Next to it is the century-old, bedraggled Dragon Tree (dracaeno draco), believed to result from a seed dropped by a visitor from the Canary Islands -- it suffered badly in 2001 storms but seems to be recovering slowly.
Also next door to the red-roofed Clock Tower is the Robben Island Exhibition and Information Centre, where you buy tickets for embarkation on the catamaran for Robben Island guided tours (3.5 hrs; 150Rpp -- see entry above). (At present (Dec. 2003), there's an exhibition of Nelson Mandela's art from his Robben Island days).
Cape fur seals play In the dock waters. "Robben" means "seals" in Dutch - the island was named after them, as they often hung, and still hang, around the area, as a source of food lives there - jackass penguins! They idle around, often in pairs, performing for their own amusement -- occasionally, boatloads of oarsmen pass round the harbour and the seals tag along...
From journal Cape Town Pt 1 - City by the sea
February 12, 2003
Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
Whether it is Balducci's you savor, or a taste of home in KFC, there are 15 fastfood or takeaway spots and over 35 restaurants, and there is bound to be something to satiate your appetite.
Do stop to have a look at the seals. There are also several cruise lines that operate day trips out of the working harbour, or take a water taxi.
Check out the website to see what events are going on at the waterfront, or to make online reservations go to: .
From journal A piece of paradise