19 January 2012

A {Spontaneous} Trip to Yzerfontein

This year I decided to fly back from California just before Christmas so that I could be together with Jurg over the holidays.  Earlier in the month we had looked into making a trip down to Cape Town {where his parents live}, but after taking one glance at plane tickets we decided that it just wouldn't be a viable option.  For the first time ever we were planning to spend Christmas just the two of us and I bought a little tree and stockings in an effort make the flat a bit more festive and introduce Jurgen to some of my American traditions {he never grew up with stockings - gasp!}.

I arrived back in Johannesburg prepared for a very quiet couple of weeks, and ready to spend hours in blogging bliss and look into some day trips in and around the city to keep ourselves occupied.  The night I landed we went out to dinner and between sentences Jurgen casually mentioned in passing, "So, we're going to Cape Town for Christmas."  Huh?

After I digested the fact that I'd have to unpack, re-pack, and get back onto a plane within two days of getting off the flight of death, I was super excited about the impromptu adventure.  The next day {Christmas Eve} we booked tickets for the next morning {Christmas} and then that evening we took turns reading the Christmas story out of the bible {Jurgen in Afrikaans and me in English} and had our own little stocking and gift exchange.  It was the perfect way to celebrate Christ's birth.

The next morning we were off, and a few hours later Jurgen's parents had picked us up form the airport and we were on our way to the quaint little fishing town of Yzerfontein where his parents have the most perfect little beach house.  We spent the bulk of the week sleeping in, eating seafood, jogging along our favorite route, exploring the beach, and living the all around good life.  With the exception of a couple day trips into Cape Town {which I'll post about later}, we didn't really do much of anything, and that felt great.

View from the backyard.  If you look closely you can see Table Mountain in the distance.
Paella over the fire.
"Frikkie"

 Nothing beats the west coast during the summer time. So good!

13 comments:

  1. Looks awesome! I just love "Frikkie". I have the opposite problem, my American husband never grew up with a stocking, but we ALWAYS had them growing up.
    I can't believe we were in the Cape at the same time and never met up. :(

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  2. Oh my goodness, these pictures are beautiful! Looks like an awesome vacation!

    btw, I'm having a giveaway right now if you want to check it out! :)

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  3. this looks so amazing! so jealouse :) Happy I found your cute blog. Loving the pictures!

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  4. These pictures are SO amazing!! Wow! Absolutely breathtaking!

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  5. Oh my goodness, what a sweet surprise... those pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. My husband and I have decided next christmas we're spending it just the two of us! we're excited, these past two (our first and second as h&w) we're so crazy! we're looking forward to next year!


    and your photos are so stunning! looks like a fabulous time!

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  7. I'm so jealous! I'm in desperate need of sunny weather and the beach!!

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  8. Nothing beats walking on the beach :) Looks like you guys had fun!

    P.S. Good name :)

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  9. you two have such a glamorous life! for real....i love all your spontaneous travels! i will however need you to do a vlog to pronounce half the things you say in your posts ;)

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  10. Looks like a great trip!! The beach is calling my name! :)

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  11. You guys are really so blessed, being able to go to the Cape so much. I think it is definitely in the cards this year!

    By the way, favourite pictures are Jurg and the puppy and the Jeep. Awesome!

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  12. These pictures are so beautiful, you make me want to see South Africa. Can I invite myself over to visit? :)

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  13. just breathtaking views all over the place! and that jeep is really cool...but what really takes the cake is the cuteness of that pup!!!

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