A Change in Cape Town Scenery
Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
15Trip End Dec 07, 2008
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With new plan in hand we headed South and as we left Cape Town for the coast we could sense a complete change in pace to the 2 days in central Cape Town. We missed the turning to Colona Castle once but in doing so familiarised ourselves with the area. First impressions of Colona Castle was that it was very grand and also quite colonial. We were looked after from the moment we parked the car
Headed to Kalk Bay and the local harbour side establishment "Kalkies" for lunch where Steve had yellow tail and I had tuna. Very very fresh fish - could see it being brought in and sold at the side of the harbour. After Kalk Bay we went to Boulders Bay to paddle in the sea and to see the penguins. There weren't that many freely swimming actually in the bay area wherethe public can access so no chance to actually swim with them. I'd probably be too scared to anyway. Most of them were in the area of the beach that you can't actually get onto but can watch them from viewing platforms. They're such funny creatures and didn't smell as bad as I thought they would. They just follow each other but now and then one will break free and head off in the opposite direction. The signs are clear that we're not allowed to kidnap any penguins (sorry Aunty B and Mum, coulnd't bring you one back!).
After penguin watching we headed to Cape Point and took the funicular railway. There was a huge baboon sat on the turnstile keeping guard! There was a man with no shoes walking around arguing with is fiancée about having champagne at their wedding reception
We drove back to Colona Castle, where we had a nice evening winding down from all the activity and got ready for a meal there. We had a beautiful view out and it was all very romantic. Although the romance was put on hold at first. There was supposed to be another couple dining but they arrived later than us and we had already chosen our table with the view. Well you would wouldn't you if you were given the choice of tables. When they arrived, the girl seemed a bit put out that they didn't have as nice a view ( as we had nabbed it) and her boyfriend tried to tell her it didn't matter but it obviously mattered to her so then he went all silent and they sat and argued in that I don't really want to say what I'm feeling but because I'm not saying anything you can tell I'm upset about something way
Anyway, onto something that was my concern, our meal. We started with a tasty beetroot and goats cheese salad followed by ostrich fillet with sweet potato purée and spinach. The best course was dessert which was a bitter orange and chocolate torte with fresh fruits.
So this day was all about romance for us what with early morning strolls in the gardens and watching the sun set over dinner, but less so for the other couples we came across!