Happy Spring Day to all in South Africa and the rest of the Southern hemisphere!
Cape Town sure had her party dress on over the past weekend, which we spent celebrating my Mom’s 70th birthday in the Mother City. It was so lovely that I can’t resist sharing some photographs from a few of the places we passed through. Above is a shot of Hout Bay from the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive.
First things first, though…namely a slap-up breakfast at the magic Noordhoek Farm Village:
Then a casual drive around the coastline, including Hout Bay harbour, where we spotted the scene of the crime from our April trip – an all-fall-down bachelor’s party that Dave took part in on the Nauticat (as if the name doesn’t say enough on its own :-D), in the stormiest of weather. Luckily for Dave, he has unsurpassed sea legs, unlike me. Alcohol or not, I’d have been sick as a dog!
From there, we cruised past Llandudno beach. Incidentally, these scenes are all from the Atlantic side of the Cape peninsula, where the water is icy cold (as opposed to the warmer Indian ocean, including False Bay). For anyone who isn’t familiar with this part of the world, the two oceans meet at Cape Point, not far from Hout Bay. I did my NAUI Openwater I diving course here, mostly in the Atlantic, and it was no walk in the park. Even with a 7mm wetsuit, doubled over the body, I absolutely froze!
A visit to Cape Town is not quite complete without popping in at the V&A Waterfront, so that’s what we did, snapping a couple of shots of the harbour, including Dave’s spotlight on the seagulls:
Then for Sunday lunch in honour of Mom’s birthday, which almost concluded 5 days of celebration, at the Groot Constantia wine estate. This was particularly special for us, because it’s where Dave and I got married all those years ago, and it was our first return visit since exchanging vows. This photo was taken about a stone’s throw from the spot 🙂