It took me a few years of promising myself that I am going to explore the Bo Kaap in Cape Town. At long last I was able to do it in May 2019.
We spend about an hour walking around and I took some photo’s. I must say it was very busy and you had to keep a eye on the traffic too.
We visited Atlas the spice shop on Waal Street.
I would like to go to the Bo Kaap again early morning when it is not so busy so that I can take some more photos of the colorful historical buildings. I also think we missed a few streets and hidden gems…
So photographing the Bo Kaap is back on my Photography Bucket List….
Here is some interesting facts of the Bo Kaap that I got from the internet…. For more information please visit Cape Town Travel
“The earliest development in the Bo Kaap area was undertaken in the 1760s by Jan de Waal. Subsequently, the area became known as Waalendorp. It has also been known as the Malay Quarter, the Slamse Buurt, and Scotcheskloof. Translated from Afrikaans, Bo Kaap means ‘Above the Cape’. Part of the Bo Kaap’s charm is the mix of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural styles. You can actually visit one of the oldest buildings in the Bo Kaap because it has been turned into a museum. The Bo Kaap Museum, which showcases local Islamic culture and heritage, was built by Jan de Waal in 1768, and is the oldest house in the area still in its original form.”
Well now it is getting real…. Last week we got our visas, yesterday I finished our detailed itinerary and today it’s 26 days before we depart for Scotland.
You are going to think I am crazy, but I have packed my suitcase and weighed it. Unpacked it and put everything together. I have plenty of kilograms left for gifts and information leavelets….
I have made my checklists for what to buy for trip and what to pack. Tomorrow I am buying the last few things then I am ready to start packing and go and explore beautiful Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.
I worked on our detailed itinerary in the early mornings before I start working, during my lunch hour, at night after we had supper and over the weekends. Did research, draw up a list of places I would like to capture and visit. Over a period of nearly 6 month’s of adding and removing places. Changing our routes to cover as much as possible I am finally finished…
Now I am busy drafting my travel blog so that I can just add photos and some details of what happend on the day. Our days are going to be packed and I will only post late at night or very early the next morning. So to save time do drafts to make it a bit easier for me.
Well it has been an absolute pleasure sharing our weekend at Berghoff Fynbos Farm with you all here on my blog.
Here’s a few more photo’s I took before heading back home…
We had a awesome time although on our way back home Mornè’s car broke. I would not recommend that you go to visit in a normal sedan. Normal cars are not made to withstand that bumpy road. Don’t get me wrong if the roads were in better condition even though it is a dirtroad I would surely visit more often. Unfortunately I do not have a 4×4 or a vehicle that can take the punch.
So to sum up the only reason at this stage that is keeping me from going back is the road. I am not afraid of dirt roads and I love driving on them but the damage and costs involved to fix your car is just too much.
The views on your way back are absolutely stunning….
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and I look forward to sharing more of my travels with you.
After our walk it was time to cool down. The kids spend the most of the day on the water in the canoe and the little boat.
Lian my youngest love to try out new things and it was no surprise when he took out the canoe and boat for a spin on the water.
It was nice and cool down by the pond.
Armand my oldest is not really physical guy. He will be found in front of his computer either playing games, watching movies or series. I was very surprised when I saw him in the boat with his brother from the house. I grabbed my camera and took some photos. Then Desiree and I walked down to the pond to have a closer look.
Desiree is not really one who likes to try new things. Armand has this power of pursuasion and after a while she was in the boat and enjoying herself. Later Lian took the rope of the boat tied it to his canoe and started pulling her to the center of the pond. Untied her and left her there so that she have to paddle back to land.
Aran my brother’s little boy is just like his dad and nephew Lian. Love taking chances and trying out something new.
The biggest kid of all, my brother took Morgan out on the water too. She did not want to get out of the boat after that….
After Breakfast we all went for a walk and I captured the most beautiful landscapes and flowers.
One thing my boys have gotten from me is they both also love nature and photography. At one point in their lives both wanted to persue a career in photography and believe me that was very flattering but I told them that they can always do photography combined with another career or as a paid hobby.
Both are persuing a career in IT and I am super proud of them.
The morning of dad’s birthday I woke up very early to capture the sunrise and to prepare his birthday breakfast.
It was so peaceful and quiet. Just before sunrise the birds started singing and flying from one protea tree to the next one. Unfortunately I could not capture them because I was busy with breakfast and had to go inside and check on the progress from time to time…
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Hope you enjoyed the sunrise just as much as I did.
Nothing beats a glass of gin, cranberry juice and tonic while sitting and enjoying the sounds and views before sunset….
Birds calling to one another while getting ready for bed… Even the insects are more noisy than during the day…
Then there is my dad collecting extra wood so that we can make a “geselsvuurtjie” as he calls it. Let me explain this is the fire that is made after the food is finished and we all gather around the fire and sit and talk… These are precious times that I will cherish for the rest of my life….