Cape Town - Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the signature attraction in Cape Town.  We spent some time wandering around exploring.  We looked up at a giant Ferris wheel spinning overhead.
Small recreational boats lined the harbour...
...alongside commercial fishing boats.
On our second visit to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, we spotted this statue covered in Bart Simpson heads downtown en route.
Huge ships call in for a new paint job.
Old grain elevators add to the starkness of the scene.
We walked toward the more touristy part of the V&A Waterfront and admired the Victorian Clock Tower.
We were scheduled to take the boat trip to the museum at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for almost 20 years.  Sadly, the swell was too large and all trips were cancelled that day.
We took a small bit of consolation by walking around the exhibits at the boat dock. We saw pictures of Robben Island and a replica of Mandela's cell.
Protest posters from over the years cried for freedom from apartheid.
While we will not forget
the brutality of apartheid
we will not want
Robben Island
to be a monument
of our hardship
and suffering

We would want it
to be a triumph
of the human spirit
against the forces of evil
a triumph of wisdom
and largeness of spirit
against small minds
and pettiness
a triumph of courage
and determination
over human frailty
and weakness
Before we leave the subject of Nelson Mandela and his imprisonment, I have to say that I highly recommend reading his autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom.  Mandela is truly an inspiration to his people.  He tirelessly campaigned for equal rights for Africans and was willing to sacrifice his own life for the people.  He was imprisoned for 27 years but emerged to promote a spirit of reconciliation and lead South Africa into a new era.  Remarkable.

Outside, we explored the waterfront some more.
We watched low hanging clouds dance about the mountains surrounding Cape Town.
We stopped to pay our respects in Nobel Square which honors the four South Africans that won the Nobel Peace Prize:  Chief Luthuli, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. deKlerk, and Nelson Mandela.
We went to the mall area to seek lunch.
We settled on Karibu which described itself as South African Dining.
Breadsticks were served with oil and vinegar.
We sat inside because of the cold and rain but a lovely patio featured warm blankets for those brave enough to sit outside.
We tried an ostrich burger with the usual trimmings.
We countered this with a vegetarian bake full of beans and layered veggies.
After lunch, we popped into Mugg & Bean for a bottomless cup of coffee.
I like this:  All you need is coffee & warm socks.
We finished up our exploration of the waterfront with a walk along the path around the bay.
We spotted a pile of triangular concrete blocks falling into the water.
The stadium loomed nearby.
Beautiful wildflowers grew in the scrubby area beside the path.
We even spotted this Blacksmith Lapwing - a nice contrast to the otherwise dreary day.

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