Cape Town - Company's Garden and Around

We checked ourselves into the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel in Cape Town and went out for an afternoon stroll in the sunshine to explore the area.
We started with the Greenmarket Square where vendors sold all manner of arts, crafts, and more.
The area was surrounded by some fine examples of Art Deco architecture.
I especially liked these Art Deco safari animals...
Continuing our exploration, we stumbled upon a piece of the Berlin Wall that had been gifted to South Africa at the end of the apartheid era.
We could see majestic Table Mountain in the distance.  Unfortunately, the cable car to the top was down for seasonal repairs so we weren't able to climb it.  We could have spent the day walking up but we decided to invest the time in other activities instead.
We approached the imposing bright white buildings anchoring The Company's Garden.
Built by the Dutch East India Company in the 1650s, The Company's Garden is now a centerpiece of green space in the middle of Cape Town.
We spotted a cute squirrel looking for a handout.  Unfortunately, we also spotted at least one person panhandling in the area...
Egyptian geese abound in the park.
This guy started on a running take-off just in front of us.  It's a little scary to see a bird this large coming at you!
We even saw a family with a gaggle of little baby geese.
We admired more of the park's bright white architecture which popped against the graying sky.
We checked out a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a Brit who made his fortune in the South African diamond industry and promoted expansion of British colonial interests in the area.  Your Hinter-land is there!
We spotted an aviary in the middle of the park with tweeting bird life inside.
An ominous looking slave bell stood out front.
We could see Lion's Head in the distance with a swath of fog coming in around it.
A prancing stallion statue and the planetarium stood beyond.
Beautiful buildings were hidden behind thick gnarled trees.
We spotted three tall buildings in the distance whose construction was referred to as an act of 'architectural terrorism' when they were built above a certain height and obscured the view of the mountains beyond.
I liked this map of greenery embedded on the side of a building touting Cape Town as the World Design Capital 2014.
The Beer House, painted with bright yellow Victorian accents was a striking but unusual design choice.
As we finished our stroll, we spotted this tempting chalk board asking people to complete the phrase:  before I die, I want to...  The answers ranged from comical (...be stinking rich) to emotional (...get my family back) to inspirational (...live 100% Worry Free)
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My sentiment was much more in line with the travel theme seen throughout (...see the world, ...visit all 7 continents).

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