My work as artist, writer and blogger affords me freedom of movement that is equalled in few other job situations. Thus, when a friend, headed across the ocean for a couple of months, was looking for someone to babysit her animals, I practically jumped at the opportunity. I can hardly imagine a place better situated to inspire creativity and a book had brewing in my mind for a while, begging for me to slow down and write it. Hondeklipbaai forces you to slow down and savour life. I imagined that I would finally be able to settle down to writing. Little did I realize how much this out-of-the-way little town had to offer.
My journey started at O.R. Thambo (better known as Johannesburg International Airport), where I boarded a flight with Kulula.com, headed for Cape Town International. The flight was pretty uneventful and I managed to catch up with some much-needed sleep. I woke up just in time to see Table Mountain flashing below and then we were landing.
Lynette was there to meet me and we made a quick exit from the airport. I already knew we would be spending a few days at her place in Strand, where most of our time would be occupied by shopping – not my favourite hobby, but a necessary evil that had to be faced. It turned out to be rather fun, after all!
I knew that we would have to do some serious shopping to buy supplies for my three-month stay, but what I did not know, was that Lynette was fitting the Fisherman’s Cottage out with new linens etc. The Fisherman’s Cottage is a two-bedroom cottage that Lynette rents out to visitors to Hondeklipbaai, which had been permanently occupied for the last two years and have only now become available for rent again. This kind of shopping I actually do like, especially when I suggested that we make some of the items ourselves instead of simply buying ready-made items. I love spending time in fabric shops, craft shops and the like, and our shopping spree took us to enough of these to satisfy my creative spirit.
In the meantime, I spent four days in Strand, one of the best holiday spots on Western Cape shoreline, if you fancy city life, in a house overlooking the magnificent stretch of beach that gave Strand its name. Here I witnessed some spectacular sunsets and had some of the best meals I’ve had in ages. Aside from the glorious food prepared by my very able hosts, we also visited an out-of-the-way restaurant in an unlikely spot in the industrial area of Strand.
Despite its deceptive location and appearances, the restaurant offers innovative and delicious food that has something to satisfy everyone’s whim, whether you are dieting or not. I ordered a brilliant salad that still has me wishing to be able to replicate it at home. The chef obviously knows how to combine both flavour and texture in a way that reminds you of good memories while surprising you with unexpected sensations. Simply superb and high on my list of places to visit on a second visit to town. As I had such a marvelous experience here, I am happy to share the details of the restaurant with you. It is called Pajamas & Jam, situated at 32 Van Zyl Street, Strand. You can contact them at (021) 854-6408 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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