Cape Town calling …

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In only four days of being in Cape Town, we have already managed to go to the beach, do a sunset yoga class and get a massage at one of the lovely hotel spas.

Wether it’s visiting the Botanical Garden or hiking Lion's head, there is so much to do, it makes my head spin – while we knew exactly where to start, it will be a big problem knowing where to stop…

Luca has taken his first long distance trip in a stride, he’s very calm and enjoys all the exciting new impressions flooding his curious little head. Of course I take extra care not to overwhelm him; when you can hear him before you see him because he’s so excited, I know it’s time to take him to the kiddie pool for a cool down. He took quite a liking to all things aqua, and is not easy to get out of the pool once he’s splashing around … I have the slight suspicion he might think he’s a fish!

Since we arrived and I’ve been able to see how my family is reacting to the glorious weather and fresh foods here in South Africa, I have been toying with the idea to spend the winter months in the coming years here. All the amazing fruits, vegetables and good quality meat you get here in the shops and organic restaurants make it so easy to offer husband and child a well-balanced and nutritious meal they actually enjoy eating. Especially Luca needs all the sunlight and vitamins he can get for his development.

On our very first day we went straight to a beach at Camps Bay, a very happy and sun oil drenched Luca squealing in delight at the sight of the ocean. After some unnecessary worrying on my side (“No, Luca, sand is not food. Hmmm, is that just a sparkle on the water or is it a shark with an appetite for baby boys?!?”), we had a grand day of playing. My suspicion that he thinks he’s a fish has been confirmed, and we all slept like babies that night.

The next day we pillaged the shops at the waterfront mall and enjoyed some people watching at one of the lovely cafes on the planks, watching visitors from all over the world stroll by with a smile on their faces.

But today was my secret highlight: if you come here, please make the time to go to the Botanical Garden in Kirstenbosch … it was one of the most beautiful places I have been to, and it really touched my heart!
What a first few days, I feel like I’ve been here much longer and there is still so much to discover…

 

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Picnic time – Botanical Garden “Kirstenbosch” in South Africa

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I already mentioned that sunday is our sweet family day :)…this time it took as to this little “Paradise” in Cape Town. There are no words to describe our impressions. It's pure nature and peace, full of unusual and extravagant scents! Luca definitely loved it, played on the grass right away and – no surprise 😉 – had a little nap in between.
During this day trip I wore my favorite Missoni summer pieces. Perhaps a bit bohemian but also quite matching to this fantastic colorful and windy place. Our multifunctional magic stroller “Stokke” also seemed to enjoy the off-winter-trip 😉

 

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Cuddling Time

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Sunday probably is our favorite day of the week, time for babies and dogs. We play, relax, watch cartoons and sleep ;). Just enjoy being together.
Usually I dress casual on the weekends. Some white Nike sneakers are essential pieces for your wardrobe. Just combine it with leggings or jeans and colorful cardigans.
Luca wears a Tommy Hilfiger shirt and jogging pants.

 

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A WALK IN THE PARK

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It’s funny how perspectives and interests can change when you have a baby, not to mention priorities. Just a year ago I couldn’t tell a stroller from a walker for the life of me, and now I swoon over all the amazing gadgets and adjustment possibilities the “STOKKE Xplory” by Schlichting offers… I mean, seriously: 3 positions to make my baby comfortable, from sleeping to sitting. That means I can still go do my thing whether it’s his nap time or he wants to do some people watching.
And it’s so light! Ok, I work out a once or twice a week, but after a while carrying and setting up a stroller takes its toll. The “STOKKE Xplory” only weighs 12,1 kilograms and it practically folds together on its own, when it’s time to load it again.
If you are anything like me, you will need the 2 removable traveling bags, in the front and on the underside – my boy needs more accessories than I do…
Of course it doesn’t hurt that it’s super sleek and modern looking: who said being a mom couldn’t be fab!? My son loves it just as much as I do, and we sure will be using it until he hits 2,5 years, and then I’ll be able to swoon over the next Schlichting design treat.

 

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