Massachusetts - USA
13 August 2001
I met the baseball loving Arrigg family at the Commodore Hotel and we set out on a Cape Peninsula Tour
The whole family (Fred, David, Allison, Tommy. Laura and her sister Linda having fun with Muizenberg in the background.
We stopped at the gemstone factory in Simonstown. Here we see Linda, Laura and Allison having fun in the shop.
While all were having fun in the shop David decide to fill his packet (and pocket) J with gemstones.
At Simonstown David said "I want Italian for lunch" so we all sat down to a pizza and Italian meal in a Simonstown restaurant.
We visited the penguin colony and here we see Tommy, Allison and David with about 200 penguins behind them.
We traveled to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and then on to Cape Point. The pictures below shows what fun we had at this famous piece of land that juts into the sea.
Everybody getting ready to ascend the Point in the funicular
Yup we got to the top!
David, "Mr baboon" , Allison and Tommy having fun in the car park at Cape Point.
We traveled on to "The Statues" and in the below picture we see David riding a baboon. (Not a real one) J
We ended the day with a fabulous sunset at Kommetjie.
The Cape Winelands
On this day I had another visitor to Cape Town viz. Camille Harris traveling with me so she joined us on tour. Camille and the Arrigg's got on very well and all in all the combination was a hit.
We started off the day by ascending Table Mountain. The weather was fine and our visibility was goof too. Unfortunately the light that was available was not sufficient to get good photos on the digital camera so in the below pic the whole family seems to be silhouetted against Devils Peak from one of the lookout bridges on the mountain.
We traveled on to Stellenbosch and had lots of fun at the Cheetah foundation at Spier farm as can be seen from the pictures below
David and Allison having fun with Savannah, the three week old cheetah.
Allsion, Tommy and David petting Ziggy the other baby cheetah at the foundation
We then traveled on to the black Township Kaya Mandi where Armstrong (my township friend) took us around the living areas of the village. It is a pity that I did not take any more pictures as we got so involved with the community but at least I did this one photo of Linda, Allison and David having fun with the Alizwe and his sister Kazagazi
In the evening I fetched the whole family and we had a dining out evening second to none at the Africa Cafe.
The Arriggs were an amazing family to travel with. Everyone had something to give to the tour and it resulted in all enjoying themselves immensely. That certainly included me and for this alone I want to thank the whole family in a very BIG way.
To the Arriggs and Linda thanks very much. You were wonderful to tour with. With regard to baseball what more can I say other than I expect my team viz. the wonderful Yankees will win the World Series this year once again J. I must however say that the ball is round and anything can happen so who knows maybe one day I will get an invite from you all to Boston when Tommy is playing for the local guys (name not allowed to be mentioned on this site J ) and you might even win.
for your wonderful company while you were in my city as visitors.
Received 27 August 2001
We made it back safe and sound and very tired. Our route back took 30 hours,
including 20 hours on one plane without being able to leave. The website was
fantastic and appreciated by all of my worried family. The safari experience
was superb as was Vic Falls. Our experience with you was truly unique and
will certainly be ranked number one in recalling what was a magnificent
Keep in touch,
Fred, family and Linda who all had a terrific time with you!