A Change in Cape Town Scenery

Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
Trip End Dec 07, 2008

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Left central Cape Town early to arrive at Kirstenbosch for breakfast. Another beautifully sunny day and we spent an hour or so having a pleasant wander. The original plan was to head for the Chapman's Peak Drive and down to Cape Point and then up the False Bay to our next hotel. However, the tourist information at Kirstenbosch told us that Chapman's Peak was closed so quick change in plan and we decided to head to our next hotel in the False Bay area to drop off our bags and then head South from there to Cape Point.

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. The suite we stayed in was so big and very luxurious but we decided to press on with our plans and save the lazing round the hotel experience for the next day.

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. At first I was shocked to see the no shoes particularly as the pathways were quite stony so I'd have thought it would be very painful on the feet and would cut into the flesh but I guess he must be used to it. During the rest of the trip, I noticed that quite often people (kids and adults) would walk around barefooted. I guess I'm just a wimp and my feet aren't tough enough! Steve though it was amusing that they wer arguing over 3 or 6 bottles of champagne when they cost £4 each! The views from Cape Point are stunning and I guess I can begrudgingly say that I'm glad Steve cajoled me into walking up all the steps to the top!

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. I wondered if I should go up to them to offer them our table but feared that might make things worse so I tried to ignore them and Steve watched them from a mirror! Anyway she then went out to reception to say that she wanted a romantic evening as it was their last night and they felt they couldn't now (I guess with us playing gooseberries and hogging the table with the view, romance was out the question for them) so they'd rather just pay for the meal and not have it and head somewhere else! There was no hostility and she admitted she should have thought about it more beforehand if she wanted it private and romantic but it was all very strange anyway. Especially as they upped and left and then returned when we were just about to tuck into dessert so they weren't gone for very long and then they checked out and left with all their luggage. It seemed that they were heading to the airport and catching a flight home and had always planned to do so but given that they were heading to the airport at 10:30pm and supposedly heading home to UK, it would mean their flight would have been departing after midnight and I didn't think there were any flights then...Anyway not really my business but all very strange from my perspective as an outsider.

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!
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Jo on

Those penguins are amazing, they're just so darn cute and to see them on a beach...awesome. That's pretty cool that Eto'o scored at your game and I've heard the Dutch are great fans and people so they're not a bad team to follow. Cape Town looks gorgeous! Have fun and stay safe, Jo

sophie on

Cape Town is such a great place. I like the pictures posted. Thanks

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