Although we are not wine drinkers, we can certainly appreciate the stunning landscape of the wine regions.
We headed out early this morning to visit the town of Stellenbosch and then its neighboring town of Franschoek.
Firstly, we passed by some townships on our way out of Cape Town.
Then we started heading into the mountains and got some of these views:
Stunning is all I can say.
We walked through Stellenbosch, enjoying the Old Europe feel to this town.
Just outside of Franschoek there was a motor museum with an extremely rare private car collection. Rob took the boys there and he was in heaven. Zandra and I tried to just walk the grounds, but were stopped by security so we just hung out in the lobby and bought some tasty home baking from the lobby shop.
We would have loved to have stopped to have lunch at one of the gorgeous cafes in Franschoek, but at this stage in our journey our kids are getting a bit unruly (fighting, bickering, teasing, taunting) and our patience is slim (it was a rough day overall).
So, we opted not to have the frustrating experience of enjoying a lovey café meal with them. Rather, we stopped at the side of the highway and had lunch at Wimpys. I didn’t bother to take a picture. What I really needed a picture of was how many free candies my kids took on their way out of the restaurant.
We finally made our way to Table Mountain – one of the top things to do in Cape Town. The mountain, well, it looks like a table top! There is a gondola that you take up – but sometimes it is closed due to high winds, so we were happy it was open and relatively clear to see the views.
The views were spectacular. Breathtaking! I am totally aware that from this point on I am posting waaaaayyyyy too many pictures, but I can’t help it. It was truly beautiful.
^^ Yes, totally not us climbing that mountain…
^^Not us either. I like to use Rob’s heart attack as the reason we would never be allowed to do this sort of thing. That’s the only reason.
Shaun finally made an appearance – even though he was with us the whole time.
The clouds were moving so fast and we got rolled into several of them! It was freezing up there!
We walked along the path as far as you could go. It really was stunning. We all wanted to take similar poses ( I like having the kids pose individually even if it is the same pose, as I use it in their individual Valentine albums). I have to give Zach credit too, many of these photos are his:)
^^ Take it fast! It’s really windy!!
^^ Have I said anything about Gabe’s boots yet? Well, as we were leaving, heading through the Toronto airport, I noticed Gabe was wearing these big boots. He informed me those were the only “shoes” he brought. I was ** this ** close to freaking out – but figured, it’s his feet. He wore those dang boots everywhere – even in the heat. We chuckled every time we saw him. But apparently we have no style. We’ll discuss this again in 20 years when he looks at the pictures…Although they look perfectly normal hiking today. But the other days, in the heat?!?!?
^^Umm Zach. It sort of looks like you are about to push Josh. I’m guessing that is the next step. Then a fight happens. Then Zach would deny everything. He certainly likes to instigate and now I have the proof in photo.
^^Standing in the clouds!
After waiting in the freezing cold to take the gondola back, we got in our absolutely perfect parking spot (the absolute closest spot to the gate; avoiding the 20-30 minute walk up hill from the main parking at the front entrance – small things that make you happy) and headed back to crash.
The kids played in the pool while Rob and I chilled in the hammocks and read. As I mentioned, the kids were getting a bit unruly, so many little fights ensued.
(I sometimes can’t stand how badly my kids treat each other. I got so seriously mad at one of them, that I threw him into the pool. Yup. I was mad. It wasn’t a cute, funny kind of throw into the pool…it was a full, “I’m fed up” throw into the pool (but very deserved))
They can be cute when they are playing like this though. So I’ll put a picture in to make it seem like this is what they are always like:
We rested a bit more and I ended up watching another glorious sunset before we headed back to the V&A Waterfront to our same little Café Alfredo (which I forgot to get a pic of) and enjoyed another yummy meal.
^^On our way to the waterfront for dinner. Can you see the moon and star (or planet!) It was just gorgeous!
Tomorrow is our last day. We are heading to the beach….