Diane and Bill Grimsley

North Carolina -  USA

29 October 2001

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I met Diane and Bill at Avanti Guesthouse on the Sunday morning after their arrival in Cape Town. I took them on a short trip around the city center and then we traveled to the Cape Town Waterfront where I left them to enjoy the rest of the day.

On the Monday morning we left Avanti at 09h00 and started out on a Cape Peninsula tour. We first went through the history of Sea Point and then traveled on to Kirstenbosch where Diane did some shopping at the Kirstenbosch shop. Then we traveled on to The Barnyard where we had lunch.


Diane and Bill having lunch at The Barnyard Restaurant - Note the visiting chickens in the background J


We traveled on to Simonstown and took this panoramic photo of False Bay
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We moved on to "The Statues" where we took the above fun photo.


Diane helping Douglas out with the carving of a serpentine stone elephant.


We stopped in Scarborough at a private garden where we took this picture of Bill and Diane amongst the proteas.


This panoramic photo was taken of the Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie and the Hout Bay Harbour
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Tuesday - Flying day


On the Tuesday morning Bill and Diane left Avanti and we travelled on to Stellenbosch. The below pictures are representative of some of the adventures we had along the way.


Diane buying biltong from Pasadien at "Morris's Famous Boerewors butchery".


While visiting the Mount Nelson Hotel we took this photo in the Cape Colonial Restaurant


Diane, Bill and the doorman of the Mount Nelson Hotel pose for a "proof that we were there" J photo.


After the Mount Nelson we bought some sandwiches for lunch at Melissas Delicatessen. We then traveled to Cape Town International Airport where Bill went on his supersonic flight in a Lightning jet with Thunder City Adventures.


This is the Lightning jet that Bill flew in

Jim and Mike Beechyhead who piloted the plane.


Will Bill was flying at twice the speed of sound Diane and I went to UCT to buy a T-Shirt for Ryan (son). Here we see Diane in the UCT bookshop where we made the purchase.


While Bill was up in the air Diane decided to be adventurous too and had some fun stroking Inca at the Cheetah Foundation while Andene kept watch over matters.

That evening Diane and I went to a local Dutch restaurant in Stellenbosch as Bill had not arrived form his jet trip at Dinner time. While we were ordering our meal we heard from Lindsay at the guesthouse that Bill had arrived at La Bri.  Lindsay very kindly drove him down to the restaurant. Thereafter Diane. Bill and myself had a wonderful evening together before we walked back to La Bri.


Wednesday was our winelands expedition day

The pictures tell the story.


Diane and Bill standing in front of the magnificent vista seen from the Taalmonument
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Diane and Bill holding a King Protea as seen by us at the Language Monument


After visiting the Language monument we traveled on to Seidelberg Winefarm.


Diane, Roland Seidel and Bill having a discussion about some of the wines that were being made at Seidelberg 


Roland was a wonderful host and he took us into his cellar so a to barrel taste his most recent Chardonnay which we all felt was going to be an absolute winner.

THANK YOU Roland for this wonderful experience.

Diane with Bruno - The Seidelberg farm dog


We traveled on to Plaisir de Merle after visiting Seidelberg


After a wine tasting I found Bill and Diane hiding away in the Plaisir de Merle garden


Dianne and Bill sitting in front of the old mill on the farm with the Koi filled moat behind them.


Dianne taking in the sun on the farm


A panoramic view at the wonderfully scenic Plaisir de Merle
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Hiding away in the cellars of Plaisir de Merle.

After Plaisir de Merle we traveled on to Franschhoek where we went to the top of the mountain to view the wonderful Franschhoek Valley. We then went to the chocolate factory in Franschhoek. After that we traveled back to Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass

In the evening we went for dinner to Auberge Rozendal where we had a fabulous dinner evening.
Here we see our maitre d for the evening, the inimitable Joseph,  in picture with Diane and Bill.

(My apologies for the blurring of picture - bad photographer methinks J)

Thursday was drinking day!


Diane went off shopping while Bill and I very happily visited the local winefarms

Let the pictures tell the rest of the story  J


Jacoline Visagie explains to Bill what wines were available to be tasted at Jordan Wines


Anel from Uiterwyk pours some of the local product of the farm for Bill


Liezel from Middelvlei looks on while Bill samples the local Pinotage.

After our stop at  Middelvlei we went back to Labri Manor so as to collect Diane who had finished her morning shopping expedition.


Bill and Diane sample the local product at Muratie while Ellezaan looks on

Checking on the barrels at Muratie.


Getting ready to taste the famous reds of Kanonkop with Elna

Diane having fun with Bacchus the Kanonkop farm dog


Diane and Bill about to enjoy some Trilogy from Warwick while Jenny looks on


Bill and Diane tasting the wonderful Shiraz at De Meye while Alma serves the wine.


In the evening we went to the fabulous restaurant, 96 Winery Road. The picture tells the story!

Friday - Last Day  L


This was to be our last day so we decided to see visit some more winefarms and slowly make our way back to the airport so that Bill an Diane could depart to go back to the USA at 21h20


Riana from Neil Ellis Winefarm joins the picture before Bill and Diane started winetasting


Diane and Bill enjoy the view at Neil Ellis Wines


Trudie van der Leek joins the photo before Bill and Diane enjoy the wines of Amani

Bill decides to get tough with the Amani crocodile. J


The panoramic view from the rooftop at Amani
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Pieter and Debbie join Bill and Diane in this picture that was taken at Rust and Vrede winefarm

There was no place to hide in the Rust and Vrede cellar. J


Diane playing with one the Rust and Vrede Rottweilers  while Bill takes photos of the wonderful scenery.
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Bill and Diane having fun with the farm's Rottweiler

Bill an Diane enjoying the scenery at Rust and Vrede.


Our last stop before we left for the airport was at Bilton Wines where a bottle of Merlot 2000 was bought so as to fill a case of 12 bottles of wine that was bought along the way as we traveled through the winelands. Here we see Stephanie of Bilton Wines joining Bill and Diane as they toast their last stop before they made their way back to the USA or should I say as per the picture depiction behind Stephanie Coca Cola Land.  J


This was such a wonderful tour that it is hard to find words to describe it. It certainly was a relaxing journey through Cape Town and the Cape Winelands as we never pushed to see "more" and did all our touring very qualitatively. Bill and Diane were something else. What wonderful people and fabulous travelers they turned out to be. Their company was most enjoyable and their sense of appreciation as to what Cape Town could offer them was absolutely amazing. Our parting ways at the airport was very hard for me however I somehow or other sense that they might be back one day.  Heres hoping!!!




Received 8 November 2001


I can't tell you how empty our days have seemed without you in them. It really seems strange to wake up and NOT meet you for breakfast and spend the day exploring. Our time with you in Cape Town exceeded even our wildest expectations. Besides the wonderful time, we now have a new member to our family. YOU! We will now thing of you as Selwyn Davidowitz Grimsley! Words can't begin to explain how grateful we are for the wonderful care you took of us. So may of our friends and family have seen the pictures that you have on your web site and all mention how happy we look. I think that says it all.

Diane and Bill.