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Saturday Spot: The Castle of Good Hope and the 8th WorldWide InstaMeet…

January 14th, 2014 · 12 Comments

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.

I am linking this post to the Instagram Travel Thursday Linky, #IGTravelThursday, if you are looking for fab travel photographers on instagram then take a peak.

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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.

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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!!!

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Not your typically terrifying Castle Entrance

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Well a few bars…

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And towering walls…
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Well a little bit terrifying…
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Many Long Passageways

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Who Can Resist Windows and Doors


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Textures Everywhere

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Interesting Hooks and Hinges Created in the Castle Forge

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So Many Nooks and Crannies

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And Lots of Places to Run About…


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And places take a break…

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Interesting Things to Look At

For instance… who lives there?

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And who is this lady?
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And we were surprised by huge working horses…
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Cannons Everywhere

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Kings of the Castle in Training


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And places where you are higher than most of the city

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And Views of the Surroundings

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And Views of the City

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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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If you would like to join Cape Town Folk on Instagram, that regularly meet-up for photo walks, then follow them on instagram. If you would like to see more photographs from the weekend walk then search for #IGCTGoodHope and for more photographs from all over the world, #WWIM8. Finally, if you would like to follow us on instagram, we are the @Se7en_hoods.

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