Those who know me will realise that this post about Cape Town – AGAIN, means that I miss the Mother City like mad. There is an Afrikaans saying : “wat die hart van vol is sal die mond van oorloop”. Loosely translated: that that of which the heart is full, will overflow from the mouth – in this case the fingers typing here. Now please do yourself a favour and click ON the photos, so they can enlarge and you can drink in the Mother City’s milk!
It is winter in the Cape, and although Miss Eliza Doolittle sings that “The Rain in Spain falls mainly on the Plains”, the rain in Cape Town belts down from the seaside, brought on by fierce North Westerly winds – yet both Spain and the Western Cape are Mediterranean climates!
As South Africa is known for its sunny skies, and a national treasure way of describing the country has always been: sunny skies, bier and braaivleis! (Beer and barbecue!), the Cape Town winters are reminiscent of European cold winters – blistering winds, some snow on the mountains, lots of rain – sometimes for weeks on end – warm drinks, fireplaces and hearty food. Apparently it can get quite cold where I now live, but even though we have had a huge amount of rain over the past week, I am still sitting with sandals on my feet. I do remember being young, strong and full of myself and traversing the streets of Cape Town as a financial consultant, walking on stilettos and cinched waist coats with my umbrella during visits to the brokers in the industry.
From Muizenberg, if you look left if standing at a look-out point on Boyes’ Drive, you can see the whole coastline across False Bay right across to Rooi Els, past Strand and Gordon’s Bay. To your right, the colourful bathing huts on St. James Beach pulls the eye down, and to the right of them lies the fishing village of Kalk Bay, with some world-renowned sea-food restaurants. Further to the right, along the False Bay Coast line, lies Fish Hoek, and then Simons’ Town where tourists can get close and personal to penguins in their natural habitat at Boulders’ Beach. Across the mountain behind Muizenberg is a republic all on its own – Hout Bay! Boasting a marina, a wharf and the toughest climb in the world-famous cycling tour, The Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycling Tour – Suikerbossie Hill! Many a cyclist has come undone on this gut-wrenching part of the course, and many spectators have been life-savers on this hill.
Taking the road back towards town from Suikerbossie, you will pass the breath-taking Llandudno neighbourhood – a surfer’s secret spot, picnic lovers’ delight and gate-way to Sandy Bay – Cape Town’s own nudist beach.
You then pass The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, so named after the landmark 12 hills lying behind Table Mountain, en route to Camps Bay. Trendy bars and restaurants line the beach road, and models and actors from around the world congregate at all times of day to show off toned bodies and flash credit cards. Over New Year, you cannot move along this road it is so packed. Between Camps Bay and Sea Point, you will be hard-pressed to choose amongst Clifton’s famous 4 beaches – there is a spot for everyone and yachties love mooring in the safe bay to show off their vessels and ogle the bikini clad damsels on the beach.
Sea Point hosts one of my favourite eateries atop The Ritz Plaza Hotel – a revolving restaurant with delectable menu, ever popular entertainment from a pianist, whilst slowly allowing you to take in the 360 degree vista around Cape Town whilst eating. The Green Point lighthouse again leads the way to The V&A Waterfront – if you have never heard of this most famous area of Cape Town, do yourself a favour and Google it now! I can spend hours and hours there, from eating Halva ice-cream at Willoughby’s, to having a relaxing massage at The Camelot Spa! Quay 4 is always packed, their sea-food platters in demand, and the resident band “Almost Famous” has everyone boogying the night away.
And so on to the West Coast – Milnerton with its Woodbridge Island Estate, Blaauwberg with kite-surfers entertaining onlookers in a stiff Cape Doctor – alias a strong South Easterly wind. Beyond lies Melkbosstrand, and further afield Langebaan – all with a unique beauty loved by all who have been there.
And then I have not even spoken about the world-famous wine routes…. will have to be for next time.
I enclose some breath-taking photos of Cape Town in all its glory – do come and visit the city if you have never been – you owe it to yourself! For to the unlucky souls who have been and miss it, I hope you love the tour today – please don’t cry – make plans to get back here!!
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