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Feb 10, 2016 - I'm melting, I'm melting!!!!!

As most of you know, I'm not exactly a sun-seeker. Yet today, its 39 degrees and officially now, TOO HOT for me! (This is Monika's kind of weather!) Sue emailed me that she's in a curling bonspiel this weekend... What I wouldn't give for a few hours inside an arena of ice right now!!! :) But I'm told that even though South African summers are hot, this is exceptional. We're in a state of drought here and the dry conditions and recent wildfires are just more evidence of that. I wish I could have brought some of our Vancouver-rain with us....

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Apr 27, 2008 - Paarl Cheese Festival

The Cheese Festival in Paarl was a multifaceted experience. For one, I absolutely love cheese. I think that cheese should be one of the 7 wonders of the world, and I have a difficult time imagining what life would be like without the wondrous delights of goat cheese, mouldy blue cheese and brie. It would undoubtedly be a dreary life bound to the monotonous torpor of tasteless food. However, this festival-- set out to celebrate the multitudes of cheese available to enjoy at any given moment--magnified the legacy of an institutionalized...

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Dec 13, 2007 - South Africa - Cape Town - Robben Island

One of the most famous landmarks of South Africa is Robben Island. We headed to the V&A Waterfront to collect our tickets and boarded our boat at 10 am. Leaving the harbour for our 45 min journey to the island leaving behind some stunning views of Table Mountain and Cape Town. Thankfully the wind was behind us so the crossing wasn't too rough akthough that cant be said for the return journey a 3 hours later. The first known use of the island was as a passing station for ships to stop at in the area. It was then used as a leper colony and...

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Dec 6, 2007 - South Africa - Cape Town - Hout Bay, Llandudno, Chapmans Peak

The next few days were spent at various parties and braai's at friends and family. All great fun with drinks and food a plenty. With a need to explore and the sun shining we headed out for a walk down to the beach. We are spoilt for choice in Llandudno with its two beaches. Sandy Bay is Cape Town's only nudist beach and is located on a particulary beautiful stretch of sand and thankfully no pressure to take your clothes off which was a relief to David and I. We both set off to have a look at the beach and were confronted by countless naked...

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Nov 29, 2007 - South Africa - Cape Town - Boulders Beach and Atlantic Coast

The next few days we decided to visit a few of the wonderful beaches in the area. First up was Noordhoek beach and Monkey Valley which was the location of our wedding all those years ago! We then spent Friday with our London friends Matt & Caroline on Clifton 4th beach, this is Cape Town's premier beach location and the post code that all Capetonians strive to have but with prices in the ten million pound bracket it is a tad outside our wallets. The beach itself is absolutely gorgeous and definitely our favourite. We set about finding a...

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Nov 26, 2007 - A day at the Waterfront, at the foot of Table Mountain.

I know I said that I was done posting from here, but as I have the availablility of email today I thought I'd send our final journal from South Africa. We have had a couple of glorious days here in Cape Town and yesterday we spent the day down at the Waterfront. The Waterfront is on the Bay/Harbor. It is wall-to-wall restaurants, bistro's, bars, an outdoor craft market and a humungous shopping mall that tourists love to visit, because it is geared toward all the offerings of African arts and curios. Even we love to shop there and get a few...

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Nov 22, 2007 - South Africa - Cape Town - Winelands and Cape Point

The next few days we set about spending some time with Debbie's family, kicking about in the house and enjoying the wonderful weather. On Saturday, we decided to treat Debbie's gran to some High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, in the city centre. We had a lovely table on the terrace in the sunshine sheltered from the wind. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with lots of sandwiches, cream cakes, strawberries and cream, and of course some lovely tea! Later that night we caught up with friends, Amber and Vaughn for a lovely "dop and chop" or...

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Nov 15, 2007 - South Africa - Cape Town - Castle of Good Hope and Table Mountain

For much of the week we took time out from travelling around and relaxed at Debs Grans house. During the week we caught up with friends Nicky and Jared, going out for dinner and a rather drunken fancy dress party where the girls dressed up as Playboy Bunnies and the guys as retro 1980's tennis stars, the evening was filled with amusing dance moves and was great fun. Later in the week the two of us decided to venture out and about. With a howling South Easter wind blowing (also known as the "Cape Doctor" as it will blow your ills away), the...

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Sep 29, 2007 - Capetown, South Africa

Friends Tanya Kaplan and Budd Lehman flew in from Los Angeles, and we all flew on to the Capetown area. We stayed at a timeshare exchange, compliments of our friend Susan Harding, who could not join us. In spite of the left-hand driving, renting a car here worked out just fine, as the traffic is not bad and the roads are excellent. We spent a week touring the Cape of Good Hope, Capetown, the coast and the wine regions. The latter regions were as good for the scenery and historic towns and they were for the excellent wine and delicious food....

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