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South Africa : V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Hi! Look at this – my favourite day of the week is back! It’s Travel Tuesday!

Last week I started my South African Series and this week, I pick up exactly where we left off, at the moment when I was about to land in Cape Town.

We landed, and after stopping by the bathroom to brush my teeth (thank you 24-hour trip), I passed the custom, assured them I was leaving a couple weeks later, grabbed my luggage and exited into the warm air of early October. My person, T, arrived running a few seconds later. So many emotions! In movies, they show a lot of couples reunited, running in slow motion towards each other, well that also goes for friends, I can tell you! It was also so strange to see her in South Africa. Our friendship had become so associated with Scotland that it was weird to have displaced it!

We drove to her home where we joined her family. I had previously met them all on their different trips to St Andrews so it was fun to come and already know everyone. I felt welcome and in good hands right away. I seriously couldn’t have fell into a better family!

Not going to lie the fist day (or perhaps the first week…or perhaps the entire trip) I had T walk in to the room to make sure there were no rain spiders. It was basically the thing I was most apprehensive about! And after that tour, that took a little longer than expected because of my phobia, I crashed for a well-deserved horizontal nap. Later that night, we had a nice dinner and then chatted away, catching up on the last few weeks we had been apart.

The next day is where the actual fun began – and by fun, I really mean exploring! We headed out into Cape Town. The drive into the city centre was amazing – getting a great view of the iconic Table Mountain and arriving at the Waterfront. It was so beautiful! It was a bit windy, and early October means it is Spring and therefore changing weather, so it felt a bit fresh, but the warm sun was still much appreciated after a year in Scotland!

We parked near the Aquarium (which we would later visit) and walked into the fabulous V&A Waterfront – and yes V&A also does stand for Victoria and Albert! As you walk through, you get bombarded by people with their boats, and their special cruises, etc.

There are so many different ways to explore the waterfront: there are bicycle to rent, you can go on a cruise around the bay, or even on a helicopter ride. I believe it is also through the V&A that you can boat to Robben Island to go visit the island and its museum. It’s all really depending on your budget and your interests. We decided to simply walk – especially for my first day in town!

And later, we met one of her friends for sushi at Sevruga – which is by far one of the best sushi restaurants I’ve been to in my life, and, with the exchange rate, cheapest as well!

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All in all a fabulous first day, I would say! And the V&A Waterfront is a must-see/experience in Cape Town!

Do you have great reunions with your friends?xx

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Linking up with the lovely Bonnie, Courtney, Cynthia & Yalanda.

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  • Such beautiful pictures. I love the clouds lingering over the mountains against the blue sky! I have to admit that South Africa has never been on my bucket list but I think that’s probably because I know very little about it so I’m excited to see all the adventures you had there.
    I can relate to your emotional airport reunion. I hadn’t seen one of my best friends for over a year and we were reunited at the airport… there were tears! Happy Travel Tuesday!

  • Wow! That is so pretty! Somewhere I have always wanted to go. http://www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

    • Aw yes I have to agree – it was gorgeous! A very nice introduction to Cape Town 🙂

  • Reunions with old friends are always the best, but it doesn’t hurt to have them somewhere so beautiful! x

    • Completely agree! First goal of this was the reunion, and the amazing trip that ensued was just an amazing bonus 🙂

  • I want to go!!! Looks so fun and there is something about coastal towns that I absolutely love

  • Lovely! I can’t wait to hear more about your South African adventures. If I had a friend who lived in a place known for any terrifying insect, I’d definitely make them go ahead of me into rooms, too, hahaha.

  • This waterfront there looks so beautiful! I love how you prefer to T as your person. Not even “best friend” but just straight to “person” :))

  • I got shivers just thinking about rain spiders…eek! These photos are lovely though, and the last one made me laugh out loud, haha. Sounds like lots of fun!

  • Oh I would love to visit South Africa. Totally jealous.

  • It looks absolutely beautiful! South Africa is definitely on my list!

  • I so want to go!! Love all your photos – that last one made me laugh, it’s so cute! Reunions with friends are always the best too 🙂 x

  • I don’t think I’ve read any any ones adventure to south Africa before so I’m really excited to read about this series! Looks like a gorgeous place to start your trip.
    I always walk, I find when people try to encourage you on their tours and such, I get really overwhelmed and frustrated. Plus having a local friend to help out is always good 🙂

  • I know almost nothing about South Africa, but Cape Town’s waterfront looks gorgeous! Those views of Table Mountain are absolutely stunning. I have a feeling that this series is really going to make me want to visit South Africa…

  • Oh look – there’s a minion! 😛 Love the pictures and can’t wait to read more about your experiences in South Africa. I’ve been trying to convince the hubby for years to go to Africa with me. A return trip to Uganda and a new trip to SA would be my game plan!

    P.S. I nominated/challenged you to name the top 5 places you’d want to re-visit as part of a promo going on: http://thriftygypsytravels.blogspot.com/2014/11/5-places-that-draw-me-back.html

  • Beautiful!! I love your shots with the clouds hovering on top of the mountains! I’d love to see Cape Town one day.

    BTW – I have no idea what a rain spider is, but I’m not even going to google it. It’s too close to bedtime and I don’t want nightmares. 🙂

  • I love this series already! Your photo’s are beautiful and make me want to go there right now!

  • That mountain with the clouds just falling over the top of it! It is weird to see someone in a different country to the one you associate them with!

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