From the Karoo landscape to coffee at The Blue Shed in Mossel Bay

From the Karoo landscape to coffee at The Blue Shed in Mossel Bay

Our Cape holiday : Oct/Nov 2017

Driving through the flat semi-desert landscape of the Karoo from Graaff Reinet making our way towards George …

At last we travelled closer and closer to the Outeniqua Mountains …

The Outeniqua Pass is breathtaking !!!   This view point is probably midway with George and the sea in the distance.  It’s quite a difficult pass to photograph unless one stops at every view point.  We stopped only once.  Here 🙂   You can see where the road cuts into the mountain on the right …

The road winds down the mountain range with about 40 sharp bends, corners and curves.   It’s stunning !!

Stopped for fuel at George, then drove 40 odd kms to Hartenbos, a small town which falls under the Mossel Bay region, where our very good friends settled a year ago in a lovely Eco-Estate …

It should have been a reunion filled with laughter, reminiscences and just being together as we’ve done regularly over the last 20 years but very very sadly Carol passed away due to cancer a few months prior to our holiday.  It was an extremely emotional weekend.  We did however have some happier moments.   As we had never been to Hartenbos or Mossel Bay, Ray was keen to show us both by taking us .. in the afternoon we arrived .. for a drive around the small seaside resort of Hartenbos, along roads lined with umpteen holiday homes and apartments, camping grounds and the beaches.

Driving through the harbour town of Mossel Bay was similar but on a larger scale with many blocks of holiday apartments along the beachfront.  We stopped for a really good cappuccino and carrot cake at The Blue Shed, one of Ray and Carol’s coffee haunts

 

Lovely view of the harbour and bay from the deck.  Hartenbos is on the other side of the bay …

 

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