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Winter buster: You could be driving in Cape Town

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  November 30, 2012 01:31 PM

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As you sit and complain about how cold it's gotten, wondering when the next snowfall will arrive and how much it will wreck your commute, I could not care less.

It's not that I don't care about you, even though I don't know you. We're fellow New Englanders, after all. I'm just in a much warmer, happier place.

Above is Cape Town's Kalk Bay from atop the hills that surround the turquoise seas below. You could be driving on these roads, some of the windiest and most thrilling roads in all of Africa, and indeed, the world. You could be tackling elevation changes and watching the earth curve nearly 270 degrees at the Cape of Good Hope.

All I had was a tinny Nissan Versa, but hey, great roads are great roads no matter what you're driving.

Pack your bags and get on the 20-hour flight. Everyone speaks English. You can eat fresh fruits and vegetables. You won't complain anymore. Just get here -- and grab the best-handling car you can.

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