04.17.2011 - 04.17.2011
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA
This is the start of the final segment of the World Cruise. For the next 21 days we will be sailing up the west coast of Africa and then on to Dover, England.
Some friends had left the ship a few days ago and then rejoined us in Cape Town after they had an exciting overland Safari. They had spent some time in Zimbabwe - .have you ever seen a bill of this denomination? Unfortunately no one wants it, even though it is real.
Our Palm Sunday service was scheduled for 5pm, so we had time to take a city tour on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. This is St. George Cathedral.
It is impossible to take a bad picture here.
At the start of Apartheid, Cape Town's Sixth District was bulldozed and thousands of families lost their homes. Only the District churches were left standing.
This is Strand Street Lutheran church, founded in 1780. When it was first started it had to be "underground" because only the Dutch Reformed Church was permitted at that time.
Slaves were permitted to only wear drab clothing, so when they were freed they painted their small houses bright colors.
We walked through the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront complex. Beautiful shops, restaurants, and exciting tours are all offered there for South Africans and tourists from around the world.
The view over the waterfront (from a Ferris wheel) - the Lego-looking red guy is made of Coca-Cola bottle crates.
Beautiful setting sun with one more day yet to come in this wonderful corner of the world