Postcard of the Week: Natural Beauty around Cape Town
Some people complain that seeing photos and videos of incredible places spoils it for them, as they’ve “already seen it” before they truly set eyes on a place. I completely disagree, and even though I can objectively say that Hoberman’s photos above are visually stunning, a photo or postcard cannot replicate the sounds, the scents, the atmosphere, the emotion, the very physical existence of something as incredibly awing as Table Mountain, for example.
Visiting Cape Point and knowing that this spit of land and the lighthouse have been passed by navigators at sea for centuries upon centuries… Looking around the forbidding prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years before apartheid was lifted… Reaching the summit of Table Mountain and envisaging how the view would have looked to the very first person to ever reach the top, before civilisation and its skyscrapers took hold of the bay below… Those moments are priceless, and that is why I believe people will continue to travel, even in this age of mass media and photos of everything imaginable on the internet. Postcards and photos cannot replace the physical sensation of being present, but at least they might inspire you to visit this stunning part of the world.