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Depart: Stellenbosch; Arrive: Glentana – Part.8

We spent a beautiful day on the beach….. 😀 It was super windy (which I dislike), but the heat was soooooo intense, I think we would have suffered without that muscled breeze!!!

Enjoying our lazy day on the beach…
Doing our “flexi-toes” !!! 🙂

Without realizing it, we spent a good 4 hours of doing sudoku, reading our books & lazing under our umbrellas!!! It was pure bliss!!! 🙂 This was our last day in Stellenbosch… & it was a beautiful one!!! 😀

The next morning we set out to meet up with our friends in Glentana… we were super excited to spend the next couple of days of doing nothing, spending hours on the beach & having a good time!!!

On route, we decided to stop at Lourensford Wine Farm for a breakfast (to early to do the “wine-thing” 😉 )… It is one of my favourite wineries ever…. it is wonderfully beautiful!!!!

It did not disappoint…. & He-who-thinks-he’s-boss felt a pang of regret that we did not visit here sooner…. (I told him so 😉 )… but nevertheless, we had a great breakfast on a stunning farm!!!! 😀

Lourensford Tasting Room Entrance
Our breakfast spot…

From here we set out on our 5 hour drive to Glentana… 🙂 I forgot to add that we scorched ourselves on the beach the day before…. so bad that we had to put towels over our legs to protect it from the sun…. It was Ouchie!!!! 😀

Our “towel protection”…

 We arrived in Glentana… super stoked…. a few hours later…. We had a great day catching up with our friends… Enjoying the feeling of complete relaxation!!!!

My beautiful rose from HWTHB!!! 🙂

The next day was Christmas day…. & true to our beautiful South Africa, the day was sunny, warm & inviting!!!! We spent the entire morning (and most of the afternoon) playing games on the beach, reading, sleeping & just generally being…. 🙂

Setting up our Gazebo…
After beach mode…

Also true to Christmas day in South Africa…. later in the afternoon it started raining… Oh my, how I love this gorgeous day!!! 😀

The guys preparing Christmas dinner in the rain… 🙂
The girls setting up the table & preparing other dishes…

 We had a fantastic dinner…. great friends… awesome conversation…. yummy yummy food!!!! Interesting fact for the evening… we did not leave the dinner table until well after 24h00… we played card games, drank wine & had a great time!!!! 😀

Great wines…
Playing card games until the wee hours of the night…

What an unforgettable evening/day… it was spent with truly fantastic people!!! Can’t wait to do it again!!! 😀 **

A rainy day in Stellenbosch (& an expensive steak) – Part.7

On this day we did not have anything specific planned… And thank goodness for that!!! 😀 When we woke up it was cloudy cloudy cloudy!!!! We decided that to visit the winery that we are staying on!!! 🙂 Stark-Conde has exquisite wines… a well known fact!!! 😀

Our short-cut from our home to Stark-Conde
A stunning back road through the forest…

 Yes…. it started raining lightly while we were on our way there… 🙂 it is not a long walk… probably only a mere 200m or so… but at least we were under a thick green blanket of trees!!! 😉 **

What greeted us once we emerged from under the trees!!!

It was beautiful!!! The mountains (or a least, what was visible of the mountains 😉 ), the little dam, the lovely view, the gravel walkway, the green….. we were in awe!!! 😀

Water lilies in the dam…

 Quite a few photo scenes presented itself!!! It was a gorgeous location!!! 🙂

Looking back at the hidden mountains!!!
Crossing paths with a boat!!!
The roofs & weather made this feel like somewhere in Asia!!!

This was the roofs of the wine-tasting location… seeing that we haven’t had anything to eat yet, we decided that wine-tasting was not what one of us wanted to do… 🙂 Instead we headed up towards the restaurant & shop areas… Finding the perfect spot (for the perfect setting) we ordered our breakfast/lunch… peach crumble & baked cheesecake!!! Yummy yum-yum-yum!!!! 🙂 I know, not exactly healthy… but oh so delicious it was!!!! 😀

Our breakfast/lunch!!!
The 3 pine trees on the hill behind this beautiful farm!!!

