Cape Town, South Africa: A Photographic Exploration

As much as I love my grits, (I'm looking at you, Flying Biscuit Cafe!], and Piedmont Park, it’s fun to travel to faraway places and experience a totally different culture sometimes.  Christina recently went on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa and I am totally jealous! It looks and sounds like one of the best trips ever.   Today, I’m excited to share with you a photographic exploration of this gorgeous part of our big world.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Can’t decide if you want to go to the mountains or the beach this year?  Cape Town has both, plus charming city life, exotic culture and adorable animals! In fact, it was selected as the No. 1 place to visit on the New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2014 list

Cape of Good Hope, photo by Christina Wedge

Cape of Good Hope, photo by Christina Wedge

Clifton Beach, photo by Christina Wedge

Clifton Beach, photo by Christina Wedge

Robben Island at Cape Town is home to these cuties, the African Penguins.  Every day they parade down to the ocean to get fish then return to their nests and feed those fish to their hungry chicks.  (You don’t want to know the details of this- yuck!)  Don’t expect to hear any musical chirping from these little guys.  They were first named the Jackass Penguin if that gives you a clue.  Robben Island is best known, though, for being the site of the prison that held Nelson Mandela.  Today you can tour the prison and learn about its history as a former leper colony among other things.

Robben Island, photos by Christina Wedge

Robben Island, photos by Christina Wedge

Ahhh, Kirstenbosch Gardens. It’s said to be the most beautiful garden in Africa.  Christina's photos of these flowers took my breath away.  Kirstenbosch is devoted to growing the indigenous plants of Africa. Set against a backdrop of mountains, it’s like heaven on earth.  If you go to Cape Town you must visit here!  Of course, when you get home you’re going to be even more disappointed in that scrawny wilted chrysanthemum sitting on your deck.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, photos by Christina Wedge

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, photos by Christina Wedge

While in South Africa, Christina was able to tour the workshop and do some photography for the Wessel Snyman Creative Gallery.  These guys specialize in exquisite framing for fine art and they often use locally sourced materials for their framing.  Their gallery is in Old Biscuit Mill development, a hub for artists and designers.  Who knew they made biscuits in South Africa?  Ha! I guess some things about the south are the same no matter where you go.  This area is perfect for finding that special piece to bring home to remember your trip.  Who wouldn’t be inspired by such a place?

Wessel Snyman Creative Gallery, photos by Christina Wedge

Wessel Snyman Creative Gallery, photos by Christina Wedge

Wessel Snyman Creative Gallery, photos by Christina Wedge

Wessel Snyman Creative Gallery, photos by Christina Wedge

The culture and history of Cape Town is lively and interesting. Tradition is upheld and celebrated.   (Click here to learn more about the history of Cape Town.) And if you’re like me, you’ll be especially taken with the local wines and scrumptious seafood. 

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Table Mountain, Photo by Christina Wedge

Table Mountain, Photo by Christina Wedge

I hope you are inspired by Cape Town, South Africa as I am!