Robben Island tour and winter sunset curries

If you’re new to my blog you may not yet know that I love love LOVE Cape Town’s Winter specials. They’re an enticing way to lure us out over those frosty, wet weekends and evenings we’d otherwise be huddled up sadly under blankets, with the bonus of usually being at half-price. That’s exactly why we revisited Inside Lounge’s half-price Winter Monday/Tuesday chicken curry special this week – scroll through pics from that and other recent highlights below…

Wednesday, 1 June 2016: Robben Island ferry trip

Lunch box on ferry
The month of June dawned with the annual Kantar Media TV research conference taking place in Cape Town for the first time. After a full morning of tweeting, note-taking and networking we were hustled out of the Westin hotel, onto shuttles to the various activities we’d been booked onto. Us Robben Island ferry-goers were presented with these boxes of lunch filled with juice, crackers, muffins, wraps and apples. See the closed and open versions.
Sikhululekile ferry to Robben Island
All were surprised by just how large this ferry was for the trip across. Even though the sea was violent on the day we were relatively safe indoors, though a few brave souls did venture onto the open top. This was the hazy view of the Waterfront out right from Sikhululekile, the largest of three vessels that make the trip. You’re on the island for almost 4 hours at a pop so there are only 3 ferry trips a day, at roughly 27 minutes per 12km trip. Yes, I timed it. The water was that choppy.
Robert Sobuwe children beds on Robben Island.
One of the most photographed rooms on Robben Island – not Mandela’s cell but the room where political prisoner Robert Sobukwe’s children slept when granted permission to visit him in his own specially built solitary confinement prison on the island.
Coffee on Robben Island
Robben Island touring is emotionally tiring work, and that’s before you even delve beyond the non-political history. Did you know it was a leper colony (segregated by gender to prevent further leper births – 40 or so still somehow were born there, and several of these human bones were dug up?) It also served as an animal quarantine station… all a lifetime before becoming a military base. Lunch boxes long empty, we were treated to coffee and snacks in the tiny tea room on the island.
Robben Island photo frame
Table Mountain went into hiding behind all the thick cloud on the day – still a pretty shot with all these Wintery blues/greys and greens.

Kantar Media Robben Island
Lack of Table Mountain aside, this is still a good group shot! Only two South Africans in this pic (both of us on Robben Island for the first time), the rest were all international conference delegates. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Lighthouse on Robben Island
The sky brightened as we continued our bus tour. Snapped from the other side of the island, the lighthouse is so sweet and fully functional. We also saw bokkies scampering about and lots of penguins near the coast. The island is only 12km in circumference so easy to get around.

Thursday, 2 June 2016: Conference treats at the Westin

Donuts at the Westin
Just look at that. The Westin outdid itself with this elevensies treat on Thursday morning – fresh glazed mini donuts and the most delicious coffee. If you’re wondering if I actually got any work done at the conference, click here and here for overviews of each day’s topics.

Friday, 3 June 2016: Masterful dinner plating

Pork rashers and mini baked potatoes
Isn’t this an appetising sight? Inspired by all the fancy gourmet meals we’ve reviewed lately, Husband put his plating skills to the test with this pork rasher/mini baked potato plate last Friday eve. It tasted even better than it looks!

Saturday, 4 June 2016: Petit Fours breakfast, Portuguese lunch at Dias Tavern

Eggs benedict at Petit Four.
We were up bright and early on Saturday so zoomed along to Petit Four on the beachfront – if you get there after 9am you just can’t get a table. Husband went for the traditional eggs benedict. At R80 it’s perhaps a tad pricey but most delicious, he left not a smidge of Hollandaise sauce on that plate.
Peanut butter marshmallow toast at Petit Four
I went for possibly my oddest breakfast choice yet. This ‘his and hers’ toast features smashed avo, feta and cheery tomatoes on the green slice, while the brown side is chunky peanut butter, roast marshmallow bits and chocolate ganache. Yes really, and no I didn’t smush the two halves together.
Birthday cake and caramel horns
After a few quick Saturday morning chores we were at Uncle Al’s house in West Beach to celebrate his recent 60th birthday. That there is a tiramisu cake, into which a sparkler was placed and lit, and those caramel horns are just amazing if you have a sweet tooth as strong as mine. Back right are little cheesy scones, and this entire spread was soon replaced by mini bobotie and springbok savoury pies. We ate and we ate!
Katembas at Dias Tavern
Next stop? More food! The parents had booked tickets for Kanala at the Fugard Theatre ages ago, and it always makes sense to stop in for a meal at Dias Tavern when doing so. Husband and Dad started off with catembas, which are these here mugs of Coke and red wine.
Sardines and chorizo at Dias Tavern
Dad went for these Portuguese specialities: grilled sardines and sliced chorizo. Mmmm.
Kanala at Fugard Theatre
Teehee. Mum and me posing much like Husband and I did when we last ‘theatred’ there, almost exactly a year ago. Click here if you don’t remember.

Sunday, 5 June 2016: Driftwood breakfast and Nando’s chilli hot chocolate

Duckling breakfast at Driftwood
We had a long leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning as had dropped off the car for a thorough wash then trotted across to the Driftwood Cafe. This ‘duckling’ breakfast came to a whopping R25 – including a cup of coffee!
Breakfast at Driftwood
Husband had the pricier and definitely more filling option – there’s a minute steak under that blob of peri sauce, as well as sausages, rashers of bacon, fried eggs, sweetcorn fritters and toast (not pictured).
Chilli hot chocolate at Nando's
As a treat later that afternoon Husband took me to our nearest Nando’s to try their chilli hot chocolate. It’s only on certain menus and not available as take-away. Left just a hint of burn on the tongue.

Monday, 6 June 2016: Sunset curries at Inside, Big Bay

Curry at Inside Lounge
Sunset curries! By Monday evening Husband was coughing and sneezing but he put on a brave face so we could have our first ‘sunset curry’ of 2016 at Inside Lounge in Eden on the Bay. These were piping hot and so delicious.
Big Bay sunset
We stayed for a sunset snap before heading home as I had an online lecture to attend that evening. We had left home just after 5pm for dins and we were back barely an hour later.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016: Solo work trips and sick husbands

sunrise in Woodstock
Husband was Very Sick by Tuesday so he stayed home to rest and I set off to work by bus. That’s the tail-end of sunrise, at around 07:45am in Woodstock – you can just see Lion’s Head peeping out on the horizon.
Sick husband on couch
Husband and Bertie spent much of the evening like so, poor things.
Dachshund under blanket
Bassie decided to get deep under the blankets. T’was that cold.

And that’s all, folks! You’ll be pleased to note that Husband is almost back to 100% functionality. Snow is predicted in some parts this weekend, so keep warm…

3 thoughts on “Robben Island tour and winter sunset curries”

  1. SUCH A WONDERFUL TREAT TO VISIT ROBBEN ISLAND, WANT TO DO IT ONE DAY WHEN THE SEA IS CALM, WONT BE ABLE TO BE BOBBED AROUND FOR 12KM FOR 27 MINUTES.

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