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Day 20 – Doubly Sad day

No soccer and last night in Cape Town

semi-overcast 60 °F

This is the first day without any soccer games as these are the rest days leading up to the quarterfinals. And unfortunately, this is our last full day and night in South Africa as well. Gwen and I head out along the coast of the false bay towards Hermanus and hope to see some whales (still a bit early in the season for it). It’s a nice day, but a bit overcast and some threats of rain, but we’re going anyways as it’s our last day.
There is some beautiful scenery along the way as we make our way along the coastline. At Gordan’s Bay we get to see a small whale but unfortunately only caught a small glimpse on camera (maybe this doesn’t even show up here?). Just after we packed up and got back on the road, it was more active with lots more parts showing – not a real breach but lots of fins and the tail.
Along the way to the road to Hermanus, we took a route (accidentally) through a shanty town, the slums if you will. Houses or dwelling made of leftover materials, patched together with plastic and rocks. You’ve probably seen the pictures and it seemed rude (and perhaps dangerous) to stop and take pictures. It was really quite sad to see such poverty. On the return trip, we took a different road which took us through yet another shanty town, this time after dark and there had apparently been a power outage – no street lights either. And we had to drive slowly to avoid the pedestrians as well. Gwen as really relieved when we found the main road.

Jump back a bit, in Hermanus we walked the shoreline cliffs a bit and stopped for a wonderful lunch as at a very quaint Bistro where we stared out at the ocean hoping for additional glimpses of whales. The lady before us said she had seen some jumping around. The meal was great, the ocean relaxing, but no whales for us. On the walk back along the shoreline, we approached a lookout and saw the tops of whales as we had seen at Gordon’s Bay. We hurried to the peak to get ready for more photos, but I guess they were camera shy and we should’ve taken pictures before the lookout point. Oh well.
Hermanus had a very nice open market where we picked up a few more things and strolled through the town. We found an internet café there and then headed back to town. We had thought about catching the sunset on the Altantic Seaboard but soon realized we were probably too far away to make it. So we took our time getting back, stopped a few times along the way and Pringle Bay (southern most part of the east side of the False Bay) for the sunset. It was quite spectacular from this vantage point. Though the “sunset” was very quick, it was nice because once it passed the mountains on the Cape, it was still light enough to see and make our way back out of the area a bit.
We did not realized that the gorgeous shoreline road we had taken over was void of any street lamps for the return. But at least about half of the way, it was not really completely dark and the ocean was quite nice at dusk as well. Luckily, the trip home (even through the shanty town) was uneventful. We had a nice dinner at the Limoncello to finish off our last night.

Tomorrow will be filled with last minute shopping, ticket sales, packing and getting to the airport – perhaps nothing to blog about, so this might be the last entry. It’s been a great ride that we enjoyed thoroughly – we can’t wait for Brazil in four years.
Quip of the day: All of the Nike "Write the Future" stars are now out of the World Cup at the QuarterFinals stage. Well done, Nike.

Posted by wc2006 01:37 Archived in South Africa Tagged events

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