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AFRICA -  DAY FOURTEEN - Hout Bay

Previous Blogs: Day 1 Pretoria | Day 4 Dinokeng | Day 5 New Years | Day 6+7 Umdloti | Day 8 - DumaZulu | Day 9 Hluhluwe | Day 10+11 PE to Knysna | Day 12 Ostrich Farm | Day 13 Hermanus | Day 14 Hout Bay | Day 15 Cape Point | Day 16 Table Mountain | Day 17+18 Namib Desert | Day 19 Sossusvlei | Day 20+21 To Swakopmund | Day 22 Cape Cross | Day 23 Luderitz | Day 24 Walvis Bay | Day 26 To Windhoek | Day 27 Katatura | Day 28+29 Zambezi | Day 30 The Falls | Day 31 Chobe | Day 32+33 Going Home

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Last night in Hermanus (known for being the Whale watching capitol of Africa) we decided to have yet ANOTHER braai. The hotel had a decent braai next to the pool so we went shopping for MEAT, MEAT and MORE MEAT!!!  In case you haven't picked this up - doing a braai is a lifestyle.  It's not just about eating or grilling.  It's an art form that every South African takes seriously. 

 

Getting the fire ready, using the last of the

Namibian charcoal, which is nothing like the

briquettes we use in the USA.  Namibian charcoal

looks more like petrified pieces of woods that

have been charred.

Note the food: marinated chicken, borewors (farmer sausage) and braai bread. A special bread designed for putting on the grill, stuffed with cheese, onions and butter!

YUMMMM! 

There are also the obligatory healthy salads Wendy purchased as sides (what-ever!!).

 

This morning, our route (strangely enough) took us through the Wine Route.  So of course we had to stop at several wineries to sample the goods.

First stop was at Vergeleegen a super fancy estate winery with super shitty wine.  We can, however, say we tasted a $120 bottle of wine that was ...disgusting at best.  We thought perhaps our palates we not refined enough for their wine.  NO!  Their wine is not refined enough for our palate!

 

Of course Wendy used this opportunity to knock

over a glass of wine, breaking the glass in

the process! Can't take her anywhere!!

Saw a couple of Peahen mamas with their chicks.

Lots of beautiful views along the way

 

Then there was Meerlust Estate Vineyard

established in 1693  - the BEST one! 

Wendy calls it Meercat.  Close enough!

Nederberg will always be the best, but

Meerlust is a distant second.  ;)

 

Some purchases were made... probably won't last the day! And we'll be lucky if mom shares.  LOL

 

Wendy calls grape vines "Baby Wine". 

She also keeps singing the Hallelujah chorus every

time we pass a vineyard.

 

The homesteads are beautiful. The architectural style is called "Cape Dutch".

Then it was time to check into our condo in Hout Bay (A suburb within Cape Town proper).

Our view from the balcony!!!

The condo itself is very modern, however, sadly, came with several issues.  The cleaning crew had done a really horrid job so the owner had to get another cleaning lady to clean everything AGAIN.

Quite a few things were broken from the previous tenants, so somewhat irritating but you can't fault the view!

There was also the issue of..... eh...who cares, look at that view!

And the problem with the Jacuzzi....eh...who cares, look at that view!

 

And finally...

 

 

 

 

We walked down from the condo to the harbor where we ate fish and chips from "Snoekies" - an institution here in Hout Bay. They have been proving fish and chips to the local fishermen since the second world war!  There was enough food to feed a platoon and breakfast tomorrow will be left over Hake on toast.

 
Tomorrow - Penguins, Baboons and Cape of Good Hope!
 
 

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