A few weeks ago we decided to take advantage of a beautiful winter’s day in Cape Town and be tourists in our home town!
I can’t tell you how many times have my kids have begged me to go on the red “double decker bus” and finally we decided it was time!! We chose to do the shorter Red tour on the City Sightseeing Bus which happens around the City Bowl and over to the Atlantic Seaboard as we were sure the novelty would wear off after a few mins but we were really surprised. We started our trip outside the Aquarium and hooked up our earphones to the right channels – I love learning new facts so really enjoyed the commentary and there is a kids channel with music and info aimed at them which my son loved. Then we headed off to see our city from a new perspective…
The bus weaved it’s way through the Foreshore and then up Long Street. Being above street level was really lovely – a wonderful way to see the city and see the beautiful architecture of the buildings which is missed when driving. We planned to jump off at a few places along the way and our first stop was just outside the museum where we then took a walk down through the Company Gardens, feeding the squirrels along the way as is the Cape Town tradition! I have often wanted to pay a visit to St Georges Cathedral and never actually got there even though I have lived in Cape Town most of my life! (Isn’t that often the case!!) Our timing was good as a service had just finished and visitors were welcome. On trips in Europe I have always enjoyed visiting the beautiful cathedrals and our own one didn’t disappoint! And surprisingly the kids found our short visit quite interesting too especially the stained glass windows and huge, high ceilings.
We then hopped on the bus again and took a short trip up the road where we stopped off for refreshments. After weaving our way through the old District Six we headed up towards Table Mountain. As a surprise for the kids we decided to stop off at this point and catch the cable car to the very top – something I had last done at age 12 in the old cable car! Obviously this was a highlight but I’ll share more pics next week!