Firstly, Happy September Everyone! Hope you had a great, relaxing Labour Day Weekend.
I know it’s already Thursday, but if you’ve read my ahem, “Daily-ish Paleys” or Instagram lately you’re aware I’ve just returned from a splendid family holiday in South Africa. As per usual, jet lag is always a little harder to deal with upon return. And by ‘a little harder’ I mean someone hit me over the head with a baseball bat. On top of that, I loaded so many ‘raw’ photos (that’s high resolution, not porno) on my laptop I encountered a little space ‘issue’ yesterday, which landed me at the local Apple store “Genius Bar” (an oxymoron if ever there was one) Plus, having gained even more weight on holiday I’m trying not to eat… or drink. I know what you’re thinking- pretty random Slim-but have you ever spent the entire late afternoon at the Genius Bar severely jet-lagged, starving, dead sober and trying to make sense of what a 20 year old computer technician is saying?? Talk about Survival of the Fittest. And yes, we did go on Safari on the trip and it was incredible and then some.
We flew from LA to London with Younger Son, met up with Older Son there, then London to Cape Town. May I add it takes almost 3 hours from Santa Barbara to LAX on a Friday afternoon and with arriving 2 hours before an international flight and a delayed boarding, my husband was already suffering jet-lag. 🙂
It was our first time visiting the Southern region of the continent and certainly worth the wait. We lucked out with the weather 2 of the 3 days we spent in Cape Town. A beautiful city, tucked tightly between mountain and sea, it reminded us very much of Santa Barbara. As our climates are comparable (except they actually get rain and right now we’re like, what’s rain???) the flora is also strikingly similar.
We hit the ground running upon our early morning arrival as the skies were exquisitely blue, the temperature close to 80 and rain was forecast for later in the week.
We strolled through the Harbour Centre, enjoyed a deliciously fresh seafood lunch and walked almost 4 miles along the coastline the first day. I highly recommend it as a way to counter sleep issues your first night! Cape Town also boasts a huge park in, what appeared to me, the heart of the city.
We stayed at Ellerman House, a small, beautifully appointed 11 room hotel located in the hills above the harbour. Extremely quiet and cozy, with a spectacular view, great service, excellent food and a stellar collection of South African art, it’s like staying at someone’s private home while they’re away.
Someone with a very impressive wine cellar.
The second day we drove up to Table Mountain and took the rotating gondola to the summit. Naturally this is a MUST do on the Cape Town Visitor’s List.
I would also strongly recommend a visit to the Cape Town Art Museum-We all loved it, just fabulous.
Unfortunately, on the 3rd morning, we woke to pewter grey skies, whipping wind and rain. Our younger son wasn’t feeling 100% and I was also lagging so we opted to stay back while my husband and older son bravely stuck to the itinerary; a drive to the Cape of Good Hope- the very lowest tip of South West Africa.
Arrgh. BAD decision on my part but a good lesson- push yourself to get up and out, especially when you’ve come so far.
I love lighthouses.
and penguins! Baby penguins too!
In the late afternoon, younger son and I rallied, visiting the famous old Mount Nelson Hotel for high tea. Well, I sipped tea, he had multiple espressos. The coffee is awfully good in Africa. We enjoyed our civilised little moment, still blissfully unaware of what we were missing out on at this point.
The flowers were beautiful in the Mount Nelson.
Did you know that the King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa? Well it is…
Sigh. I fricking LOVE penguins.
We spent our last night in Cape Town having dinner at “The Test Kitchen” A highly adventurous tasting menu offered in a very casual setting, it was recommended by many and didn’t disappoint.
*Note; they don’t accept American Express (file under ‘Awkward Travel Moments’)
I was sorry to say good-bye to Cape Town so soon. I would definitely love to return some day.
Next stop; The Wine Country…
PS. I have no affiliation/agreement/hanky-panky with any of the hotels or restaurants linked to in this post.