South Africa: Cape Town Day 3

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!

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday!

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.

Heading up!

Heading up!

Wearing my fun new necklace that I had purchased at the market the day prior.

Wearing my fun new necklace that I had purchased at the market the day prior.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Taking in the views!

Taking in the views!

Living on the edge.

Living on the edge.

Perfect day!

Perfect day!

Fun!

Fun!

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.

Getting ready to jump!

Getting all suited up by my guide, Constantine!

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.

About to take off.

About to take off.

Just after take-off.

Just after take-off.

Table Mountain in the background.

Table Mountain in the background.

Flying high!

Flying high!

Hello Lion's Head!

Hello Lion’s Head!

Michael lost a shoe during take-off (but he easily got it back when we were finished).

Michael lost a shoe during take-off (but he easily got it back when we were finished).

Gopro pic with Constantine!

GoPro pic with Constantine!

Over the city.

Over the city.

Heading to the water.

Heading to the water.

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.

Back at that field on our walk to dinner.

Back at that field on our walk to dinner.

Water

Walking places always helps me to get to know a city better.

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.

Sunset dinner over the water at Koi.

Sunset dinner over the water at Koi.

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.

Other posts in this series: Day 1, Day 2.

9 thoughts on “South Africa: Cape Town Day 3

  1. Wow, again! We are sooo enthralled with this visit – we feel like we are there too! Where will we go next?? Can’t wait!! Love, Nan & Pa

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  4. I love that you found a church there to try! We stumbled into one in Paris and even though we didn’t stay the whole time (I don’t know any French, ha!) I could understand the singing. And it made me tear up. So special.

    The paragliding pics are amazing! My favorite it Michael’s shoeless foot. ha!

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