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Soaking up the sun

Soaking up the sun
She sat on the embankment at Camps Bay beach, staring into her phone, seemingly waiting for something or someone. After the longest of time she simply stood up and left. I'd been mistaken, all she was doing was soaking up the sun.

Camps Bay volleyball last summer

Camps Bay volleyball last summer
How time flies. I was super busy in April and then I was off to India for a couple of weeks, so Cape Town Daily Photo has suffered a lack of daily photos for a while now. The contrast of the warm Indian climate against our present cold and wet weather is really making me miss summer... hence this photo (taken back in March) as a little reminder of summer. Enjoy!

Kickback to summer

Kickback to summer
I've been away for some time, and in that time it seems that summer has left us and winter had rained down with all it's glory. With that in mind, and the fact that I have a few posts to catch up on, I'll be posting a few photos that I took earlier this year. Enjoy!

SUP ‘n splash in Camps Bay

SUP 'n splash in Camps Bay
In yesterday's post I mentioned that I'd been out on the ocean with Kaela from Camps Bay SUPS. What I failed to mention was how utterly useless I was on the water. It was quite ridiculous, actually. Allow me to tell you the story:

About six weeks ago I spent the better part of an hour paddling around on the V&A Waterfront canals. It was *really* easy. I had my balance within only a few seconds (probably due to years of skateboarding, I figured, ha) and the only reason I eventually fell in was because I was horsing around, testing my stability, you see.

Anyway, fast forward six weeks. I figured my outing at Camps Bay was going to be a cinch. I had this all wrapped up. I was definitely going to impress my host. I grabbed a board and headed for the water, wading in until I was deep enough to be behind most of the tiny wavelets.

With a grand display of prowess I hopped onto the deck, pulling myself up onto my knees (as the clever NaishInternational's YouTube lesson instructed). Man, I was on top of this. King of the SUPs.

I paddled slowly over the next swell in the ocean's surface - and with that, it had come: my moment to shine. I queued that part of the YouTube video in my mind and, following its instruction, I jumped onto my feet, landing beautifully, squarely, on the deck. Perfectly perpendicular to the board. My moment of glory. This was going to be fantastic.

It was then that I noticed a strange tipping to the left of the board. Hmmm. Why was the left side sinking? No matter, I corrected by shifting my weight to the right... and then to the left, and the right again, left, right, left, right... *SPLASH!*

As I rose from beneath the calm ocean waters, I imagined how the entire beach was surely standing on their tippy-toes watching, silently giggling, definitely pointing. Kaela (on the other hand) appeared to have expected this, graciously seeming as though she hadn't seen a thing.

I gripped the board, pulled myself up onto my knees. I had this down. Man, I know how to get onto my knees. Oh, wait.

Anyway, to cut a long story a little shorter, I proceeded to repeat the sequence of standing and falling about 20 times over the next 30 minutes until I eventually relented, perching on my knees, entertaining my host with a million questions about anything that would distract from my apparent lack of sea legs.

Now, it wasn't all bad. Even though I was utterly useless (this time around) it was huge amounts of fun being out at sea, beyond the waves, watching the sun descending. It was peaceful, beautiful, and for these reasons, as our dear Arnie once said, "I'll be back". I'll surely be back.

SUP hire in Camps Bay

Hire SUPs in Camps Bay
Year on year over the past few I've noticed a massive increase in the number of people getting into Stand Up Paddling. It's not really surprising - it's immense fun and possibly one of the easiest and driest water sports to get in to. Well. Easiest and driest for some, I guess. (More about that tomorrow ;) )

I considering buying a board, but figured it would be wise to first rent one to make sure that it's something I'd actually do. A while back I rented a board from Cape Town SUP, who do rentals in the V&A Waterfront canals. It was loads of fun, so I started looking around for a company who'd hire a board in the Camps Bay and Clifton areas. I wanted to hire a board in the evening so that I could sup as the sky turned orange and the harsh sun was on the descend. Research lead me to Camps Bay SUPS, a new SUP hire company that operates from Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay.

Camps Bay SUPS hires stand up paddle boards at a cost of R150 per hour directly from Cafe Caprice. They also offer day rentals, and are open to discussing weekend or even week-long rentals for those on vacation. I'll tell you a little more about my expedition, but for now, if you're interested, you'll find Kaela's mobile number on their Facebook page. Get in touch via Whatsapp, SMS, or just give her a call to reserve a board.

