We always spend one day in Hermanus when we visit Cape Town, so that we can visit my aunt and uncle. This time we took our friends with us, and then met up with my family for lunch at an amazing restaurant in the Hemel en Aarde valley. A drive to Hermanus is actually a perfect day trip from Cape Town… would be better if you spent the night, but it’s doable as a long day trip.

We prefer driving to Hermanus along the coastal road and stopping often to admire the view.

The first stop was just outside Gordon’s Bay because you can see the whole False Bay from that spot. I love the blues of the ocean… it was such a beautiful day!

Our next stop was a special one to me. My parents and uncle came close to this spot a few days later to scatter my granny’s ashes amongst the vynbos on the mountain.

Then we stopped in Betty’s Bay at the Penguin colony. It’s in the most incredible place, so I took a lot of photos of the view, and not just of the penguins!

even though some of the penguins were outside the reserve, it was worthwhile paying the entry and walking through. There are signs all over the place explaining about the penguins and the other creatures that live there. It was really very interesting

After lunch (which I’ll blog about seperately), Connor was dying to swim in the sea. So we headed for Hermanus’ beach.

Well, he didn’t even get the water up to his knees before running out because it was so freezing! LOL! Instead we took a walk along the coastline. I wanted to show them the kite surfers that I’d seen years ago on a lagoon. Well, that was also a bit of a fail, because there were a few randoms flying kites, but no kite surfers in the really very low lagoon. Such a huge pity!

It was a gorgeous day, and we got home after dark, and pretty exhausted 🙂