Hello Dear Friends!!
I greet you from a sunny Mother City and I am most pleased to announce that ....we have SUN!!! Yes, the wind is pumping outside, but after the sudden cold spell and storms of the last day or two, we will take the sun anyway it comes, thank you very much!!
I have had such a load of wonderful emails from peeps and followers from across the world about our splendid city. My heart sings! Some have visited and they love it , of course!!! And some are prospective visitors, who want to know what to do....well, as you know, I could write a book about that!!! The question, I get asked the most is ... " What to do you personally love about living in Cape Town"?
So, here goes...
I came to Cape Town as a young mom 27 years ago from the bustling fast paced Johannesburg! Of course, I appreciated the beauty of the Mother City, but I can tell you it took me around two years to settle down and fall in love with Cape Town. Crazy, yes, but true!!
And, now, I could quite simply not live anywhere else in the world or country, for that matter!
My answer to the question usually goes something like this...
Where, else could I hop in my car, travel about twenty metres and see this...
...or simply peer out my bedroom window, and be greeted by Table Mountain! No matter how hurried or crazy life, gets, the beauty of the mountain and the view of the city always gives me an "Aaaahhh Haaa" moment!
Driving home, in soft rain on Thursday evening over the Tygerberg Hills, I see the city sprawled out beneath me and always stop, just to take it all in!
I am a short drive away from the beach and being an amateur snap happy still-have-loads-to-learn photographer, every excuse in the book is employed to ditch housework in favour of some "practise shots" at the beach...
Check out the South Easter action here!!! Atishoo...thanks hayfever, for sending me back to the housework....
And of course we have the most amazing beaches!! We got voted top Beach Destination and you can see why...
Taking your pooch for a walk on the beach is a daily pleasure for us and that view is the cherry on top! We are incredibly blessed and yes, we know it!
Visiting a friend in the late afternoon, This splendid view greets me from her deck!! And it is an every changing picture depending on the wind, of course. I leap up every so often to take another peek, camera in hand!
Of course, if you know me, you know I love wine and from where I sit to write this, I can watch the next vintage growing! A great feeling let me tell you. Visiting wine farms here in our Valley of Durbanville or Stellenbosch, Franschoek, etc, is a national sport for me! So much wine and so little time...sigh!!!
Oh, and of course, there are my taste buds who are in a perpetual state of anticipation, not only to taste the next glass of wine but to taste all the gorgeous food that is on offer around our city, our markets, and neigbouring towns, all a short pleasurable drive away. What more do I want?
There are festivals, markets, food markets,(too many to mention) I am about five minutes away from Canal Walk Shopping Centre! A huge sprawling mall and amazing if I feel the need for retail therapy! The view from my local shopping centre is postcard perfection. And that is all, apart from all the tourist things that I can also get involved in, should I feel like it.
I live close enough to the city to make regular trips to the V and A Waterfront to join in a cosmopolitan mix any time. I love meeting and seeing the tourists.
The City itself is also always full of fabulous fun for me, be it a stroll up Long Street, Green Market Square, trendy De Waterkant, the Bo Kaap...
There is so much to do, see and experience, and I never ever tire of it.
Most important of all, I adore the people of this gorgeous city! Friendly and the most hospitable ever, as far as I am concerned!
I am convinced that Cape Town and I were tailor made for each other. Blogging has given me an opportunity to share my Cape Town with friends, family and followers all over the world and for that I am truly happy.
I hope to bring you as much as I can of Cape Town and hopefully on a more regular basis than before.
Sending special greetings to all the expats who send me wonderful messages and some memories of their home!
Live the Cape Town Vibe
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