Table Mountain and Blouberg se strand

   Fairest Cape of them all. Probably the most frequently photographed view in the whole of South Africa.  On a recent trip to Cape Town we experienced what the Capetonians call a champagne day.  The photo is taken from Bloubergstrand. Literally it means “blue mountain beach”.

A beautiful nostalgic song about Bloubergstrand and a boy and his dad going to the beach is sung by Laurika Rauch. Listen to it here and watch the video.

Here are lyrics in Afrikaans, and a translation of it which I did:

Blouberg se strand

Die golwe weet waar breek die branders 
hulle dink hulle’s vry
die wolke wentel in die hemel
maar op die winde moet hul ry
dis vroeg in die dag op Blouberg se strand
die wind gaan nog waai, die son gaan nog brand
maar dis koel na die lang nag
en ons groet die dag 
KOOR:
Goeie môre my sonskyn
goeie môre my kind
kom ons draf langs die strand
kom ons ry op die wind
die sand sal ons skroei
en die strale sal brand
maar dis vroeg in die dag
op Blouberg se strand

Daar is witgekalkte huise
en ou Tafelberg
daar is hengelaars met stok en hoed
wat vroeg visse terg
my pa sê, my kind, ons moet swart mossels vind
ons is lief vir die see, ek is lief vir my kind
ja, dis koel na die lang nag
en ons groet die dag.

KOOR ( X2)

Translated:

At Bloubergstrand

The waves know where the billows break
They think they are free
The clouds orbit the sky
but they must ride the wind
It’s early in the day, at Bloubergstrand
The wind will be blowing, the sun will be burning
But it’s cool after the long night
and we greet the day

Choir

Good morning my sunshine
Good morning my child
Let’s run alongside the beach
Let’s ride on the wind
The sun will be scorching us
and the rays will burn
But it’s early in the day
At Bloubergstrand

There are lime-washed houses
and old Table Mountain
There are anglers with rod and hat
teasing fish from early on
My daddy says: my child, we must find black mussels
we love the sea, I love my child
Yes, it’s cool after the long night
and we greet the day

Choir

Good morning my sunshine
Good morning my child
Let’s run alongside the beach
Let’s ride on the wind
The sun will be scorching us 
and the rays will burn
But it’s early in the day
At Bloubergstrand (2x)

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