DTP #13: Roadtrip – Cape Town to Hermanus and back

As I am still on holiday, my son and I decided to explore some of the Western Cape’s beauty. It was an overcast day and a perfect day for a road trip. We decided to explore the area up to Hermanus.  We drove through the Strand and Gordonsbay.

After Gordonsbay, it was onto Rooiels, PringleBay, Bettysbay and Kleinmond. At Kleimond we stopped and grabbed some cooldrinks and strolled through the town.  Then it was onto Hermanus, past Arrabella Golf Estate and Onrus onto Hermanus.

We again stopped in Hermanus and strolled through the town.  It was packed and we battled to get parking.  This must be one of the restaurants that is the closest I have ever seen to the water edge.

For all you Harley lovers,

This was one of about 15 Harleys and all of them exactly the same.

On the way back from Hermanus we took the N2 and turned off at Grabou.  Just before Velliersdorp we took the Franschoek turnoff and got this view of Franschoek.

Now tell me that we do not have some of the most beautyful countryside here in the Cape.  This view is just amazing.

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DTP #10: Op my voorstoep

Aan die een kan van waar ek woon is die Tygerberg Natuurreservaat

en aan die ander kant is die Altydgedacht Wynplaas.

Waar anders as net hier in die Kaap kan mens so naby die stad bly en tog ook die natuur op jou voorstoep hê. Op die boonste foto, aan die linkerkant, is ‘n rivier wat reg voor die uitgang van die kompleks is waarin ek woon.  Op lieflike somers dae soos vandag hoef ek nie ver te loop om die natuur te geniet nie.

DTP #9: Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is currently on the go.  The yachts left Alicante in Spain on 11 October on its way to Cape Town.  The next leg will leave Cape Town on 15 November and ends in Kochi, Singapore.

The above photo was taken in the Cape Town Waterfront and the blue flags in the photograph is the Volvo Ocean Race flags.

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DTP #8: Visitors in the morning

Guinie Fowl

These Guinea Fowl come pay me a visit every morning.  They are part of a large group that roam the area where I live.

The guineafowl (sometimes called guineahen) are a family of birds in the same order as the pheasants, turkeys and other game birds and is native to Africa.

DTP #7: Location, Location, Location


Over the past 2 weekends, I have been helping friends, Melanie & Hendrik, renovating their flat which they going to rent out.  Above picture shows the view from one of their windows.   How goes the saying, Location, Location, Location – how true is it about this.  Cannot think of a better view anywhere in South Africa, in fact the world. Well except maybe the view from my new IBM Office.

Cape Town Office Move - 1st floor view

DTP #6: Windy Cape Town

Windy Cape Town

This is the picture that met me on my way to work this morning.  Table Mountain with its cloth.  Old Cape Townians know that this is an indication of lots of wind.  And true to its word – it is very windy in Cape Town at the moment.

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DTP #3: Cape Town today

Yes I know I said that it will be Daily but due to unforeseen circumstances it got to way less than Daily. 

This is the sunrise this morning as taken from my house …


And this is the view from my office of beautiful Table Mountain …


How can one not love staying in this wonderful part of the world. 

DTP #2: Dinner by candlelight

Sorry for the quality but it is the best I could do in the dark with my cellphone.


Last night at around 7 pm the power went out in my room.  Luckily I had a battery flashlight (the first one did not work and I had to get a replacement).  Not being able to use the microwave or anything, I settled for a dinner of cheese and crackers.

Just some of the things to keep in mind when travelling across South Africa these days.  You never know when you going to be hit by a power failure.