Where to go shopping?
There are several good spots to go shopping. Whether you choose to stroll through a fleamarket or around a modern department store, there are many possibilities to satisfy your need. The Victoria Wharf is a shopper's paradise with something for everyone. The shops stay open 'till late each night. Outside, you'll find many pubs and restaurants.
Canal Walk the biggest shop pping centre in the southern hemisphere, is one part of CENTURY CITY. You can reach Century City in about 20 minutes by car/bus from the city centre.
There you can also find an adventure park where you can have lots of fun! So you'll easily spend the whole day at Century City!
Take a short trip to Paarl and the wine area
The language monument reminds the people to the official status of the African language. This monument exist out of grained granite that is made into concrete.
The small columns remind that the Dutch, English and several African languages are the source for the African language.
For more information and photos see my page: Paarl
You can find much more explanation about the symbolism and the idea behind this design on their website. (This is an extract from that side)
A COLONNADE of three elements to the left or west of the approach symbolizes the languages and cultures of the enlightened West. These structures, closely juxtaposed, begin at a height and diminish in size and then descend in a curve to ascend again into the main upward sweep.
A PODIUM with three semi spheres to the right, or to the eastern side of the approach, represents magical Africa with its indigenous languages and cultures, and develops into a lesser curve which joins the main upward movement.
The confluence of these two curves forms a bridge which is the base of the main hyperbola. This, rising up into space, signifies the coming into being and the development of Afrikaans.
A language and culture neither western nor African, but Malayan, is represented by a low wall in the middle third of the main steps to add to the general scale.
Together with the main column, placed in the same life-giving pool with bubbling fountain, rises a structure symbolising our Republic: free, yet encompassed by and open to Africa; free in form and reminiscent of the west, whose cultures helped to establish it. It symbolizes two languages and two mutual enriching cultures, yet one nation, facing the future with courage and resolution, deeply conscious of the presence of an Omniscient Being, guiding us to our destiny in the turmoil of our time.
The Afrikaanse Taalmonument is open daily from 9 to 5. The access turns off Main Street at the town entrance and is sign-posted.
If you're looking to buy traditional African curious such as wooden giraffes or hippos or any other sculpture - drive out of the city towards Cape Point. Along the way you'll find plenty of roadside traders who sell items much cheaper than the exclusive mall shops. You can even see some works in progress and often can bargain a price. There's even a life size sculpture of a hippo which would set you back about £3000 - and then the dilemma of where to put it! Anything that you like the look of..... Btwn £4 to £3000 depending on your bargaining skills!
You can survive in Cape Town without a car, but it is a very stretched out city, being wrapped around the mountain, so a car helps. There are good freeways, but there can be traffic jams at rush hours. Otherwise, there are buses and a suburban railway which are fine provided they go where you want to.
Oh and one more thing you have to know how to drive on the LEFT!
A view of Table Mountain - wonderful deck seating
This was our last meal in South Africa and Cape Town -- sigh -- the end of our wonderful vacation. We'd spent the morning at Kirstenbosch Gardens, and drove into town for lunch before we had to turn in the rental at the airport -- sigh -- and check in for our flight to London -- sigh -- and then home.
We found good parking a few blocks away (we knew the neighborhood from from our previous visit --a week before! -- to Cape Town). I had a totally yummy salad, lettuce, baby
spinach chickpeas, grilled aubergines and peppers finished off with a warm tomato dressing and goats cheese crostini. It seemed as if we were the only tourists that day as most of the rest of the clientele were locals on lunch break. (May isn't really top tourist season...but we found it to be ideal. ) It was a glorious afternoon to eat on the deck out front. I think I also had a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. sigh. heaven....such a nice memory and SO much better than airplane food. Which we knew we'd be stuck with for the next who-knows-how-many hours it was!