While I was in Cape Town this past weekend my sister and I saw that there was going to be a Navy festival in Simon’s Town and we were so keen to go! For those of you who might not know, Simon’s Town is a small town about an hour or so away from Cape Town.
When we arrived the queue was long. I don’t mean relatively long. I mean super long, ridiculously so. Obviously, we were not keen to stand in it so we walked around the (adorable) town and had some breakfast. After breakfast we headed to the (much shorter) queue. We stood in the queue for about an hour…and it was hot! Luckily there was some wind otherwise we would have been fried. As it is I have a wonderful tan on my arms to show for it.
Once we got in the vibe was incredibly festive. There were stalls and music, and everyone was having a great time. We walked along for a bit and found our first boat. We walked onto the boat and there were some really incredible views. There was an option to go up the ladder but really…we were not too keen on that.
See this big boat? This was my favourite part of the entire festival. We got on board and were treated to a pirate display. Yes, that is correct. If pirates ever decide to take over one of our Navy boats we were shown how they would fight them off. We really had a front row seat (so to speak) and it was the most incredible experience!
We were also taken on a tour of this boat and shown exactly what life is like on board. It was so educational and super fun! I loved hearing all of the stories.
I definitely have a new found respect for the Navy after attending the festival and seeing what it is that they do. Also, who doesn’t love a man in uniform?! 😉 And anyone who can keep a uniform as white as they do deserves props!
On a serious note though, I don’t think that we always realise how many people we have to keep us safe and I, for one, will be looking at them with new found respect. Okay, sorry for being a bit serious but the Navy are actually pretty cool and I am glad that I had the opportunity to experience that.
Have you ever been to a Navy festival before? Does it seem as though it would be something you might enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!