We walked back home (not the short-cut) 😉 and about 2minutes into our walk it started pouring!!!! At least we had an umbrella…. but it was a super small one…. my legs got wet wet wet… & so did our clothes!!! But it was fun – can’t remember when last I walked in the rain!!! & it was so beautiful, the me & he-who-thinks-he’s-boss (HWTHB) 😀 savoured every moment!!! It was an unforgettable experience!!! 😀

That evening we went to a highly recommended restaurant that apparently serves the best steak in the country!!! Coming from a culture that eats a lot of meat, we really do appreciate a good piece of steak!!! 😀 We ate the “best steak in the country”… Paid the enormous price for it…. (& I mean enormous!!!)… & decided that the steak we prepare at home is way better!!!! (& I mean way much better!!!!) 😀

Best steak restaurant – Hasser’s Grill

At least it was a restaurant with a very nice feel to it…. very classy!!!! We headed home for the rest of the rainy evening!!! It was a gorgeous day!!!! Very enjoyable!!! & super relaxing!!! Just what we needed!!! 😀 **

Arriving in Stellenbosch – Part.4

As you can see… my title changed!!! I ended Part.3 with our breathtaking panorama of the view over Worcester!!! – – – If you missed Part.1 & Part.2, just follow the links – – – 🙂

After our view we continued on our journey… We made contact with our friend again & he informed us that he will only be home by 20h30 (it was only 17h00 at the time)… 😦 After such a long day on the road we were really looking forward to a nice long hot bath…

To make time go by faster we decided to travel the 20 odd kilometres to Strand to relax and dunk our toes into the beach!!! – – – I mean what better reward than to feel the soft sand under your feet – – – 😉 While approaching our destination we got stuck in serious traffic… It seems that it was such a beautiful day that the WHOLE world decided to go to the beach… we drove around for more than 30 minutes with NO luck of getting a parking spot… Oh my!!! Beyond tired does not describe how we felt!!! 😦

Upon arriving back in Stellenbosch we decided to stop at a hotel & ask them if they could refer us to a place with budget accommodation… (as we did not budget on paying for accommodation, we wanted to get by as cheap as possible…) The guy at the desk asked us what our budget was & gave us more than a 40% discount on one of their rooms (because the shower does not have a door)… It was still a tad above our price range, but being as tired as we were – we grabbed this super-dooper special!!! 😀 We unloaded our stuff, got something to eat, took a bath & fell asleep before 20h00… 🙂

The little bathroom – heaven 🙂 **

The next morning we slept late… (you know, because those beds were just soooooooooo comfortable!!! 😉 )…  We each took a looooooooooooong bath again & went down for breakfast…. all-you-can-eat-buffet :D…

Our room!!! I think those sheets were about a 600 thread count... Like I said... heaven!!!

Hotel Banner... Street view from our room!!!

I feel that I must inform you that we slept in the Eendracht Boutique HotelThey were voted best small in 2009 & 2011… What a joy…!!! & it was pouring with rain on the evening that we slept there – pure bliss!!!! 😀

The next day we had nothing specific planned… It was still early so we decided to go to the beach for our long-overdue feet-in-sand-reward 😉 …

What joy!!! It's the little things....

The beach was very very very quite…. early joggers, life savers preparing for the day ahead…

Cold COld COld....

Relaxed... & happy ...

Sea, Mountain, Sky ...

We spent quite a while on the beach… soaking in the very cool sea breezes… enjoying the sun… generally enjoying not having to do 500+ kms!!! 🙂 We met with our friend and went to his home… unpacked and spent the rest of the day catching up with him!!!

In my next holiday post I will tell you about our wine-tasting day… So stay tuned for Part.5 😉 **

Road-Tripping to the Cape – Part.3

In Road-Tripping to the Cape – Part.2 I left you with our camping spot for the evening… 🙂 The next day (which would be our last day road-tripping), we decided to change our plans – – – yet again 😉 – – – I’m not sure if anyone has ever heard about a place called Ceres??  It is described as the Eden of the Cape!!! 😀 Well…. Me & He-who-thinks-he’s-boss decided to take a detour and try and spend a night in a place that sounds like heaven on earth… 😀 !!!

The Day3 road trip began quite positive… We drove through many smaller unknown towns… Most of them were so small that you would miss it if you blink!!! 😉 The first stop that me made was in Calitzdorp… It was a bigger town (compared to the ones that we have passed along the way)!!! We were starving by then & reached a mutual agreement that this would be the town that we would enjoy breakfast in!!!

Our Calitzdorp stop… (click for larger version) Clockwise from top left: The shop from the restaurant; Me & He-who-thinks-he’s-boss planning our route for the day; some of the interesting views of the restaurant; He-who-thinks-he’s-boss being funny for the camera!!!

As you can see we stopped at a place called Lorenzo’s. It was a mix-match shop & restaurant!!! The shop sold all kinds of crafty & antique stuff… (I fell completely in love with an antique mirror – – – one day when I get the chance to decorate my bathroom I know where I’m going to get the mirror 😉 ) We were soon on our way again…

Our next stop was again a few towns away… A little town called Barrydale!!! We were told that that was the place that the Capetonians go for a weekend away… It was set in a small valley… We stopped at the popular stop – – – for ice-cream 😉 !!!

Barrydale… (click for larger version) Clockwise from top: I cropped out the top of the shop because I just loved the painting – true South African! so colourful! ; shop where we bought ice-cream; He-who-thinks-he’s-boss shoving ice-cream in my mouth!!!

