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CAPE TOWN CITY

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

Hikers’ paths crisscross the slopes and also climb the mountain, via forests and manicured lawns at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the lush wine-producing suburb of Constantia, and steep Platteklip Gorge. In town, the V&A Waterfront is a chic shopping and entertainment district that includes the Two Oceans Aquarium. Historic sites include the Dutch-built, 17th century Castle of Good Hope. City beaches range from ritzy Clifton to Boulders, where there’s a penguin colony. Popular out-of-town trips take in Chapman’s Peak Drive, with impressive coastal views, and the Cape of Good Hope, where craggy cliffs meet the ocean.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in food, fun, photo, sport, sport, travel, travel, Uncategorized

 

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Table Mountain, Cape Town

South Africa’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain, is more than just a pile of rock in the bay. A protected national park, it has some remarkable features that make it a great destination for nature-lovers, deserving of more than just a quick cable car ride to see the view from the top.

The mountain forms part of Table Mountain National Park, which is globally recognised for its biodiversity, and contains truly unique fauna and flora. The park encompasses the Table Mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south and the seas and coastline of the peninsula.

It is primarily an open-access park with only a few points where conservation fees are payable including Cape Point, Boulders (where you’ll see penguins), the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Silvermine.

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway was the solution to the arduous walk and climb to the top. Since its opening in 1929, more than 22 million people have taken the trip to the top of Table Mountain. The new cableway was upgraded and officially reopened on 4 October 1997.

At the upper cable station you will find a restaurant and a curio shop as well as a network of footpaths to explore the table top.

There are plenty of hiking trails from the Camps Bay side of the mountain, as well as from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and even from the city centre itself.

You can walk or climb the mountain, or even abseil down it, depending on your expertise and fitness levels, but be warned. Although the mountain may look tame on any given day, each year it claims lives as people set off under-prepared for a sudden change in weather. Always hike in a group and carry water and warm clothing with you. Better still, hire a guide or ask an experienced hiker to take you along.20160710_104024 20160710_114959 20160710_112218 20160710_111104 20160710_105533 20160710_115153 DSC_0206 DSC_0228 DSC_0236

 

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Wallis Bay,Namibia

Walvis Bay (Walvisbaai) lies some 30 kilometres south of Swakopmund, accessed (if you happen to approach from the north) on a stunning ocean road seamed by mighty dunes. The town is situated at a wide lagoon with innumerable sea birds, pelicans and flamingos. On a clear day one can see the black-and-white lighthouse at the tip of the premontary at the northwest of the lagoon.

Walvis Bay had already been discovered by Diaz as early as 1487, but was founded only in 1793 by the Cape Dutch and two years later annexed by the British. In 1910, Walvis Bay became – like the entire Cape Colony – part of the South African Union. After Namibia’s independence, the only deep sea port on the Namibian coast remained under South African rule and only in 1994, the former South African president F.W. de Klerk gave it back to Namibia.

Today, Walvis Bay has about 50,000 residents and is a busy harbour town. Most people are employed at the modern harbour terminal and in the booming fish industry. Another production branch is the processing of sea salt. The salt fields of Walvis Bay cover an area of 3500 hectares and annually produce 400,000 tons of high quality salt.
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The lagoon is the scenic feature of Walvis Bay. It is one of the most important wetlands of southern Africa and is the hibernation area for thousands of migratory birds. Worth a visit in Walvis Bay is the local museum in the Civic Centre, the Birdlife Information Centre and the wooden Rhenish Mission Church from the year 1880. “Dune 7” near town is the highest sand dune of the area. Who climbs it, can enjoy a wonderful view.

A unique experience is the adventurous 48 km drive to Sandwich Harbour, a freshwater lagoon surrounded by dunes, and a favourite amongst anglers and ornithologists. A four-wheel drive is a necessity. The track is not in all parts easy to recognise. Some stretches go through soft sand, and the last bit one has to walk. You have to inquire about the tides. At high tide there is no way as the dunes just slope down steeply into the water.

 
 

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Monaco.Departure for new expedition Pole to Pole 360

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageApres quelques jours a Monaco ou j’ai eu le plaisir de decouvrir sont port ainsi que sa magnifique veille ville et son incroyable circuit de formule 1.

La grande aventure commence pour les deux poles de Monaco comme les expeditions precedentes de Mike Horn avec le bateau Pangaea. Nous sommes heureux de prendre le depart en ce 8 Mai 2016 pour rejoindre la Namibia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in fun, photo, sport, travel, Uncategorized

 

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Leaving Sete to Monaco for a new expedition Pole to Pole 360

imageimageimageimageimageimageUn grand merci a tous les amis et les autres personnes qui ont ete avec nous pendant cette longue escale a Sete. Se fut des moments magnifiques.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in fun, photo, sport, travel, Uncategorized

 

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Cala Salada 

This beach is made up of a bigger cover and another one smaller named Cala Saladeta, separated by rocky cliffs where a group of old dry-dock stalls blend into them, used by fishermen of the area to shelter their traditional boats, known as men of the area to shelter their traditional boats, known as ‘llaüts’. Quiet and friendly, surrounded by a luxuriant Mediterranean wood, it is full corners where one can relax admiring the landscape or bathe in its transparent waters.

  
    
    
    
    
    
   

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in food, fun, photo, sport, travel, Uncategorized

 

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VISIT BEAUGENCY (LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE)

Beaugency is a quiet town located in the ‘Valley of the Kings’, on the Loire River between Blois and Orleans in the Loiret department. It has a good number of interesting sights and is a very pleasant town to explore.

The most important event in the turbulent history of the town was the Battle of Beaugency, a series of battles led by Joan of Arc in 1429 in which the region was recaptured from the English. The tower in the town – Tour Cesar – dates from the 11th century and played an important role in the battle. This was an important victory because at that time Beaugency controlled the only river crossing in the region.   
    
  EXPLORING BEAUGENCY

The colourful history of Beaugency means there are several interesting historical monuments to be seen and various other places of interest

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Start your visit with a stroll along the river front near the long bridge (it has 26 stone arches) to the east of the town centre. Although it is in the same position as the original 14th century bridge, it has been rebuilt and modified several times over the course of the centuries. Originally the wealth of Beaugency developed around the bridge, because the town charged a toll to those who crossed the river here, overseen by the Caesar Tower.

From here you can see and easily reach the ancient centre of Beaugency. The tower and the Place Saint-Firmin represents the historic centre of Beaugency, and includes other monuments built on the site of the medieval castle.

The Caesar Tower is a large square tower dating from the 11th century and is interesting because it is one of the oldest examples of roman style military defences in existence. It became part of a castle built in the 16th century, but the rest of the castle was destroyed at the time of the Wars of Religion. Near the castle tower you will also see a statue of Joan of Arc, commemorating the role she played in the historical battles.

On the site of the medieval castle you can now see the Dunois Castle, a grand townhouse subsequently converted to the renaissance style. Another impressive renaissance building in Beaugency is the the 16th century town hall, with its ornately decorated facade. Inside the town hall there is an impressive collection of eight wall hangings.

Other early medieval houses in Beaugency include the Maison des Templiers, a very ancient house dating from the 12th century and also with an unusual facade incorporating several blind arches and a 15th century half-timbered house.  
    
   

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in food, fun, photo, sport, travel, Uncategorized

 

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