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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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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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