Archive for the 'South Africa' Category

Umhlanga 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The Cape has a Mediterranean climate, good for grapes, but dry and brown while we were there.  In contrast, sub-tropical Durban gets its rain in summer and is lush and green, almost jungle like.  Katie & Chantelle live in Umhlanga (pronounced “Oomm-shlunga”) which is 15 kilometres north of the city of Durban, in an apartment at […]

Paternoster 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Paternoster, about 2 hours drive north-west of Cape Town is a small, tranquil, fishing village on the Atlantic. These days it is occupied by classy white washed self-catering cottages, but the charm remains – no high rise, a few restaurants, one bar and one small shop. . On route we stopped at Darling, another wine […]

Stellenbosch 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

After picking up Katie & Chantelle at the Cape Town airport, we headed to Stellenbosch stopping at the 300 year old Vergelegen wine estate for picnic lunch.   This was a most magnificent meal of meats and salads with an excellent Sauvignon Blanc at a table under the camphor trees, planted in 1706, followed by wine […]

Cape Town 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

This was our third time in the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town. To recover from jet lag, we lazed around for 3 days in an apartment at Green Point within easy walking distance of the Waterfront and the City. The weather was perfect. . We looked forward to a glass of cold local […]


Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Sadly our last stop in South Africa. At Lesedi Cultural Village we had a gimpse of the tribal past with traditional dancing followed by a lovely meal of local food. We were treated to a real South African braai at Monique´s house (Chantelle´s mum). Jeff starts the fire and Monique comes to check: Carel (brother) […]

Winelands & Garden Route

Friday, September 11th, 2009

We have just returned to Cape Town after hiring a car for 10 days to drive around the southern corner.   First stop was Stellenbosch with its lovely white Cape Dutch style buildings surrounded by vineyards:     At Bergkelder Winery after a tour and tasting we were left alone in the cellar with 2 […]