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Old March 22nd, 2009, 02:58 AM   #61
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Oh, and great photos, btw!
Cape Town looks beautiful.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 10:43 AM   #62
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In South Africa we have no problem with French people, the Cape was actually settled by tons of French Huguenots in the 1700's. Think it was just that one Frenchman's strange Cape Town stinks article that prompted an outburst from the Californian. But, you're not French, you're Quebecois! I love Quebec!!!
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 12:24 PM   #63
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Cape of Storms

The other side of Cape Town. Our summer weather is stable, warm and dry with day upon day of sunshine. But, like many cities with a Mediterranean climate, things in winter can sometimes get nasty (and our proximity to Antarctica makes our storms a little more vicious). However, there is one positive, winter's here may have numerous rainy days and may be colder, but the landscape is beautiful, the mountains gorgeous and everything is green green green!

Some pics of Cape Town, then my 50min trip home to our wine estate... this was the 31st of August storm last winter. Max Temp in Cape Town: 8ºC, max temp in Du Toitskloof: 5ºC, coastal wind speed: 120km/h SW, coastal swell: 12meters...

Storm system on approach from the Southern Ocean at 1500GMT - 30 Aug 2008:
Antarctica is the white mass to the bottom, South Africa is the landmass at top right, with Cape Town at it's south-westernmost point.

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Old March 22nd, 2009, 03:03 PM   #64
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In South Africa we have no problem with French people, the Cape was actually settled by tons of French Huguenots in the 1700's. Think it was just that one Frenchman's strange Cape Town stinks article that prompted an outburst from the Californian. But, you're not French, you're Quebecois! I love Quebec!!!
And in fact I'm an anglophone Quebecois! But I just can't resist calling out comments like that.

So you love Quebec??? Hey, I'll trade you for Cape Town!
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 03:39 PM   #65
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I love Cape Town to bits and actually made a conscious decision to live here. I could have lived in the USA had I wanted to. But, that said, I do love Quebec... the landscape is gorgeous in a genteel way, Mont Tremblant is awesome and Montréal and Québec are two very cool cities, and very unique in their context of being in North America.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 09:10 AM   #66
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Sorry guys... Photobucket is down for maintenance, but I will post pics once it gets up and running again.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 04:57 PM   #67
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Nobody comments anymore... SCC is mad at me and ignoring me... Why? 'Cos I haven't posted more pics... point taken. HAHA

Some pics taken of Cape Town CBD...













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Old March 25th, 2009, 11:33 PM   #68
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just having a quick peek ...enjoyed
good city shots
I have some to add but no time as yet
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Old March 26th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #69
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Nice Annman, keep them coming.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #70
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Yeah, so Cape Town's closest neighbour overseas is Antarctica, so many people don't know a hell of a lot about us (we're bloody far away), so here are some facts.

Population
Approaching 3.3million for the Cape Town Metropole. Majority of residents are Coloured (or as people overseas may call mixed-race, but they're their own cultural group in their own right). Following close behind is White and Black-African (primarily Xhosa) of similar population. Cape Town is the only sub-Saharan African city with no clear dominant majority race group. Cape Town has a significant minority Muslim population.

Language
Most understood language is English, followed by Afrikaans (however the majority mother tongue speakers are Afrikaans). Afrikaans is in the overwhelming majority in rural towns. English is still widely spoken there too. Afrikaans is closely related to Dutch and Flemish. Xhosa is spoken by some 800,000 residents as their home language.

Climate
We are NOT tropical, as some northern hemisphere people may believe all of Africa is. We are Mediterranean, cool and wet from May-September, warm and dry from December-April. Summer maximums are usually 25-27 degrees, winter maximums usually 16-18 degrees. However, our weather is changeable extremely rapidly, Antarctic weather systems keep it so. Sometimes in February, temperatures can reach 35 or so degrees. In winter, some days during major storms can barely reach 10 degrees in the city, much colder inland. It does snow... every winter in the mountainous areas... it is not some strange phenomenon in the Western Cape. However, it does not snow near sea-level.

Location
34ºSouth, 18ºEast, we are the southernmost major city in Africa and are 180km north-east of the southernmost point at Cape Agulhas. We are at a similar latitude to: Sydney, Buenos Aires, Auckland (inverted latitude: San Francisco, Casablanca, Athens, Tokyo). We are on Central African Time at GMT+2 and we have no daylight savings. We are too far west in our timezone, so we in effect have permanent DST. (Sunset summer: 20:01, sunset winter: 17:46)

Economy
We are not 3rd world. We have elements of it, but the city is definitely not defined or dominated by it. We do still have some poverty, but the government is working on it. Our major industries are retail-groups and insurance companies, wine-production, fruit export, petrochemical companies, publishing houses, call centres, creative industries (advertising/architecture/graphic-houses/modeling agencies/film), textiles, tourism of course, conferencing.

