Hello my lovelies!
After a few weeks off and radio silence from blog I can truly say that I have missed you all! Has felt strange and unnatural to not document my daily comings and goings.
The main reason for my absence and silence has been our trip to Cape Town. That’s right, the gorgeous South Africa during the best time of the year to go! We flew Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow and the air fare was very reasonably priced but keep in mind that they only fly during the “summer” months between November and April and it is an 11 hour flight!
Of course I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you that the exercise and food (!) possibilities are limitless and kept me busy for the full two weeks while in Cape Town.
There was ample opportunity to run, bike, hike, swim or just walk around and enjoy the sights! On our first week there, the weather was incredible and we didn’t want to waste a second of it so decided to hike up Lions Head.
It took us about 2 hours to get up and even though it wasn’t as straightforward as we had originally thought it was completely worth it when we saw the breathtaking view from the top!! The advice we received on bringing extra layers of clothing, snacks and water with us was very spot on and glad we listened!
After we were done with all the exhausting hiking, we went to Roundhouse for a quick bite to eat and to enjoy the sunset
It wasn’t all exercise and working out though. The hotel we stayed at was the Cape Royale on Main Road and would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Cape Town for it’s location, excellent service and quality of rooms and the spa. They even have a basic gym that should suit most exercise needs. There were a lot of things to go and see in the vicinity and places to go and eat. Also the ocean is a short walk away. Hence my morning runs by the beach. Absolutely splendid! We had a room overlooking the stadium and except for the occasional loud night from the club next door we were issue-free for 2 weeks and really enjoyed our stay!
I would recommend doing as many activities as your schedule and wallet allow. The vineyards are a must see as is the Cape of Good Hope. We got a private guide who drove us to the Cape Point, past the ostrich farm and we got to see African penguins! They are unbelievable cute even in real life and I just wanted to steal one and take it home with me to waddle around in my living room!
Table Mountain was an experience that I would highly recommend for those who only have a short amount of time to see most of what Cape Town has to offer. It’s possible to hike up and takes about 3 or so hours and would be totally worth it to see what the Mother City looks like at 1650m above sea level! We decided to take the cable car up because of the bad weather and very glad that we did because even though the fog had finally cleared up it was freezing cold and windy at the top! But the view was so spectacular that I cannot explain what the city looked like beneath us. Perhaps pictures can do it more justice!
Franschhoek and the food market were perhaps my favorite parts of our incredible journey as I am all about the food! The landscape is breathtaking even within Cape Town so I certainly did not expect the lush hills of the vineyards we visited!
The weather was on our side until the very last day and we enjoyed about 28-32 degrees on most days and kept busy by sightseeing and trying different foods. Some of the favorites are shown below and include The Codfather for their fantastic seafood, Bungalow for the ambiance, Buena Vista Social club for the quesadillas and margaritas, Beefcakes for the burgers and waiters naturally, Mano’s for their tasty menu and convenient location near our hotel, The Fat Cactus on Long Street for the chilli poppers and last but not least The Bay Hotel were we enjoyed a spectacular lunch by the pool!
So as you can see we certainly did NOT go hungry and spent a lot of time enjoying delicious food and I could not possibly include all of the places we ate at as this would turn into a food and restaurant guide blog! 😉 All in all it was a spectacular trip and it is a city well worth visiting that I can’t recommend enough! In fact, two weeks feel far too short of a time to enjoy all the splendors that the Mother city has to offer. A must see!
Take care my lovelies! I will now resume my usual business in a balmy 6 degrees in Dublin and daydream about the sun and salty wind of Cape Town!