Right so the exclusive Kew Bridge development is well under way and fortunately for us there is a new fullers pub that just opened two weeks ago – One Over The Ait pub in kew.
Geneva, what a great city. I was fortunate enough a few years ago to be taken to Geneva by a dear friend of mine who at the time lived in Lyon. We took the train from Lyon to Geneva and ever since I wanted to go back.This year I did just that, I flew out on the Friday evening and spent the Saturday and Sunday in the city. Its a great place to relax with a real sense of that “European” feeling of al freco dining and street cafe’s.
I have a number of trips to Europe planned this year and one of them was to the magical city of Budapest, which I fell in love with.
|Stage at the Etcetera Theatre|
Day 1 – Arrival in Cape Town
The flight from London to Johannesburg is actually a nice flight taking around 12 hours depending on the carrier you choose. I usually select a night flight which means I can sleep at least a bit on the flight.
We stayed in the wonderful area of Table View right next to Bloubergstrand, a neighbourhood overlooking the iconic Table Mountain.
|View over Table Mountain and Cape Town|
Day 2 – Wineland and lunch at La Petite Ferme
This was a wonderful day of driving around the Wine regions of around Cape Town. The areas we visited was Stellenbosch and Franchoek. If you are planning to visit my suggestion would be to stay in or around this area, Franchoek is a quaint little town that will bring you all the best of South Africa, with wine, great food and hospitality.
My number two overall suggestion for visiting Cape Town would be to have lunch at La Petite Ferme. The setting of the restaurant and the food is just exquisite. Its well worth spending a day going out to this little gem.
|Entrance to the vineyard|
|Views from the restaurant down the Franchoek Valley|
Day 3 – Hout Bay
We started the day off going for a really nice breakfast in Camps Bay. What a wonderful area of Cape Town this is. It feels like you are more on the French Riviera rather than Africa when you drive along the houses built up against the mountain. Here you are spoilt for choice to have breakfast and feel the morning sun starting to warm up.
|Camps Bay beach overlooking Lions Head|
The idea was to drive around the mountain through Kloofnek past Constantia via Noordhoek and Chapman peak however we were very quickly stopped and had to make our way back to Camps Bay due to the road being closed for one of the worst mountain fires Cape Town has seen in recent years.
Hout Bay is a stunning town a stone through away from Cape Town with a prime example of one of the many natural harbours that South Africa boast of.
|A little friend welcoming you to the harbour in Hout Bay|
Lunch was planned at Mariners Wharf which is my number 3 suggestion of places to visit when in Cape Town. My suggestion is to have the Calamari Rings here, they are the best I have ever had. Each time I return I am reminded of the great seafood this restaurant has to offer.
|Yellow tail with garlic butter and calamari rings|
Day 4,5 and 6 – West Coast
More often than not visiting Cape Town results in staying in and around the mother city rather than venturing a bit further afield especially not up the west coast, however what a little gem. This is a stunning area with great attractions.
One of those little gems is the west coast national park. Especially make your way Kraalbaai to find untouched and unspoiled beaches with stretches and stretches of white sand. Well worth packing a picnic basket for.
|Kraalbaai lagoon beach|
On the opposite side of the peninsula is the Atlantic ocean at Tsaarsbank with stunning rolling waves. Well worth the stop.
|Tsaarsbank white dunes and rolling waves|
My NUMBER ONE suggestion for visiting Cape Town is going to Die Strandloper restaurant.
|Entrance to the restaurant|
|10 Course Menu|
|Freshly baked bread for the first course|
Day 7 – Calitzdorp
This was a great day driving from the west coast on the infamous route 62 or the “artist route” as its more commonly know. Ths drive is a great drive past all the wine lands, mountain passes and small towns in the Boland like Montagu. The days driving ended in Calitzdorp, where we stayed in the welcoming 365 on St Helena.
|Welcome South African style|
|Wine making in the Boland|
|Great arty farty wine and port bottles|
|Ostrage Farm in Outshorn|
|Grapes skins after being pressed|
This is a quick overview of the wonderful places that I visited. I hope you enjoy and give you an apatite for visiting Cape Town.
|Cream of mushroom soup with smoked duck breast|
The main course was really the star of the show with a wonderful lamb, succulent cooked.
|Lamb main course|
Before dessert we were offered a cheese platter, this is an additional charge or alternatively the cheese platter can be taken instead of the dessert.
Dessert was Strawberries served three ways, fresh strawberries, strawberry mouse and a strawberry sorbet. This was served with burned meringue.
For the last bit of theatre was the lovely biscuits with our coffee. Just perfect to finish the dinner off.
|Biscuits for coffee|
|Entrance to the Brasserie|
|Glimpses of the London eye|
Out table seating was almost the best there were! right on the corner overlooking the river Thames, close to the real classy Jazz band that was ensuring that we had some entertainment too.
|Jazz Band playing live music|
The food was as impressive as the view. I had a wonderful starter of Gorgonzola Panacotta – lovely and a perfect winter starter.
For main course I choose to have the Lamb Shank which I thought was good, but not the best I’ve had, if I must be picky.
And lastly I had a dessert too. A lovely coconut rice pudding with passion fruit.
|Rice Pudding Dessert|
The company was wonderful within a great setting.
Overall the experience is well worth going too. The cost for wine and dinner per person was £50 therefore not the cheapest of restaurants however the ambience and setting coupled with the company made the cost well worth paying for. Value for money? in my opinion YES!
|View from the table|
I am fortunate enough to have friends visiting from Antwerp this weekend, and one of the things I love about friends visiting London is that there is always something incredible to share with them, and last night was no exception.
The request through a whatsapp group conversations was to reserve a theatre show, and with most tourists visiting London, the obvious choice would be to see a musical! – easy to listen to, a simple story line to follow etc. however we collectively decided to opt in for a play this time with an resounding vote towards War Horse. I’ve seen War Horse around 6 years ago, and was extremely impressed with the play so it was a easy “Yes” from me towards the play. I’m was happy to see it again!
Once again! I was not disappointed with the show. It was as captivating as the first time and the craftsmanship of handling those horses just transport you to reality. The acting was first class, with my Belgium friends feeling right at home with the French, and German dialogue! At the end of the show you are left full of emotion and again remembrance for what happened. A new found respect for the soldiers that fought for our freedom today.
A very powerful display!
This come as a very high recommendation – and a almost MUST SEE in London with ticket prices at an average – we paid £62.50 each for stall seats. Pre-booking is a recommendation as the theatre was filled to the brim.
Next time you are in London or if this is your first visit, forget the cheap theatre show ticket office in Leicester Square and make your way to War Horse, its well worth seeing.
As you enter the restaurant, you are transported to the centre of Marrakesh/Fez/Rabat or one of the many other towns in Morocco. The decor set a ambience that is distinctly fit for the name. Low lighting with lanterns. This set the scene for what’s to follow.
|Mezze for starter|
For starters they offer a Mix Mizze to share. I love the sharing platter idea, similar to the meals you would get if you go to a Greek restaurant. They have reasonably priced menu’s with an array of food.
For main course I had the spicy sausage Merguez which was really wonderful and well worth it.
Their feast menus are also worth exploring with a fewer amount of starters but then a few options for the main course.
|Mint tea after the meal|
Dessert is always ended with a nice mint tea. If you wish for something sweet – Baklava is a must.
|Map to Souk Medina|