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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hermanus - Day 1 (Nov 9th)

Today was our longest drive - Mossel Bay to Hermanus. We drove the 300km to Hermanus via Swellendam where we stopped for lunch. Went to a nice restaurant owned by a gay couple - one who told me "I love your nails". I didn't bother telling him that they weren't real. We chatted for a while and I told him we were on our honeymoon. He went away and came back a few minutes later to tell us that he had also recently got married, but he couldn't tell me earlier as his parents were sitting nearby and they were very homophobic! I was quite surprised they hadn't already guessed. Anyway, we had a lovely lunch and then got back on our way to Hermanus.

Just as we were about to arrive in Hermanus the weather turned very horrible - cold and rainy with dark clouds. We checked into Pat's Place, our guesthouse for the next two nights and were pleased to find that it was pretty central - near to the cliff path and just a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Hermanus.

Here's a picture of our room - the honeymoon suite:



and our little private patio with a jacuzzi bath. Very nice, but a shame the Shell station was just over that wall!


Our Patio at Pat's Place
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We were really happy with Pat's Place overall - good value for money, nice owner, comfortable rooms and a nice garden with a pool.

Since it was pissing it down we went to a place called the Wine Village just outside Hermanus and spent a long while browsing all the different wines, tasting a few and generally wasting time until it stopped raining. We bought a bottle of Cap Classique and a Sauvignon Blanc for the weekend and then drove back into the centre of Hermanus for a quick wander around.

We were very surprised that we didn't have to look at the sea for very long before seeing a whale. Hermanus is one of the top land based whale watching spots in the world, but we didn't expect to see the whales so quickly. We spent a while looking at them and hoped for some better weather tomorrow for a day of whale spotting.


Whale's Tail in Hermanus
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In the evening we had a nice Italian meal in the center of Hermanus and then it was back to the guesthouse for another early night.

You can read reviews of Pat's Place here.

You can also read more about Hermanus here.

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