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Mar 19, 2017 - Last day

Now that it's time to leave I've finally got this wifi/cellular data/internet thing figured out! My biggest insight in that department is that trying to type a journal on a phone is ridiculous. Okay, and now the phone is, literally typing most of this for me! Cracks me up! I'll write one more entry after I get home, with, perhaps, a little more insight. This is a beautiful place. Gotta go

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Nancy's Travels

Mar 16, 2017 - Finally, wifi that works!

We'll, this hasn't worked out quite like I'd planned. Turns out that this "My Trip Journal" takes a lot of band width to send, and the routers out on safari just couldn't support it. For the best description of our first week, check out the "4 day, lodge/treehouse safari" at Vivasafaris.com. We had a blast, saw all of the "big five", and met wonderful people. I loved seeing all the animals and being outside all the time. We got little to no sleep, but we were having too much fun to notice. We ate some traditional foods, freshly prepared...

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Nancy's Travels

Mar 7, 2017 - Overnight in Capetown

Spent the night in a real bed, sleeping horizontally. Luxury! Now we're back at the airport to catch another flight, this time to Johannesburg to catch up with our safari group. Now the fun begins!! We're booked on a 4 day, "Treehouse" safari at Kruger National Park. We stay in huts (which are as large as my house, I think), out in the bush, then go out in Jeeps or hiking to look for animals. Gotta get on the plane.

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Nancy's Travels

Sep 23, 2016 - Cape of Good Hope

After a restful night’ sleep, we awoke with anticipation for our trip to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope which is the southwestern-most part of the African continent. One again, Anja gathered us at the Cape View Clifton and we set off for the day. As in previous days, the scenery and countryside provided spectacular views, and we kept mentioning how surprised and pleased we were with the landscape of this country. After an hour or so, we pulled off the main highway and headed towards the cape. Like before, we saw signs warning of baboons,...

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Sep 21, 2016 - Wine, whales, and more . . .

Sorry. We realized that this never posted. We woke up Monday morning feeling a little fuzzy as we were still on Dallas time. Hopefully by tomorrow, and with a good night’s sleep, we will feel more rested. Last night was amazing and we had a great day out in the Winelands. We went to 3 different wineries, toured a couple of the small towns that make up wine country (Stellenbosch and Franschoek), and had a fabulous lunch at Delaire Graff winery. We were all impressed by the structure of the wines, the wineries themselves, and most...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Africa day 1

After 42 hours (24 hours of it on 3 different airplane), we made it to Cape Town. Thank you Qatar Airways for a wonderful travel experience. We arrived at the Cape View Clifton around 9:00 pm last night and there was a tasty charcuterie board waiting on us. Thank goodness for the honor bar upstairs and the wine selection we were able to choose from. The views are incredible from our 2-bedroom apartment overlooking the southern Atlantic Ocean. After unpacking, and some food and drink, we finished the night in the hot tub on our private deck...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Cape Town

We arrived in Cape Town on July 4th after two long but not too painful flights and a 7 hour lay over at Heathrow. Cape Town is beautiful. The weather is like great Vancouver fall weather - cool at night and in the morning, warm weak sun during the day. We even got a little rain yesterday, which was very Vancouver. Yesterday we woke up late and then went to the District 6 Museum and Truth Cafe - best cafe in the world. Today we woke up early and did a tour of the Cape Peninsula - south from Cape Town along the rough, cold Atlantic coast of...

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Jun 18, 2016 - Afique du Sud - Le Cap (Capetown)

Le Cap était notre première étape d'un trois semaines en Afrique du Sud. C'est une belle ville sur la côte ouest avec une ambiance très décontracté, quasiment californien. On y mange d'excellent poissons accompagnés d'un bon vin provenant d'une multitude de vignobles autour du Cap. On a visité quelques uns de ces vignobles, fait un arrêt à la pointe le plus au sud du continent africain et vu des pingouins dans leur environnement. Un des bons moments du séjour fût un souper de groupe avec une famille locale. On a été acceuilli comme de la...

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Mar 24, 2016 - Life on a farm surrounded by magestic mountains and robust vineyards

Life on a farm with Mrs Pillman surrounded by vineyards and mountains for a week was a wonderful and whole new experience. Mrs Pillman, a unique and fascinating lady in her eighties runs her farm as well as a most non commercialised bed and breakfast in her home. Each morning we would go for a run along the farm roads, sometimes her dog would join us, her cows always greeted us with a loud mooooo, one morning her two sheep had become three with a new born lamb and the local farm workers began to greet us on their way to work. We would...

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Back to my Roots

Mar 17, 2016 - Cape Town - as beautiful as ever

Here we were in beautiful Cape Town again after an absolutely wonderful Etosha Adventure. We spent a night in Windhoek after a long day of travel down from Etosha, only to discover that being a Sunday, the whole rather run down city was closed for the weekend. However, after arriving in Cape Town, we discovered Alyson and Graham's Time share unit in Seapoint which they have kindly lent us for our 5 days in CT is extremely comfortable and well located in a side street just off the promenade at Sea Point. Naturally the first thing we did on...

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Back to my Roots

Mar 8, 2016 - Day Three Steven

MONDAY March 7, 2016 Robin has already described the great blessing of our visit with Isabel’s cousin Helen Lieberman and the many good people of the program she inspires and, despite her protests, helps lead. Helen is in perpetual motion, one idea leading to another, one request to her leading to three questions, four thoughts and several words of gratitude or encouragement. She is Helen to everyone because in seconds she decides to treat you as a friend. As she explained, each person has some spark of magic in them and – I am adding - she...

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Mar 8, 2016 - Driving Through Paradise Robin

Well, fortunately or unfortunately, my pensive mood has passed (but hopefully not forgotten). Perhaps it was the good night’s sleep, or the sitting on our deck overlooking this beautiful mountain scene after a nice jog through the small, well maintained neighborhood of Franschoek. Franschoek has the look and feel of a small perfectly manicured resort town where rich South Africans and Europeans go for holiday when they want to visit the wine country; lovely but not inspiring. After a much needed relaxed morning , we spent a good part of the...

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