From Philadelphia to Cape Town
I originally came to Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time in 2006 and then returned in 2015. Coming from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Honestly a lot of Americans just aren’t very well educated in the affairs of the African continent. I can’t tell you how many of my countrymen refer to Africa as a “country” ! Anyway, ignorance set aside, I myself, was not sure exactly what was in store for me. Would there be lions roaming the outskirts of the city ? Was there electricity available everywhere ? I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that Internet access would be almost impossible. I have to laugh at myself when I reflect on how ignorant I was at the time.
Cape Town International Airport was recently awarded the prestigious award for best airport on the continent and is extremely sophisticated. On arriving and proceeding through the immigration formalities at the airport, I knew my conceptions of what to expect were totally incorrect. Driving into the city, I saw no lions, no zebra or elephants. My taxi driver was friendly and very knowledgeable of the city, pointing out landmarks and interesting things to see along our drive from the airport to the hotel.The Twelve Apostles Hotel was breathtaking. An award winning 5 star hotel, recently voted the fourth best hotel in Africa, set against the backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Boasting over 70 rooms and suites this boutique hotel is perched in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overlooking the pristine Atlantic Ocean, where incidentally, I did watch whales later on, while sipping a glass of Cape wine, the Twelve Apostles is truly a luxury 5-star hotel. I checked into my Superior sea-facing room, put my bags down and freshened up. Then I tested the internet connection. Blazing fast fibre optic internet, what a relief. The room was scented with the aroma of freshly cut indigenous flowers and just oozed style and comfort. Then I realized it had been more than 8 hours since my last meal on the flight over from Philadelphia, so I decided to investigate the hotel’s culinary offerings.
I entered the Leopard Bar, the African sun, was burning a fiery orange, sank slowly in the afternoon sky over the Atlantic. I had decided to try out the “Tea by the Sea” on the recommendation of the concierge. I settled into a comfy reclining lounger and awaited my afternoon snack. Oh my word, what a spread! Finger sandwiches, Chocolate brownies and Cream scones along with all the rest of the goodies that make up the “Tea by the Sea” platter. I got stuck in, enjoying a refreshing cup of Earl Grey tea.
Contented after my meal and feeling comfortably lazy, I gazed out at the Atlantic, sky on fire, excited about what delights the morning had in store for me.