This past weekend was the Eighth WorldWide Instameet, where instgrammers gathered with their local groups and had meet-ups all over the world. The Cape Town instgrammers, @igerscapetown, met at The Castle of Good Hope and we had to join them. These guys are brilliant fun and in the middle of summer and the holiday season the castle was remarkably empty – and fantastic for a wander about and a bit of a photo walk.
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The last time I visited the Castle of Good Hope, I must have been in about grade 2 on a school outing… all I remember is lining up in rows on the grass and being led into the dungeons where they turned out the lights. Not the best memory. What can I say, first impressions and ancient memories are not always correct. We have found a gem, we all loved our visit to the castle… honestly why haven’t we been there before.
It has everything that a castle requires: huge stone walls, battlements to explore and imagine days gone by, ancient artefacts, a dungeon, corridors that could lead anywhere, surprising courtyards… and all really good for a family amble. As well as being good for wandering about, there is a military museum full of history to explore and a collection of old Cape furniture and paintings to look at… with a table that seats 102 but has only 101 chairs, yes we counted. The mystery of the missing chair. So we will definitely be back with clipboards and drawing equipment… this is an artists paradise!!!
Not your typically terrifying Castle Entrance
Well a few bars…
And towering walls…
Well a little bit terrifying…
Many Long Passageways
Who Can Resist Windows and Doors
Interesting Hooks and Hinges Created in the Castle Forge
So Many Nooks and Crannies
And Lots of Places to Run About…
And places take a break…
Interesting Things to Look At
For instance… who lives there?
And who is this lady?
And we were surprised by huge working horses…
Kings of the Castle in Training
And places where you are higher than most of the city
And Views of the Surroundings
And Views of the City
The one and only castle in Cape Town, built between 1666 and 1669, it is the oldest existing building in South Africa. I cannot understand why we have never been here before and we would love to return to explore just a little but more carefully.
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