If you want to know anymore feel free to simply ask!
thanks man, very interesting to know
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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:31 AM   #71
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storms in your region appear to be HUGE and very violent... is it really so?
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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #72
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a lot of people say Vancouver and Cape Town have similiar weather - at least winterwise they are said to be very similiar
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Old March 27th, 2009, 08:14 PM   #73
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Very nice pics above include storm ones really interesting
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Old March 28th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #74
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Anman I just scrolled through this thread again from the beginning
Its wonderful ..
especially the storm pix are awesome I was at the Waterfont at the time having dinner and watching a movie so I mostly missed the fun but next day could see the foam covering the roads from my house
The next evening I went again to the Watefront and took this shot below
I had eyed that spot where I wanted to shoot from for a while ......2 guys were standing in a lake of water and I was waiting for them to get soaked but nothing happend so I stood practically next to them and started shooting ....
after the second shot out of no where came this almighty MASS of water over the rocks and totally soaked me my coat my cam my hair yes and the other guys too Lol we all ran for cover laughing but that was the end of my shoot



















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Thats the one which soaked me






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Close to heaven....
I was checking out the Spa on the 19th floor of The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays
cause I got a voucher for my birthday for a "Heavenly body experience" from some of my friends thats why I happened to be close to heaven


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The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays

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the Spa truly was an experience to remember
4 hours of pampering left me actually exhausted !

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Sky line of Cape Town
Hotel The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays on the left
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Taken from the Spa toward Green Point the stadium construction on the right

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Considering this was taken through thick dirty glass the result isnt bad
I also suffered for this since I had to be in the sauna to get this shots and it was bl.... HOT


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This is from Blauwberg the classic Table Mountain view


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One day on my way to a shopping Mall , I drove past this beach and decided to stop
quickly slipped out of my high heels and sat just behind those birds on the sand , probably for an hour ,happily shooting photos forgetting my shopping



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One of the best views in Cape Town and arguably the cheapest place to have a sundowner after a stroll along the beach is the Blue Peter
if you are the cool guy looking back at me then you can say Hi now

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This beach is also famous for the wind and kite surfers



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From Sunset beach :


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Took these from the top of Table Mountain
the shot was exactly 1 year ago
Can you spot the construction of the 2010 Stadium ?

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Driving down Signal Hill into the city on Strand street


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I live very close to the V&A Waterfront which is perfectly safe for me (female) to walk around alone This is where I do my big food shopping once a week always carrying my cam ofcourse and never being able to resist taking a shot at the mountain while licking my ice cream
Consequently I have quite a collection

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I confess the Happy Xmas was my handy work


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The access into the V&A Waterfront marina is through a swing bridge

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Awesome, very nice photos @FromJoanne

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storms in your region appear to be HUGE and very violent... is it really so?
FromJoanne... thanks for the gorgeous pics... love them!

Yes, our winter weather is very fickle and some storms can be extremely violent. But, that is the status quo in our region of the Southern Hemisphere. There is hardly any land at our latitude. Only New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile are at 34ºSouth, so there is virtually no land to slow storms down that march across the Southern Ocean towards us. In winter, we fall in a belt mariners call the Roaring Forties. Further south towards Antarctica it gets more violent, going through the Furious Fifties and Shrieking Sixties.

It is not as bad as a hurricane, don't get me wrong, but often in winter, winds exceed 100km/h and sea-swell is between 5m-12m. It's no danger in the city or anywhere on land, but you would not want to be at sea... hence, the Cape of Good Hope's original name from Portuguese mariners, The Cape of Storms.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 10:52 AM   #77
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Coming from a French person?? Is being French still a problem in Freedomland...?
I don't know what this means...but um yeah, considering the arrogance of the average French person ( as it is in this case) posts like the one I quoted are not surprising. you live in Quebec. sit down.

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Think it was just that one Frenchman's strange Cape Town stinks article that prompted an outburst from the Californian.
indeed, it was. such an arrogance (yes I'm aware of the irony..lol) is really annoying.

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And in fact I'm an anglophone Quebecois! But I just can't resist calling out comments like that.

So you love Quebec??? Hey, I'll trade you for Cape Town!

a black Quebecois. isn't that like an Oxymoron? lol
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Old March 31st, 2009, 12:22 PM   #78
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More pics

Some random freeway pics around Cape Town...

The N1



The N2



Freeway plan in graphic for 2010 World Cup...


One or two more random winter pics within an hours drive of Cape Town..






Construction in the Cape Town CBD...
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:21 AM   #79
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AWESOME PICS!

I really love the cluds drawings on the Table Mountain..
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Beautiful !

I must go and see that snow upclose next winter
I can see it from my terrace but havent been up close yet
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