Andy and Fiona Gordon

Shrewsbury - Shropshire - UK

27 October 2003

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Day 1

 

I met Andy and Fiona at Avanti guesthouse on the morning of the 27th and we set out on a tour of the Cape Peninsula.

With Andy being a cricket and ruby fan our first stop was the Newlands Cricket Ground as can be seen in the above photo.
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While Fiona went to visit the Josephine Mill Andy and I visited the Newlands Rugby Ground as can be seen from the above photo.

 

We travelled on to the Kirstenbosch Gardens where we had a lovely walk through the gardens.

We moved on to Simonstown and visited the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach 

 

Fiona be eyed by a penguin. JJ

 

We had a light lunch at the Salty Dog fish shop in Simonstown and then moved on to Cape Point as the above picture show.

 

After our journey on the Cape of Good Hope Reserve we stopped in at The Statues where I took the above photo.

 

On returning to Sea Point we stopped on the Atlantic seaboard and watched a lovely sunset.

Later on that evening Fiona and Andy went for dinner to the Cape Colony in the Mount Nelson Hotel.


Day 2

On this day we went on a winelands tour and started our day by travelling to the Butterfly farm outside Franschhoek.

A bird at the Butterfly farm kept pestering Andy by biting his shoe so Fiona decided to capture the event on film. JJ

 

We travelled on to Stellenbosch and stopped in at  Africa Silk where Mari Serfontein taught us all about mopani silk. What a great find this place was and it all came about because Any and Fiona had met Mari earlier on in their travels at Franschhoek.

 

We travelled through the town of Stellenbosch and also moved on to Coetzenberg sports fields where I could not resist having to take the above photo of Andy shaking Danie Craven's hand.

 

After having a light lunch at Bellisima in Stellenbosch we moved on to Rust en Vrede winefarm where we enjoyed a winetasting and did a great walk around the farm cellar as well as homestead. 

 

 We travelled to Kayamandi where I took the photos seen below. 

At the Wastecraft Art centre

Watching braiding being done. 

 

The Gordon's and the kids of Kayamandi.

 

 

The Kayamandi scrum. JJ  

 

We travelled back to Cape Town and took in a sunset at Table View.
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We ended our day with a wonderful evening at the Africa Cafe.


Day 3

 

We were not supposed to be officially touring on this day but as we missed our opportunity to visit Table Mountain while on tour I suggested that We all go to mountain on this day and we had great weather so as to enjoy a splendid afternoon on the mountain. In the above photo we see the Gordons doing the Table Mountain shuffle. JJ

In the evening Andy and Fiona went to Theo's restaurant in Mouille Poit.

The next day we met up for breakfast at Avanti where we unfortunately had to bade each other farewell.


Andy and Fiona were an absolute pleasure to tour with. They were so easy going and what is more they were full of fun in all that they wanted to do. Together they created a perfect touring scenario for me as a tourguide. We had 3 great days together which I enjoyed thoroughly and I believe that they did too.

THANKS FOR ALL
ANDY AND FIONA


Received 1 November 2003
(Abridged mail)

 

Dear Selwyn,

I was going to write you to thank you for two and a half incredibly interesting days only to find that you are thanking us in the words I was going to use. We certainly got an awful lot out of our days with you and we will work on trying to "give" Robert and Lizz a day of your time at the end of December. We do not want to interfere too much as it is their honeymoon but hopefully in the next week we can tactfully work something out. If you can bear this in mind if other quests come for the last two weeks of the year., I would be grateful.

Once again very many thanks for being such a superb guide. We are touched that you felt that you had learnt so much from us in exchange.

All the very best

Andy

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