During our last two days in Cape Town, we visited the Titanic Artifact Exhibit, the Springbok Rugby Musuem, the Cape Town McLaren dealership, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
Trip highlights from December 21st and 22nd follow follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
The travelling Titanic Artifact Exhibit opened at the V&A Waterfront shortly after we arrived in Cape Town and we finally went to see it. The exhibit focuses on the personal stories of those aboard and included over 300 artifacts recovered from the sea floor along with a description of the recovery process.
The Springboks are the national team of rugby-obsessed South Africa. The Springbok Museum does an excellent job of detailing the country’s tumultuous rugby history, particularly during the international outcry and protests against apartheid. Soon after becoming president, Nelson Mandela used rubgy as a way of uniting a country close to civil war. This statue shows the famous exchange between Nelson Mandela and Springbok captain François Pienaar after underdog South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. As Mandela handed the cup over, he said to Pienaar “François, thank you for what you have done for our country.” Pienaar replied: “No, Mr President. Thank you for what you have done.”
Nobel Square has larger-than-life statues of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F. W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela.
The Diamond Museum was created by South African diamond jeweler Shimansky, and the tour includes a view into their factory where diamonds are cut and set into fine jewelry.
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