Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Sunset sail with Waterfront Charters and supper at The Greek Fisherman

We receive many invitations to do great things in our own city and we waited for the perfect day to take this sunset Cruise. We were bidden to arrive at the Waterfront Charters office at 6 and we sailed on the Serenity One at 6.15, on a calm sea with little wind and a lovely sunset. This was followed on our return to the Waterfront at 8 pm by a lovely Meze dinner at The Greek Fisherman. And all of the flavours of Greece were in those mezes. The Cruise and Dine package with Waterfront Charters costs R570 per person for the cruise and dinner. https://waterfrontcharters.co.za/shop24/special-cruises
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront dockside, from where all the bay and sunset cruise boats leave
We have the safety drill as we leave the harbour
The research vessel SA Agulhas 2, recently returned from her annual trip to provision the SANAE base in Antarctica
Our skipper at the helm of catamaran Serenity One
We had dolphins in our wake as we left the harbour
It is a "Champagne" cruise but the semi sweet rosé sparkling wine they serve does little to recommend SA wines to our tourists. Although it flows copiously, we think a little less of a better wine would do wonders
Young seals taking a nap on one of the harbour entrance buoys
Most of the boats leave at the same time to see the sunset
A wonderful view of the city nestling beneath Table Mountain, Lion's Head and Signal Hill
A view of Sea Point from the sea. That huge crane is above our house, where another block of flats is being built up against the hill
Waterfront Charters flag on the mast. We did sail briefly exiting Table Bay, just using the genoa
The inside cabin and bar. Most chose to sit on the deck above the bows
A yacht at anchor in the bay
Sailing towards the setting sun. The sea had the texture and colour of oily petroleum
The sun dipping below the horizon
Heading back to harbour
The light turns opal colours and you get a lovely view of the far Simonsberg mountain near Stellenbosch
Passing Mouille Point lighthouse and the World Cup Stadium behind it
Looking back to Bantry Bay and the 12 Apostles mountains
The afterglow and another cruise boat
"Pink sky at night, "shepherds delight" means good weather tomorrow
Looking over the breakwater to the Table Bay Hotel, the big wheel and the V&A Waterfront, with Signal Hill, Lion's Head and Table Mountain in the background
Another view of the Cape Town Stadium, which some, not always fondly, call the salad bowl
The procession back to the dock
City light reflected in the water
SA Agulhas 2, lit up like a Christmas tree
Heading for our moorings
A view of the restaurant where we were to have dinner, The Greek Fisherman is upstairs in the second sloping roofed building from the right
The old Port Captain's building now houses shops and a museum
Lovely reflections
Looking up at The Greek Fisherman on the first floor
And the view from our table looking back down at the harbour
On a balmy night such as this, most people chose to eat on the terrace
Our dinner, a choice of mezes, arrives. They have a large selection to chose from. Great tasting and very tender baby calamari in garlic and lemon
Biftekia, small beef meatballs with oregano and feta cheese have lots of flavour. Served with lemon and huge chips
Perfect crisp Spanakopita (filo pastry wrapped cheese & spinach pies) with the right flavours of dill and mint, just like we had them in Greece, served hot
This is a very traditional meze, fried kefalotyri cheese (can be made from sheep or goat’s milk) still bubbling, which is topped with honey, lemon and sesame seeds. It is fantastic, but needs to be eaten hot as, when it gets cold it becomes very chewy. We last had this on a terrace in Mycenae last May
The perfect Greek Village Salad: ripe tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, spring onions dressed with oregano and olive oil and topped with a huge slice of Feta cheese

A dish of Souvla lamb from the spit, with a baked tomato and lots more chips. We could not eat any more but perhaps you can? It is a meal to relish and keep returning for, especially if you have great memories of dining in Greece 
They have a range of Greek products for you to buy
  
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus
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