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Hiking, Wine Tasting, Beaches & Coastal Drives!

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Hi folks, Michelle here. Here’s an update on our first few days!
Well yesterday at the Waterfront was good, but to be honest, you could have been anywhere in the world as it is a pretty generic type tourist attraction. We also noticed that not a lot of white people actually walk anyway, everyone drives. So when me and the Coondog rock up in our shorts we definitely stand out as tourists!
Today however, felt like we were really in Africa! We woke up early and felt great so went on a road trip and headed straight out to Kirstenbosch for a walk starting in the Botanical Gardens, following a trail uphill for about an hour and a half. The scenery was stunning in both directions; looking out to the coast or looking inward to Table Mountain. We thought that we deserved a treat after our mini hike and headed for Constantia, following the wine route. Wine tasting was either very cheap or free and we have stocked up for the rest of our time here! Beautiful views of the vineyards and a perfect temperature chilling in the shade.
After lots of stops we eventually got to Nordhoek beach. It’s one of the best beaches I have ever seen. Think White Haven Bay in Oz meets Port Salon in Donegal and you’d be close! Pure white sand that stretches for miles, isolated apart from the odd surfer dotted amongst the waves or a horse cantering along the shore. Was a very nice pit stop!
We remembered that we hadn’t had lunch (not like us I know, but I had sampled red wine, white wine and champagne by this stage so it took the edge off!) After driving along Chapman’s Peak (check out the coastal view photos) we stopped in Hout Bay. I had the tastiest squid in chilli and lime ever! (Lou, I knew that you would want to know the details as always. Si had the ‘non seafood’ option, but was still good he assures me!
We spent the evening along our local ‘Kloof’ street having a few drinks and Simon (2 Dinner Cooney) enjoyed an ostrich burger - it was lovely actually. We are now knackered after a very busy day of mountain climbing, wine tasting and beach combing.
Thanks for your texts, we’ll keep in touch!

Louise, I’m impressed by your dedication already! Quiz mum and dad to see if they actually read this insightful literature! Give Finley a kiss from me!
Mum & Dad, Nelson is doing well and says hi.
Zena, get JC down to Tescos to buy some South African Sav Blanc. We’re converted!

Posted by cooneys 22:34 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Early Night!

sunny 26 °C

Hi
We've added 3 photos from our 1st day in Cape Town.
The scenery is spectacular, we love the Waterfront and the weather has been fab.

The 12 hour flight and did I mention my cold / man flu (debilitating illness) have caught up with us so we finished the night having a glass or 2 of wine from a bottle from the honesty bar (told u we'd make use of it) and then will chill out with a movie.
Tomorrow - maybe a drive up the coast to Bloubergstrand for a few pics (top pics in link below)

http://www.tropicalisland.de/south_africa_cape_town_peninsula.html

and some time at the pool at our guest house
http://atforest.net/gallery/

Cheers
Simon & Mish

Posted by cooneys 19:09 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Good Morning Cape Town!

It's hot! Damn hot!

sunny 26 °C

Hi Folks!
Just a quick post to say we've arrived safe and sound at our guest house close to Table Mountain.
It's about 26C and from our bedroom we can see Cape Town bay and Table Mountain.
I've been suffering with man-flu so before we got onto the 12 hour flight I already felt like I'd been on it - heavy head, stinging eyes - violins anyone!? Nope, no-one, ah well...
There's a lovely swimming pool here and an honesty bar which will be used to good effect.
I've just shaved for the first time since Friday to see if it will make me feel more human but I reckon a couple of hours dozing by the pool will be just the tonic.

Talk soon!

Posted by cooneys 11:50 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

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