Friday February 3rd – Day 30
In winter it rains a lot but in summer, now, it is hot and balmy but there can be a south easterly wind (known locally as the cape doctor because it blows the smog from the city out to the sea) that assails the city for days at a time. During this time Cape Town experiences its distinctive phenomenon the” tablecloth” on the mountain – a strip of fluffy white cloud hovering over the summit and slightly draped over the edges.
This morning as the tablecloth is still on the mountain we are taking the hop-on-hop-off red city open top tour bus which visits many of the city and surrounding area tourist attractions before making its way up to the cableway where you can access the cable car to the top of the mountain. It then travels down to Camps Bay and other seaside beaches before returning to its starting point. The tour takes about two hours but there are buses running every fifteen minutes so it’s not long to wait for the next one if you want to get off to view an attraction.
We then repeated the majority of the bus tour just so that I had photos of this beautiful city.
But there is some good news…the Corona beers are back on board and…the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio white wine has finally arrived!! Happy days!!
We were watching the sunset as the ship left the harbour on our way to Port Elizabeth. We had only sailed a few hundred feet from the dock and as the ship turned the ‘cape doctor’ visited us and blew everything – glasses, food, cutlery, tablecloths – off the tables and we had to quickly make our way inside – guess the doctor was letting us know he was in charge!!