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So it does rain in Cape Town...

rain 18 °C

Hi
On Saturday we left Franschhoek in the pouring rain and headed on the N1 towards Camps Bay in Cape Town.
As the weather wasn't great we stopped off at Canal Walk which is the largest shopping mall in the whole continent - over 400 shops.
It was actually pretty impressive and Mish bought a few souvenirs there.
We arrived at our sea facing hillside apartment at Camps Bay at 2pm and were really impressed by it - one full wall is glass.
The owner who was showing us round was also very nice and helpful.

Details of accommodation including pics below
www.cometocapetown.com/sea-mount-studio/

We then had a mini drama as the safe wouldn't open so the guy who owns the apartment had to get a locksmith to open the safe which had our car keys and passports in it.
We then had a few glasses of wine and headed out to a steakhouse called SA Carne, just off Long Street in the centre of Cape Town.
The restaurant was in an industrial chic sort of style and the meat was amazing.
We both opted for a skewer that had ostrich, kudo (antelope) and wildebeest.
All 3 tasted fantastic - kudo was probably our favourite.
We then headed to Long Street Cafe which had a really good vibe and stayed there for a few before headin to Hudson's and then up Kloof to Bombay Bycicle Club which is a really eclectic bar where it's Christmas every day before getting a cab home.

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A Good Friday

Four Mountain Passes & Cheetahs

sunny 25 °C

On Friday we took a road trip to do the '4 passes' drive.
The mountains were spectacular and oddly some looked similar to the highlands of Scotland.
The Franschhoek pass was particularly impressive and we were surprised to find a family of baboons in the middle of the road.
From the pass there was a fantastic view of the Franschhoek valley and its many vines.
We stopped off at Speir wine estate which also had a cheetah outreach centre - here (as you'll see from the pics) we stroked a cheetah and had a mini picnic sitting on the grass with the sun shining. The cheetah's fur is quite coarse, not soft like Suzi the mutt.
We then went for a walk in Stellenbosch which is a nice old town with mature oak trees and nice restaurants.
When we got back to Franschhoek we dandered round the curio shops and then relaxed on our balcony looking out at the mountains while sipping on another bottle of great South African wine.
We then headed out to a great Italian and then onto a pub where there was some live music.
I'm typing this on Saturday morning and as predicted the weather is going to be more unsettled for the next couple of days before improving again.
All I can taste is garlic from the Italian - I was piling on spoonfuls of roasted garlic.
Today we'll be leaving the winelands and heading to Camps Bay - over the next couple of days we hope to visit Robben Island and explore more of the city centre.
Talk soon!

PS - We saw a dog a couple of days ago which can only be described as racist.
We were sitting outside a bar and this guy had a dog with him while he was having a beer on the verandah.
Every time a black person walked past on the pavement the dog would go nuts, but was quiet when a white person walked past.
You could sense the man becoming embarrassed with his dog cos everyone was staring to think the same - you've a racist dog!

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Franshhoek & its vinyards

Culinary capital of South Africa - Michelle is very happy here!

sunny 33 °C

Yesterday we drove about an hour from Cape Town into the main Western Cape winelands.
Here there are about 300 different wine producers and we stopped at a couple for wine tasting on the way into Franshhoek that morning.
At Graham Beck vineyard Michelle opted for the wine & chocolate pairing tasting which she thoroughly enjoyed. At this modern setting you tasted wine while watching the bottles being labelled in the factory.
We then headed up the road to Rickety Bridge vineyard where we sat outside beside the vines and sampled wine while eating a selection of cheese, figs and crackers - all very refined!
Our accom at Maison D'ail is gorgeous - both the decor and it's views of the mountains. It's one of the nicest places we've ever stayed.
We relaxed by the pool on what was the hottest day so far and then dandered into town for a few drinks and went to Reubens for a fantastic meal (and more wine).
All in all a great day!
Cheers
Simon & Mish

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Lion's Head

sunny 28 °C

Hi everyone. Michelle Here.
We had planned to walk up Table Mountain today but the cloud was covering the top so we wouldn't have had much of a few. Instead, we went up Lion's Head the mountain beside it and in fact, this worked out better as we got an amazing view of Table mountain with the cloud tumbling down its slopes.
Lion's Head was a nice walk and only got more tricky towards the top when you are literally rock climbing using ladders and chains to get you to the summit. It was great fun and worth it when we got to the top!

We took a drive to Sea Point beach that afternoon, but the water is really cold here despite the good weather so I only managed to brave a paddle in the swimming pools as we watched the waves crashing in to the sea wall from above!
We finished the day in one of our favourite places: a Mexican restaurant, and went to bed very tired, stuffed but happy!

Posted by cooneys 23:19 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Cape ahoy!

Baboons, Ostriches, Penguins & Fab scenery!

sunny 28 °C

Hi folks
We've been having such a good time we haven't got round to posting as much as we'd like to!
We love South Africa more than we ever thought we would - it's such a vibrant place - mountains, beaches, scenery!
We had an amazing day trip on Tuesday- Cape of Good Hope, Misty Cliffs, Fish Hoek, Baboon Beach (Platboom).
At Platboom once we got to the beach a family of Baboons came along and decided to chill out on the steps back up to the car - Mish was a bit nervous walking through them but they just ignored us - the largest baboon opened its eyes as we walked past and then just went back to sleep again.
You don't have these situations at Crawfordsburn do you!
On round the cape we arrived at Boulders Beach which is famous for it's colony of Penguins. As it was a hot day most stood motionless facing into the breeze with their eyes closed.
We finished our cape drive at Fish Hoek.
We posted some photos of the Cape including some of the baboons & penguins a few days ago - hope u enjoy them.
Cheers
Simon & Mish

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