Cape Town – Newmark

Yay! We have woken up to blue skies and sunshine just as we are heading into Cape Town.  What a bonus in June.  50 minutes of Sat Nav Serena’s perfect directions and we are in the heart of the Waterfront and checking into The Queen Victoria.  It was lovely to be back.  One of the first things that I noticed was that  the picture had been removed from over the fireplace that I really had not liked!  Apparently I was not the only one…  Now the fireplace looked so warm and inviting.  Unfortunately someone else had already nabbed the prime seats right in front of it.  I would have to head up to my room instead.  Location, location, location is what it is all about in Cape Town.  Opening the doors and stepping out onto the narrow terrace in my room it was not lost on me as to how amazing this location is.  Table Mountain stood majestically looking down on me in all it’s picture perfect glory.   I realised very quickly that whether I was staying in the Queen Victoria, Dock House or the V&A Hotel, Table Mountain would be in prominent view.

I head down to reception to meet with Mike and then Craig who took me round to look at all the changes that had happened since my last visit including the fab new modern bathrooms at the V&A – it wasn’t just the artwork that had changed!  They were both so full of enthusiasm it was truly infectious.

I left the Waterfront to take the 2 minute drive to Solana restaurant at La Splendida for lunch on the terrace overlooking the ocean with the waves crashing against the rocks.  A fruit cocktail and tapas sitting in the Cape sunshine.  Perfection!  Last time I had a drink at Solana there was massive construction taking place next door.  Now, you have a funky row of buildings slightly reminiscent of Art Deco Miami Beach.

Now, always ensure that when in Cape Town you have enough time to take in The Waterfront vibe.  Live music, outside cafe culture, modern shopping and African art abound.  When the sun goes down and the lights come on The Waterfront takes on a new life.  Lights twinkling over the water and onto the boats.  Restaurants buzzing and bars full of laughter.

Sadly I needed an early night as we had an early flight the next morning to Port Elizabeth.  I said goodbye to Craig who enthused about our next and final stop – The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet.  He told us to look for the slave bell which used to ring every morning to let the slaves know it was time to line up for work.  What an interesting nugget of information to leave me with!

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