6 June 2011
06.06.2011 60 °F
Today was mostly consumed with a drive to Nelspruit and flight to Cape Town. We were pleasantly surprised with our flight to Cape Town which had some great little rolls and pasta salad for lunch. Our hotel The African Villa is probably the best I have ever stayed in. Discovery Tours is associated with them and coordinated for our transport from the airport. The two that picked us up gave us an entertaining 20 minute ride from the airport. The hotel has a golden retriever Brandy and Keith that checked us in spent about 45 minutes going over the map of the area, restaurants and the hotel. They have free port in the evening and always cake out if you need a snack during the day. The internet is free and he called to make us a reservation at his favorite restaurant.
Millers thumb is where he recommended for dinner as really good for seafood. They didn’t open until 1830 so we had an hour that he suggested we walk around Kloof street. It is winter so it gets dark early and I must admit the streets were a bit scary. The first traffic light we were at some drunk and probably homeless guy was ready to stab somebody with a shank. I moved one foot over to the left thinking this would be adequate protection. After that we strolled and had a guy coming begging for money staying his wife and baby and he were living on the streets. The strange part about this city is that it seems to be a mix of really nice (restaurants, lodges) with a mix of not so nice (homeless and drunk – with shanks).
Anyway dinner at Millers Thumb was excellent. The waitresses were great and it was hard to decide what to choose off the menu. In the end we had a bowl of sweet potato and butternut soup, Durado in mallay style with noodles and a slice of cheesecake. All excellent. After dinner we quickly walked the few blocks safely back to the hotel.