City living

In recent years the city centre of Cape Town has been reborn. Gone are the days when it shut down at 5pm and streets were dark and frightening after that.  Now the night life of Long Street, the backpackers with their adventurous visitors, the clubs,  the best and most innovative restaurants, the safety and the lights, makes it all a bustling living place where all the movers and shakers who know how to party (and can still go to work the next day) want to be.

And people are living there too! Top office storeys have been turned into jooj penthouses and entire blocks are devoted to apartments of all sizes. There’s a lot to be said for living in the CBD – proximity to public transport, to the best beaches, to the best shopping, and walking to the clubs and bars without having to worry about driving home!

And, if you can pay the right price, the views!

You can either feast your eyes on the harbour and the bay – a never-ending scene of action, telescope mandatory! Or you can see across the suburbs and Cape Flats, all the way to the Hottentots Holland – for fabulous winter sunrises.

Or you can brave the wind and see the fabulous Table Mountain every day, morning, noon and night, with or without a tablecloth, with pink or purple or yellow reflections of the sunset. A telescope might also be fun to watch the hikers and climbers.

This is the view from the holiday apartments on the top floor of the Cape Quarter Village – they don’t call them malls any longer, but ‘lifestyle experiences’ :-/

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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