Day 10: Cape Town, Sept 6
I know that their strugglin' over there
Ain't gonna free me,
Weather: White out in morning, then raining, finally sun and getting clear in afternoon, Table Mountain cableway still in a cloud at 5pm
|Heathrow not the only negative elevator!|
Plan A: get up and onto Table Mountain early. Since it is fogged in the aerialway cable cars aren’t running. Plan B: sleep in (THB actually does that without knowing Plan A has gone bye-bye) and do the local giant Saturday market instead. Breakfast at the hotel of cold and soft scrambled eggs, one pork sausage and two mini-scahns, decaf, included.
So, Plan B is to visit the Neighbourgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill in the Woodstock area. YOWZA!!! We had visited the Old Biscuit Mill on our first day in Cape Town, it had closed up for the day (at 4pm) and we had an early meal at Burrata.
|Paella being started|
|Local brewskies well represented|
|Mushrooms fresh and kebab'd|
|Biltong done long|
|Woodstock Bakery...equal to THB's faves around the world|
|How can you get more Honest than 75%+ chocolate bars|
|Over craft (mostly clothes) there is a live DJ spinning away|
|DB supports local jewelry artists around the world|
|Back to food area: live band|
Part of the experience: paying for parking right next door in a “lot” being “managed” by two street guys. This is common: there are pretty much always guys waiting to “help” you park and then being lightly “tipped.” The same thing happens near US ballparks when the official lots overflow.
|It's after 11am, so THB is now sampling brewskies|
|And local juices|
|Lunch plate across from us|
|THB and DB's lunch|
|It's not a pizza? Sure seemed like one to THB|
Then we move the car a few blocks to the Whatiftheworld Gallery, in an old synagogue; the guys running the gallery started the market.
We very much like the current exhibit: Michael Taylor with watercolor and gauche paintings that feel very “gay” (in both the current senses of the word). Many paintings had sold including all of the big ones (priced at $7,000). The biggest one is fascinating: nautical theme and the canvas in the shape of a boat; $17,500.
|Whatiftheworld shares space with the newest THB fave|
We move again to tour the Bo Kamp area: cobblestones and brightly painted houses and weddings...actually, weddings optional.
We are accompanied by a guy who has probably smoked two joints in the morning, another two joints in the afternoon, and two more just before we showed up. He shadows us for about 15 minutes until we finally head out of Bo Kamp….not intimidating or confrontational, just in our space, making us uncomfortable. This is actually unusual, even the vendors seem solicitous without being overly aggressive.
|Bo-kamp buildings in color|
Table Mountain still in clouds at 5pm. Looks like we will end up forfeiting our pre-paid tickets: $20pp.
|It had cleared at sunset, too late for us|
|Savoy Cabbage from outside|
|When the waiter needs to find a wifi connection to complete the cc transaction|