So I realized that my series on posts in South Africa nearly 2 years ago ended with #25, a chocolate and wine tasting at the Waterford Estate, here. Work yourself backwards in the archives for July and June 2014 if you didn’t read that set of posts. I never got around to finishing the series, and I will now, or at least cram the best photos into a few more posts. The South African posts are amongst my favorite travel “journals” in over 10 years of blogging, so I wanted to complete the series.
Once we had settled into our hotel in Cape Town, we were ready for a couple more days of sightseeing down to the Cape of Good Hope and some shopping to fill our duffel bags with local goodies to take home. We stayed at the Table Bay Hotel, and while I had been planning to do a full post with all that went wrong there, let us just say I would never recommend the hotel. It is well located, but overpriced, impersonal, with phenomenal service slip ups when we were there. And folks who tidied up the rooms had a really questionable habit of leaving our veranda doors unlocked even though the terrace connected to many other rooms on the floor… in other words, we could easily have been robbed. At any rate, suffice it to say Marketman would suggest you try many other highly rated hotels rather that the Table Bay Hotel, and we otherwise wrote about nearly flawless experiences at hotels elsewhere in South Africa.
However, in the lobby of the hotel, they had a beautiful huge arrangement of proteas… seemingly prehistoric looking blooms that are plentiful on local hillsides and one of the most recognizable blooms from this area. I wasn’t thrilled with them at first (the same way I don’t like colored bromeliads), but they started to grow on me the longer we stayed and the more we saw them in use.
We came across several types of proteas, and these ones from a local market were particularly colorful.
I am presuming these blooms are more mature and opened up.
We also spied them on hillsides growing rather naturally.
I wouldn’t say these are my favorite of flowers, but they certainly were a favorite of locals in Cape Town.