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Sep 13, 2017 - Cape Town & Century City
Last day in Cape Town....one more would have been good. Off to Maggies down the road for breakfast, yum. Garry went to look for the Canterbury store while I went home to be the domestic goddess (haha I did the washing and relaxed in our lovely sunny garden). Went to Century City in arvo. This is a spectacular shopping complex, very ornate and HUGE. Supposed to be a quick in/out trip to a couple of stores! Ending up being a few hours just because of the size. I am so over shopping centres - should have stayed in my garden. Back home, refresh...Jump to full entry
Sep 11, 2017 - Kirstenbosch Botannical Gardens and Table Mountain
Up early again to meet Steve and Linda and off to the gardens first as the mountain was covered in cloud. Long drive thru some beautiful areas around the bay. The gardens were lovely and quite a bit of walking.... then of course morning tea. Note... Cape Town is a chocoholics paradise. Garry ordered a hot chocolate- pure belgian chocolate melted in a mug to drink. Not even this chocoholic could have managed it. I managed a chocochino... 1/3 melted choc 1/3 coffee 1/3 milk. Yum. Skipped lunch today. By afternoon the cloud was clearing and...Jump to full entry
Sep 9, 2017 - 15 hours travel and we're here!
Arrived in Cape Town 9am local time. Not sure how we did it but missed Johannesburg customs altogether. Went thru immigration and then there we were checking in for our next flight. Oops, sorry about the mandarin i brought through with me. Cape Town has put on perfect weather for us, brilliant sunshine and light winds. Haven't seen much yet but went for a quick bite while waiting for our airbnb to be ready. In a great location near the waterfront and lots of cafes and restaurants. Cheap as chips to eat. Calamari chips & salad, chorizo &...Jump to full entry
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 goJump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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.Jump to full entry
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,...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry