*S.A.* Cape Town Trip – 3

The third we were hoping to go on the table mountain so we woke up very early, but unfortunately the weather was not good at all, very cloudy with cold winds.
第三天因為要準備上桌山所以一大早六點就起床,但是無奈天氣不好,風很大又冷,外面的雲看起來也很多。

Although we checked on the website before we left and it said the cable car was still open but from the weather we are seeing we decided to have breakfast at the hotel first.
雖說我們出門前先查了一下網站,纜車還是有開,但是看天氣狀況實在很差,於是決定先填飽肚子再出門。

And as anticipated, the cable car was not operating when we checked again during breakfast, the visibility was showing ‘0’. The last car up the table mountain is in the afternoon so we were hoping the weather would be better then so we could go up there
果然,在吃飯時又查詢網站,因為天氣狀況不佳早上的纜車無法上山,而且桌山上的能見度為0,最後一班纜車是在下午,如果天氣好的話會重新開放上山,只能希望氣候趕快放晴

We decided then to go to seal island.  Once we arrived at the docks where we usually board on a boat and go to seal island, we were told by local tour guides there that the weather is no good also and it is quite dangerous.  He said that if it was him, he would not board on the boat either
所以只能轉去要去看海狗島的港口去碰碰機會。果不其然開始下起毛毛雨,而且風還是很大,要是開船去海狗島會有危險,於是也取消。

2 attractions were already crossed off the list due to weather then we decided to find a place that was indoors.  We found a place called Clay Cafe, where it caters people of all ages.  People there could eat, drink and design/color their own pottery pieces.  The pottery pieces were already pre-made and in it’s original color untouched, a vast variety, from cups, plates, bowls, vases and etc.  Customers go and choose the type of pottery they want, choose the colors and materials then start designing and coloring
大的景點都去不了,在路上發現有一家Clay Cafe,上網查了一下發現是可以自己動手畫在陶具上後店家會幫你燒好,又可以喝咖啡,就彎進去看看囉。

Clay Cafe website

Once we got to clay cafe, we ordered some hot drinks to warm ourselves up then a waiter/instructor came by to show us the processes and how we can use different materials to design. The kids really had fun here since they liked coloring alot already
一進去大家先點咖啡暖暖身子,之後有服務生來講解要怎麼做杯子,有一個房間裡都是放著尚未著色的陶器,有各式各樣的,像是碗,咖啡杯,馬克杯,花瓶,盤子…. 動物造型就連Hello Kitty都有。拿了自己想要的就要去水盆上快速地浸三下,不能讓陶器過濕,之後就可以開始上色
小孩是玩得蠻開心的
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Avery’s cup
最後成品是這樣

 

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Zara’s cup

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Vase

After completing the pottery, it will take 3 weeks before it’s ready for you to take it home with you. But since we were out of town, it was quite hard for us since we are going to have to use courier services to pick up and ship it back to us.  Otherwise unclaimed items will be donated
這些要放在店家三個禮拜後才能領取,對於像我們不是住在當地的就很不方便,只能三個禮拜後打給他們確認要請快遞領取,不然就會被捐出去。

After Clay Cafe the weather had not gotten any better so we searched for our next indoor activity location, The Two Oceans Aquarium located right next to the V&A Waterfront, thinking after the Aquarium we can go to the mall if the weather was still bad
天氣依舊陰冷,又另找了一個室內的地方去…. 水族館!!!
水族館就在Water Front附近,之後真的沒地方去還能去百貨裡面逛逛
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Ticket Counter
售票處

After purchasing the ticket, we went to the entrance, the employee there will stamp a Penguin shaped UV stamp on your hand, kids were so amused by this since it was only able to be seen under the UV light
買好票後往旁邊的入口,驗票人員會在你手被上蓋個螢光的章喔,當天都可以出入,在UV燈下依照就能看到企鵝圖案,小朋友非常興奮
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服務台
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The Penguin UV stamp under the UV light

The first thing people see once entered through the entrance is the tank for clownfish, under the tank there is a space where you can go in and stick your head up and take pictures like below
一進去就有一個很大的小丑魚缸,裡面中間有一個空間可以爬進去從裡面觀察魚

 

之後是模擬浪潮生態區
幾分鐘就會有一波人工浪
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The Jellyfish section
走到水母區

 

接近結束時,有個牌子
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After the jellyfish section is a super huge exhibition tank
出去之後就是一個很大的空間,一面很大很高的玻璃可以觀賞海洋的生物類

 

The kids got freaked out bu the giant tortoise
小朋友被大海龜嚇到了

Next to the tank is a tunnel with animals swimming above
往旁邊走有個海底隧道
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接下來是螃蟹類
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來到生態館,在專人指導下可以碰觸海葵類的生物

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Experiencing archaeology, finding and cleaning fossil
體驗挖化石
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繼續往上走

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One floor above is where the penguins are located, they were not enclosed so the smell was kind of strong, not for the weakest of the stomachs
來到了企鵝區!! 是沒有玻璃擋住的,所以企鵝味道有點重,不過企鵝就在你面前游泳,真值得
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The last part before the exit is the newly added Predator Exhibit
最後來到掠食者區
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Right before we exited, one of the employees told us it was ‘feeding time’ for the large exhibition tank, so many people joined in the big area. There was a person in front of the tank explaining how some of the animals in the tank were rescued and could not return to it’s natural habitat. One of the tortoises shell was cracked and they are still busy treating it.
在最後我們要離開前被工作人員告知有餵食秀就要開始了,於是我們回到之前的大空間,有一位主持人,同樣也是工作人員開始講解,在這邊水族館看到的三隻大海龜有兩隻是無法被放回海洋的,一隻被救援的時候龜殼已經破裂,雖然已經長回但是不堅固。另一隻是被救起來的時候發現胃都是塑膠袋跟吸管。所以大家要好好丟垃圾。
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After the aquarium is lunch time, we walked to Den Anker Belgian restaurant also right next to the V&A Waterfront
水族館後去找餐廳吃飯

Den Anker Belgian Restaurant

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Fresh Rolls
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Lobster Bisque
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Marinated Salmon
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Marrow Bones
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Beef Carpaccio

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Wagyu Burger

 

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Definitely delicious from the expression

After lunch we went into V&A to kill time as we have will have a friend meeting us later for dinner. Dinner was at a Chinese restaurant but OMG the oysters at the restaurant were huge and plump. It was the single most expensive oyster we have had on this trip

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This was the after dinner snack and drinks back at the hotel when our friend came back with us

這兩個地方就是當天的行程,下著細雨冷風的天氣讓人缺乏活力…

There was not much on the day of return, breakfast then straight to the airport
最後…第四天11點的飛機回家,結束這四天三夜的旅程,非常充實

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Yes, that was our 4 day / 3 nights trip to Cape Town

Plans for our next destination is already in the works……..

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