Remember the game we played as children, ‘Simon says’?
Simon’s Town might be named after an early governer of the Cape Colony, but there was no one to say what we could do or when we could do it in this lovely, laidback little town!
Simon’s Town is about an hour’s drive from the Cape Town CBD, located on the shores of False Bay and has been a naval base for more than two centuries. Currently it is the home of the South African Navy.
I arrived at our home for the weekend, the Mariner’s Guesthouse, by 16:00, which based on Friday afternoon, Cape Town traffic was not bad at all. Boyfriend joined me after work. Having done a shoot at the Mariner’s Guesthouse for TV not too long ago, I knew what to expect ito views. However, not only are the views from the guesthouse magnificent, but Mandy (the Manager) with her beautiful smile and genuine warmth, really was a wonderful bonus!
Mariner’s Guesthouse has 8 rooms, of which all were occupied for the weekend, however we only saw the other guests at breakfast and saw another family while sitting at the fireplace one evening. It’s a cosy place, but with more than enough room and you don’t feel like you’re living in a home with too many other people. J
Saturday was a very lazy start for me and Boyfriend. We hadn’t planned much for the weekend, because we also wanted to take it easy and take it as it comes. Taking it as it comes was more difficult than we thought it would be, because we were expected to choose a breakfast. There was a delicious selection of cereal and fruit and all the rest to start, but then there was the hot breakfast and this was the problem. I had to choose between French Toast and a Jaffle – this was tough, but I chose French toast, promising to go with the jaffle on Sunday morning! The French toast did not disappoint!
We chose a good weekend to head to Simon’s Town, as it was the Saturday that they had the Street Market in Jubilee Square. The market is much like the town itself, quaint, adorable and no one forcing anything on you. We walked from the harbour, to Jubilee Square, to the Warrior Toy Museum. One thing you shouldn’t forget about though are the baboons! When we got to the Main Road, a baboon had just managed to grab some food from someone! But for the most part, they’re not close by.
If you are feeling more energetic and adventurous, here are a few things you can do in Simon’s Town:
– The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, you will see the another cable car here, the Flying Dutchman Funicular. It takes you directly to the lighthouse and makes it
– Cape Point Ostrich Farm
– Head to Boulders Beach with it’s big granite rocks and African penguins.
You can also click here for more on both the Mariner Guesthouse and things to do in Simon’s Town:
A very wet Sunday morning dawned, which is something we’ve been praying for in Cape Town as we are in a period of water restrictions and we are in dire need of water. Another big plus for the Mariner Guesthouse is that they left buckets in the shower for the purpose of keeping excess water and also didn’t leave the plug in the bath – this made me very happy as it’s very important for those visiting us in Cape Town also to be made aware of the issues we are currently facing where water is concerned.
The rain sealed the deal for the jaffle and it was the perfect last morning breakfast! Heading home was a breeze, we were home before 13:00 and could gently ease out of the weekend and prepare for the week ahead.