For tourists having road trips in South Africa we always say that the ‘real South Africa begins >100 kilometers beyond Cape Town’. Not that the Mother City does not offer something but it has become too much of a tourist trap. And so is Hermanus in a way but at the outskirts of Hermanus in the direction of our village Stanford there is Grotto Beach. Not many tourists (from abroad) over there but merely locals. Not an over crowded beach but a beach with space and ideal for a long beach walk (or a short one of you prefer). Yesterday I made a long walk with Yvonne and our friend Beatrice Pooke (she is an incredible good ‘holistic masseuse’). We started along the lagoon (somewhere between Stanford and Hermanus) and hiked all the way to the beach restaurant ‘Dutchies’ for a Dutch ‘kroket’ and back again. Some of the pictures are ‘imaginaries’ (I shuffled a bit with photoshop) and others are ‘as is’. See for yourself.