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Sep 10, 2017 - Cape Town Stellenbosch and Franschoek

First full day in Cape Town - Up early to pick up Steve and Linda at their place 2 blocks down the road. Off on a road trip to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine and food areas. Stopped in Stellenbosch town first. Its like a village that is a mix of dutch german and african architecture. All very pretty and quaint. Foodie heaven especially for anything chocolate. Lots of cafes, art galleries, african artifacts and souveniers. Beautiful laid back town. On to the wineries. Steve had chosen a very old winery for us. Lanzarac Wine Estate built...

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Feb 7, 2016 - Wine, wine and more wine!

We have arrived in Stellenbosch - wine country! There are more than 200 wineries here in this town alone (over 2000 in this region!) and today we went to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival to try just a FEW of them!! We arrived early in the morning and enjoyed sipping wines all day into the late afternoon, accompanied by the hot sunshine & a beautiful backdrop of the South African terrain & trees. There were hundreds of wines to choose from - everything from sparkling to full-bodied, and even 'infusions'!! We had the perfect day and even did a...

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Aug 13, 2014 - A day at the wineries

This morning we were picked up by our guide Shef for a tour of the Winelands. This area of South Africa is perfect for grape growing. The only truly SA grape is Pinotage, which is a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. We started at Anura this morning (pick up was 9am !!) - there we tasted 5 wines including our favorite Pinotage so far. From there we continued on to a champagne (even though they can't call it champagne) tasting at JC LaRoux. That was really cool - we had 5 different kinds - 3 made in the Method Cap Classic and 2 Sparkling. Our...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Moving on to Franschhoek

Transition day today! We left Cape Town this morning for our 10:10 tee time at Pearl Valley Golf Club. Pete's doing a great job driving on the other side of the road, as usual. It was about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town Waterfront to the golf course. It was a Jack Nicklaus course - which means bunkers everywhere you would think about landing your ball. I couldn't play too much because of my wrist - I took about half the holes off. The course was beautiful and we had a great time playing. And we were so excited on the way out we saw...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Stellenbosch

We approached the hostess of an empty, upscale restaurant and asked for a table. “Sorry, if you don’t have a reservation we don’t have room for you”, she replied. I said to Rita, “It looks like they have room but I think we are a little under dressed for this place and it doesn’t help that we hav a grocery bag and two large, flattened cardboard boxes in tow. Why don’t we try ”The Big Easy” as I assume it is a sports bar as the woman at the hotel indicated it is owned by professional golfer Ernie Els”. As we walked up to “The Big Easy” still...

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Oct 2, 2013 - Day of wine and roses...at least lots of wine.

Wednesday, Oct 2nd. Weather: clear, sunny and gorgeous again! Another early morning wake up call so we could get to breakfast by 8am and catch our tour at 8:30am. Our guide today is Leonard. Both he and Carlos (from yesterday) self identify as "colored"; not a politically incorrect term here. There are 4 distinct identifying ethnicities: english (britsh whites); Afrikaners (mainly whites descended from Dutch Calvinists, Germans and French Huguenots, Frisians and minor numbers of other Europeans and non-European slaves, indentured servants...

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Jul 29, 2013 - A day of contrasts-and no Internet!

We started the day with a visit to the beautiful and vast Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. 1400+ acres of manicured landscape with an incredible array of natural plants. The protea is the national flower and there are so many varieties it is hard to pick a favorite, but I will include a couple of mine. We continued on to the Cape Winelands and did a fabulous tasting at the Fairview Wine Estate which many may know from their mass market wine (available at Trader Joes) called Goats Do Roam. On the property they have both grapes and goats, so...

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Nov 8, 2012 - The Cape and Stellenbosch

Beyond Cape Town there's more to see. South, heading down to the Cape, are exclusive beach communities. Further is the old port city of Simon's Town which hosted a number of Antarctic Expeditions as well as the Confederate Raider CSS Alabama. Now that's a story I'll look up. The local Simon's Town museum was staffed by a clutch of delightful geezer gals, one of whom asked where I lived. I told her the panhandle of Florida. She said, "Oh, you live in the armpit of Florida." There were a number of good local museums in South Africa that...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Day 26 - The Wine Route

We woke up to another sunny morning in Cape Town - Quickly had our breakfast at the V & A and then headed via Houtbay and Chapmans Peak to Peter and Rikka in Gordon's Bay. Bobby and Carrol kindly volunteered to look after the kids and we headed on the scenic route to the wine area. It was our lucky day as we where given an appointment to visit Rupert and Rothschild, on the way there we passed the town Franchhoek for Lunch and made out first stop at the newly renovated La Motte. We ended the day at Kanonkop before headed to our little...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Stellenbosch

woe 26/10/11 Ik kom laat aan en kruip direct in mijn bed na een lange dag. do 27/10 en vr 28/10/11 De backpacker ligt aan de rand van het centrum en ik wandel dus het centrum in om eens een kijkje te nemen. Vermits ik de wijntoer en al de andere activiteiten al gedaan heb ga ik gewoon wat rondkuieren. Stellenbosch is een mooie, propere stad met witte, oude huizen in een groene omgeving. Er zijn vele, dure winkels en artgalleries. Maar het is ook een studentenstad en dat zie je doordat er veel cafés, koffiebars en restaurantjes zijn met...

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May 11, 2011 - End of the Journey

All great things must come to an end. This trip was magical. I had a wondeful time and I will never ever ever forget it. I have to thank my grandparents the most. Thank you sooooo much for taking me on the wonderful,magical,and amazing(not to mention expensive ;). I hope we can do something like this trip again soon!!! Well this is Maddie signing off! Love Love Love, Maddie

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May 8, 2011 - STELLENBOSCH

Hello! Today was my last full I probably in Africa. Tomorrow we head to the airport to catch our flight back to NYC. I probably won't be back at school until Thursday or Friday because we have to stop in NYC and fly home on Wednesday. Anyway, today we went to Stellenbosch and took a tour around there. We got to see the university(which has a very pretty campus may I add) and some of the historical stuff. The most interesting part of the day was when we went to the Spier Cheetah and Bird Sanctuary. I got to pet a cheetah! His name was...

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