Daily Archives: June 12, 2019

15 May: Cape Town to Stellenbosch

Yesterday we had put all our washing into the front desk. Instead of it being a price per bag as per usual, it was per item. When I filled out the form I assumed it was in South African money.

We were woken up about 6:15am by loud banging on the door. It was the laundry – all the riding shirts and other shirts were on individual hangers, and the socks, undies, riding pants etc were all in gift wrapped boxes tied up with ribbon!  When we went to pay the bill we discovered the cost was actually in USD and our washing cost $250 USD. No wonder it was gift wrapped.

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Early morning delivery of the laundry 🧺

Today we are heading to the wine region called Stellenbosch via Cape of Good Hope which has a lighthouse and was very important for shipping.

At the Cape we climbed up to the Lighthouse and then went to the restaurant for lunch.

I  had line fish as a main and an entree of four fresh oysters, each with a different topping
1. Strawberry, basil and balsamic
2. Pickled ginger, coriander, chili and sesame
3. Burnt pineapple and pickled melon
4. Apple, lemon and fennel

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Oysters for lunch at Cape Point

On the way back we stopped at St James beach and saw the Iconic Boat/bathing sheds, plus we stopped and saw the penguins. On the way to Stellenbosch we went past a huge Shanty town, home to over a million people. It went on forever.

Then up to Stellenbosch to the Oude Werf Hotel. The hotel is built on the site of the first church in South Africa and the hotel is the longest running Inn in South Africa.

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Staying 3 nights at the Ouse Werf Hotel in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is like Martinborough but on bigger scale – there are 160 vineyards and numerous restaurants.

We had dinner at the hotel. Brett had a trio made up of
1. beef boboties – a traditional meal mince with turmeric, rice, raisins and tomatoes
2. chicken, mushroom and leek pie
3. ox tail stew 

I had the beef burger, and we shared Creme brûlée’s for dessert.

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Drive to Cape Point Lt.Ho

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Cape of Good Hope viewed from the Cape Point Lt.Ho.

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14 May: Day Two in Cape Town

The site where our hotel is located used to be a prison and some of the bricks in the dining room are original from when it was a prison.

Today we have to get up early as we are being picked up between 730 and 7:45 for a City Tour – we have a tour of Table Mountain and the city. Plus it is Brett’s birthday.

We are lucky as today is not foggy or windy. At times you cannot get up to Table Mountain for 1-2 days at a time due to wind, and then other days you can’t see anything due to the fog.

There were 7 other people in total in our group. We spent two hours at Table Mountain which is part of the mountain range that Cape Town sits below. Table Mountain and the other mountains are older than the Himalayas.

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Cable car to the top of Table Mountain

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View over Cape Town waterfront from on top of Table Mountain. Robben Island out in the distance.

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Table Mountain

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Table Mountain

We then went into the city to the common gardens where vegetables were grown for the early ships and then to an old area of housing fill of brightly coloured housing. At the common gardens there were lots of squirrels plus people trying to sell paintings, carved animals and pens, plus people carrying bags to collect your trash for a donation.

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Cape Town. Bo-Kap

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Bo-Kap

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Bo-Kap

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VOC Company Garden

We went to the Slave Museum which was quite challenging to think humans can treat other humans like they did. Harrowing tales of how men, women and children were treated and their total lack of rights.

After the tour we went to the waterfront for lunch. After lunch we looked around and bumped into a number of TDA tour riders, and then caught up with emails etc. Then we went out for Brett’s birthday dinner.

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Serious business: Birthday lunch!

We had booked to go to Kloof Kitchen, it was really nice . Of course we ran into other TDA riders there (Fredrick and his girlfriend, Lorraine, Romy and Boulder).

The food at Kloof Kitchen was great, we had soup, baked camembert, lamb, steak, and a cheese board. Yum.

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Morning tour coffee spot

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VOC Company Garden

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VOC Company Garden

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Cape Town City Centre

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Cape Town City Centre

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VOC Company Garden beneath Table Mountain

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V & A Waterfront

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Cape Town Fish Market

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V & A Waterfront

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V & A Waterfront

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V & A Waterfront

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V & A Waterfront

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