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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 9th 2015

Monday 9th February: day eight - Cape Town It is surprising how small the world is and how often you can bump into somebody you know from the UK - often from the same town or County. Today, we had the pleasure to meet with Barry and Mandy, friends of Geoff's from Halifax. We had arranged to meet for the the boat trip and guided tour of Robben Island. This being the infamous island that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on for 27years. We had a very informative guide who was also an ex prisoner on the island and gave quite an emotional account of the conditions in prison during that time. Robben island was discovered by the Dutch and initially used for whaling purposes, it then became the property of the British and was used as ... read more
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A very enthusiastic lecture by a  former prisoner
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 9th 2015

Sunday 8th February: day seven - Cape Town. Today was a 'day for the brave hearted'! An ascent of Table mountain from the Cape Town side, up the "Platteklip" gorge near to the cable car route. The morning started with cold air rolling in off the Southern Atlantic Ocean (SW winds) turning the warmer air over the land into fog and mist. At one stage you couldn't see the next street in Cape Town, talk about the top of a mountain and a very steep climb into a gorge!!! Fortunately, in our favour, the cooler air brought reduced temperatures, a cool breeze and intermittent cloud cover, which meant the climb was bearable..... We could only guess how much more difficult it would be on a hot windless day. Our ascent started well, about 1100, by parking ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Alfred February 8th 2015

Zo, daar zijn we dan in Zuid Afrika! Heerlijk weer hier, zon en een lekkere wind vanaf zee, rond de 28 graden was het vandaag, geen problemen mee! Gisteren zijn we aangekomen in Port Alfred en bij onze kamer, na een lange reis van 3 vluchten! De eerste vlucht vanaf Amsterdam vertrok om kwart voor 6 s’avonds, na onze bagage te hebben ingecheckt en afscheid genomen te hebben, door de douane en op naar de gate. We zaten bij de nooduitgangen dus hadden erg veel ruimte wat wel prettig was, ookal was dit maar een kort vluchtje aangezien we met onze eerste vlucht naar Londen Heathrow vlogen. Toen we boven Londen vlogen zijn we eerst nog lekker een aantal rondjes gevlogen aangezien we te vroeg waren, eenmaal geland duurde het ook nog even voor we konden ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 7th 2015

Thursday 5th February - day four: Simons Town. Woke to a calm and sunny morning - about 20 degrees. Geoff despatched to collect a make up bag, left the previous night in a rather nice Restaurant ("Galley restaurant) in Fish Hoek, about 5 miles away. ( A good excuse for Geoff to don his Lycra and fast peddle along the coast. ) This journey was also combined with obtaining a local SIM card for a spare mobile telephone - cost R5 - about 030 pence! No cycle for me .... Quick jog from the apartment to Simons Town passing the local golf club and not much traffic or people en route and could not believe I actually covered about 3 miles!! Not bad in the heat of the morning but did return rather red faced! The ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 7th 2015

Saturday 7th February: day six - Cape Town. Saturday in Cape Town was a catch up with 'jobs'!! Dirty washing to the cleaners, some clothes to be altered or repaired, finding reading books and second hand shops etc etc. It was also a great day to catch up with friends: we managed to meet with Helen and Mike Cowley, good friends of Judith from back in Lancashire. Later, in the evening we managed a quick look at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront (Mitchell's bar) before being entertained to a lovely Italian diner, with Mike and Helen, Helens sister Marian, her mum and dad, plus Auntie Marian. And a very sociable time we had too. Seems impossible to find a 'bad' wine and the steaks are to die for! INTERESTING FACT: Much of Cape Town, South Africa ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 6th 2015

Friday 6th February - day five: Simons Town. 'Move on day': so it was time for jamming everything into the suitcase, sitting on top of it whilst the zip was closed and carrying it, double handed, down the steps and into the car. It was also a morning of 'little logistical problems', as all our gear, plus the cycle had to travel over to Cape Town and it wasn't going to fit easily! In the end Geoff rode ahead, getting some serious cycling miles in, (taking in Black mountain and Chapman's Peak), while Judith drove the hire car along one of the arguably prettiest/spectacular roads in the Southern Hemisphere (Chapman's Peak Drive) into Hout Bay. We later arrived in Cape Town, Green point and found our 'home' for the next four days "The Big Blue Backpacker. ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Simon's Town February 5th 2015

Arrived safely in Cape Town on the Emerites air bus (380-600) along with 500 other people:A short stay in Dubai. Then finally in Cape Town and onto Simons Town skirting Table mountain but taking in Hout Bay and Chapmans peak. Our first acommodation is in a lovely apartment with the balcony overlooking the Indian ocean ....amazing views!! Pictures to follow when we have figured out how to transfer them!! .....do have some good ones though! Our first three days have been spent 'chilling' and taking in some sites....swimming on a safe beach a few hundred yards away and watching others swim (Fish Heok) where its not so safe when they remove the shark nets!! Not for us no thank you!!! Simons town is an old colonial naval base and has some beautiful buildings and pretty harbour ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Simon's Town January 15th 2015

It's difficult to get excited when there's so many things to be done in such a short space of time, but "D Day" (departure day) is 1st February 2015, so Judith and I have 2 weeks and two days to go ...... "No worries" I hear you saying. Just a few problems though like Judith finishing with work with Dewhurst, moving home to Carperby, packing some stuff for storage and somehow packing for the trip and saying cheerio to so many friends and family ...... No pressure then! For me, I'm decorating, renovating the kitchen, changing the garage and Building an outside store, plus handing over the cottage to a management company, to deal with holiday lets whilst we are away. Absolutely delighted that Juds and I will be sharing this great adventure together. When we ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek January 14th 2015

System cuts us off for being too verbose. Sitting on our patio at 10:30PM, enjoying our comp. bottle of LaBourgoine chardonnay. 80 degrees now was 101 today, the wind is really howling through the trees, the crickets are chirping and the frogs croaking in the stream in front of our unit. No mosquitos!!! All this for $85 a night. We have found our new Shangrila. Shame it is 30 hours of traveling to get here. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek January 14th 2015

About 45 minutes out of Capetown. This is South Africa's Napa Valley. There are no imported wines in South Africa that I have seen. They fulfill their country's consumptive needs plus generate a large export market. Franschhoek is their St. Helena. The commercial area is only 4 blocks long but 1/2 off all businesses are restaurants. Looking at real estate ads in RE office windows the homes here sell from about 300,00 - 3,000,000 USD. All owned by rich Capetonians for weekend use. We are staying about one mile out of town on a working farm/winery. Owned by a young couple (38/41, two toddlers). They have 17 African (Zulu black) employees who work and live on the farm. Their vineyard part is small and they produce 400 cases a year in house. (shiraz, melbec, semillion, unoaked ... read more




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