Cape Town is a city that absolutely brimming with opportunities for adventure, culture, and outdoor pursuits. Situated on the cusp of the Pacific and Indian Ocean the city also has the iconic Table Mountain just behind it. Visitors of the city enjoy time on its many great beaches as well as enjoying many of its great museums some of which detail South Africa’s history of apartheid. Visitors to the city also often enjoy taking tours to the nearby wine country as well as trekking into the nearby national parks and wilderness. A smattering of ways that one can spend their time in Cape Town includes.
Most certainly the easiest and most jaw dropping landmark Table Mountain towers over top of Cape town. The name Table Mountain comes from its unique flatted top. Cape Town has developed many ways that people can enjoy the mountain including trekking from the city up to its summit. If that type of physical exertion doesn’t appeal to you it is also possible to take the famous Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. While inside the cable car the floor actually rotates so everyone has a chance to see the view from all angles. Cable car rides cost around $22.50 US for a round trip.
Camps Bay Victoria Road
If you are a beach person the beaches and promenades along Camps Bay Victoria Road will definitely appeal to you. Spots like Clifton Beach showcase the areas soft sand beaches, blue waters, and quaint cafes. Camps Bay as well makes for a family friendly area where people can enjoy the outdoors and the majestic South African climate. Beach side restaurants provide a great atmosphere to enjoy a few cocktails by the water and a lovely meal. Seeing the sun set with a cocktail in hand is a recommended experience in Cape Town. Both beach areas are accessible by car or bus from Cape Town along the Victoria Road or Camps Bay Drive.
The South African wine industry has bullishly stepped up to take its place amongst the world’s best wine producers. The Constantia valley – located 15 kilometers south of Cape Town is where the industry began back in the 17th century. The oldest of the vineyards is the Groot Constantia has hosted a variety of historical luminaries such as King Louis Philippe of France, Napoleon Bonaparte and even Jane Austin. In modern times this as well several of the other vineyards turn out deliciously crisps whites and brooding reds. There are opportunities to tour the regions wineries and taste the wines produced at nine of the wineries including the Groot Constantia. Touring the wine region will require that you have access to a car.
Mexico City is one of the most populous cities in the world with more than 20 million people. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and situated in the dry lake bed of Lake Texaco the city has some wonderful vista views which combine nicely to its wealth of cultural attractions. The heritage of Mexico City is of both European and indigenous native descent. There is evidence of each cultures influence in and around the city. A few sites to see in Mexico City include.
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Unearthed in 1976 Templo Mayor archaeological site is centered around the famous Pyramid Huitzilopochtli. The pyramid was once the spiritual epicenter of the Aztec empire and there is no museum that better represents better the splendor and complexity of the Aztec Empire. There also is an adjacent museum which discussed Aztec history and has a fantastic collection of artifacts. Located right near Zolcalo square Templo Mayor is easy to find. Both attractions are open Tuesday till Sunday with Sunday being free.
Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitucion)
At the intersection of Juarez and 20 de Noviembre | Mexico City 06060
El Zocalo is the main public square of Mexico City as well as one of its most recognizable locations. Originally used as a place of public gathering during the Aztecs era Zocalo has long been the centre of life in Mexico City. The present incarnation of the square is flanked by historic buildings – including the National Palace, national cathedral and federal buildings – and is often used for popular religious events such as the Holy Week for Corpus Christi. A great time to visit Zocalo is during sun set when the colors of the setting sun cast the square in a beautiful light. Sunset also sees Mexican solders march through the square to take down the flag.
Chapultepec Forest is the largest park and most popular park in Mexico City. The park has long been a reprieve against Mexico City’s urban sprawl and is a popular gathering place for families and friends to escape city life for a bit. This area was once the home of the Aztec empire prior to it migrating to Mexico City in the 13th century. The park has a number of differing attractions including: the presidential palaces, various museums, a zoo, and several large lakes. The best of the museums to see is the National Museum of Anthropology which has a fantastic collection of artifacts and information about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic peoples.
Toronto is a city that is known for its multiculturalism. With that in mind, one might assume that Torontonians are very adept and respecting cultural differences and staying open minded about how others do things. Well… this is true, but it is still very possible to really piss off a Torontonian and bring their blood to a boil by stepping into a few of these Toronto faux pas. Ways that you can piss off a Torontonian include.
Sit right next to them on an empty bus or subway
We all know that when a bus or subway is packed you’ll sit where ever you can. This is totally accepted and okay, but when there are plenty of spots available Torontonians will not like it if you plop down right next to them. Kind of like a movie theater when you don’t know the next person in the aisle, if you can, you’ll try to leave a one seat buffer. People in Toronto are all about their buffer zones and like it a lot more when they have space to themselves. Also, people do not like random conversation just because someone is sitting nearby to them. So the moral of the story is do not sit next to people on public transit and if circumstance demands you must – do not talk to them and people in Toronto won’t get annoyed at you.
Telling Torontonians that you hate Toronto
Now this one seems fairly clear doesn’t it as most people will hate it if you diss where they live, but yet it happens all the time. Especially meeting other Canadians there is a nationwide distrust, burgeoning on dislike, for Toronto. Well often ignorance breeds fear and fear leads to dislike, but still its not really open minded to proclaim that Toronto is completely full of cold snobs who care only about money and status. Quite, a blanket generalization… If you say things like that people in Toronto are going to want to avoid you like the plague. I mean they “choose” to live here.
Asking a Torontonian why they voted in Mayor Rob Ford
At this point the big buffoon who is the mayor of Toronto has embarrassed himself and the city on numerous occasions. Rob Ford is loud, crass and has a tendency to end up in headlines, sometimes international, for all the wrong reasons. There were allegations of drunkenness, groping, and even illegal drug use and this before we have gotten to his unpopular policies. At this point Torontonians want to wash their hands clean of the guy and having outsiders asking why “we” voted for him is salt in the wound.