Howard and Sharon Gorin
Irwin and Ellen Frankel

Beverley Hills CA - USA

11 August 2003

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I met this fabulous foursome at the Cape Town airport. As it was Howard and Sharon's 40th anniversary I planned to surprise them with a party at the Africa Cafe. I had the express booked into the Cullinan Hotel and we immediately departed for the Africa Cafe where the below pictures were taken.

Irwin and Howard enjoying the dancing performance of the staff with our waitress Lunga leading the show.


Irwin, Sharon and Ellen enjoy the party while Howard snaps away


The show continues


We then had a delicious African feast. Straight after our meal the staff of the Africa Cafe treated us to a some dance and song dedicated to Howard and Sharon's anniversary.



Out of the blue came the wonderful celebratory chocolate cake specially shaped to resemble Africa with all writing in the colours of our great South African flag to celebrate Howard and Sharon's 40th "African" anniversary



This fabulously rich chocolate cake was made for us by Jacqui and Charly Biess from Charlys Bakery


Sharon enjoying her 40th anniversary.


The staff singing and dancing in the Morrocan room where we had our meal.


The foursome enjoying the party


After our meal and celebration we visited the shop in the Africa Cafe where I took this picture of Irwin and Ellen


Thanks a ton to all the staff of the Africa Cafe, especially Lunga who made our evening extra special, as well as Jaqui and Charly for putting so much effort into making us our wonderful celebratory cake.

Day 2

The Cape Winelands


On what turned out to be a rather cold day we decided to travel to the Cape Winelands. Our first stop was at the Afrikaans language monument where we discussed the language of Afrikaans as well as the activities of the Afrikaner people in South Africa.


The foursome upfront and the monument at the back.

Ellen and Sharon with some king proteas in the monument gardens

After our visit to the language monument we made our way to Franschhoek. As can be seen from the below pictures we stopped i at the Corkscrew antique shop.



We had lunch at The French Connection restaurant in Franschhoek


We stopped in at the Huguenot Chocolate factory so as to appease Irwin's desire for chocolates.

We travelled to Muratie Winefarm where the following 4 pictures were taken.




The foursome with Marieta from Muratie in the background.


We then moved on to Kayamandi where we paid the township a visit.





Mzwake's choir entertaining us in the church hall.
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As it was Ellen's birthday the choir sang happy birthday to her and she certainly joined in the fun as can be seen from the above picture.


On returning to Cape Town we had dinner at Theo's restaurant that evening


Day 3

The Cape Winelands


We started out our day by visiting the Jewish Museum in the Cape Town gardens area.


After our visit to the Jewish Museum we changed from our original plan of going to Hermanus to see the whales and rather decided to travel back to Stellenbosch and see parts of the winelands that we had not before.


Howard and Sharon outside Zetlers farm stall



Irwin and Ellen outside the farmstall.


We travelled on to Rust en Vrede armed with lots of cheese so as to enjoy a most memorable winetasting on the far. As it was Sharon's birthday we had Sharon do sabriage on a bottle of Cape Sparkling and all in all we had a wonderful time of the farm as the next pictures clearly show.



Sharon after doing sabriage on the bottle of Cape sparkling.

Winefarm kisses. JJ



Buddies amongst barrels! JJ


Howard and Sharon pose for the camera while Irwin poses for another camera in the background. J


We stopped in at the Cheetah Foundation where we can see Irwin and Ellen stroking Nyana while Viv Fouche from the Cheetah Foundation looks over all attentively.

On returning to Cape Town we had a fantastic meal at Ginja restaurant.


Day 4

The Cape Peninsula

We set out on our Peninsula tour and first stopped in at Kirstenbosch Gardens where I took the below pictures of all in the Garden Shop



On our way down the Cape Peninsula we stopped at Muizenberg.

In Fish Hoek Sharon stopped at a road stall to buy a bag for excess luggage.

Ellen and Irwin posing with some socks that they bought for the people of Kayamandi.


We travelled to the penguin colony where I snapped Ellen and Irwin enjoying the penguins


After our visit to the penguins we had lunch at the restaurant just outside the penguin colony that can be seen in the background of the picture below.


We stopped in at Abraham Njoya's African curio shop in Simonstown where Ellen bought some masks.

We then travelled back to Cape Town so a to be able to ascend Table Mountain.

The Foursome do the "Mountain Hop"  J



Beware Blanchett and De Caprio on the Titanic because here comes the Gorins and the Frankels! JJ


In the evening we went for dinner to the Five Flies restaurant

Irwin decides to take up the study of oysterology. JJJ


All of us around the table at Five Flies.
Please note that I never took this blurry picture. J J J J

Last Day  L


On our last morning together we all went for breakfast to the New York Deli where I took the above picture. After this outing I took Irwin and Ellen into the city centre and bade them farewell as they were leaving on a later plane in the afternoon, while I then took Howard and Sharon to the airport for them to catch the first of their plane flights back home.

This was an absolutely fabulous tour. The Gorin's and Frankels were an absolute delight to travel with. We had so much fun together and the tour was a non stop enjoyable event. We experienced much together and spoke about much of what South Africa is about today. The debate was contagious to say the least. This was truly a fun a minute tour and I highly doubt if I will ever forget it.


Welcome to my cork club!


Received from Howard and Sharon on leaving Cape Town




Received 29 September 2003

Dear Selwyn, 

Having been home for over a month, Irwin and I have had a lot of time to reflect about our amazing trip to South Africa. Each segment of our journey was more exciting than the last. You truly made Cape Town the most memorable part of South Africa; it was your knowledge and verve that made it happen! Your love and understanding of your country and the people was so informative, passionate and enlightening that you showed us a very different side of South Africa than we ever envisioned. We were truly blessed to have you as our guide! Howard has great insight. 

Thank you for giving Shumi my bracelet and I do hope you will give Mzwake Irwin's orange shirt. I would love to know how I could send the children and people of Kayamundi clothes, shoes, socks...and other necessary articles of clothing. They all definitely made my special birthday one that I will always remember. 

In closing, Irwin joins me in sending you lots of Love for a healthy and happy new Year. May this year be the sweetest ever, and bring you all that you wish for yourself. I hope to hear from you soon.

Lots of Love,
Ellen Frankel


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