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Being a Tourist in our own Town

This past weekend had us do something we haven’t done as a family in a long time. Having a baby/toddler kinda puts brakes on a lot of activities. But we’re at an age now where we can go out more and not have to worry about the baby changing facilities and trying to clean up a baby out of the boot of your car.

So since we had some friends over from far away, we decided to “mini road trip” and hit the sites. First up, let’s just say that Cape Town weather was on our side and we had to out sunglasses on and enjoy the sunshine. We hit Signal Hill and as usual, it didn’t disappoint. The view from up there is breath taking and the kids got to run around a little on the one side of the hill. They’ve also got Para-gliding off the side of the mountain that gave us a few giggle a few weeks before this (but we didn’t have the kids with us).

So I took some pics.

Then we wanted to get the kids a treat at a place that we used to go to when we were dating called, Sinnfull ice cream. But to our disappointment they weren’t there anymore. But there was another ice cream place in its spot so we decided to get some anyway. I must admit that I was pretty bummed that the original place wasn’t there and that the vibe has died down in that little corner. So the kids got to have their fair share of sweet. Jude obviously has a thing for chocolate because he doesn’t normally eat the ice cream on the inside of a magnum but completely polished his little scoop of brown decadence. I had something that had coffee, chocolate and brownie in it and honeycomb. YUM! It was good! If you’re in the area, get a scoop and enjoy.

But it was before lunch and we wanted to enjoy a good portion of fish and chips and where else is better than Snoekies in Hout Bay. Well, that’s what time said anyway. I honestly had never been there and so was willing to discover something new and see if I liked it. The kids absolutely loved the drive through and watched the ocean like they hadn’t seen it ever before (they have many times, but always enjoy watching the waves). It’s so cool to watch their faces as they wonder what lies beneath the surface and make up stories about sea monsters and mermaids.

So we arrive at snoekies. Get our order set up and honestly all I’m thinking is how am I going to keep my two year old occupied while we eat, I can’t see a play area on the ground and so decide how fast or slow I’m going to eat in order to be able to watch him. So you can imagine my absolute delight when my 9 year old asks, “mom, please can we go upstairs and play in the play area?” I was like what? I mean, YES!!

So we run up the stairs and happen upon this amazing play area. The kids had an absolute blast! I could enjoy my meal at the normal adult pace and to make things even better, the are is supervised! Ok, it’s wasn’t that busy but still – I could sit on my bench seat- observe my kids from a distance and know that there was a lady on the floor making sure the rules were being kept and that no one was hurting anyone. Talk about a BONUS! Here’s some pics.

Ok, so as the afternoon moves along and my children enjoy the experience and get their faces painted. I took a look around and see this sign post above a door in the play area. Curious as I am (those that know me, know that I am) I ask why it says Entrance? And if there is a special room for parties or something through there? And they tell me that it’s actually an adjoining door to the ice cream store next door. Now I’m even more impressed but wait for it……… the name of the store is…….Sinnfull ice cream! I mean, come on! This is the place we were looking for in Camps Bay! So let’s just say I think we’ve found our “mini distinction” outing as a family. I mean really?

The one thing that I was curious about as well was that all of the facilities were “free”. I mean how can something this awesome be completely free and then I notice these in the play area and realize that they are wanting people to act out of the goodness of their hearts and do the right thing. So I did my part and wished I’d had more but do take note of these boxes and take the time to tip the people that are watching the kids and mLing your lunch/dinner easier to eat without interruptions. Even if it’s small, it’s something.

To top off our touristie day, there was a market across the road that was indoors (only open on saturdays) and sold trinkets and things just like they do at Route 44 in Stellenbosch and The Old biscuit Mill in Woodstock. The girls were able to get a gift for their friend and I scored some sunglasses. Or rather I got a bit spoiled and had someone else buy them for me. I reckon go and check it out, there’s something for everyone. I always judge a place based on the state of their toilets and ladies, the door was covered in fur with a high for a handle. My girls loved it!

But after all of the excitement of the day and it turning out to be an even greater sauces than we had hoped for – this happened (don’t you just love Aislyn’s expression). Have a great Tuesday.


I'm a woman finding my way through life as the wife of Tim, the mom to 3 growing kids and trying to maintain some sort of self through it all. I hope you enjoy reading how I journey with my troops through this thing we call life.

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