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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hermanus Day 2 (Nov10th)

Today was a lovely relaxing day. After nearly two weeks of eating fat boy's breakfasts I managed to control myself and just ate some fruit and toast. We took a walk along the cliff path into the centre of Hermanus and spotted a few whales along the way. The weather had turned back to sunny and warm and we just spent the morning wandering along different bits of the cliff path and round Hermanus itself.


View of the area surrounding Hermanus
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We also saw the town's "whale crier" who walks around Hermanus blowing his horn in a specific way depending on where he has spotted whales. Hermanus is the only place in the world that employs a full time whale crier.


Whale Crier of Hermanus
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Hermanus is one of the world's top 12 land based whale spotting places in the world and it is easy to see why. We spotted a whale showing its tail, swimming or jumping out of the water hundreds of times during our stay.


Whale Breaching, Hermanus
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We went to a lovely restaurant called Lemon Butta for our lunch and managed to get a seat next to a huge window overlooking the sea. The lunch was very tasty and very good value, working out at less than £20 between us for around twenty pieces of sushi (tuna, prawn and crab), a large salad and two glasses of sparkling wine each. Typically the best whale spotting moment of the day happened when I went to visit the bathroom and Stuart saw a whale "cartwheeling across the bay"!

We spent the rest of the afternoon just wandering around Hermanus, looking at a few shops, walking along the cliff path and just enjoying the sunshine and the whale spotting. We even spotted a few Dassies, which are like big guinea pigs:


Dassies on the cliff path in Hermanus
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In the evening we decided to just have some food on our patio as we were feeling a little sick of eating out all the time, believe it or not! We ate some smoked trout, salad, crackers and cheese washed down with a bottle of Cap Classique. Hopefully this will give us more room to enjoy all the restaurants that we booked in Franschhoek.



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Overall I have really enjoyed Hermanus - it is a great place to stop for a relaxing and interesting couple of days.

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