Sand and sequins, chardonnay and shopping – that’s just a taste of Cape Town for you

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With the Western Cape and Karoo regions rapidly disappearing in our rear view mirror, we headed back to metropolitan Cape Town for more urban adventures. Our plans for exploring the internationally renowned botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch were  cancelled by an unscheduled rain storm, so we opted instead for the vibrant energy of Greenmarket  Square.  It’s an eclectic and bustling location and the perfect place for last minute one-of-a-kind shopping (trouble, I’m told!!).

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We had an incredible lunch at Barans Shisha Lounge, a Kurdish restaurant overlooking the hustle and bustle of the cobbled streets, with wrap around views of the market and the ever majestic Table Mountain.
Pre-dinner drinks were at the very hip and trendy The Bungalow located at Clifton – arguably one of  the world’s most scenic beaches with its abundance of pretty people and even prettier cars! The restaurant describes itself as “Cotton and Ice. Sand and sequins. Beautiful, bronzed and a little bit blasphemous – it’s the Bungalow. Take balmy, add a splash of bubbly, stir in a breezy blonde, pop in an oyster and it’s the Bungalow. Bungalicious if you will.” Enough said!
As my niece works at a popular “Dawn of the Dead” themed Mexican restaurant called “el burro“,  we decided to give it a try:  the butternut enchilada was particularly delicious. (Amusingly, the location of this restaurant was also that of a popular coffee shop in the early 90′s called Rock Spiders (!)… I remember many early morning/very late night college visits, ordering soup bowls filled with hot chocolate in attempt to gear us up for the inevitable very long day ahead …)  Yet more  fond memories under ever constant African Skies….

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