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Porthole Cruise Magazine - - What’s Inside - BY JAMES WIL­LIAMS

How to spend your time in Cape Town, South Africa

IT COULD BE AR­GUED THAT CAPE TOWN IS ONE OF THE MOST SPEC­TAC­U­LAR cities on earth. Even if you’re here for work, it fools you into feel­ing like you’re on va­ca­tion. Here, lo­cals seem to live by a dif­fer­ent clock. There’s less pres­sure, less stress, and more life. The goal here isn’t just to live, it’s to live well. So, here’s my guide to make the most of one day in the sun. Pre­mium Vis­tas

Awake be­fore sun­rise, and, in dark­ness, ar­rive at the base of Lion’s Head. It’s the moun­tain of lioness pro­por­tions in be­tween Ta­ble Moun­tain and Sig­nal Hill. The trek it­self to its peak takes around an hour, yet the re­ward from the top — where the sun slowly pro­trudes over the top of Ta­ble Moun­tain, re­flect­ing off the sea that sur­rounds you — is truly one of this planet’s most mem­o­rable sights.

It may be a lit­tle out of town, but the drive to Gans­baai is eas­ily worth your time. Yet you’re not here to meet the lo­cals; in­stead, it’s all about their neigh­bors. A short boat ride out to sea lives the largest group of great white sharks any­where in the world. Hire a boat, don your wet­suit, and jump in­side a thick steel cage. What ini­tially sounds ter­ri­fy­ing is ac­tu­ally a sur­pris­ingly serene ex­pe­ri­ence. They’re grace­ful, al­most peace­ful, while con­jur­ing a deep re­spect from all who wit­ness them face-to-face.

De­li­cious Din­ing

One of the clear win­ners when din­ing in Cape Town is Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ Test Kitchen. The real test is ac­tu­ally whether you can get a ta­ble, be­cause the restau­rant it­self is about more than just the food — it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence. Split be­tween two din­ing rooms, the light and the dark, all din­ers ex­pe­ri­ence both. Wine pair­ing matches the tast­ing menu, which mixes con­tem­po­rary dishes with sur­pris­ing in­gre­di­ents such as liquorice­cured Wagyu bil­tong. Book well ahead!

His­tory Les­son

While Cape Town isn’t his­tor­i­cally known for its jazz mu­sic, in this case it’s the jazz club it­self that ’ s his­toric. The Crypt is based be­neath St. Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral, where, in 1989, the leg­endary Angli­can Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu led a mass demon­stra­tion to protest apartheid. It’s a sym­bol of democ­racy across South Africa, which makes the club’s mere ex­is­tence ( in­ter­min­gled with a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hibit de­tail­ing the cathe­dral’s role in the hu­man rights strug­gle) all the more ex­tra­or­di­nary. missed.• Cape Town is a city not to be

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