|Beautiful day-trip with the family|
Hermanus is a famous seaside resort in the Western Cape, South Africa. Due to the attractions in this area, Hermanus now offers variety of different festivals, shows and events. Every year the Southern Right Whale migrates to this coast between June and December. This has put Hermanus onto the world tourism map of “must visit” places. The whales arrival is celebrated for a week with the biggest festival in September – The Hermanus Whale Festival. This festival attracts over 150,000 visitors to the coastal town. We have family who live in Hermanus, so we took a drive up there with my folks.
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Justin had never been to this little town, and even though we were, unfortunately, not going there during whale-season, we really enjoyed the scenic coastal and mountain views. We did a number of stops along this one day road-trip. Today we will only share the Hermanus section of the pictures with you, since our day was full of beautiful sights (and, you know, we take so many photos!)
We arrived in Hermanus before noon and met with my father’s sister. We had not seen her since our wedding in 2013, and this would be the first time that she got to meet little Elijah James.
My aunt was so happy to hold and cuddle Eli.
We sat catching up for some time, and then Justin and I took Elijah over to a playground sort of area nearby so that he could crawl around in the grass. On certain days (we can never say which days) he doesn’t like being in the carseat for too long, and since we were going to be doing a lot of driving that day, we wanted to make sure that he had time to crawl around. We put him on the tyre-swing in the tree too. Lots of fun and laughter for all of us!
After saying our goodbyes – wow, it’s so strange to only see family every 3-4 years. Thank goodness for technology!! – we were back on the road. Our next stop was a super cute little farm stall that had the most amazing preserves, dried fruit, cheese, biltong, and other typically South African treats! Justin and Elijah had fallen asleep in the car, so I went inside the store with my folks. My mouth was watering from all the deliciousness in there. We bought lots of cheese and some other snacks.
|Sandwich Biltong… Oh my word, YUMMY!|
With my two resting on the backseat with me, we kept driving along the coast and looked for a place to stop for lunch. My parents knew a place in Rooi Els, called Drummond Arms, so that was where we decided to stop and eat something.
The wind was absolutely inane. You can’t tell from the pictures, but we could barely walk in it! There were signs everywhere warning to be careful of baboons. All the trash cans had special locks on them. Justin really wanted to see a baboon since I have so many stories about them, but unfortunately, no baboons were out on this day. We were very surprised because we always, without fail, see baboons along this ride! While the others found a comfy spot inside and ordered some coffee and food, I went exploring (and tried not to get blown away).
After lunch we were back on the road, slowly making our way along the coast to the Cape Town city centre. The last leg of our drive was the best because we drove along the coast. Breath-taking views on both sides of the road – ocean and mountains!
These drives are always quite tiring. We were all exhausted when we got back to the house. We made a few other beautiful stops and we will share some of those pictures in another post. If we had a car in China, we would definitely do day-trips like this. We can’t beat the views that we got in South Africa though! This place is a gem!