A walk in the forest – Newlands Forest

Since getting the car we’ve been planning our hiking adventures, but when Saturday started approaching and we had a large list of what kind of hike we didn’t feel like doing we started feeling kind of hopeless.

The kind of hike we weren’t interested in for the day was a hike that was in the blistering South African sun, anything that required us to pull ourselves up with chains to get over rocks, no heights, because I’m suffering from severe vertigo lately and something kind of mild.  We finally settled on Tokai only to get there and be turned away, being a little heartbroken we decided to stop at the Tokai market, only to go into the most depressing market I’ve ever seen. There was only 4 stalls and a guy trying to force coffee on us. So off we set with no clue what to do, but Carl, being the little problem solver he is remembered a interesting looking hike that we drove by.

Newlands forest is amazing! It checked all our boxes and was a wonderfully cool walk surrounded by beautiful trees and mountains.  Cute families taking hikes together, older people trying to stay fit and all the wonderful dogs.  I don’t know why all dog owners have to pull their dogs away from me when I’m obviously trying to lure it with mind control and just a look in my eye that says “lets play”.  Don’t apologize for your dog coming to me! I wan’t to stroke them all!

The views are to die for, the magical whimsical forest makes you feel like you’re a pretty, pretty Princess and the Fall leaves just create a wonderful feel.

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^^ For some reason I don’t think anyone lives here.

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^^ We get really excited when its not blistering hot and it feels like Fall! Leaves glorious leaves, how I’ve missed you!

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^^ What a view, the mountain is nice too.

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^^ I love the color of these leaves.

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^^A kaleidoscope of color.

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^^ Advice from nature,  Everything can be a beautiful flower.

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^^ Cape town has done horrible things to my hair.  Its darker and its always trying to take me back in time to the 60’s.

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^^ Confused hiking face.

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^^ I’m as big as a tree!

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Yes, another Dublin post! but I just had so much fun in Dublin, that I want all of you to buy a plane ticket to Ireland as you read this! Don’t even worry about the rain, its manageable.  Just get layering and grab your umbrella.

When we realized we only had a couple of days left in Dublin, we made a list of everything we still wanted to do, the list was long and we still didn’t manage to see everything, but hey, Dublin has not seen the last of us.  4 months was way too short to get to experience everything that Dublin has to offer.  One thing we really wanted to go see was St Patrick’s cathedral, and its easy to see why.  Its extremely beautiful! All the detailed carvings, amazing stained glass and just a general feeling of peace, makes me want to go back and make it my home somehow.

Walking around this beautiful place of worship makes you feel like architecture and has really gotten laid back.  I mean who is going to build me a house with such fine details?  One thing I have noticed in Ireland is that a lot of strange things go on sale…I saw the most amazing convent with wonderful grounds going for extra cheap in county Cork so maybe one day I could make my holiday home a cathedral, it won’t be St Patrick’s Cathedral, but it would be something I could work with.

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^^ Ceilings like this make my heart swoon and my knees go weak.

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^^ Regal statue man and an amazing stained window.

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^^ Its got a certain Hogwarts kind of feel to it.

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^^ because everyone needs a golden eagle in their life.

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^^ excited posing.

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^^ Carefree posing.

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^^ Stained glass rainbows.  Almost better than real rainbows.  ALMOST.

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^^ Prayer candles.