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Cape Town: Loading Bay

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

You never know what you’ll find when you are packing, but I discovered this little treasure and had to share it with you. We shot this the morning we began the crazy app in 24 hours which resulted in Cape Town Love. This may explain why Mike and I simply discovered this while organizing files as we prep for moving. Never-the-less I figured it’s good to share it with you because well you all are like me and love a good travel post on time or not.

Mike and I discovered Loading Bay via Miss Moss’s amazing list of suggestions in Cape Town. Her list is pretty spectacular if you are in Cape Town and want a few suggestions. Each place we went we were completely in love with. So it was no surprise that we ate at Loading Bay more than once while in Cape Town.

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

This place was just on the other side of Lion’s Head from our apartment on Hudson. Tucked in a great area of downtown Cape Town amongst cool apartments and some top notch coffee shops and boutiques. Two mornings in a row we nabbed fresh pressed green juice and breakfast here with some killer Americanos.

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

You might be asking is this a cafe, men’s boutique or an Aesop shop and the answer is yes. It’s a pretty brilliant idea I’d never seen before but within the tall glass walls it felt common place. The atmosphere is very relaxed, chill, and inspiring. Take the stairs up from the cafe and you will find a well curated men’s store full of genuine American products and a great Aesop experience that should not be missed.

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Remember when we went to the Neighbour Goods Market and Mike bought that jacket? Well the designer, Simon works here and curates a lot of the items for Loading Bay. I’m sure by this point he felt like we were following him around the city. It was a super pleasant surprise to catch him there and chat some more about some of his favorite brands right now both American, Japanese, and South African. We dropped a few fresh names for him to check out and he shared what he was looking at for Spring.

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

If you are in the downtown area of Cape Town, I highly suggest popping in here for a juice, some shopping, beer, or even just a quick coffee. Everything is superb and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Cannot wait to get back to Cape Town and enjoy some more time in this cafe and boutique.

Loading Bay - Cape Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday. Once again don’t miss Miss Moss’s awesome list for Cape Town. Serious she has a wonderful list I cannot give it enough praise.

 

Cape Town App is Live

Cape Town Love  -  Collab of Wild Measure and Over  |  The Fresh Exchange

We are really excited to announce that Cape Town Love, the app we built in 24 hours with the Over team is now in the app store and available for download.

You have seen our journey with this app from the post where we announced the decision to take this challenge to when we completed and announced Cape Town Love. We are very excited to announce that it can now be found for FREE in the Apple App Store for each of you to use.

Cape Town Love  -  Collab of Wild Measure and Over  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town Love  -  Collab of Wild Measure and Over  |  The Fresh Exchange

The app was inspired by the beauty and adventure that Cape Town holds, our team at Wild Measure and the team at Over came together to create Cape Town Love for visitors and Capetonians to more deeply engage with major sights and other Cape Town moments. The iPhone app offers over 50 hand lettered graphics that I created within our 24 hour marathon of work. All the phrases and graphics are meant to add a more personal and inspired touch to what can be captured while visiting and living in Cape Town.

As you all know the app came about because of the amazing time we had working alongside the Over team while helping them develop another product that will launch prior to the holidays of 2013. We felt so inspired by our experience and felt it would be a great opportunity to challenge ourselves to create something together. Thus, we decided to create an app inspired by the city we were working in that had inspired us and to do it in a day. We have such a deep passion for collaboration that it only made sense. Then to have a chance to capture this place that had inspired us in ways we never expected was just the icing on the cake. Cape Town is so alive, full of innovation, fresh design, and a high quality of life nestled amongst some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world.

Cape Town Love  -  Collab of Wild Measure and Over  |  The Fresh Exchange

Our hope is that Cape Town Love will help users better tell their story about their love for the Mother City and that it will inspire awareness of this amazing place. Whether you want to use it on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad it does not matter. You can also download the app to use some of the more general phrases for photos as well. We already are seeing users posting photos from other places in the world to place graphics on their photos and using phrases such as “the setting sun”, “Chill”, “Live”, “Fresh”, “Eat”, and more to inspire their own adventures in other cities they love and live in. It is very exciting to see.

Thanks again for all of your support in and for following our journey through this process. It means so much to see you all engaging and using the things we make. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and you yourself found some inspiration throughout your time away from work. Keep chasing what you love and remember to always create wildly.

Cape Town Love  -  Collab of Wild Measure and Over  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek Beach

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

If I could choose one place to forever end each day of my life it would be Noordhoek beach. It is nestled amongst layers of rising mountains, submerged boulders, bungalow beach homes, and the most beautiful land you will find. The town of Noordhoek is a sleepy little artist beach community overlooking the ocean and is just south of Cape Town proper. We had actually planned on starting our road trip around Cape Point at the Noordhoek beach, but after realizing the sun would be setting at the end of our trip we thought it would be the perfect end to the day instead.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Really the only pre-trip research I did was to read this blog post from Cereal Magazine about Noordhoek Beach. Upon finishing I knew we had to go here. Noordhoek was the only must do on our trip. I cannot find the words to explain this place and I will tell you the photos are only the beginning of how beautiful and unique this little place is. I wish we had had more time to explore the town itself while we were there, but we just couldn’t.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Entering the beach you will see beautiful bungalows gathered around as if specifically perched day in and day out to watch the beach change throughout the day. Before you get to the actual beach you have to cross a stream that empties into a small pond of water that collects the high tide. The water is not exactly the most inviting swimming water, but it is absolutely beautiful. It is hard to tell how deep the tide pool is as the water is a beautiful gradient of browns that seem to drift into its own depths.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

