• My Sunday Photo – Lourensford Wine Estate

    This week’s Sunday photo features the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate.

    A couple of months ago we visited Lourensford Wine Estate. Situated in Somerset West and is approximately 50km from Cape Town. Being one of the oldest wine estates in Somerset West, this estate is full of rich history and scenery.

    Sunday Photo - Lourensford Wine Estate

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    My Sunday Photo – Alphen Trail

    This week my Sunday photo features the beautiful Alphen Trail.

    We spent our Saturday morning walking along the Alphen Trail. Part of Constantia’s green belt, it is one of nine interwoven trails. Out of the nine, the Alphen is the most popular of the trails. Located in the Constantia Valley, it winds along the Diep River to the Constantiaberg Mountains. We started our walk from Alphen Drive but you can also choose to start the walk from Brommersvlei Road. Starting from Alphen Drive, you will notice the Alphen Hotel on your right.

    Sunday Photo - Alphen Trail

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    My Sunday Photo – Early Morning Swim

    This week, my Sunday photo features an early morning swim at Dalebrook.

    With Spring fully here, the weather has been pleasant.  On Saturday, however it was a bit overcast but the temperature was warm. The girls wanted to go for their first Spring dip. They woke up early and we headed off to Dalebrook Tidal Pool.

    Situated between St James and Kalk Bay. Lying hidden on the False Bay Coast; beach goers often miss it during off peak seasons. Making it less crowded than the popular St James tidal pool.  However in summer, Dalebrook can get as busy as St James.

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    My Sunday Photo – Bantry Bay

    We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in this affluent suburb of Bantry Bay. After spending a lovely family lunch at the President Hotel, we took a walk from Bantry Bay to Sea Point.  I was once again reminded how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful city with breathtaking views. Whilst there I captured a few photos of my beautiful surroundings.

    My Sunday Photo - Bantry Bay

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    My Sunday Photo – Hout Bay

    This weekend we headed off to Hout Bay.  If you have never been to Hout Bay, and this is not directed at Capetonians, it is a seaside town near Cape Town.  However, if you live in Cape Town and don’t know where it is situated or have never been to there – shame on you.  Hout Bay is nestled between mountains and sea, which creates a valley feel to this town.

    If the weather is good, it gets quite busy in Hout Bay.  Locals and tourists flock to this seaside town and stand in long queues to enjoy fish and chips from Mariner’s Warf, Fish on the Rocks and Snoekies.  But we’ve discovered a gem in Muriel’s Muchies – fresh grilled or fried fish and calamari.  And their ice creams are the best.

    But it’s the view that captures my attention whenever I visit Hout Bay.  Walking out onto the harbour and taking in the sight of the blue sea and majestic mountains – it is something remarkable.

    My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

    The lookout from the harbour onto the start of Chapman’s Peak Drive.

    My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

    There are charter boats that will take you for a cruise to Seal Island, Duiker Island and Chapman’s Peak.

    My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

    This picture captures a seal in the water. In Hout Bay seals come into the harbour. The local fisherman will feed them pilchards and they will launch out of the water to grab it.

    My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

    Captured in the picture above is a fleet of fishing boats docking in the harbour. The Hout Bay fishing industry is known for its tuna, crayfish and snoek. Walking out onto the harbour, you notice that the life of a fisherman is not easy. The lines on their faces and their rough hands paint a picture in your mind – that this life is not for the faint of heart.  For them it is the only way of survival, an income to put bread on the table.

    My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

    The picture above captures an older fishing boat that sank in the harbour.

    My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

    As you walk to the other side of the harbour, you will find Hout Bay Yacht Club.  Boasting a fleet of yachts that are docked in the harbour. You immediately pick up the distinct contrast of life of two very different classifications of living.

    Besides walking on the harbour and boat trips, Hout Bay is also known for it’s beautiful white sandy beach, bird watching, art and craft markets, horse riding and kayaking. If you are thinking of visiting Cape Town, please make sure you head to Hout Bay – you won’t be disappointed.