Time for South African wine!

LOCATION: Capetown, South Africa
WEATHER: Gorgeous again. Sunny. High 69

Today was #3 of our 3-day Hop-on-Hop-off bus, so away we went again. No time for slackers!

We picked up the bus at a different spot today. As we were waiting for the bus, some guys (black) came up and started hassling us a bit. A white local guy came over to make sure we were ok. It is not just a black/white thing. Later in the day a white street guy followed us endlessly pestering us until a black security guy helped us out. We don’t see a lot of this, but statistically Capetown has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Security, though, is very prevalent.

In any case, off we went on the bus. Whee!!!!!!

Today’s destination was the wine area near Capetown (as opposed to the Wineland Hills where we will be going later). The first stop on the bus was at this winery restaurant. Since it was time to eat, we checked it out. Good idea!

A lady came around and said they were giving free samples of a new Tanqueray gin and wondered if we would like to sample it. Sure. Free! To our happy surprise, the samples were full tasty drinks, not just a little taste. It was a G&T made with a fruity gin, with cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Very good!

The restaurant was a tapas bar, and we shared some cheese toasties and grilled calamari. All excellent with superb service – and inexpensive! Capetown is known for its international cuisine. We have eaten all our dinners at home, but have eaten some meals out for lunch – French crepes, Portuguese sausage, and today these Spanish tapas.

One of the wine route bus stops was at South Africa’s oldest winery. Wine was first made here in 1635. Notice the thatched roof…

The wine tasting was about the best we have ever experienced – nice-sized tastes, reasonable prices, and friendly staff.

We toured the estate and the wine cellar. The grounds are beautiful, too

This protea is South Africa’s national flower and is everywhere

We had heard that baboons are a problem, and spotted this sign where people were picnicking. Oops!

Back on the bus through the fancy beach area again. At the end of the route, we hopped on one of the bus company’s canal boats (included in our pass). There is a whole different world along the city’s canals – full of beautiful condos.

By the time we got home, it was 7:30 – another long day.

DINNER: Japanese udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables and leftover pork, diced. Very tasty. We learned the hard way that liquor is not sold on Sundays after 6:00, so it was a meal without beer or wine. A sad way to end a nice day day of wine. There is always tomorrow….

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