South Africa : Cape Town : Cape of Good Eats and Priceless Views
It was a Big Day! The most awaited part of the trip. A drive around the Cape Peninsula.
We had infact drove almost half way through the Peninsula over the False Bay from Fansschoek via Grabouw to the boutique hotel near Simons town.
‘‘Oooohhss, Ahhhhs’’ , I marvelled at every turn a bit to Adi’s annoyance. Adi only punctuated with choicest Marathi words instead!
This route was so picturesque. We wondered what views the rest of the Peninsula had for us.
Soon, we drove off on the winding road with mountain to our right and emerald blue waters to our left.
Dil Chahta Hai…..We sang merrirly (with twisted lyrics…..Rangile Din, Masti ke din :P)
Within 10 minutes we reached the Table Mountain nature park gate at Buffelsfontein for Cape Point or Cape of Good Hope . One can drive around the nature park to soak up in the gorgeous views and bright sunlight.
If you are little adventurous you can cycle or trek in the area or have a picnic if you have bunch of kids.
It was a Big Day! We were posing at the Cape of Good Hope!
Later we hiked our way to Cape Point and the Light house. The flying Dutchman is an excellent way of going up and enjoying excellent views if you are tired.
The sun was shining bright and Mr.Sun (Adi) was hungry. Time for Birthday lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant which was packed with tourists! The restaurant offered excellent views and amazing sea food…… the prawns, the calamari, linguines and hake….yummmm.
Cape Town is a paradise for fish lovers.
After the hearty lunch, we went off to Hout Bay via the spectaular Chapmans Peak drive ….The sights on this road are an absolute delight… thank you Sir Frederic De Waal for the amazing engineering in 1922.
We were in two minds about the dinner plans.
Shall we drive to the city or shall we try something close by? we pondered.
A walk at 5.30p.m. at Simon’s town, the previous evening was a bit disappointing. Hailing from Mumbai, I hate to see shops and cafes closed at 5.30 p.m.
Our friendly manager at Whale View Manor had suggested that we visit the Thursday community market at Cape Point vineyard at Noordhoek. ‘’Lets give it a try’’, both of us agreed, after all it was suggested by a local.And boy did we love the place! A market offering different cuisines and freshest produce ensured the quality was avant grade . It was 5 pm and the place was filling in fast. Children were frolicking around with an ice cream, adults were relaxing with a drink, someone was playing a guitar, there was laughter and merriment in the air!
We sat down on a picnic bench whispering sweet nothings…. The view priceless…It was a Big Day, indeed! Touchwood*