Today was a long day of touring. We hired a private tour guide, Derek from Tours By Locals, to drive us around for 8.5 hours. I’ll tell ya, when you travel to a foreign country it really is the way to go for at least one full day. First off, here they drive on the other side of the road. I would have wasted more time trying to avoid an accident than enjoying the views. Also, they know everything about the area therefore making the whole trip educational. On this particular tour, we certainly saw a lot of ocean. This was our basic loop of the area. We started on the north end near the waterfront and moved counter clockwise.
Knowing that we were on the hunt for art and other goods by South African artists, we made a side trip to a neighborhood called Noordhoek Farm Village. It’s a community and a destination somewhat like places in the Napa Valley. I loved, loved, loved it! It had a very Dutch feel to it. It had cute little shops, open green and a fantastic market and best of all ample parking! (that last one is a joke for those who live in the Bay Area). We picked up a couple of pies for dinner and the most delicious roast beef sandwich ever (sorry Star Grocery).
I’m not kidding about the sandwich. We were eating during the drive and I was thinking to myself, “geez, this sandwich is the tastiest roast beef.” As I was thinking this, T questions from the back seat, “You know, is it just me or is this sandwich exceptionally good?”
Derek our guide insisted we stop at the Ostrich Farm just so we could go into the gift shop and ponder why Ostrich skin products are so expensive. You got me… pehaps to sustain the beautiful farm and lifestyle they have during their breeding years and before they become several $1000 handbags. I probably spent more time comparing tatts with the Austrian tattoo artist that was working in the shop. Couldn’t tell if he was employed there as a salesmen or theft security.
That is one big ugly bird.
The main highlight of the tour was making it out to Cape Point and climbing to the top. It had the most amazing views. Trying to capture the splendor on a camera is impossible.
On the way out, we ran into the wild Baboons.
Finally, not to be missed were the African penguins. Can you say C-U-T-E!!
All in all a very good day. Thanks Derek!
Tomorrow is a rest day for me. I’ve got a bit of a head cold and I need to rest up for the concert in the evening. Night all!