Weekend Wanderings – Out and About in Cape Town
So this weekend was a very full one with lots of outings. for some ideas here are a few of the places we went to:
My sister and I plus our 3 offspring paid a quick visit to the Blue Bird Vintage Market in Muizenberg on friday afternoon. A small indoor market with a few food stalls as well as some crafts for sale which is held every Friday. It was quiet when we were there but possibly it livens up a bit later when people finish work and are looking for something yummy to eat. There is a small section for kids but you had to pay for this and knowing my son he will spend about 5 mins and then want to wonder around with me so we gave that a skip. the decor is lovely – very basic wooden planks and crates for benches, a little bit of bunting and gorgeous dahlias in various vases – totally my style. For more details click here to visit their facebook page.
Friday evening the husband and I took our 2 kids to the constantia waldorf monthly night market (held on the last friday night of every month) we were itching to get out and enjoy the good weather as well as not feeling like cooking so this seemed like a good option. We are not ‘Waldorf’ types but were pleasantly surprised that it was a good cross-section of the local community. We bumped into a few familiar faces. Lots of families were out and enjoying the evening. we got there around 6 and left by 7.30 although it goes on a bit later. My son enjoyed the rides – swings and feeling rather adventurous – the mechanical bull! the hall is full of crafts and homemade produce and it was very busy but not as busy as the assortment of food stands. we sampled the Lebanese and Chinese food (and went back for seconds of the chinese after my son polished it off) it was a fun atmosphere. Reminded me of a small country fair. Definitely worth visiting again.
On Saturday morning I decided that we should continue with our family fun day and we all took a trip to the Iziko museum in The Company Gardens to see the current photography exhibition – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010. WOW what a beautiful display of nature’s majesty. I could have spent all day gazing at the stunning images and reading the little blurbs, however the little ones got a bit bored so we had to make a hasty retreat…
While on the other side of town (or world, depending who you speak to) we paid a visit to the new park near to the stadium in green point which I had heard so much about. Green Point Park is a new public space for all to enjoy located in the shadow of the Cape Town Stadium. what an amazing gift to the city – we are so lacking in safe public spaces and this one is so well thought out and really simple and beautiful. we had such a great time there but it was much too short. families will enjoy the open field to run, the paths to ride and the areas to explore and learn. this is a must see and do for everyone. the park closes at night and there are security guards so it feels really safe. no litter or graffiti to be seen – a real pleasure!
After all this I still managed to meet a girl friend at the Design Indaba at the CTICC for a little bit of inspiration. Lots of fab stands – so much talent it can be quite overwhelming for me, a mom with limited time to do ANYTHING but lots of ideas…. anyway must just remind myself that I will get there and have more opportunities in a short while. This is just a season!
Whew so there you have it – a wonderful weekend of wanderings – in and around Cape Town. Hope you can use the ideas and visit a few new places next weekend. Remember to let me know if you have any good ideas for me!
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