Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Exploring Further Afield

Our exploration of Capetown had given us a really good appreciation for the city and we decided that it was time to explore a bit further.  Paul was able to find a car rental, despite the fact that we were looking at the last minute in the busy season. Our first adventure took us to a beach close to our accommodations called Sunset Beach. We sat on the white sand and watched hundreds of kite Surfers skimming over the ocean waves and Leaping high in the air. Table Mountain was in the background and it was really lovely.

We made our way a bit further up the coast and watched a beautiful sunset. The wind was blowing a gale and was whipping the tops of the waves as they crashed to shore.  It made for a very picturesque sunset.

The next day we decided to take a trip toward Posternoster, along the Atlantic seaboard.  The day was lovely with beautiful blue skies.  We were astounded to travel past miles and miles of sand dunes all along the coast.  It was arid and starkly beautiful.  We stopped at the West Coast National Park where we could observe birds from blinds and to swim in a Lagoon. Again a very beautiful area.  That Lagoon is huge and the birds enjoy fishing and othewise living in the unique environment created by the mostly inland salty water.

 An old farmhouse stands on the park grounds and has been restored and is used as a restaurant. It is a good example of the Old Dutch architecture.

The sky was beautiful and very dramatic.
We pressed on to Paternoster which is a fishing village on the Atlantic. Again a beautiful beach with huge waves met us. It was very hot so we found a shady restaurant to have a late lunch as we watched the waves crash ashore. This area is famous for its lobster and oyster fisheries and we saw some of the rickety boats used for this. It is also well known for uts white washed hones which makes it very picturesque.  We spent a short time on the beach as the sun was very strong and then made our way back to our apartment.

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