The sun sets on the Noordhoek side of the Point making the end of the day light absolutely magical. Every direction you turned it was perfect lighting in every way. So of course we grabbed a few photos before making our way out to the water.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

In order to get to the actual shore you had to cross a small creek that feeds in to the pool on the beach. It comes from above and through the rocks, down the sand and finally into the mysterious waters of the tide pool.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

After crossing the creek you wander through the boulders and sand to make your way to shore. As we hiked through the sand we couldn’t help but to stop and take in the beauty of this place as the sun began to slowly lower.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

There are some really perfect places in the world and this is one of them. The layering of the landscape, the color, the light…it was all so magical.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Before the sun lowered too far we wandered the beach in search of the right place to enjoy some local craft beer we purchased from the market earlier that day.

Cape Town: Noordhoek | The Fresh Exchange

While wandering the beach we discovered so many beautiful treasures. The ocean brings so many amazing things to shore from the 20 feet long kelp trees, to gorgeous shells that contain such vibrant colors. There is no lack of beautiful and unique things to find after the tide has lowered and many things are left to be discovered.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

We finally found the perfect boulders amongst the crashing waves and mystical sea breeze. As we settled in the waves were crashing and the sun was beginning to lower below the clouds. We looked around and realized we were not the only ones with this idea. Amongst the other boulders and sea side cliffs many of the local families were also gathering to watch the splendor of the sunset. It was neat to see so many people just as enamored with the magical light and colors as we were. It was as if we all couldn’t wait for those last few special moments where the day slowly recedes in to night.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

As we settled in Mike pulled out the Citizen Beer and proved his man skills by opening the beer for us without an opener.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful end to an amazing day of adventures. Though it was our last day of exploring Cape Town, I couldn’t have chosen a better way to end our adventures than to watch the sun glisten over the crashing waves while we blent into the inspiring landscape around us.

Cape Town: Noordhoek  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Simon’s Town

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

I am sure you all our announcement about completing an app in a day. It was a major undertaking, but we are so happy with the results and cannot wait to start seeing many of you use it whether you are local to Cape Town or just traveling through.

Within the pack you will find graphics that says Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach. After visiting I created those graphics so I am really glad I can share some more about this sweet little place toward the very tip of the Cape Point.

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Simon’s Town is a sweet little beach town that I would equivocate to a small town near us called Northport. Here in Simon’s Town you can surf, rent the cutest bungalows, get chased by baboons, and most importantly hang out with some penguins down at Boulders Beach.

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

I am a huge animal lover so anytime I get a chance to walk around with some cute furry friends I am in. Not to mention these furry friends are rare to see outside of zoos. In Simon’s Town it is one of the few places in the world you can wander with them in their natural habitat. You must walk on a boardwalk in order to not disturb they habitat but you feel as if you are really with them on the beach. As you can see you can get very close them. I am sure there are places and other public beaches where they do roam more freely amongst the locals, but we had a little period of time to get a peak at them so we went the easy tourist route.

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

These little guys were in the middle of breeding season so they were very active and we got pretty up close with many of them. They were not camera shy or lacking in curiosity at all. In fact one of them followed us the whole way in and out. He was ready to come home with us it seemed.

It costs about $9 for both of us to get in to the nature preserve and it is well worth it. I hear this is also a great location for whale sitings as well.

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

As we said our goodbyes to our new found friends, we hopped in the car to finish our drive around the cape and to head watch the sunset, but the beauty of the M-65 drive is all the stops along the way to pull off and enjoy the view.

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

Minus the baboon signs warning to watch for them (they were not active during the time we were there, but supposedly they can be pretty aggressive about making your stops fairly difficult) every pull off offered an incredible view. We wanted to stop at every one, but in order to make it to the beach for sunset we had to keep moving.

Cape Town: Simon's Town  |  The Fresh Exchange

On our way through we saw all sorts of parts of South Africa, much like the Africa you would expect. We drove through everything from farm lands full of ostriches to very sad slums to adorable beach side artist communities. I think this is the beauty of South Africa, there is such a wide array in terms of culture, religion, lifestyle, and everything in between it makes it extremely eye-opening and interesting to see how this wide gap interacts both positively and negatively.

It was good to see South Africa like that not only is it one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes I have ever seen, but to experience how this place deals with the large differences in its people.

Tomorrow I will share our final travel post from Cape Town. It makes me sad, but I have a feeling we will be back to this amazing place to explore even more in the coming years.

On a side note: we are back in the states and in Michigan for a little over 48 hours before we head south to Dallas for Circles Conference where I will be speaking. After that it is on to Palm Springs, California for DesignerVaca...as much as I thought I would hate all the flying I am rather enjoying it.