On Sunday, Michael and I started the morning with a lovely church service at a Methodist church that we found near our hotel. Although it was different, it always strikes us how we can go to a random church in a new country and still feel familiar and among family. What a blessing!
After church we headed up to Table Mountain, another major Cape Town landmark. Apparently it is possible to hike Table Mountain, but we chose the more popular route of taking the cable cars to the top. It was quick, easy and we were lucky to have PERFECT, clear weather giving us great views of the city.
After grabbing a quick lunch at the top of the mountain, we drove over to Signal Hill to go PARAGLIDING! When you’re in a city this beautiful, you want to do everything you can to see it all. Our hotel room actually had a gorgeous view of the hill and we had seen people paragliding and we thought it could be a fun way to see the city and try something new. And since the weather was just so perfect on Sunday, we decided to go for it. When we got there we had to fill out a little paperwork and sign our lives away, then we got suited up.
We each went up with a guide so it was VERY easy – all we had to do was sit back and relax. Michael actually flew with our camera so he was able to take some shots of me flying and of his view.
When we were over the water, our guides took us on “the roller coaster” where we spun down super fast. It was definitely a rush but soon we evened out and landed in the pretty, grassy field in the photo. Overall I think I was in the air about 20 minutes and I have to say that paragliding was super awesome. It was such a fun way to see the city and was very easy, smooth and not scary at all. I think it’s another MUST!!! Actually, truth be told we had been planning on doing a helicopter tour and I’m SO glad that we opted to paraglide it instead. Way cooler and made more sense for this city/environment I think.
That evening it was beautiful out so we decided to walk to dinner. The walk was about a mile and a half, mostly along the water, and gorgeous. There were lots of families, kids, people exercising, food trucks… such a fun city! People have often compared it to Rio which I do understand in terms of the beautiful landscape and dramatic geography, but it reminded Michael and I of San Francisco even more. Coming from Brazil it felt much cleaner, better laid out, easier to navigate and generally more beautiful – even than Rio, simply because the city itself is so well-kept.
Michael and I wanted to do sushi that night and originally we had planned on going to another spot for dinner, but our hotel really recommended that we do Koi at sunset so they made us a 6pm reservation and I have to say, it was PERFECT.
We watched the most gorgeous sunset over the water and had the most incredible, special 4 hour dinner. It was just one of those days and nights that you don’t want to end.