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Market Day

Food, people and more food


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Saturday morning our friend and amazing travel agent picked us up at the hotel and took us to some local markets. The first market is on the property of the MP, something like a senator or representative in the US, just at the base of Table Mountain. As you get out of your car you are compelled to look back at the mountain looming over the property rising straight up into the bright blue sky. We walked around the side of the house and down the front steps where we were greeted by more of a festival than a market. It had the usual tents set up with food vendors of all kinds, cheese, fruit and veggies, too. We are in early fall here so there is a lot of produce and beautiful large pomegranates which I was told were out of season at home. It was funny to me as they are abundant here and in the market they press them and serve the fresh delicious juice. The food is only a small part of what the market is about, the sense of community and festival atmosphere is something I have not witnessed before. People were sprawled out all over relaxing, eating or visiting with friends and family. There were bales of hay to sit on and beautiful trees offering shade from the bright sunshine.
There were children and dogs everywhere and I promise to post those pictures soon.
We actually met some of our cousins there and it was a great feeling to see people we knew and it made us feel very much at home!
Next we went to a market called the Biscuit Mill, formerly where biscuits,( cookies) were manufactured. This is more of a city market with some outdoor space but mostly inside the actually facility. The largest area housing food vendors of all kinds around the perimiter had long picnic tables set up crammed with people eating the delicious food with flavors from all over the world. You name it and I am pretty sure you could find it there. On the tables there were wine bottles with lighted candles, there was music blaring in the background and an undercurrent of conversation. Lots of happy noises and fragrant smells to excite your senses in the most exotic way.

The best part for me was watching all the young people sitting on the ground in the courtyard of the biscuit mill, engrossed in their conversations, eating drinking and laughing. This is a hotspot in Cape Town where you see the locals loving life.

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Posted by Lauriesam 00:01 Archived in South Africa Tagged food markets market the south africa mill hellen capetown biscuit zille Comments (0)

Cape Town

Something for all your senses

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OK, we are back in business! Travellerspoint blocked my blog for some reason, but that is all cleared up now.
I have been trying to describe Cape Town and have not really found the right words. It is a beautiful city surrounding the amazing table mountain, the waterfront, wine country and to the south the Cape of Good Hope.
The mountain was described to me as the 'mother' hovering over the city and it's people all the time creating the atmosphere and delivering the weather which can change hourly. We have been blessed with beautiful weather every day, so I guess 'Mother' is happy!
The waterfront is also an important feature and is always bustling with activity. Obviously there are boats of all kinds and the many people living, playing or working on those boats. This makes for a wide arrange of interesting activity. There are old frigates, sail boats, dragon boats, tug boats, schooners and more. Along the wharf is a food market, a crafts market and a beautiful mall. There are also street performers singing and dancing with lively music from the tribal rhythms to jazz. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to see, the landscape, the water, the architecture and within that background you will find a diversity of people and culture that make Cape Town a special place.
On Friday we toured Stellenbosch the wine country with a guide (no drinking and driving). We stopped at some of the wineries for tastings and enjoying the scenery along the way. The Ernie Els winery was on a beautiful estate surrounded by a hidden valley and and behind come the beautiful mountains rising out of nowhere. The change in scenery is always surprising . The area is very green and although the grapes have been harvested the vines are still lush and there are beautiful flowering plants everywhere which is a nice change for us as we have come from winter. We also stopped at Kanonkop, one of our favorite South African wines. We were not disappointed with the wines that were offered there.
The town of Stellenbosch was the next stop providing us with some coffee and some retail therapy. The mill coffee shop which is a must if you are there, roasts there own beans, bakes bread, has a butcher shop and a lovely atmosphere. The coffee was delicious and hit the spot.
Finally, the highlight was lunch at La Motte. This property was expansive and the restaurant was next to a small stream and a beautiful area with shade trees, benches and a small shop. The food was so delicious and the presentations were creative and beautiful. I think this will be one of the memorable meals of the trip. I am adding the link for you to see. http://www.la-motte.com/experience/pierneef/

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IMG_0584.jpg impromptu photo shoot at La Motte!

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Newark, Amsterdam, Cape Town

Definitely moving in the right direction

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We arrived in Cape Town late in the night on April 8th, almost April 9th, and were greeted warmly by the staff at the Cape Grace hotel as if we were old friends.
Clive and Teresa were also there to greet us and even though I wasn't sure of the day or time, I was happy to have my feet on the ground. The minute we walked out of the airport into the night air I felt great, no more stale recycled air, what a blessing.
Both flights were great, we ate, slept and ate some more. I wonder how astronauts feel all cooped up in a rocket or the space station, the reality of being inside the cabin of an aircraft for so many hours is strange or surreal. I sometimes imagine that I am in a movie set and the passengers are characters in the film. Of course, I am always counting on a happy ending where the good guys walk away with big smiles and in our case giant backpacks.

The weather is fantastic here in Cape Town and we woke up at 10 AM which is extremely late for us but I am sure that is to make up for the crazy travel day. We had breakfast, which included granadillas, pre ordered by Clive and took a walk around the market which leads to the mall nearby.
I am broken. exhausted, so I am taking five at the hotel while Allan walks some more and learns how to use our new point and shoot camera!
Later we will meet up with Clive, Teresa and Penny for a 'Brei' aka barbecue, which was arranged just for us by the travel agent and her team. They wanted to make sure we had a real South African experience and they did a great job. What a nice group from Opulent LIving Travel, we are so lucky to have met them and it we had so much fun together at the amazing evening they planned for us.
Tomorrow the five of us are going on a tour of the wine country with a tour guide, so there will be no drinking and driving!
We don't have reliable wifi, so I may not be able to upload our photos to the blog. I apologize in advance for that, but I will be on the look out for 'hot spots' with faster connectivity so I can make that happen.
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Hope you are all well.
Love and hugs,
Allan and Laurie

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From Spring to Fall in 19 Hours

Captains Log #1 Getting ready to depart

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It's been a cold winter and we still have snow and ice on the ground. So who in there right mind would travel from emerging spring to fall? The answer is me! On April 7th, Allan and I are leaving for Southern Africa where they are heading from summer into fall. To be clear, there will be no snow, but the thought of traveling through time and space right past summer does intrigue!
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So good by snow, ice and cold weather and hello to I really am not sure what. I looked at the map of where we are going and most of the places are pretty remote, travel there will be in light aircraft sometimes making several stops. Internet will be available at each destination so we will be able to connect with the world along the way.
So here is what is happening now:
Lots of talk about what we are taking in the duffel bags that fit in the small planes, camera equipment, sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, etc. In this case less is definitely more but can I really survive three weeks with one pair of hiking boots, flip flops and moccasins? What shoes would you bring?
So many little details to take care of like any other vacation and Passover three days before we go is another major project to think about. The table is partially set already and the cooking will begin this weekend!
I wish you all a fantastic spring, it is a great time of renewal and growth.
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Signing off with love and a sense of adventure,
Laurie

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