Julia Clarke and Martin Webb
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16 April 2002
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I met Julia and Martin as they arrived at the Cape Town airport on the last leg of their world trip which Julia had won as a prize in a wine competition. It did not take me long to find out that Martin had proposed to Julia in Sydney, Australia and this immediately made this tour so much more of a wonderful one. I took Martin and Julia to their place of stay viz. Clifton House where they decided that the best course of action would be to get in some sleep so as to be fresh for the following day.
17 April 2002
We travelled to Paarl and visited the Afrikaans Taal Monument (Language monument)
After our visit to the language monument we stopped in at Wilderers and tasted the schnapps made by Helmut Wilderer. Here we see Christian enjoying the fact that Julia was experiencing the burn of his fathers concoction.
We travelled on to Rupert and Rothschild (R&R) where we partook in a winetasting and then took the above photo with the Frederiksberg a a great backdrop.
At Plaisir de Merle it was re-enactment time of the proposal in Sydney. JJ
Julia enjoying the scenery of Plaisir de Merle
As Martin took more photos at
Plaisir de Merle Julia simply followed - A sign of what the future holds? JJ
Methinks not as Julia and Martin were a perfect couple and I am sure that no one would have to follow one another in their lives.
We had lunch at Gideon's pancake house in Franschhoek.
After lunch we went to the Old Corkscrew antique shop to see its wonderful corkscrew collection.
We then travelled on to Kayamandi in Stellenbosch where the pictures below were taken.
After our journey into Kayamandi and the winelands we returned to Cape Town and visited "The Sushi Master" where Julia and I introduced Martin to Japanese cuisine. You can judge from the below picture whether he enjoyed it or not. JJ
18 April 2002
This was our Peninsula tour day
We took this picture from the top
of Fish Hoek where Martin put his marvellous photographic skills to work.
Please use tour arrow keys to view this panoramic picture.
It was pretty windy at the penguin colony as can be seen.
It was just as windy at Buffalo Bay we\here I took this picture of Julia protecting herself from the wind. Guess where Martin was? You guessed right if you said photographing the wonderful scenery at the bay. JJ
The future Webb's photograph Cape Point.
Julia and Martin with the Cape of Good Hope in the background.
Romanticism rules at Misty Cliffs.
We returned to Cape Town to ascend Table Mountain for sunset where I took the above photo of the happy couple.
We ended off our tour with a wonderful meal at the Africa Cafe.
Martin and Julia were a stunning couple to tour through Cape Town and its surrounds. They were always full of beans and Martin certainly taught me a thing or two about photography. It seems as if I will be meeting up with this wonderful couple in the future as they have great plans which will hopefully include South Africa. I look forward to this with great anticipation as I feel that I have made some wonderful, true friends in the future Mr.& Mrs Webb. All in all this was a great tour with wonderful company to make it all that much greater!
What more can I say other than a HUGE THANK YOU!
Received 24 April 2002
Well we got back to the UK yesterday after a few days with my brother in
Jo'burg. My daughter and father were waiting for us with flowers and
champagne and a welcome home banner! :-)
I think it is going to take Martin and I a while to come down to earth!!!
We had the most fantastic trip around the world - we think we have over one
thousand photos of the whole tour between us!
We want to say that we too feel the same about our time with you Selwyn. I
already had a big and deep love of Cape Town and its surrounds (and RSA) and
now Martin feels the same way about it. We had such fun with you and felt
that we were touring with the very best person we could have found.
We are envious that you live in such a fabulous place! :-)
Anyway, as you know we have a plan! :-) We are going to the very best we
can to make it work.
Thank you for all you did for us and the photos on the website are really
wonderful and thanks so much for the CD of them all. :-)
We feel, and we hope you do too, that we have made a firm friend in Cape
Town and we shall be keeping in touch and, of course, letting you know the
date of the wedding.
We had an engagement ring made in Jo'burg which I am truly delighted about
as it made the whole trip even more special and my brother and his wife were
with us which is a lovely memory! :-)
I have a mountain of clothes to wash and iron (almost as big as Table
Mountain!) and may we say that the memory of Table Mountain at sunset it not
far off the most memorable time of our whole tour. Perhaps the proposal at
Doyles in Sydney is the only thing to top it! :-)
Well, bye for now Selwyn. We thank you for being you and we are so pleased
you were such a special part of our world trip! :-)
Love from Julia and Martin [Number 9 Cork Club] xxx