November! What a month! Packing up our apartment, getting everything sorted for our move, whilst still trying to have some fun and do work in between. We have also finally booked our flights and are leaving for Australia at the beginning of February. So this gives us December and January free to explore and spend as much time with friends and family as possible.
Here are a couple of things we got up to during November:
Sea Point Pavilion Swimming Pool
We are not sure why we haven’t visited the pools before, especially when the temperature averages between 18°C- 24°C at the pools and the ocean averages at about 18°C. The Sea Point Pavilion Swimming pool is a great place to take a dip or even to swim laps for training. It has become one of our favourite places to go on a hot summer day, we pack some lunch, find a spot overlooking the sea, catch a tan and swim in the pools.
Cost: R22 for an adult entry to the pools (at the time of publishing)
Jenna’s parents live up in the Garden Route. This is a beautiful area that stretches from Mossel Bay to Storms River, with great beaches, beautiful hikes in the mountain and the perfect to unwind.
Whilst in the Garden Route, we ate at the TransKaroo restaurant at Great Brak River. The restaurant is inside the old train station near the bridge to the island. There were 6 of us that went for Sunday lunch, each person ordered something different for mains and all had dessert. Everyone thought the food was absolutely delicious! The portions are generous and the prices are very good, especially when comparing it to Cape Town restaurants. They also have a great wine selection and serve a couple of local craft beers. We would say this is definitely a place to try when up in the Garden Route.
After visiting the folks in the Garden Route, we went to Robertson and stayed at Die Laaitjie for 2 nights. Whilst there, we visited 2 of the wine farms along the Roberston wine route, which is well-known for its Chardonnay and we soon found out why!
We have been dying to visit Springfield for ages and are so glad we finally did. Springfield has a beautiful tasting room overlooking a dam, under the trees. But most importantly, they have the MOST delicious wines! This is a must stop and make sure you have some space in your car, as you will end up buying a few bottles of wine!
Esona Boutique Wine Estate
Esona has a cute little tasting room overlooking the vineyards, above an old cement fermentation tank (be sure to ask for a quick tour). We enjoyed a tasting that compares the vintages and it’s quite amazing how different each year tastes. Their tastings are done in Riedel glasses, paired to suit each type of wine. They also offer a “taste the difference” tasting where you taste the same wine in Riedel wine glass and a normal wine glass.
So our apartment is all packed up and we are living between friends and family until we head off to Australia, December promises to be a month packed full of fun activities as we will have plenty of time to explore new places.