When you are standing in the queue to get your boarding ticket to catch your flight out of Cape Town International, #don’tletthesuncatchyoucrying.
This is not meant for anyone who spent too much time on Camps Bay or Clifton Beach and got rather burned. Don’t forget to use your sunscreen, our African sun is treacherous for the unwary.
SAD TO SEE YOU GO
You will, no doubt, be unhappy at leaving this beautiful city, the glorious weather and the sights and all the wonderful experiences you have had, but what is making you feel like crying, is that you have just heard of a hidden treasure that you missed seeing, and we will be sad to see you go, knowing full well you shall be going back to the long winter months ahead of you.
DID YOU MISS THIS?
THINGS TO DO – PLACES TO SEE
Surely you will have had the trip on the open-topped red bus, around the Peninsula,
Been for, hopefully, a day visit to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Visited the City Gardens and the GreenPoint gardens.
A visit to the Cape is not complete without a trip out to the wine lands and there are so many wineries to visit, you are spoiled for choice.
If you were fortunate to have taken a trip to Cape Point and come back for a stop to see the penguins and the sights on the False Bay side of the Peninsula, then you can see right across to Gordon’s Bay on the other side of False Bay.
Oh my, there are so many places to visit and enjoy. Something different around every corner.
WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Perhaps you even had a chance to go along my favorite drive of all times, Clarence Drive, going along the Strand, through Gordon’s Bay, and along the stunning drive with the sea on one side and the mountains on the other.
It is completely breathtaking and there are so many lovely stopping places along the way. Lovely little towns and eateries.
All the way around this wonderful drive, there are places of interest, until you reach Hermanus to view the Whales. This is really what so many people come to see during (June to December) and it is such a wonderful sight but there are so many other things to see and do along this fantastic road trip.
If you are in Cape Town in June, the Hermanus FynArts Festival is between 7th and 17th in 2019. It is absolutely magical. So many functions, magnificent Art Galleries. A treat for anyone interested in the Arts. Don’t leave booking to the last minute as I can assure you, after experiencing this fantastic event this year it should be on everyone’s wish list.
The people were so friendly, the weather was so kind, I managed to walk the place flat with no problems for the entire week. Just became a bit footsore and weary, so went for a Spa treatment at If you want to know more, read my blog on hhtps://jillalexa.com/Highlights of Hermanus FynArts Festival 2018.
THE HIDDEN TREASURE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
What you might have heard about and missed is the Montebello Design Centre and the lovely Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant. The setting is absolutely stunning, set among the enormous trees. It is so peaceful and once you have eaten a tasty, well-prepared meal or scrumptious tea, there is so much to see.
My daughter-in-law Janet, kindly took me to tea there recently, whilst on a trip to Cape Town from Windhoek, Namibia. We had a marvelous time and were sorry she had a flight booked for later in the afternoon as we would both have loved to spend more time exploring all the options at the Montebello Design Centre.
The number of talented people working on their various projects was mind-blowing. All the gorgeous wood carving, the animals, birds, fish etc. We had the privilege of watching them work and they were all so friendly and happy to show us what they were busy with. A lot of the Artists are from Zimbabwe who are well-known for their Artistic skills.
FRIENDLY AND AMUSING ARTISTS
We were very amused by one of the Artists who carve a number of varieties of wooden birds, sold singly or as mobiles. He said we should Tweet about them and I originally thought of calling this blog Twitter, Twitter, Tweet, Tweet but the birds are not the only things on display, so changed my mind.
LESLEY CHARNOCK’S GORGEOUS ART GALLERY
Was disappointed that Lesley Charnock was away when we were at Montebello as she has a lovely gallery there, which I have visited on numerous occasions and I would love to have shown some of her work Thought it would not be the done thing to take photos of her work without her permission so will do that another time.
She is a wonderful Artist who works mainly in Oils and Acrylics but also has amazing multimedia works where she incorporates fabrics into her work. They are so vibrant and bring to life the Africa she knows and obviously, loves.
Don’t miss going into Lesley’s Gallery. Absolutely wonderful paintings to take home to remind you of your wonderful Cape Town holiday.
ORIGINAL GIFT SHOPS
As you will see from the photographs I am sharing there are also lovely gift shops selling really original, handmade items which you will find hard to resist. Perhaps it would be a good idea to have the purchases packed up and sent to your home as otherwise, you may have to pay for overweight, at the airport, and we don’t want that.
This piece really caught my eye and was so tempting but thought the Retirement Home would not be too pleased if I put it on my balcony and perhaps had a fire.
WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Wouldn’t you be tempted? #don’tletthesuncatchyoucrying on your way home, if you missed experiencing the wonders of The Montebello Design Center, eating out at The Gardener’s Cottage and watching the wonderfully talented Artists busy crafting gifts for your friends back home?