This is by way of a CATCH-UP POST. Sometimes I write posts and for whatever reason they languish on my hard-drive. Here’s one that I hauled out from the beginning of 2019.
I recall struggling interminably with the size of the photos, and never succeeding; as you will see below. In the end I gave it up as a bad job. All the pics are mine, taken with my cellphone.
A view of Table Mountain, from the Silo Precinct.
Although I enjoy the V & A Waterfront, our Numero Uno Tourist destination, I don’t visit very often. Last Sunday I pulled myself together and went to explore the recently completed Silo District area of the V&A . I’d read articles about the uber modern buildings and newly opened Zeitz MOCCA art gallery.
As you can see from the pics above it really is bang up to the minute with trendy brand name shops (Bang & Olufsen, anyone?) plus upmarket hotels.
To my intense astonishment, I found a R15-00 cup of coffee at Si outdoor cafe; granted it was on Special Offer, but even so: usually the Waterfront is not noted for its bargain prices!
And this is Africa folks – we could be in any major world city! Modern sculpture (below) in the precinct.
In distance tiny vignettes of old historic Cape Town – Georgian buildings.
So why is the precinct named the Silo District? The pic below explains:
The British architectural firm, Thomas Heatherwick, turned the old grain silos in the dock area into the new Art Gallery.
A view of our iconic mountain from the dockside
There’s labyrinthian underground parking – very confusing – I lost my car. On arrival I saw many security guards on bikes, fluorescent vest gleaming in the gloom – but not one in sight when I went to retrieve my car – I had visions of my dessicated bag ‘o bones being discovered years later in a dusty corner. The design of the parking space is a crazy circular loop; no wonder I lost my car! I was never so glad to finally stumble upon my trusty little white Yaris! Purely by accident, I have to say.
Watch this space. In another post I’ll be adding more pics of the interior, and my favourite splash of colour at Zeitz Mocca.