Friday, September 16, 2011

A Few Pictures of Hermanus

After fetching the Bernina sewing machine in Hermanus, Matt and I took Matilda for a walk along the cliff path. It's a beautiful area of the cape, definitely something to show to overseas visitors. Quaint hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses sit across the road from the cliff path. On the other side of the path the land drops away to the sea, offering exceptional sea views from the path, the road and the guest houses.

Above: A view of Hermanus from the cliff path. It really is a lovely walk, but be sure to take a beanie or a hat, because the wind can be pretty icy at times.

Above: Matilda in a typical Scottie pose. On the way home, a fellow asked to take a picture of her because he'd never seen a Scottish Terrier without the typical Scottie haircut. Perhaps it's time for her first trip to the dog parlor?

Above: There's a whale in this picture. It's underwater, but it's there, I promise.

Hermanus, and especially this little coastal path, is a lovely place to go whale watching. The best time of year is right now, September, because it is still early spring and the whales will be performing their baby-whale-making shenanigans close to shore. Ask any local for directions to the cliff path near Fick's Pool. The locals are generally friendly and will point you in the right direction.

This small town is a tourist hot spot in summer, offering a variety of accommodation styles; from backpacker's lodges to luxury hotels. There are dozens of activities to choose from (besides whale watching), such as swimming with sharks, hiking, water skiing and line fishing. Hermanus is between 1.5 and 2 hours drive from Cape Town, depending on traffic.

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