Friday, February 28, 2014

Cape Town: Adios

Cape Town is an incredible place to visit.  It is totally worth going, even when traveling with two young kids...which says a lot.  Next time, I think we will probably rent a house and stay near the beach but I would absolutely stay in town again too.  There is so much to do and I can't wait to go back again. 

On our list of things to do next time:
  • Henry would like to take a boat out to Seal Island to see great white sharks feed on the seals. Obviously not a good idea to take our seal-sized children with us.  TBD.
  • Visit more wineries.  Drink more wine. 
  • Spend more time on the beaches. Not sure I will let anyone in the water though as I've seen what can happen in South Africa on Shark Week.  
  • Make it up to the top of Table Mountain
  • Bring less luggage.  Realistically, this one won't happen but I can dream.  With the kids, we are completely incapable of traveling light.  On this long weekend, we had 3 bags, 1 huge suitcase, 2 car seats, 1 stroller, 1 pack and play, and about 96 kilograms of baby related stuff.  You think you won't bring all this stuff but then, you realize, damn it, you do need it.   

 Our hotel room at the Taj.

 Luckily, we were able to get a room with a separate bedroom. 
With one room, we all go to bed by 7:30.  With 2 rooms, it's slightly better.
We are party animals.

 The bathroom.  Nate liked swimming in the tub.


 Living room.

View from our window.


Teeny protest march outside the hotel.  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cape Town: Day 3

Day 3 in Cape Town starts out with a bang.  I have what I think must be food poisoning*.  But we also have plans to go to have lunch at a winery in Stellenbosch.  So, the show must go on. All day long I am feeling pretty miserable and wish to die but at least, geographically, it is an extremely lovely place to be.

We went to a winery called Noble Hill and I really hope we can make it back there again when I can drink and eat like a normal person.  At Noble Hill, you can either eat at their restaurant or make a reservation for a picnic basket and eat under a tree or umbrella in the vineyard.  We chose the picnic route and they gave us a bottle of wine, freshly baked bread, meats, cheese, homemade guacamole, salads, and fruit.  Nate was even given his own kid picnic basket with PB&J, chips, and yogurt.

In an ideal situation, we would have done a wine tasting, lounged under the shade, eating and drinking for hours.  In this situation, Henry and Nate ate while looking at me with worried expressions.  Henry said the wine there was really good.  I did not try it, I would have sooner played with a tarantula. So, the trip was not exactly what we envisioned but still sort of fun nonetheless.  Can't wait to go back.

*Flash forward 3 days later.  Nate asks for a band-aid on his tummy and then proceeds to vomit for the next 8 hours (after each bout, telling me, "I'm OK, Mommy").  The stomach bug also takes down Henry.  There is a plague on our house and it's not fun.  Nothing worse than a sick little guy.  You would do anything to change places. 


Driving in Stellenbosch.

Noble Hill wine estate.

Wine cellar.

Our host.

Noble Hill restaurant.

Our picnic basket...enjoyed by some. 

Picnic tables and our view.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cape Town: Day 2

Day 2 in Cape Town.  After a failed attempt to go to the top of Table Mountain (somehow standing in a ridiculously long line, in the sun, with a baby and a toddler, wasn't appealing) we headed out to the Cape of Good Hope.  In a nutshell, everything about the excursion was gorgeous.  The drive. The mountains. The water. Everything.  It was pretty humbling to be standing on the southern tip of Africa and I'm pretty sure Ben and Nate were impressed.  Well, at least Nate.  Maybe.  It wasn't Thomas the Train but what can you do?

Cape Point.

Our view from lunch.

Two Oceans restaurant.

Henry and the boys.

Mom tries to take a selfie.  Nate bats the phone away.  
But we do now have a nice picture of background water.

Proof of purchase.

Nate looking for Antarctica.  

More interested in testing the stability of the fence.  Verdict: not very stable.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cape Town: Day 1

Here are some pictures of our first day in Cape Town.  We had an incredible long weekend and, even though I was struck down by food poisoning halfway through, it was so much fun.  We stayed at a great hotel, went to the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain (most of it), Boulder Beach, and visited a few wineries in Stellenbosch.  Both boys had a great time and I'll be posting more on the trip over the next few days.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Floppy Mop Top

When Ben was first born, Nate refused to call him by name and, instead, referred to him as "#2".  Today, we are all on board with saying "Ben".

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Moyo at Zoo Lake

Here is a recent visit to Moyo in Joburg. Moyo is a fun, touristy restaurant that plays African music and does not care if your child runs around and plays with the pebbles on the ground.  In fact, they practically encourage it.  And, hence, we like it there.

Nate going tribal.

Ready to take on the lions.

Great playground across the street from the restaurant.