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Barcelona Cableway

Torre Jaume I on the Barcelona Cableway. The cableway was built in 1929 and I am concinved that all the original parts are still being used. It is old, rickety and a little scary, but hugely fun in a retro kind of way.

This tower is 107 metre high, and is the midpoint of the cable car. In theory, you can climb out and stand on the observation platform, but our car went straight past. It still gives you a great view of Barcelona and the harbour area, but a one-way trip is probably sufficient.

Torre Jaume I

The Titanic

The Titanic

No really, the name of this boat is the Titanic. While this boat did not sink, she has clearly beached herself. I don’t think she is going to be going out anytime soon.

Kalk Bay Harbour

Kalk Bay Harbour

My previous shot was of the drying snoek. There is a fair chance that the snoek was caught off a boat that left from this harbour early in the morning.

Aside from the fishing boats, the harbour wall still has many line fishermen using the harbour wall to fish from. While it looks like this fisherman was taking a break on his phone, you can see his fishing rod pushed into a whole made for the purpose, and there is a line cast in the water.

Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay

On Saturday night we had supper in Fish Hoek, the sleepy community just south of where I live. In Cape Town they say that if you travel North you cross the “Boerewors curtain”, literally the Sausage Curtain when you hit the northern suburbs, and the “Lentil Curtain” when you go South.

This is almost impossible to explain without offending somebody, but the best I can do is to say that it is a reference to the traditional meat-eating Afrikaans population in the North, and the tree-hugging vegetarians in the South. Ok, I did warn you it is impossible to explain, but living in Lakeside probably makes me a meat-eating tree hugger.

Anyway, if you drive along Boyes Drive, a short and picturesque mountain road from Lakeside to Kalk Bay, you get some amazing views of False Bay. This shot is (yet another) of Kalk Bay Harbour, literally on the border of the Lentil Curtain. The harbour has some lovely restaurants, and is still home to traditional fishing. You can still buy fresh fish straight off the boats on most mornings.

Kalk Bay Harbour (watercolour)

Lots of people have said that my recent Kalk Bay Harbour shot would make a nice painting, well with a little help from a friend (PhotoShop), here is the watercolour :-) Which version do you prefer?

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