Cape Town revisited

As I write this, I’m sat at Heathrow, waiting for British Airways to fly me 30 000 ft or so above the warm African night. It’s a spur of the moment decision. I meant to call my friend from primary school, Ingrid, to see if we could find time for a coffee. Turns out she’s in Cape Town, so why not have coffee in Cape Town? Why not indeed… I needed to thaw out anyway. The thought of leaving -18°C (that’s the same temperature as my freezer) for the balmy African summer is nothing short of delicious.

I haven’t been in Cape Town since 1993 (the public computer I’m now using may have been here even then – looks it, feels it…)


Back then, this flying beauty was still in operation. Odd to think the 90s are 20 years ago. I remember them so well…

The Cape revisited

The Cape is on the list this time as well. Cape of Good Hope, that is. I’m oddly drawn to that nemesis of sailors through the centuries, where warm currents meet cold, where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. I remember standing there witnessing the fog suddenly coming in, covering the entire headland in a matter of seconds. A brutal and fascinating place.

Cape revisited

This is how the treacherous Cape looked nearly 20 years ago. I expect it hasn’t changed much. Except, perhaps, for the pesky baboons in the car park, who thought nothing of getting inside one’s car. Can always hope. Of course, they have been here for thousands of years, and have the right to set the rules, I suppose.

Has the rest of the town changed much? We shall see…

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And have my photographic skills changed much? Again, we shall see…

30 Responses to “Cape Town revisited”

  1. Penelope 17 January 2013 0149 #

    Revisiting a city I haven’t been for years is always a strange experience. Can’t wait to hear what your new observations are.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1344 #

      Looking forward to it myself, just as soon as I get a little sleep.

  2. Leigh 17 January 2013 0459 #

    Love the spontaneity of your trip. And the change in temperatures sounds like a real treat.
    Leigh recently posted..Banff Adventure: The Johnston Canyon Ice Walk

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1344 #

      It’s perfect temperature here. Perfect.

  3. Steve 17 January 2013 0905 #

    I’ll be in Vancouver next week. Coffee?
    Have a great time in Cape Town!
    Steve recently posted..The People You Meet in the Elevators of Hyatt Olive 8

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1345 #

      Never been in Vancouver, so absolutely. Perhaps not in January…

  4. ItalianNotes 17 January 2013 0936 #

    Wish it was me – even Copenhagen had -17 C yesterday.
    ItalianNotes recently posted..Fennel recipe – savoury flan

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1345 #

      Yikes! That’s very cold for Copenhagen.

  5. Sunu 17 January 2013 1301 #

    I just followed you here from twitter. Sophie. Recently I had a similar expereince ..but just to another state in my country..! I did a second visit to Hyderabad two months back…so much has changed. I visited there 12 years before ..I feel totally in a new environment..!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 January 2013 1347 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Sunu. India is such a huge country, it must surely feel like several countries. After reading – and seeing – Life of Pi, I’m now dreaming of visiting Pondicherry.

      • Sunu 2 March 2013 0525 #

        Some scenes of Life of Pi are shot in Kerala Munnar hill station. You are most welcome …
        Just like any other place in India…, Kerala is crowded and you will see heaps of waste here and there..But there are real beautiful places too and Kerala backwaters is one among them..:)
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  6. Andrew Graeme Gould 18 January 2013 0146 #

    Looking foward to your posts from this trip, Sophie. AIl the best with it…
    Andrew Graeme Gould recently posted..Another Sunday in Santiago

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1647 #

      So much to write about.

  7. Lili 18 January 2013 0853 #

    Wow! The Concorde! I can remember when I first flew with my parents with a concorde, it was the fastest opportunity to get from paris to new york. Although they have been polluted the air, they were really fast.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1648 #

      It was a beautiful plane, wasn’t it…

  8. Nico 19 January 2013 0713 #

    I can completely understand your desire to leave the freezer that is Europe for an African summer. Just getting off the plane will tell you that you made the right decision.
    Nico recently posted..Living Through a Flood

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1648 #

      Too true that :)

  9. InsideJourneys 21 January 2013 0338 #

    My friend lives in Brooklyn, I was across the river in Manhattan. We tried for months to get together but it never happened until we were both in Paris. We had a great laugh about it.

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of CPT twenty years later. To me, it was like a picture postcard. And yes, the baboons are still there and the Cape is still ruggedly beautiful. I can’t imagine what rounding it — or thinking about it rounding it — was like for those old sailors. Have a fabulous trip, Sophie!
    InsideJourneys recently posted..The Jamaica Visitors Rarely See, II

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1649 #

      Thanks Marcia. Small world, isn’t it?

  10. Jarmo 22 January 2013 2050 #

    Looking forward to seeing your new photos of Cape Town :) Haven’t been there yet myself, but very keen to visit. And the best kind of travelling is often the kind done on a whim :)
    Jarmo recently posted..Night of Tram Lines and Castles in Ghent

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1650 #

      That has been my experience, too. I’m practically allergic to planning far in advance…

  11. grayspirit 22 January 2013 2235 #

    LOL … isn’t it funny how the 90′s were only yesterday? Well, good luck on your trip. South Africa is definitely a place to visit.
    grayspirit recently posted..Indonesia: Death Sentence for Drugs

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2013 1650 #

      Really yesterday!

  12. Michael Figueiredo 27 January 2013 0423 #

    Cape Town is on my bucket list, for sure!
    Michael Figueiredo recently posted..Side Trip: The Getty Villa

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 January 2013 2050 #

      You’ll love it, Michael.

  13. Vi 31 January 2013 0835 #

    Did you fly with Concord back then?
    Vi recently posted..Ayers/Uluru rock. Climb it or not

  14. Alex Gibson 10 February 2013 1130 #

    Once you are in Cape Town, take a cable car up The Table mountains and take a picture from up there, then change will inevitable.

  15. Ricky Flintoff 14 February 2013 0856 #

    I have visited Cape Town before but it was just two days trip. I did not get enough time to visit all of the travel attractions but I enjoyed the trip. I can’t forget the view of the city from Table Mountain. I will plan a long trip to Cape Town and I get the good information about Cape Town city from your article. Thanks for posting it.

  16. Iris H 13 March 2013 0321 #

    Have added cape town to the cities I woulld love to visit. Thanks for the lovely post :)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 March 2013 0800 #

      Glad you enjoyed it, Iris.

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