SPIRIT OF FREEDOM
They say sometimes we feel at home in places we have never been. Perhaps it was the mountains in the sea, or the warmth of its people that captured my soul. The vastness of Cape Town’s beauty can only be understood breathing her air, on her terms, with her people.
It was love that brought me to Cape Town for the first time. But it was those special friends, courageous and fierce women that I met along the way who taught me “the spirit of freedom” … who made me open my eyes to things I did not see, and who awakened my yearning to return whenever possible.
May Africa’s majesty and beauty continue to inspire your journey through life, and reveal to you all of the secrets she has to share…There’s too much adventure ahead”
– Caroline Gibello
Cape Town is the Mother City of Africa, where you can escape to Table Mountain and feel the grandeur of nature. This majestic mountain is six times older than the Himalayas, and presides calmly over the city and wilderness below. In some moments, she can let you see everything clearly beneath you, feeling as if you own the world, and seconds later, unexpectedly make you walk through the clouds as if on another planet, to brave the mystery of the unknown.
Perhaps a reminder of life’s curvy journey.
No matter what you are looking for, whether it’s surfing in freezing waters, relaxing on windy beaches or going to gatherings of friends enjoying a great Braii, you will find it.
Adventurous souls can go hiking on Devil’s Peak or paragliding from Lion’s Head. If you are an explorer or a cyclist, the scenic route to Chapman’s peak is a must to enjoy without rushing. You can horseback on the unspoilt sands of Noordhoek beaches, breathe the mysterious air of Misty Cliffs and feel the energy of the strong currents crashing against the rocks in the furthest point of Cape Point.
“Wherever you look, there is beauty, something to lift the spirits – the mountains, the sea, nature.”
– Karen Roos”
There are choices for all tastes from visiting African penguins in the white sandy coves of Boulders beach to being hypnotized by the “flying ninjas,” professional kitesurfers playing with the wind at Table View.
Art and design lovers will also be tempted to bring a few memories home, from local crafts in Simon’s town, Long street or emerging designers and artists in Woodstock and Brie Street. After a day of shopping, you can immerse yourself quickly back into nature just in time to see the sunset and admire the majesty of the “12 Apostles” on the beach, while enjoying a chilled glass of wine.
You cannot leave this country without exploring and tasting its magnificent food and wines. Their beautiful vineyards from Constantia, Franschhoek to Stellenbosch will leave you wondering how many other things there are to savor.
If you have not yet visited this angle of the world, then it is time to adventure into these “mountains in the sea” and explore your spirit of freedom.
Cape Town is part of my 2018 list of “Special Tours with Nomad Voyageur” to explore and discover with all your senses . See more info at nomadatelier.com/bespoke-experiences.
MY TRAVELING TIPS:
MY FAVORITES FOR SHOPPING:
Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road & Bree Street.
Love having a late breakfast or lunch at Superette and then walking around Woodstock Exchange, a former warehouse with film studios, workshops and places to hang out and feel the creative vibe. You might enjoy also Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour if you are a tea lover. While if you’re in the center of the city, Hemelhuijs is a must for an exquisite culinary breakfast experience with a sophisticated modern touch.
Another one of my favorites is Café du Cap where you can stop by for a quick lunch even though once you sit down you feel like staying for hours in its cozy atmosphere.
Lunch & Dinners:
If you want the best meat in town and a real typical place then don’t miss going to Nelson’s Eye (you can also bring any precious bottle of wine you want and they will gladly serve it for you)
One of my favorites serving inventive menus in beautiful ambiences is The Pot Luck Club, a glass rooftop bar and gallery. And of course if you want to go to it’s mother restaurant The Test Kitchen make sure to book months in advance.
To get out of the city, my favorite lunch is at Delaire Graff on the Stellenbosch Estate where you can enjoy the magnificent views and admire their art collection.
WHERE TO STAY:
Babylonstoren is the perfect spot during winter. Relax with a massage or experience their wonderful spa and make sure to enjoy their curated meals but make sure to book ahead.
One of my favorites is to enjoy a chilled glass of wine or beer close to the forest. Book ahead for a mountain view spot at ROUNDHOUSE.
Or head out to Babylonstoren where the food, its beautiful gardens and beautiful packaged products don’t let you escape without buying something to take home.
If you are in town on Saturday, going to the Old Biscuit Mill is a must. You can get lost between 100 food stalls where its hard to decide where and what to eat. No better place to feel the town vibe especially at lunchtime.
WHERE TO ESCAPE:
Adventure to Table Mountain early in the day in case the weather changes. Escape in the evening to Tagore’s in the Observatory neighbourhood, a little underground kind of venue for free thinkers.