Yesterday my roommate and I took a trip about 30 minutes outside of Cape Town to Simon’s Town, a small navy town in the Cape Peninsula. The town is quaint and the main road is lined with eclectic local shops and restaurants. The view of the mountains and False Bay is picturesque in every direction as you walk around Simon’s Town. There were also hundreds of sailboats in the harbor, elegant 19th century buildings, and stone stairways leading to hidden coffee shops. We happily spent a few hours exploring the town and stopping to eat a Sunday Roast at a small restaurant. We decided to stop at OneThreeSix because of the amazing lunch deal advertised on the chalk board outside (a full three course meal for R100, AKA less than $10 USD), but we were pleasantly surprised when we spent the entire meal raving about the delicious food. If you ever go to Simon’s Town, I would highly recommend stopping at OneThreeSix.
Although Simon’s Town was delightful, the most exciting part of the day took place just next to the town at Boulder’s Beach, where PENGUINS roam freely in their natural habitat. The African Penguin can only be found on the coast of South Africa, and yesterday I was able to hang out with them on a gorgeous beach.
P.S. Also we almost got attacked by a baboon on the street. He jumped over a wall five feet in front of us and started towards us. So we ran away screaming, and probably kept running a lot farther than we needed to. Below is a picture of the baboon (taken after we had run away a bit and before he came towards us and we had to run again). I would also recommend looking up a picture of a baboon on Google so that you can see their huge fangs and really understand how terrifying they are.