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March 22, 2012

With love from Cape Town – A Joburger’s experience

Joburger Colin Ford, a regular visitor to the Mother City, has been in Cape Town for the past few days and spent some time reflecting on his top five experiences this time round...

Camps Bay sunsets

Sunset over Camps Bay. Photo courtesy Just John

I love sitting and watching the sun set from Camps Bay. Having spent a lot of my childhood in Durban, it’s something of a novelty watching the sun going down over the sea. Specially since it sets so late.

But apart from that, it’s really pretty, especially when there’s a bit of weather moving in. The combination of the clouds, the sea and the sun make for some dramatic evening skies.

Heart 104.9 FM

Now this is a radio station you want to listen to. The presenters chat to listeners like they’re old friends – which they often are – and the music is right up my street: a bit of R&B mixed in with some disco and classics from the late 80s and early 90s. There were many times this weekend when I said “Ah, remember this song?” and found myself taking a little trip down memory lane.

Harbour House

Harbour House in Kalk Bay. Photo courtesy Matthew Stark

Ok, so the wasabi was a bit old and the waitress got our order wrong, but sitting on the edge of the ocean eating sushi with a glass of Brampton sauvignon blanc made up for all the shortcomings.

Harbour House is always worth a visit. I particularly enjoy watching the seals lolling about waiting for scraps from the fishermen in Kalk Bay harbour. The closest I get to this in Joburg is watching my labrador scratching his back on the lawn.

The wind

I’m told this is Cape Town’s secret season, when the weather is splendid and the city starts getting a little quieter.

The first few days of our trip were remarkably (and most unusually) wind-free, which made al fresco dining exceptionally pleasant. But last night when the wind came up it was like a familiar lullaby guiding me sweetly to sleep. Cape Town is just not the same without the wind.

Another perfect day

After a bit of a dodgy start, it looks like we’re in for another glorious day in the Mother City today. Three more days of this and I’ll be ready for whatever Gauteng has to throw at me. Bring it on, I say!

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