cape town *south africa*
A family holiday – this destination with my husband, sister-in-law, her husband and my parents-in-law. The first day that lived up to its Windy City reputation followed by warm, comfortable days. My hair blowing in the wind. Varied and colourful architecture. A rich, turbulent history, huge steps forward, and today’s hope. Wealth and poverty as neighbours. So much barbed wire. Striking hills dropping down to white sands and clear blue waters. Lawhill Apartments with beautiful views and conveniently located next to the V & A Waterfront. 6 of us in one apartment and 1 bathroom per couple – yay! Sitting on our high verandah to watch the sunrise. Relaxing in the lounge room chatting. V & A Market where we had delicious Origin coffee and biltong from Stokkiesdraai. Drinking baobab, hemp seed and moranica leaf in drinks from Dr Juice. Delicious butternut and naartjie (citrus) soup at Karibu Restaurant. Breakfast with my father-in-law’s cousin. Dinner with very dear family friends at Balducci’s. The clusters of trees with only branches up high. On top of Table Mountain, cheering on athlete AJ Calitz as he set a new Guinness World Record. The phenomenon of clouds being sucked down over Table Mountain like a tablecloth. Seeing the face of the lion depicted in the rocks of Lion’s Head. The coastal beauty of Clifton’s Beach and Chapman’s Peak. Delicious locally caught seafood from Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay. A private joke between the waiter and I that made us both laugh freely. The horse-country pocket in Noordhoek. Sunset drinks and a walk with family friends on Milnerton Beach. Watching dogs on the beach – always.
* Photo of me looking to the sea by my husband.