A gray, rainy ride to Robben Island introduced us to the prison island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held in terrible conditions. After such nice weather in Cape Town, the day seemed suited to our visit – which was highlighted by a tour guide who was, himself, a former inmate of the place. Lunch on our own at the waterfront, afterwards, followed by our first full public concert at St. Andrew’s Church – one of the oldest churches in Cape Town, and popular venue for classical music concerts. We were warmly welcomed by the audience, and the wine and cheese reception hit the spot.
After dinner, many of us went our separate ways – some to bed, some to local pubs and some to a jazz club in the crypt of the St. George Cathedral! A full day!