“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
You might have had big plans for this year. Plans to travel and explore. To meet new people and make memories in incredible new places, like South Africa. It is disappointing when our big plans are dashed by something beyond our control, even when we understand that staying at home is for the greater good.
While physical travel may be on pause, for now. Our minds, hearts and imaginations are free to wander the globe.
Indeed, studies have shown that the best way to counteract anxiety about the future is to picture a date in the future when the current crisis is over and focus on all of the fantastic things you are going to do during that time, the people you are going to see and experiences you are going to savour. According to an article in UC Berkeley’s Greater Good publication, this technique is called “anticipatory savoring.” “Taking time to simulate and enjoy a positive experience in advance—whether it be an upcoming meal, visit with friends, or vacation—can allow you to derive benefits for the experience twice.”
So what does your post-lockdown bucket list look like? If you are picturing yourself in the beautiful Mother City, it might go a little something like this.
Perhaps, you would wake up and go for an early morning jog along the Sea Point promenade, inhaling the fresh, salty morning air. Or maybe you would head straight for Table Mountain, and tackle one of her many winding paths. Can you picture the Fynbos? The bright yellow of the Pincushion flowers, the soft pinks of our Proteas, and here and there, a rare Red Disa. What about the birds? A Cape Sugarbird alights along the tops of the trees, his long tail flashing between branches. An iridescent Sunbird darts along before you, his feathers reflecting every colour of the rainbow. You pause and soak up the views before you. Camps Bay and Clifton beach look inviting, their waters an impossible shade of turquoise, the powdery sand a brilliant white. Perhaps you will go there later and enjoy the feeling of the icy water, the sun on your skin, the smell of sunblock and of course, a granadilla ice lolly.
But first, breakfast. You have worked up an appetite and look forward to enjoying a mid-morning feast in the company of your friends and family. It is Sunday, so Brunch at Cape Grace is a must.
You head into Signal Restaurant, greeted by the bright sunlight from the sparkling marina below, and the warm smiles of the Cape Grace team. They hand you a glass of ice-cold bubbles and you take a sip, relishing the zing on your tongue. Your friends and family are already waiting at your table, and they stand up to embrace you – some are already snacking on their first rounds of pastries from the buffet – how could they resist. You head there yourself, and grab a just out the oven croissant, top it off with homemade jam and thick slices of the Cape’s finest cheeses.
Amid laughter and stories of adventure, the morning stretches into early afternoon, and hot pots of coffee give way to the first glass of wine that the sommelier helps you choose.
It complements your choice of main (steak, egg, thick-cut chips and a cafe au lait sauce) perfectly. Bliss. Cape Grace’s wine selection is after all, extraordinary.
After a last round at the buffet for dessert, it is time to explore the V&A Waterfront. You walk across the bridge from the Cape Grace and catch a glimpse of a Cape Fur seal as he playfully waves his flipper out from the harbour waters.
The Watershed building, where local artisans gather to sell everything from jewelry to homeware is just on your left, and you can not resist popping in to take a look. The myriad of colours, and abundant creativity is inspiring and you make a mental note of the pieces you want to purchase later for friends back home.
There is a lot more to explore, so head back outside into the sunshine and take a walk to the Granger Bay Farmers market where trendy Capetonians gather to shop for their organic fruits and veggies, meat, fish, cheeses, pastas and flowers. You indulge in a coffee and sample the testers from a few stalls, before walking back towards the Zeitz MOCAA – Africa’s largest contemporary gallery.
There you explore the nine levels of Africa’s talented artists by taking the Museum Highlights Tour – a free one-hour whip through that gives you a broad overview of all the floors and popular attractions. It is mesmerizing.
Glancing outside, you see that the sun is just beginning to set. There is no better place to enjoy a Cape Town sunset than the historic Signal Hill, so you jump in a car and head there with your friends, grabbing a couple of snacks along the way. Perched on the edge of paradise, with the Atlantic Ocean and City Bowl before you, you feast your eyes on the vibrant colours, the warm glow and that unshakeable sense that – for a moment – all is right with the world.
We hope that you enjoyed dreaming about a day in Cape Town with us. Our team can not wait to throw open our doors once more and make your wanderlust fantasies come true. Until that time, why not start a visual Pinterest board and share it with us? We would love to keep planning and dreaming with you.
Blog post by Tarah Darge