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Durban

December 22, 2015

We were warned many times ‘don’t go to Durban’? It’s dangerous, it’s dirty, there’s nothing there etc etc.

We actually heeded these warnings and thought we don’t need to stop there.  We were short of time as we want to get to Simon’s Town for Christmas.  So, we left Richard’s Bay in what is referred to here as a ‘weather window’ i.e. a switch in the SW wind to NE allowing a run along the coast with the current.

Richard's Bay to Durban

Richard’s Bay to Durban –  Note: in the picture above the shallow section extends about 12 miles out from the coast and one has to get off the shelf to take fill advantage of a current that sometimes runs up to 4 knots in a SW direction.

We actually made the 90 miles in 14 hours with help from the current but we ended up in Durban.   Yikes, what are we going to do here we thought.  Surely we can get out of Durban within 48 hours and keep heading south-west.

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No.  After 10 days we are still here and now short of time to make it all the way to Simon’s Town to greet our friends coming in on December 29th.  There is a very short weather window which everyone is dwelling on arriving early Thursday. We want to go but know that will only get us to East London and who knows how long we will have to wait there to get another window to Port Elizabeth? Mossel Bay? Kynsna? or….

So, despite everyone’s warning here we are in Durban enjoying ourselves. Here are a few photos of Durban:

First is an area called the beaches. I know now why the New York Times listed Durban as one of the 10 best coastal cities in the world. There is an amazing board walk that stretches about 8 km and is growing.

The board-walk runs between the coast and a string of apartments, a hospital and a hotel/casino.  The hotel/casino is an old art deco styled building for which the owners deserve kudos for their enhancements and maintenance of the property.

Havana Bar and Suncoast Hotel

Havana Bar and Suncoast Hotel

 

The casino is housed in part of the art deco structure along with shops and restaurants

The casino is housed in part of the art deco structure along with shops and restaurants

 

Gorgeous backdrops

Gorgeous backdrops

The models are good too!

The models are gorgeous too!

 

Main entranceway

Main entranceway

 

Inside the mall

Inside the mall

And then there is the beach itself with the board-walk

Addington Beach on a hot day

Addington Beach on a hot day

There are lots of people who use the beaches and board-walk with restaurants every 1/2 kilometres, showers for people to use after swimming, wading pools for the kids and of course a number of buskers:

Sand castle (car)

Sand castle (car)

 

Any way to make a buck - 10R for a picture, ? for a ride and, and....

Any way to make a buck – 10R for a picture, ? for a ride and, and….

We strolled for hours along the beachfront but there are many other areas to explore in Durban.

Next was Esther Roberts Road:

What drew us to Esther Roberts Road was the Phansi Museum.

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The museum has an awesome collection of traditional crafts and an excellent guide to take us through. The museum was  a taxi ride away from Durban Marina.

We spent a couple of hours walking through the museum marvelling at all the traditional and modern works that were on display.  It is necessary to make an appointment to see the exhibition and it’s worth the effort and planning.

Here are some pictures of things we saw in the museum:

This is the South African equivalent to the button blanket of the Pacific North-West coastal aboriginals

This is the South African equivalent to the button blanket of the Pacific North-West coastal First Nations

 

An exploded view of a safety pin blanket

An exploded view of a safety-pin blanket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking stick anyone. I think more of a cudgel1

Walking stick anyone. I think more of a cudgel

Detail of a hat

Detail of a hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the many examples of traditional clothing

One of the many examples of traditional clothing

I believe the symbolism here relates to the prisoner number given to Nelson Mandela. Modern beaded jacket

I believe the symbolism here relates to the prisoner number given to Nelson Mandela. Modern beaded jacket

A new bride

A new bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

doll collection

doll collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incredible display of baskets

Incredible display of baskets

There was a lot more but tempting our stomachs was a bakery we spotted on the way to the museum in the taxi. It looked like the real thing and believe me in South Africa bread is not a strength.  We had been looking for ages for good bread and walking into the Glenwood Bakery.

Glenwood Bakery

Glenwood Bakery

There on the shelf was a Tartine cookbook so I knew we had hit a goldmine.

 

Next to the Glenwood Bakery was a small restaurant called Parc

Next to the Glenwood Bakery was a small restaurant called Parc

We dragged a couple of yachties back to Parc for a wonderful breakfast. Both the restaurant and bakery are highly recommended.

Amy, Arthur and Connie enjoying a well earned full choletral breakfast

Amy, Arthur and Connie enjoying a well earned full cholesterol breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

Next area to explore was Windermere.  What attracted us to this area is that it’s one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods but it is also the location of the African Arts Centre:

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And just outside the African Art Centre – the shopper!

It's Christmas

It’s Christmas

 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2015 13:09

    Great pictures and great sunshine.

    Wishing you all the best of the season from rainy Vancouver.

    Barrie and Sandra

  2. December 22, 2015 13:35

    Well there you are in Durban and here I am in Ladysmith. I believe you win the exotic destination award. Wonderful blog as ever, good for you guys. Happy Christmas. Fred

  3. December 22, 2015 14:26

    December 22 is Winter day here in the northen half of the earth.
    Glad to see how you enjoy life in the other half…..!
    Merry X’mas and happy new year from Janine & Gil.

  4. Archer permalink
    December 22, 2015 17:54

    Merry Christmas…………I like all those beautiful baskets

  5. Wayno permalink
    December 22, 2015 21:23

    Happy Christmas T&C ! Hopefully we are not getting a cyclone… so far. Cheers!

  6. Louise permalink
    December 23, 2015 00:21

    Merry Christmas to you both!

  7. Patrick permalink
    December 23, 2015 00:35

    So you like to much Durban! ?….captown you’ll stay for life! ….hahaha! .Enjoy south africa tony and conny. MERRY CHRISMAS!

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