A road trip through the Eastern Cape

Klein karoo

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I did a road trip through the beautiful South African Eastern Cape early this year. Starting off spending a night in Graaf Reient, a small town in the Karoo with a big church and amazing lamb shank.

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Just outside of Graaf Reinet is the micro-town Nieu-Bethesda, which takes you back in time about 100 years. There’s no shortage of wide dusty streets, creaky floors, homemade jam and succulents. Not to mention the 40 degree Karoo heat.

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The must see Owl House is a museum built by, a reclusive artist, Helen Martins, in the 1950s. Helen elaborately decorated the house in bits of different coloured glass, ornaments and interesting paintsings. Outside she built more than 250 statues/sculptures which form “The Camel Yard”.

I could pretend to imagine or infer a lot about the space, the statues and what it all means but I think the imagery does a better job of that.

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I really loved the use of mirrors within each room.

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After spending some time walking around Nieu-Bethesda and nearly getting attacked by a herd of goats we started the trip to Knysna.

Google Maps then thought a good route would be Prince Alfred Pass – a shorter, windy, scarier, mountainous path to Knysna – which takes nearly double the time. Although it turned out to be really lovely.

The views are breathtaking and there’s a stop half way where you can buy some tea and cake from a little store that sells homemade treats. Nothing like some South African melktert while your feet cool down in a river.

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Definitely want to live in a house with 2 blue doors in the middle of a mountain range one day.

Until then I’ll settle for the beach life in the Eastern Cape…

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With only a few days in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay we spent time at the beach, eating at the local spots (you can’t leave Knysna without having a coffee and pastry at Ile de pain), having a braai on Robberg Nature Reserve and soaking in the African summer sun(sets).

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We ended off the road trip through the Eastern Cape with a few days in St Francis, a more rustic, chilled version of Plett. Where the sea is warm, the harbour is bright and the beach shops sell pretty leather strappy sandals.

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One of my favourite things, besides shoe shopping, is vising new cities and exploring small towns.. Expect more travel posts soon πŸ™‚

Jules,

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PS. Ross and Alex are very good at driving.

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3 Comments

  1. Julie, this is the best blog post ever!!! Even Rebecca at my side says so:) X Keep writing, keep travelling, keep enjoying, keep photographing the things you do & most of all keep notifying us all!
    from Mu rebecca

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