Okay, you can believe the hype: Cape Town is a beautiful place. Or,
at least, the area, as well
as some parts of the city, are beautiful. A lot of the reason is the
setting: a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, with Table
Mountain forming a backdrop for the city and other
mountains running the length of the Cape. The Cape of Good Hope, which
extends south of the city, isn't actually the southernmost point.in
Africa, and it doesn't touch the Indian Ocean; that's another place.
As the sign at the end says (see the photo below), this is the southwestern-most point in Africa.
Cape Town also has a lot of different kinds of plants -- as I found
out when I had bad hay fever that kept me inside, instead of exploring
as much as I wanted to. Well, October is
springtime, so what should I expect?
I'm a short on time today (three web pages to make in two hours!),
so I'll skip the individual captions. (Try hovering your mouse over an
image to get a little box with a brief caption.) Below you'll see: two
views from the beach north of Table Mountain, the african penguin
colony at Boulders, the southern end of the Cape, the Robben Island
prison and Nelson Mandela's cell, and an elegant old building among the
wine estates at Groot Constantia.
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(These photographs are Copyright © 2003 by Jerry Peek. Much higher-resolution versions of most images, and many other images too, are available at Jerry Peek Photography. Photos are available at reduced prices, or free, for non-commercial use.)