February Theme Day: What would I miss?

Sunset over the ocean
It was an easy decision when the City Daily Photo community asked, "If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?". I'd miss setting sun's summer glow over our part of the Atlantic ocean. I'd miss the long summer evenings, outlines of friends silhouetted against and orange glow, and how the beach becomes silent at dusk, and how thousands of candles light up the beach on warm February evenings.

The green grass of Maiden’s Cove

The green grass of Maiden's Cove
I don't think I've ever wandered down to Maiden's Cove... I never even realised that they have this green lawn and beautiful view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay. Isn't it spectacular? Unfortunately, I have an idea that this grassy lawn is overrun with picnic-goers during the summer months - so it's probably not quite idyllic before 18h45 (when I took this photo).

French crêpes in Cape Town

French crepes in Cape Town
It's been a real long time since I've had real French crepes. In South Africa, we mostly get pancakes, which are similar to crepes (also round, big, and super-thin), only the batter is somewhat sweeter.

On spotting the stall along Camps Bay's Victoria Street (near Blues), I eyeballed the words "French Pancake" and decided that these probably weren't the real deal. But, when I walked up to the stall I first noticed the Nutella (a filling that's really popular in France), and then realised that the owner really was French - and that the pancakes were indeed real crepes.

I chatted with the owner for a while and learned that he makes both sweet and savory crepes called galettes (made from buckwheat flour), and that he's at Camps Bay most days, unless he's out doing a private function.

Blues, a personal white elephant

Blues, a personal white elephant
Blues (right ahead, on the first floor of the Camps Bay Pavilion) is, arguably, one of the best known restaurants in Cape Town, and probably the best known one in Camps Bay. The strange thing is that even though I've lived in Cape Town all my life, and I've visited Camps Bay dozens of time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - I've never visited Blues. Not for any nefarious reason - it's just that I've never felt particularly interested in going. :-/

Palms on Victoria

Palms on Victoria
Our evenings have started cooling down, the warm days are numbered, and autumn's around the corner. Soon I'll be filling your photo stream with the orange hue of falling leaves, but until then, here's photo one of the more popular places to be in summer.

Suburb of lights

Suburb of lights
No, it's not quite Paris (well, not even close), but the lights of the little suburb of Camps Bay look somewhat pretty at sunset, don't you think? It's a little trixy to see what I mean on this small version - so go ahead, click on the photo to see the big picture, and what I mean. :)

Clouds at sunset

Clouds at sunset
The moon was just-about full, and I guess most thought it would be a perfect evening to hike up Lion's Head. The thing was, even though it's summer, and the day had been really warm, we had enough cloud-cover to obscure the moon almost completely - making the descent dark and slow-going. I remember looking at the top part of Lion's Head when we reached the bottom, noticing how the flashlights formed a sort of sigma symbol as they zigzagged down the hill.

The golden ocean picnic spot

The golden ocean
The rock on which those folk are standing is a little lower down from the main pathway the leads up Lion's Head. Besides for the top of Lion's Head (with it's 360° views) - that's a pretty perfect place for a picnic heh?

Get fit on Lion’s Head

Get fit on Lion's Head
It's a beautiful view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay, don't you think?

On good-weather days hundreds of people walk up Lion's Head - and then you get the few like the two in the lower left corner that sprint up the hill.

The average person will take an hour, or perhaps an hour and a half, to walk up Lion's Head, whereas the two in this photo probably took only twenty or thirty minutes to hit the summit.

The problem with running up the hill is that as the path narrows and the cliffs become more treacherous, it's pretty darn dangerous for the runner and for the people they're running past. I think it was last year that someone graciously stepped aside for a runner, lost their footing, and fell to their death.

Use Lion's head to get fit - but don't endanger others - rather walk the narrow sections.

Summer beach days

Summer beach days
Today is, in fact, my birthday - and as those who know me may suspect, we started the day off overlooking Camps Bay beach from Cafe Caprice, where we had breakfast.

While sitting at Caprice I commented to a friend that the bank of mist hovering over the ocean, just off the beach front, reminded me of San Francisco. I remember setting out on a warm and sunny day to take a trip from Santa Cruz up to Half Moon Bay (both towns are a few miles south of San Francisco on the North American west coast).

The weather along that entire coast line was exactly the same as the weather that we had at Camps Bay today - it was hot and sunny 100 meters away from the coast line, but misty with a cold sea breeze on the beach itself.