360 ride to the top
06/24/2010 - 06/24/2010 68 °F
Well this is the last full day that Tobias and Sina have and the last day to go to a match for them as well as Phil and Kate. Again, a gorgeous day, plenty of sunshine and warm. Today’s agenda includes the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain. The Dutch are out in full force already. The line was long (so we thought) and the price was a bit more than we had read, but we were still anxious to go. The cable car itself is huge, holding 30ish people I guess. It has a rotating bottom, so that everybody gets a 360 degree view. There was some clutching of arms going on; it was quite exhilarating just as a ride.
As you might imagine, the views from the top were spectacular and breathtaking. The top of the mountain is covered with small bushes and various rock formations as well as a very nice walking path. Along with views of the city and the park next to our cottage, you could see the stadium as well as Robben Island. At over 3,000 feet, it was quite a view. The footpath provided a nice loop to walk a full circle around the peak of the mountain top and get different views of all the surrounding areas.
We headed to Camps Bay for a late afternoon meal. We had heard it was quite trendy and nice. It was much like any popular sea side in the world, nice shops and restaurants across from a stunning beach with huge ocean waves. As I said, it was a gorgeous sunny day, it felt like a nice spring day to us. There were even same people getting into the water a bit.
We found a nice Italian restaurant with an upper balcony and open windows to enjoy the ocean and stuff our bellies. Even with these spectacular views, the prices were quite reasonable and included one extras meals as we all took home leftovers.
We returned to the cottage to prepare for tonight’s game and catch the first half of the Italy vs. Slovakia game. We headed out to the stadium at half time and paused at an Irish pub we found along the way. We caught the last 25 minutes of the game (as well as the Paraguay vs. New Zealand game as they had both games on). Wow, the Italy game was excited and surprising.
It was amazing how incredibly crowded it was on the walk to the game – how could there be more people than any other game? I guess all of the Holland fans must have decided to walk. As usual, their fans were completed decked out in a wide array of orange costumes. They are really the stand outs of all the nations. And despite their zealous drinking and enthusiasm, they remain interested in the game and polite – the world’s best partiers. Leading up to this game, we had really been impressed with the England fans as well, though rowdy, they were much better behaved than in Germany. Of course, the trip to South Africa was expensive, so it may have brought a different crowd of people. However, Tobias and Sina were harassed at the match by some Brits that had to be removed by the police, thus crushing any positive impressions that we might have begun to consider.
The walk back from the stadium with the sea of orange was extremely nice as well - and amazing quiet once we turned off the fan walk when we reached downtown. Oh yeah, on the way to the stadium, this slab of erected concrete caught Phil’s eye. We were quite surprised to learn it was a hunk of the Berlin wall.
Quip of the day: “This is winter time in South Africa?” as we strolled the warm sunny beach at Camps Bay.