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Discovering Betty’s Bay

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary
After multiple weekends of work and countless late nights we decided to treat ourselves to a quiet weekend away to just unwind, connect and recharge for our upcoming projects. I booked my first AirBnB late last year and was very impressed with the process and the place we stayed at in Franschhoek. A friend of mine that joined for that trip then used AirBnB with her family and I got a notification that I will get R600.00 off my next trip. Being an AirBnB newbie I had no idea that this would happen and was thrilled to get such a significant discount. Excitedly, I set off to find a magical little cottage in the mountains. Along the coastal drive from Cape Town to Hermanus we kept passing a quaint little town called Betty’s Bay so I had a look for a place and found something exceptional.   IMG_9609 5   For this trip I wanted to make sure that we got enough time to nap, read and relax but I get fidgety so our host suggested we visit the Pringle Bay Village Festival. It was an unbearably hot day but it was incredibly festive with stalls, wine tastings, live bands and delicious treats. We then drove through to Kleinmond to stock up on some groceries for our stay. After this we went home to nap and then headed to the beach to watch the sun set. It is one of the most breathtaking beaches I have ever visited. Beautiful sand dunes opening up to the Atlantic Ocean and a majestic mountain right behind you. I booked a table at The Tides restaurant a week in advance (it fills up very quickly so be sure to book) and the gorgeous fairy lights, impeccable service and most importantly, the fresh seafood blew us away. We ended up having a three-course meal, bottle of wine and even a beer and the bill only came up to about R350.00 each (including a sizable tip). Perfect way to end off our first day. The following day we had a delightfully slow morning making coffee, breakfast and just relaxing. We then headed to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens for a short hike. It is only about R20.00 entrance and it was a spectacular garden. The hiking paths are very easy and accessible and the views are magnificent. We perched on a bench for a while and read American Gods (great book!) ensconced by nature and the beautiful sound of birds. We headed back to our accommodation early afternoon for a quiet braai to end off the trip. There is nothing like early nights, nature and good food to rejuvenate you for the upcoming month.   IMG_9892 7 IMG_3983 3 IMG_9710 1 IMG_9532 IMG_7297 IMG_8355IMG_0058   Take a peek inside our little cottage. If I could air lift this little darling, plonk it on the mountain slopes away from civilization I would move there tomorrow and never leave. It was beautiful. We had the most unfortunate neighbors during our stay but at the end of the day that is just the luck of the draw I suppose. Definitely complete isolation for our next adventure!   IMG_7856 IMG_7947 6 IMG_9609 IMG_7995 IMG_6867 IMG_5157-2 IMG_5978 IMG_6387 4 IMG_7278   This blog post is not sponsored in any way shape or form. If you would like to book your own stay in Betty’s Bay have a look on here. Just a tip: check how far the house is from the main road on Google Maps, it’s quite loud. Stay closer to the beach if you can. All of the photographs are my own and I took them with my iPhone 7. It was interesting to explore the quality that you can achieve with only a cellphone.  

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