#TBT Facebook friends and ‘the best of Capetown in 24 hours tour’


Since I don’t have any love stories too tell you (yet), Let me tell you a great story about one of my friendships.
The opinions about Facebook and friendships are divided. Some people may say Facebook creates ‘fake’ digital friendships and distance people from the real world.
I don’t really agree on that. When you live abroad it’s a good way to stay in contact with friends and family back home, for me it even created an online friendship which brought me to Capetown!

We are basically from the same place in Holland and know the same people. We’re in contact since 2013 on Facebook, but we never met each other in person.
Like me, Salwa loves traveling, so you can guess.. we were never at the same place at the same time.

Last year Salwa went for her internship to Capetown, by which she created a new mission for me: getting a flight to Capetown!
September the moment was there, I got my Capetown flight. Like it was friendship at first sign with Salwa, it was love at first sign with Capetown. As a cabin crew our layovers are short, mostly around 24 hours. So Salwa had a mission too, organise ‘the best of Capetown in 24 hours tour’. She definitely did a great job on that, so I would love to share our experiences with you!

Lunch at Long Street
Long Street, a major street in the city center of Capetown full of bohemian and urban lunchrooms and hangouts.
We went to this little cute restaurant called ‘Café Mozart’, it’s located in one of the side streets. They have this amazing buffet concept. You could fill up your plate from the buffet once and pay basically nothing. Okay, you pay a little..but the food is worth way more than that, trust me.

Visit the most famous part of Capetown ‘Table Mountain’

After a good lunch we took a taxi to the famous Table mountain. You can’t visit Capetown and skip this town signature. There are different ways to go up, when you have time and are active, you can go hiking. Or when you don’t have much time (or are not so sportive like us) you can take the cable cart ride, which is pretty impressive itself already.

The view on top is incredible. The pictures don’t really give credit for how it really looks like. You are literally in the clouds while you are on top of this amazing mountain.

Camps Bay

A must go! For one of the most incredible sunset’s I’ve ever seen Salwa took me to Camps Bay, a trendy suburb in Capetown. Behind the nice promenade you’ll see luxury houses of Cape Town’s wealthy residents.
From the beautiful wide beach there is a great view on the ocean,Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head, this view will guarantee you of feeling blessed to be alive.

On the promenade there are some really nice restaurants located, and you can’t leave South Africa without eating their amazing steak and drink their amazing wines or a good cocktail!

We went to Cafe Caprice, definitely a place I would recommend.
(picture from the website of Cafe Caprice)
“From hearty breakfasts, to tasty sandwiches, burgers and salads and a selection of meat, seafood and pasta dishes served throughout the day and into the evening, you will certainly find something that hits the spot as you take in the surroundings.” – Dylan Jacobs, Head Chef

Back to where we started
The sun is down and the night has arrived, back to where we started today ‘Long Street’. The nice idyllic lunchrooms made place for amazing bars and club. The street had a totally different vibe than during daytime. Personally I like an urban club scene, and that is exactly what Long Street has to offer!

There was this interesting place with a plain, unmarked door. We decided to have a look, and loved this place from the moment we climbed the steep stairways, you know those stairs you have to pull down and always see on the streets in movies. Inside it looked like some grandma’s living room, with a nice mix of retro lights and a stunning roof deck for hanging out. ‘The Waitingroom’ has nice urban music, cheap drinks and on top of that a complete rugby team from Durban joined our night (to make the South Africa experience complete). This night couldn’t be a better ending of this amazing day. Capetown stole my heart, and Salwa.. I don’t have to call her ‘my Facebook friend’ anymore!