As funny as it afterwards sounds, after three weeks on the road, coming back to Stellie felt magical. I wish I remembered every day to appreciate the little things that felt so good this night – the Summer breeze outside, taking a shower in own bathroom, squeezing PJ out of breath, waking up next to your special person next morning… I even saw my room through new eyes. It is only when you come back and realise how much you take for granted 🙂
Though I’ve known this for years, I got a good reminded that I am a city girl by heart. I do love exploring untouched nature and being close to the beach, but it’s cities where I feel most alive and inspired. While driving, I often caught myself daydreaming about living or at least visiting New York or Hong Kong again soon. Also I spent a lot of time thinking how I want my life in Helsinki to look like whenever I go back. But, first I’ll focus making most out of my time in Stellie and later in Cape Town. I hope to move there in December and could not be more excited.
Anyway, next morning it was time to head to Cape Town to welcome my visitors to South Africa. We met at Mount Nelson where my parents and my godmother and her husband were already sophisticatedly sipping high tea 😀 A bit too fancy for me, but gorgeous pastries they had indeed. My two restaurant recommendations are Blues at Camps Bay for seafood and Black Sheep at Kloof Street. Everything has always been divine but the ostrich fillet & chocolate brownie is what brings me back to this place. People who know me well understands if I say that my relationship with this restaurant is comparable to Pastor in Helsinki… Always good vibes, food and service. We were lucky for have PJ join us for dinner, I knew my parents would love her as well. 😀
Next few days we spent in Stellies, I sent the visiting team to vineyards. I made a comeback to gym, finalised uni work and cuddled as much as possible before hitting the road again. On Saturday morning, we headed towards Hermanus for whale watching. And that’s only the first stop of our Garden Route trip. I think its safe to say this October is the most kilometre heavy so far.
Some highlights past week
Rust En Vrede lunch. The steak and red wine combo is divine and the scenery and interior design is simply beautiful
Grabbing a fresh juice after too long break
Hitting the gym felt soooo good
Endless chocolate brownies in the search of a challenger for Black Sheep’s one
Live Bait at Simonstown. We had the most amazing fresh seafood lunch here. The interior reminds me of Hamptons and you can sit at the window by the Ocean and spot seals having a nap on the rocks
Observing how penguins spend their days at Boulder’s Beach
We spent few nights in Camps Bay (I can 100% recommend Atlantic Bay Suites for accommodation, simply the cosiest guesthouse with beautiful rooms, breathtaking view, perfect location, and great breakfast. I hope I have a chance to go back there). I fell for this area even more now that I had a chance to explore it better. The combination of Lions Head and Twelve Apostles mountains, the ocean, gorgeous neighbourhoods and nice beach town vibes make it my favourite area in the Mother City.