July 3 & 4: Along the Garden Route.
I have to say even though Port Elizabeth is a nice town, I was glad to leave and move on after Brazil lost to the Netherlands on July 2nd. Our next stop was Cape Town, but before getting there we decided to make a couple of pit stops: Jeffreys Bay to watch the Argentina v Germany match. Knysna to spend the night and check their Oysters festival. And then finally reach Cape Town by July 4th at night.
I’ve heard about Jeffreys Bay since I am a little girl. I started surfing when I was 13 with my friend Babu and we would always watch Endless Summer II and dream about going to all those places, Jeffreys Bay included with one of the most perfect waves on earth. So it was very touching for me to be there, and although I could not surf, I know I am coming back (in summer!) and get the surfing done (Babu, join me and Poncho?). This was also the place we watched Argentina take 4 form Germany so the day could not really have been better! It is amazing how Maradona was able to ruin such a great squad. And Germany? Their football is magnificent, worthy of the World Cup title.
From Jeffreys Bay to Knysna – a 2-hour drive. We watched Spain v Paraguay there – what a game! Spain deserved the win but will have a tough challenge on the semis against Germany. We spent the night in Knysna and woke up this morning to catch the Oyster Festival. Crics was super excited for it and so was I (met the Oysters the other day… we became very good friends!).
It turns out, the festival had one tiny oyster stationThere are over 20 Tabasco Oyster Hotspots in and around town and a bunch of bikers (serious ones, like Poncho).
From there? A beautiful 5-hour drive along the Garden Route towards Cape Town. Beaches, mountains, and a killer sunset. And the cherry on top of the cake (apart from us being done with long drives!)? The home we are staying at here in Cape Town is amazing: warm, welcoming, nicely decorated, with 6 great pets (3 dogs and 3 cats) and a great host, Laurent.
And now what? We need to enjoy South Africa and Cape Town. Dunga is out and Brazil has 5 new choices: Luiz Felipe Scolari, Mano Menezes, Ricardo Gomes, Muricy Ramalho e Leonardo. Who will take the post as new manager? I hope Scolari.