Sunday, 22 February 2015

The most beautiful drive in the world. Chapmans Peak.

Driving from Cape Point, passing the Cape Point Vineyards, the meandering road eventually becomes Chapmans Peak drive. Actually it visually explodes into Chapmans Peak Drive. The spectacular wide screen vista of the Atlantic Ocean, sprawling far down below I am unable to describe in words. The road, winding high up along the shoulders of the Table Mountain range, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of metres below, is in my opinion the most beautiful in the world. Pictures tell the story.

Only 50 km from Simonstown the most beautiful road in the world lies waiting for you. Come on! Lets drive it together!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Stellenbosch 60km from Simonstown

Stellenbosch. This quaint student town declared by Simon van der Stel,  Dutch governor of the Cape of Good Hope, and developed into a town in the early 1700's, houses some historic artifacts dating from this period.

One of the first ever indoor showers. A piano with vertical strings, one of only five in the world. An ice white Nederduitche Gereformeerde Kerk with stunning mosaic stained glass windows, towering majestically above the homes around it. A pulpit that is a work of wooden magic. A fire engine dating back to 1756 . Genuine slave chains of that era. A typical childrens playroom with toys dating from this era. There is so much more history to explore. A short drive (45min) from Simonstown. Come on! Lets do the Cape of Good Hope together. Walk with me!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Simonstown to Cape Point.

We went on a driving excursion yesterday. Drove out to Muizenberg about 15km away from Simonstown. We enjoyed a quick coffee and drove up to Boyes drive to see if we could get a glimpse of a shark or two. No luck unfortunately. There was something wrong with my camera, but I did manage to capture an image of Muizenberg beach stretching as far as the eye could see. The long breakers rushing towards the beach. Gorgeous! Driving back we passed through Fishoek and Glencairn and I manged a couple of pics of the mountain peaks behind these quaint little towns. Still plenty of walking to do there......! We drove on to the Boulders. Home to our penguins of course! We spent an hour or so watching the escapades of these waddling comics. Circling each other, the males hitting their chests together against each other, pecking at each other for the females attention. Females playing hard to get......! Hmmm... So cumbersome on land but oh so graceful in the icy Atlantic water. Anyway more to see, so onward!

To the ostrich farm. 65 hectare of splendour. Ostrich skin products. Wallets belts shoes handbags all handcrafted on the premises. Ostrich eggs to die for. Intricately painted and turned into " big five" works of art. The most stunning lamps. Awesome! Feeding these 145 kg birds handfulls of pellets again (obtainable from the shop) was really great. Watch out for the female though! Her beak can give you a nice little nip. Did you know an ostrich can run at speeds of up to 70 kmh? My camera played up on the farm again. Not impressed! I did a emergency repair on the way to Cape Point, only 25km away from Simonstown merely a few hundred metres from the ostrich farm.

If pictures could tell a story, then this is a fairytale........ We drove around the reserve overwhelmed by the beauty. Fynbos, indigeneous to the Cape. Saw a Gemsbok. Then some baboons....damn camera. Eventually made our way to the  "Flying Dutchman" funicular. A twin cabled tram system taking you to the summit.
I am always excited when I walk down to the lookout point. Anticipating the (ever changing), jaw dropping splendour awaiting me! The sea, seeming miles below, the jagged point jutting into the deeper water. Almost like the root of a tree seeking sweeter water.This massive block of granite and sandstone rising from below. Arches along it's side at sea level, eaten away over time by the stormy seas. Awe inspiring views.

We have sights like these within a radius of 25km from Simonstown! Come on! What are you waiting for? Lets explore Simonstown, and surrounds, together!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Scenic train journey to Simonstown.

Feel like alternative transport to Simonstown? Why not take the scenic train journey from Cape Town station? In the main departure hall you will find electronic information boards. These will point you to the platform on which you find the Simonstown train. Alternatively you can find out from the information kiosk. The first part of the journey leads you through the suburbs of Cape Town. You will also bypass the Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums where many hard-fought battles were won. And many lost too! Continue past Muizenberg,and be awestruck when the bay opens up before you. False Bay in all its splendour! Sit back and enjoy the beautiful sights slowly gliding by. The train will take you to Fish Hoek station where you get off and take a bus to Simonstown! Come by train, car, bus, seaplane.....just come. Walk with

Sights Simonstown.

Just Nuisance standing on Jubilee Square, ever present. Guarding over the harbour. Did you know that Just Nuisance was the only dog to receive rank in The Royal Navy? Able seaman at that! He was buried with full military honours. To see his grave we need to climb nearly 400 steps up the berg. Come walk Simonstown with me. Look at the stunning stonemasonry on the local Methodist church! Brilliant white, Long Beach spanning the bay. These are everyday sights for me to behold.Come see! Walk Simonstown with me!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sights Simonstown.

Late afternoon on a lazy Sunday. Beautiful Simonstown. Walk with me!

Age old technology?

I just had to blog this! Techno gadget in a forgotten era? Well I suppose one needs to know how fast you are getting ahead.....great stuff. And it runs on solar power......

Sights Simonstown