This was our last stop before Ceres… we were super excited!!! 😀 This is the type of picture that you usually see of Ceres:

A typical Ceres portrayal !!!

Ceres is home to the factory Ceres, & is famous for producing most of our fruit juices!!! (& apparently for 84 countries world-wide!!!) 🙂 We are very fortunate to have many fresh fruit & veggies & 100% fruit juices!!! – – – #lovingit – – – 😀

Anyway…. WHAT A LET DOWN!!! 😦 It is nothing what we expected… Just another small town… – – – that happen to produce the most delicious fruit juices EVER!!! – – – (that’s probably why they call it “Eden of the Cape”)… After driving the whole day with high expectations we felt like crying… ;( We drove Super far… & we definitely did NOT want to spend the night in Ceres!!!

We were going to stick with our original plan to travel to Stellenbosch & sleep at our friend’s house (we had arranged to stay in his home for a couple of days)!!! When we let him know that our plans have changed – yet again – he informed us that he is still a distance away from home… bummer!!! 😦

While travelling down to Stellenbosch we entered another pass… the Bainskloof Pass!!! This piece of road stretches 30kms (tarred this time 😉 ) & was built by Andrew Bain – a Scottish Settler. Andrew Bain had no formal training in engineering & yet, this pass is regarded as one of the best passes in the country. It is an unspoilt nature reserve that forms part of the Cape Nature Conservation!!! Upon entering the pass, a sign reads that no vehicles higher than _____ (I can’t remember the height, but it was in the region of 3 metres!!!) may not drive this pass … We wondered what the reason for this would be…??About three quarters through we got our answer:

Bells Rock !!! (HDR)

 What a sight!!! 😀 About 90% through the pass we got yet another surprise… we stopped at a place marked a look-out spot!!! Obviously I took my camera along!!! 😉 After the shocking disappointment that Ceres was (our biggest of our whole holiday!!), we got the highlight of our trip…

The look-out!!! Oh, what a view!!! HDR Panorama (click for larger version & full effect!!!) - trust me... 😉

This was BY FAR the highlight of my trip!!! 😀 You could not see even a part of this view until you were through all the plants and over all the rocks!!! But oh man…. it was totally worth it!!! 🙂 We spend a good while there – – – not even the intense wind could take us away from this gorgeous landscape!!! 😀

Self timer shot!!!

I was quite nervous of leaving the camera in this mad wind!!! But in the end glad I did… I just love this shot!!! Not everyday that one gets a landscape as beautiful as this!!!

I was going to post more… but I think this is a very good, happy & positive place to end Part.3… Thank you soooooooo much for reading!!! Stay tuned for Part.4 !!! 🙂 **

A Holiday update from Stellenbosch!!!

Hi everyone!!! It has been quite a while since my last post… (like I knew it would be!!!) It is raining today, so decided it was a good time to catch up on some of your posts & see what I’ve been missing!!! Needless to say, with 78 emails, it has taken me a bit over 2 hours to work through all of them & I am glad to announce that I have caught up on everything that you have posted!!! 😀 I don’t have a planned post (obviously) but did want to let you all know – – – in short – – – what I’ve been doing these last couple of days!!! 😀

Me & ‘He-who-thinks-he’s-boss’ have had quite a trip…. we’ve already done 2300 km’s in only a week!!! 😀 Although it is vacation, we haven’t had much (or felt much) relaxation yet… 😦 – – – planning to do more of that in this coming week – – – We’ve driven over many mountain passes, camped at the foot of the Groot Swartberge, experienced disappointments, had a braai & year-end function with people (&now friends) from Stellenbosch, felt the fine beach sand between our toes….. oh I can go on quite a bit… 😉 Will of course be telling you all the stories (& sharing many photographs) once I get everything planned & sorted!!! 🙂

Second day on the (looooong) road!!!
It was windy & I was busy shooting a 360 panorama (which I will share in good time)…

 I have been following (for quite some time now) a blog called Artboy68Project. Artboy is a super talented artist & he is busy with a very interesting & extremely creative project. He calls it the ‘100 portraits in 20 weeks’ project – – – I don’t think I have to explain it as the name pretty much says exactly what the project entails!!! – – – In one of my many emails, artboy informed me that he has done my portrait… It is AWESOME!!!! 😀 Please go and have a look at it here… Also browse around his blog as he has a few upcoming similar projects & if you want to get involved (or rather, if you want to be included), drop him a comment & keep an eye on what he is planning or busy with at the moment!!! 🙂

Well, that is all for now… Drop me a comment (of you want!) & hopefully I will be posting an update again soon!!! Keep well, have a very merry Xmas (if I don’t drop in before then) & just have a jolly time over this festive season!!! 🙂