Day 1 – Sydney to Cape Town

Well we have just checked in at the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town and we are EXHAUSTED after 32 hours travelling from door to door! Managed to watch about six movies and  TV programs each. Emirates was fine – a couple of points for improvement – the ceremonial spraying of yoghurt across the front of my shirt was a little unexpected but certainly memorable! The passenger next to me enjoyed the same trademark spray all over his face, filling up his left ear which was fun! Turns out the two of them are on our tour! Another nice touch was when I ordered the duck entree and what I received tasted remarkably like salmon!
Dubai airport was enormous! To get from our arrivals lobby to the departure lobby of the Cape Town flight involved a ten-minute walk followed by a train trip and another 30-minute walk through small towns of shops selling silver models of some of Dubai’s major landmarks – so tempted – not! At the entrance to the lifts transporting us three floors to where we had to go was a waterful easily 200 meters long and 100m high. When we reached our destination there was another one so I imagine there would have been at least three of these in the terminal.
We enjoyed the use of the Emirates lounges at Sydney and Dubai and Ros took advantage of the groaning tables of every conceivable  type of food and drink – such a glutton! Couldn’t  believe that waiters were wandering around offering us Bollinger for breakfast!

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 Got to the hotel at about 5.30pm and took a quick snapshot of the view from our window (Click to enlarge)


Then we had the welcome dinner with the three guides plus the doctor travelling with us – can’t take too many chances when you get to our age 🙂 Met a  few of our co-travellers … The hotel has a lovely-olde worlde charm with lots of interesting little knick-knacks in all the lobbies and hallways. Then to bed at about 9.30 and slept like babies!



About Philip Holland

Celebrating life in all its forms.
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