One evening, Catherine and I took a nice drive to Bloubergstrand. She had told me about this area and I was happy that she finally had an opportunity to show it to me. We wanted a nice evening out – Somewhere we could sit and enjoy the sunset near the beach. We searched around a bit and ended up dining at Ocean Basket.The sun was bright and we were sitting at a big window. It was perfect – We could see the beach from the restaurant. Our waitress was named Patience. It was a fitting name because you had to have patience to sit at her table. I ordered fish and chips and Catherine ordered some sushi. After what seemed like an eternity, I received my food. After that we just sat waiting for Cat’s food. We could see the sushi bar from where we were sitting, and even before my food arrived we could see Cat’s order on the counter. Just sitting there. We waited. And waited. Eventually we had to tell Patience that our sushi was ready. We laughed about the irony of her name.
This is a beach in Cape Town, located along the shores of Table Bay, about 25 km to the north of Cape Town city centre. The name of this beach is Afrikaans and it literally means “blue mountain beach” derived from Blaauwberg, a nearby mountain. Bloubergstrand is mainly residential and attracts a large number of visitor. Much of Bloubergstrand’s attraction lies in it’s white sandy beaches from which the view of Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town is amazing. A short 6.9 km west of the coast is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the island can be seen from the beach at Bloubergstrand.
Yummy – California Rolls! My Catherine loves sushi!!
After dinner we turned the corner and got some ice cream from a small place that Cat told me about. She has bought soft-serve ice cream there many times, and she wanted to share this experience with me. Chocolate dipped ice cream AND sushi… She was a happy girl!
This is the MV Seli 1, a Turkish bulk carrier, that was en route to Gibraltar when it was driven aground off Bloubergstrand by strong westerly winds shortly after midnight on September 8th 2009, after reporting engine failure and a snapped anchor chain.
We crossed the road and sat on the beach looking at the stranded vessel, and the beautiful view of the ocean and Table Mountain. It was amazing to think how long this vessel had been stuck there!
How fortunate I was to be spending time with Catherine in her hometown. Cape Town is really beautiful and there is so much to do and see.
Blouberstrand consists of a long white beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The water here is very cold due to the cold Benguela current but this beach is popular with surfers. The bay on the west side of Bloubergstrand, known as “Big Bay”, has become a very popular kitesurfing spot due to the winds bringing 1 to 3m surf for the majority of the year.
This area of Cape Town is known for it’s wind.
This is not good when combined with long hair and ice cream.
Catherine and I walked on the beach for a while and dipped our feet in the water every now and again. She picked up some pebbles and gave them to me to keep as a reminder of this beach in Cape Town.
The sunset was spectacular and we had a wonderful time walking along the beach, while admiring the breathtaking view. We hope to return to Bloubergstrand again some time in the future. Catherine likes to run next to this beach, so perhaps we will go jogging here one day.