Monday, 16 December 2013

Railway Trip to Simon's Town...

I will be doing more frequent blog entries as I get back up-to-date with my blogging again. I'm only two months behind, so I'm getting there! After arriving back from Tristan da Cunha, Candace and I had a little less than a month together before her entry permit would expire. We packed as much as we could possibly do in those four weeks!

Wednesday, October 23rd, was a sunny spring day and so we decided to catch public transport to Simon's Town, a beautiful seaside town and primary base of South Africa's Navy. We walked to Rosebank Station and caught the train down to Simon's Town.

The line heads straight through the heart of Cape Town's Southern Suburbs, passing the famous rugby and cricket grounds at Newlands, before emerging at the coast at Muizenberg. Here the railway follows the False Bay coast as it snakes its way through the seaside villages of St James, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, before arriving at Simon's Town some 45 minutes after leaving Rosebank.

Candace and I went to the Simon's Town Museum before lunch and enjoyed looking at their fascinating exhibits. We had a lovely fish 'n chips lunch at the Salty Sea Dog, before exploring some interesting shops and browsing the traditional African crafts at the outdoor market. We also visited the Warrior Toy Museum, before ending our day with a quick visit to the South African Naval Museum. (Pictured here.) We then caught the train back home again. It was a lovely day's outing!

Kalk Bay Harbour from the train.
Approaching Simon's Town. The 1914 wreck of the Clan Stuart is visible above the water here.
 Arrival at Simon's Town Station.
The waterfront at Simon's Town. We had lunch near here.
Outside Simon's Town Museum. Candace inspects a large grave stone.
Outside the Naval Museum.
Westland Wasp Naval Helicopter exhibit.
Fire-fighting display.
The pretty chapel in the SA Naval Museum.
Heading back. It was Candace's first train ride in South Africa!

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