~ Afribode ~
Parliament Street, Cape Town
Being a Capetonian, I have never really needed to stay downtown, but I have always loved the thought of living in the centre of a big city, especially a beautiful one like Cape Town! This city has incredible mountain and ocean views, so if you stay in a high-rise building, you may even get a bit of both.
View of Table Mountain from parking garage
While we were staying in Texas, with Justin’s family, we looked for a place to rent for when they would visit us in Cape Town. The five of us wanted to stay together as we were only going to rent one car, and Justin would be the driver. We found a place called Afribode on Parliament Street in Cape Town. Justin and I checked in and left our bags in the apartment, and then went to the airport to pick up his folks.
Cape Town International Airport, Domestic Arrivals
Bryan and Sue had just done their longest flight ever. This was, in fact, their first international flight, so unlike the two of us, they were not accustomed to these long journeys. We stood nervously waiting for them, and praying that the trip was not awful. Why? Well, we won’t be going back to Texas after the wedding, and we would hate to think that they would not want to travel again after the long combination of flights from Dallas to Cape Town!!
When they finally appeared, Justin went to hug his dad who was pushing a mountain of suitcases. Sue was following shortly behind. They had experienced a couple of extra baggage and seating issues, and we felt bad because most of the stuff they were bringing was for us. Wedding dresses, shoes, jewellery, some summer clothes, wedding bubbles, bells, and various other important items.
Thank you so much Mom and Dad!
We drove them back to town and made our way to the apartment. The parking garage was in a different building to the apartment, but the two were connected by a skywalk. We had to go up and down various elevators/ stairs, and numerous hallways to get to our apartment, so we started it the “rat-maze”.
The courtyard-type area outside our apartment
On the roof of the apartment building was a heated swimming pool, with some deck chairs.
I managed to make use of the gym, but we were so busy with the final wedding details that I didn’t get to be here as much as I had wanted too. Pity, because they views of the city at night were amazing!
Our little kitchen area.
Justin and I took the downstairs room.
Nick was arriving the following day. The management offered to add another bed to the apartment, but Nick decided to take the couch as it was pretty comfy.
Bryan and Sue took the double bed upstairs.
The apartment was decorated in an African theme. I LOVED this painting!
Bryan and Sue’s room.
Once they arrived, this area was an explosion of suitcases as we opened them all and hung up the wedding dresses and so on. There was not much room in our bedroom downstairs so we left it up here… I didn’t want Justin to get a peak of the dresses before the big day!!! 😉
The buildings around the apartment were always buzzing with activity, and on numerous occasions our street was blocked off because of speeches in parliament, and filming crew.
The following day, Nick arrived. Sue and I stayed at the apartment while they guys went to pick him up. Unfortunately with luggage in the car, there is barely any room remaining.
All the Family and Friends meet!!