Thursday, 28 February 2013

Beach views in the early morning...Camps Bay, Cape Town

There aren't many promenades in this world where you can power walk (or take a slow meander) with a view like this to keep you company - it will inspire, delight & thrill you. Excessive adjectives? Try it for yourself then tell me. Camps Bay, through Clifton, to Bantry Bay, or in the other direction, starting in Camps Bay & walking to Bakoven...beautiful. The pics below show the change in the morning light, before the sun came up over the 12 Apostles (the mountainous backdrop to Camps Bay that is also the back of Table Mountain), & then as it made its appearance on Camps Bay beach. We really do live in a stunning don't need a holiday, you need Cape Town - I've said it before, & I'll say it again..... @CapeTownTourism

Looking towards Bakoven from Victoria Road..

Camps Bay Beach, 08:15...



A dog out for a buggy jaunt...



Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A good spot for lunch on the water's edge..

People From Afar, if you're in my hood, treat yourselves to lunch at the fabulous Harbour House restaurant at the Waterfront (pictured). Famous for their seafood (freshest fish ever) throughout the year & the superb harbour views of course, this is the 'sister' restaurant to Harbour House Kalk Bay, which also overlooks stunning sea & mountain views.


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Monday, 25 February 2013

Turquoise sea, Hout Bay...Cape Town

Keep driving away from Camps Bay, along the coast road, with the City behind you & about 15 minutes later you'll arrive in Hout Bay. It's a quaint suburb with a long beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy amazing fish & chips - almost as tasty as Lucky Fish in Kalk Bay & Muizenberg :)

The area is in a bay between Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel. Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape, gave the bay its name way back in 1652, when he first arrived. “Hout Bay” means “Wood Bay” – named after the dense forests that characterised the area at the time. Take a spectacularly scenic drive & spend a day there; there's lots to don't need a holiday, you need Cape Town!

Fishing village kids...

Alone in the grass...

The Hout Bay Market...




Sunday, 24 February 2013

A small Cat & a Tattoo

Felix my small cat, in attack mode. He's a funny boy is Felix, full of crazy bursts of energy & particularly fond of destroying airplants (see middle photo) & having long naps, as caps must. I love my small cat. Remember, pets are forever...




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Friday, 22 February 2013

Twitter 'Follow Friday'

It's that day of the week again when you choose to Follow someone who'll make a positive difference in your life. my note to self: try not to follow for the sake of picking up followers...go for those in a similar industry, likes, etc...makes for a fab timeline...(just my 5c worth) ..



Thursday, 21 February 2013

And Union...fabulous artisan beer

At And Union on Bree Street, you can get yourself a delicious beer or five....Steph Weiss is the most well known brand...artisan beer brewed in Portugal...bumped into Jason this evening from Jason Bakery...he of the fine food & handsome tats...more detail to follow about the beer ....meantime, I had wine obviously *




And the flavour this week is Peanut Butter....

At MYOG....natural yoghurt that can't make you fat, unless of course you overdo the gazillions of naughty toppings like Oreo & fudge crumbs, Astros, marshmallows etc....go big or home as they say. But don't overkill the sweet stuff else it'll be go big, go home & get fat (Joking!). MYOG is on Kloof Street in Cape Town's Tamboerskloof suburb. Lots of lovely places around that area for good food so take a stroll up or down the gentle hill & go grubbing. My suggestions: Cafe Paradiso on Kloof, Takumi (off Kloof in Park Rd), Simply Asia (Park Rd), Bombay Bicycle Club (top of Kloof)... all excellent*


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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Oscar Pistorius, our blade trouble..

None of us here in South Africa can stop thinking about athlete Oscar Pistorius, the amazing track runner famous for his tremendous feats with those futuristic prosthetic limbs that have taken him to great heights (& lengths). . This is a guy with determination- an ability to push beyond his limitations, demand a place on the Olympic stage, & claim his status as a World Champion. Known as the Blade Runner,  he has endeared himself to many the world over & inspired thousands. And now fame turns to infamy & we watch as he stands in court to defend himself against the charge of killing his girlfriend. I hope the truth prevails. It's incredible how a life can change in minutes- hearts throughout our nation are heavy for him & his family- & for Reeva Steenkamp's loved ones, mourning her untimely passing.

In the pic below, my younger son, also called Oscar, reads about the trial in today's paper...


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Mac 'n Cheese Monday at Peter's House

Across from Power & the Glory is Peter's House, an all day coffee shop & open for dinner as well. Meat-Free-Mondays-go-Italiano when they dish up a tasty macaroni cheese for, don't faint, R25 p/p! Ziggy Francisco owns this eclectic spot where tea- my fave being rooibos & caramel- is served in ye olde fashioned teapots & cups, & the chandelier is made of knives & forks, true story. This is the cafe that belongs to that fab little car I once told you all about (see below). And don't forget, High Tea happens on Thursdays so throw on the pearls - or not- & go sip in style from fine china. Free WiFi is part of the charm, I won't lie. @Peters_House 0214243451 and Petershousekloofnek on Facebook....see you there for cake & fabulosity.

The view through the window...Lions Head yonder & Power & the Glory opposite


Spaghetti & meatballs... If you prefer a meaty Monday...

Tea in pretty china cups...

That car I love...

La chandelier with knives & forks...



Monday, 18 February 2013

Cape Town Stadium, before & after sunset....


Overlooking Granger in the bay...



Beautiful Beta Bakoven, Cape Town

This cove is just past Camps Bay...very beautiful, with Lions Head straight ahead & Table Mountain & the 12 Apostles mountains to the right...get there early before the crowds as its a tiny space & if the tide is in it can feel a tad cramped....




Have your Cake & Eat It...


A lemon tart at Haas, the most fab coffee shop in one of Cape Town's oldest areas, Bokaap. Haas do their own delicious blend of bean & also serve that famous 'kittypoo' coffee called Kopi Luwak. Frightfully expensive so I never order it but the offering does make Haas even more attractive. It's one of my best Sunday spots to browse the papers, swipe my iPad & indulge in good food, a flat white & cake. It's open 7 days a week so pop in anytime, as long as it's before 15:00. There are also amazing things to buy, from jewellery to leather goods, cushions, ceramics & more. Here is that delectable lemon tart I mentioned~I want more...before the ceramic ants get it* @HaasCoffee


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Superbike Sunday...around the Cape Peninsula on serious wheels...

Out & about in the Mother City with @lateralpaul on a BMW Superbike...nothing like it. It's a monster bike, a bit like riding a small horse I tell you. Going along the coast on a day like we had yesterday, was perfection. 32 degrees in some places, hot & reminded me of Thailand (which is a month away for me). Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Bakoven, Llandudno, Hout Bay & a stop at the top of Chapman's Peak to take killer photos of an exquisite landscape & ocean. The last stop, via Noordhoek, was Kalk Bay for a later morning omelette at Sirocco...then back to town. Bakoven beach then beckoned so we slouched around there for a while before having dinner at Wakame in Mouille Point. People From Afar, take note of all these places...all of them winning coastal destinations for anyone wanting to visit an extraordinary city, absorb the beauty of the peninsula & be energized by turquoise seas and majestic mountains. I'm waxing lyrical I know...I almost don't need a holiday because I have Cape Town. Come visit! for all the finer details of all aspects of this city.

Biker chick...

The view from Chapman's Peak..

Looking across to Hout Bay....


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