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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 5th 2018

In previous blogs of our last trips to South Africa, we wrote about an evening at the Starlight Concert on the bucolic grounds of Vergelegan Winery. It has been a tradition for us when staying in Gordon's Bay. This years event was very enjoyable with a wide variety of musical genre featuring mainly South African entertainers. Before the concert, our group sat under the shade of a magnificent Camphor tree and shared food, drink and conversation. What a civilized evening! If you drive by open fields or parks on Sunday, you will often see groups of people dressed in white conducting an open air church service. They are Zionist!! It is estimated about 40% of South Africans belong to this religion. The South African Zionist religion began as an “off shoot” of Catholic Christian Church which ... read more
Cerviche at Terroir
Yummy dinner at Rita and Phillip’s
Hidden Valley Winery

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay October 14th 2017

Hello Everyone: We'll be returning from January - March 2018 to South Africa, Gordon's Bay(about 1 hours drive outside of Capetown. We will be staying once again at Highcliffe House, hosted by Jane and Jim Yeomans. We spoke with Jane and Jim recently and they had a last minute cancellation on their Reisling Suite which has a beautiful view of Gordon's Bay etc. It's available from January 24th. If anyone has an interest they can contact Jane and Jim directly (contact info below) and or course we'd be happy to help with any information as well. Look forward to sharing our travel experiences in South Africa. Best Regards Debra and Dana Contact info: Highcliffe House, Gordon's Bay Cape Town Western Cape 7140 South Africa http://highcliffehouse.co.za/ Jane and Jim Yeomans... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 15th 2016

Well we are in the final stretch of our "winter getaway" returning home on March 25 which is Good Friday. It has been such a wonderful trip to Namibia/South Africa and our stay in Gordon's Bay was most pleasant. In spite of that, it's always good to be home, although Debra insists I finish off the winter with a golf trip to Florida with my brother and others. (Departing for a week on March 28th) One of the highlights over the past 2 weeks was the Starlight Concert which is held on the grounds of the beautiful Vergelegan Winery. We attended the concert on our last trip to South Africa and enjoyed it so much, that we were eagerly awaiting this year's performances. The weather didn't disappoint us and there were 13 in our group, sitting ... read more
Hugh Masekela
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay February 27th 2016

As indicated in an earlier Blog, Debra insisted we return to Hermanus to explore, more extensively, this community. In addition to playing golf at the very scenic golf resort of Arabella and the impeccably manicured Hermanus golf club, we enjoyed the majestic views along the shore trail that borders downtown. We stayed over 2 nights at a very comfortable B&B, Dorpshuys Hermanus, that was nestled in a very quite neighbourhood within a15 minutes walk of downtown. Two yummy dinners, a little shopping and touring some smaller communities such as Stanford, completed our 3 day adventure to this very popular area of the Western Cape. For those interested, there are some lovely properties in this resort area that could be purchased for appx $300,000 CDN. Got my hair cut while in Hermanus, $8.00 CDN plus tip. Not ... read more
Art along the walk
View from the Cliff Trail
Relaxing at Domaine des Dieux winery

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay February 15th 2016

We continue to explore some smaller communities, that are day trips from Gordon's Bay. Wellington is about 45 minutes away and features a couple of large distilleries and quite a few wineries. Debra stopped someone in a shopping mall to ask directions and found out he was from New York City. He married a girl from the area and they are now trying to decide where to live, New York or Wellington. Quite a contrast between the two. Greyton which is about 1 hours drive has a feel similar to Niagara on the Lake. There are lots of restaurants and shops along Main Street and on Saturday there was a small market featuring, once again, all kinds of yummy foods. We ended up having a very tasty Pizza for lunch and on the way out, stopped ... read more
Genadendal
Main Street Greyton
A unique Braai!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay February 12th 2015

Thursday 12th February 2015: day eleven - Gordon's Bay There was no specific plan for today other than to relax, enjoy some sunshine and have a look around the area. We managed a short boat handling session in False Bay, on Nick and Dena's power boat. It was relatively calm but there was some swell coming in from the SE so that added a little interest to the trip out. No sign of any fish in False Bay, including the infamous Great White Shark that uses this area for breeding and feeding on the rather large seals that frequent the harbours and nearby waters. We took in a house viewing later in the day..... That's a house being sold with a great sea view from the deck, the main bed rooms and guest quarters...... Problem is ... read more
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Conditions change quickly in a SE
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 23rd 2014

We finally found time to hike in the Helderberg park, with great trails for hiking enthusiasts. Throughout the trails there were some magnificent plants and flowers, Proteas etc. There are a number of different trails from easy to extreme( for experienced climbers/hikers only) and since we started in the afternoon, we were only able to do the 2 hour trail. We experienced a great wine tasting at Waterkloof which is a beautiful winery overlooking Gordon's Bay. Jane and Jim invited us and we hope to return there to try out their menu. Also had lunch at Longbridge which was good but not quite as "goumetish" as Jordon Winery that we visited last week. On the way home, stopped by Morgenster for an Olive oil tasting which was quite interesting. For those of us who are ignorant ... read more
Views from Helderberg Park
Unknown flower in Helderberg
Olive Oil tasting

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 17th 2014

It truly is a small world. As indicated in last week's blog, we had dinner with Chris and Jan Little who Debra worked with at the ScotiaBank. This week our friends, Ken and Diane Cranston, stayed at Highcliffe House for a couple of days in advance of their organized Tour. Ken also worked at Scotiabank and knows both Chris and Jan. Coincidentally they will both be at the same Hotel on the same day when visiting Victoria FallsWith Ken and Diane, we had a nice lunch at Jordon Winery. The food was gourmet and of course the views were post card perfect. In addition, we stopped at Van Ryn's for a Brandy tour that was very informative and interesting. The Brandy and chocolate pairing was a delightful experience. We also toured Robben's Island prison, just off ... read more
Anatolian Dog
Thirsty Scarecrow
Thirsty Scarecrow

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 9th 2014

An interesting week! Wednesday we met up with some "Scotiabankers" in Cape Town. Debra worked with Chris and Jan Little and they are touring South Africa. We had a nice dinner with them at the Victoria and Albert waterfront. In advance of meeting up with Chris and Jan, we took a 2 hour tour of the Cape Town Heart Museum at the Groote Shur Hospital (it means Big Barn and was a farm owned by Cecil Rhodes who gave it to Cape Town to build a new hospital). Dr. Christian Barnard conducted the 1st human heart transplant in 1967. This was very interesting and informative tour of an amazing event that took place 47 years ago. The tour and presentations were very well done and included a re-creation of the operating theatres in which the transplant ... read more
Operating Room -- 1st heart transplant
The Heart recipient
Arabella Golf Course

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 6th 2014

Tsitsikamma to Jeffrey’s Bay (113.8 km or 71 miles)—Wednesday, March 5th. Bright sunny day We made our way back onto the N-2, still heading toward Port Elizabeth. A couple miles down the road, we pulled into the parking lot for the “Big Tree,” which is a 1000 year-old yellow wood tree. Parked the RV in some partial shade and showed our “Wild Card” at the entrance. We then set out to walk into the forest for “ just a short way” on a boardwalk. As was usual, the “just a little walk” was quite a ways along with many steps going up and down. We could have been walking in any moist forest environment as the ferns and other woodland plants growing here looked really familiar to us. When we got to the tree, it was ... read more
1403-83 Walking along the path reminds us of Oregon
1403-84 Interesting fungus
1403-85 And Spanish Moss




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