Our second day in the city has been wonderful. We woke rested after a good night's sleep and headed to the beach. We took a short walk to the Saturday Morning Market at Granger Bay. The first thing I noticed was how busy it was. It was, however, extremely clean and did not feel like your everyday farmer's market. There weren't any tarps or canopies. Everything was very uniform and apparently the same vendors supply the market weekly. It was absolutely beautiful. I'm not just describing the space, but the food and the presentation of all the goods was immaculate as well.
We purchased our breakfast meals, each of us choosing what suited us, and sat in the garden plaza to eat. We enjoyed visiting and watching the activity at the market for some time. Then, after purchasing a couple coffees and a Rooibar Red Cappuccino, we began perusing the stalls. Laurie purchased some artisan stoneground wheat sourdough bread from her favorite vendor and a jar of Mango & Garandilla jam from Leo's Little Jars. Abby selected a "brookie" (yes, that's a mix between a brownie and a cookie). It was large and very sweet which is why we have been nibbling on it all day and it isn't gone yet! I about died when I saw the That Kid Cole shop with dresses and shoes for little ones. I had to purchase the Protea (South Africa's national flower) slippers for my sweetie, Miss Harlee.
After visiting the market we stopped at the beach to take a few pictures and were pleased that the fog had cleared enough to view Robben Island (Nelson Mandela's place of imprisonment for more than two decades). It was quite sureal to stand on the beach that he once looked at from his prison cell.
Laurie's boyfriend, David, a director of photography (DP), has been away on a shot for British Airways and was arriving back in Cape Town this afternoon. So, she left me and Abby to our own devices as she went to pick him up from the airport and spend some time with him. At first, we had high expectations of filling our day with a Red Bus Tour and seeing more of Cape Town. In the end, we put our pjs back on and spent the day relaxing in the apartment.
Our night ended at The Fugard Theatre. As you can see from the photos, The Fugard is an old church which was converted into a theater. The reception area was simply charming. I loved the feel of the old church stonework. However, the space felt very current.
After ordering hors d'oeuvres and relaxing, we moved into the theater for the show. The main stage was stunning in its simplicity. The wooden backdrop was created for the production of "Shakespeare in Love". The moving walls seamlessly provided entrance and exit for the many players. The main roles of William Shakespeare and Viola were masterfully acted, and the supporting characters were perfectly portrayed. It was simply delightful. I found myself laughing and crying as the show unfolded. What a wonderful experience.