2 Apr 2015
Cape Town 2015
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TAKES MY BREATH AWAY: Chapman’s Peak

The presence of the golfers meant that there had to be definite plans.

Left Paarl at 9am and deliberately drove along the R310 which took us past the seaside villages of Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town to Cape Point, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park (R110 per adult and R55 per child – this is to actually get into the park).

Twenty minutes later, we arrived at Cape Point.  There are two ways to get up to the top – walk or the Flying Dutchman Funicular (a cable-drawn railway system which takes you up the mountain).  We went funicular at R55 per adult and R23 per child return – many people opted to funicular up and walk down the mountain.  We looked at P a bit skeef when he suggested walking back down.  So, up we went.  And, just on cue, the mists rolled in.  Managed to take a few pics though.

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THE MAIN POINT:  Dodgy pic of Cape Point just as the mists came rolling in.

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OLD DIRECTION: Reminder of where we are in the world.

I have fallen in love with so much on this trip, but the fynbos stands out in my head. I’ve travelled to Cape Town so many times and never did I really notice the fynbos (happens when you’re chasing crooks).  But, when I close my eyes and recall the Cape, this is what I will see in my head:

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FINEST OF THE FINE: Good old fynbos.

Next stop Snoekies in Houtbay via Chapman’s Peak.  The sun came out at that moment and I managed to snap this…

We went to Snoekies for lunch – Snoekies and I go back a long way from my very first trip, with my family, to Cape Town way back when I was in Class 2.  Same quality.  Same taste.  Same loveliness.  Notice my hot sauce – Nagiah’s (goes everywhere with me).

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GOOD OLD SNOEKIES: Fish still fresh though.

Caught up for a few minutes with my old maat Pam Mudley who now lives in Hout Bay. We go back 20 years when we started teaching at Nilgiri Secondary in Marianhill, Durban.  Was so good to hook up with somebody who is still the friend I have always known.

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GOING BACK: Pam Mudley and I with the backdrop of Chapman’s Peak

Then … off to Camps Bay – ice cream all round and to watch people burning the skin off their bodies.  Wanted to run around, offering people my sunblock.

We need to pack now … it’s been a great stay – we camped out at “110 on Main” in Paarl for the past 5 nights – comfortable self-catering with the most amazing view from the stoep.  Safe parking and the unit has all you need.  Thanks to our hosts, especially Tony who made a constant plan for whatever extra we needed.

Tomorrow, we hit the road to George via Mossel Bay – not much planned, apart from the accommodation but hey, I’m liking life like this with no plan ……

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