Cape Town in October - an overdue post

Almost I month ago we paid a quick visit to Cape Town, to attend a friend's wedding. I took lots of pictures of specific topics with the purpose of blogging again. Then work happened.

Today I finally went through all the pics, and realised I might need to write more than one post. I'm not complaining.

Ah Cape Town, the supermodel of South Africa. Natural beauty around every corner. When we visited in February I wrote mostly about the places we visited and stayed at. This time I seem to have focused more on the outdoors. The weather was awful (or just typical), but I really just wanted to see the sea as much as possible. We were only there for about 3 days.

First stop, and fast becoming a bit of a tradition, was to visit the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay. To get to the The Brass Bell you walk toward the Kalk Bay station, and then go through a dodgy tunnel that goes underneath the railway. Apart from serving a mean beer battered hake, their main appeal is that they sit right on the breaking waves, next to the tide pools. This probably as close as you can get to the ocean, while eating. During big storms the Brass Bell has often taken the brunt, and there are many photos on the walls of the waves crashing over the tables, and the damage that was caused. Starting our holiday here, with a cold draft in hand, and a curious seagull watching your plate, just feels right.

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From Kalk Bay we decided to take the scenic route, which includes the (in)famous Chapman's Peak Drive, to get to the city, instead of taking the highways. Chapman's Peak Drive might be one of my favourite parts of the Mother City. I think if I only get to take this scenic drive, and have a beer at the Brass Bell, I would feel my Cape Town visit was successful.

Construction of the road which winds between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, started in 1915, and used mainly convict labour. (You can read more on the history of Chappies here.) The 9km very curvy route (114 curves in total) folds around the Constantiaberg. It offers amazing 180ยบ views. Chappies, as it is locally known as, was closed in 2000 after a series of dangerous and fatal rockfalls. It was reopened in 2003, after various projects to secure the rocky cliffs, but there are still occasions when this road is closed due to bad weather or rock falls.

Anyway, I think the best thing to do is to show you some pics of this breathtaking route. Better yet, go see for yourself.



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From the Noordhoek side. These engineering wonders keep the rocks in place, mostly.  I find it fascinating.
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We took this route again the next day. Construction workers were sorting out some water issues...

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Spot the cars in the background, curving around the mountain.

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Pretty flowers at one of the viewpoints. 
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These black birds where jumping around in the bushes, eating the little orange berries. I think it might be called a Boubou.
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More views.
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Jaco on the edge. 
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Panoramic shot.
Looking at these pics, it definitely does not convey the experience. Standing on a cliff, ocean stretching as far as they eye can see on one side, jagged rocks on the other, is remarkably peaceful.

Next stop, Sea Point and Woodstock.

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