Both times we knocked, we found God’s Window shut firmly in our faces.
God’s Window in Mpumalanga province is one of South Africa’s most scenic views – apparently, because I couldn’t verify that for myself, and it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying.
Early days in December are misty in the area, so when we reached the vantage point that promises divine views, all we saw was a thick blanket of mist rolling along the entire valley and walling up our view. We satisfied ourselves with a few jokes about Hazyview, the town we passed on the way, being true to its name. The next day was no luckier for us and, defeated, we gave up on the view. All we could do instead was park our van on the side of the road and take a few pictures of the long road ahead to the next destination.
Incidentally, I found this beer bottle cap lying on the road right in front of me. Only a few days ago we had visited Newlands Brewery – the oldest brewery in all of Africa and home to the iconic Castle Lager, one of the best beers frothing up mugs all over South Africa. I’m not much of a beer person, but in memory of that fantastic brewery tour that introduced me to some beers that I actually liked, I felt it was only appropriate to pick up the Castle cap, dust it off and pocket it as a keepsake.
Written in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.” (Which reminds me of Salman Rushdie’s book by a similar name.)
PS: I was in S.A. courtesy the wonderful South African Tourism Board (India) and their #TakeMeToSouthAfrica campaign 2014. :)