Lynn and Rob Winton return
London - UK
14 February 2003
I met Lynn and Rob at the Bay Atlantic where they were staying. It was fantastic to meet up once again and it took me about half an hour to catch up on all news since they were last in Cape Town. We then decided to go see as much as possible of the Cape Town region that they had not experienced in the past and set off on a Peninsula tour.
Lynn in front of the all the local fisherman folk doing the flecking of the fish in Kalk Bay harbour.
Lynn and Rob sharing some fun with the staff at Kalkys where we had a local fish and chips lunch.
Lynn at the Moneytree restaurant in Kalk Bay where lasgne is served as lasangne as the board indicates. J
The Wintons at Cape Point
We stopped in at the statues where the overwhelming choice of statues amazed Lynn as can be seen from the above photo
Which one should we take back home? Decisions decisions! J
We travelled back home and after having trouble wit restaurant bookings a it was Valentine's day we stooped in at The Happy Wok and had a fabulous meal at the Asian restaurant and were the last to leave the establishment at 23h15.
WHAT A FANTASTIC DAY!
On the Saturday night Bette and I fetched Lynn and Rob at their guesthouse and we then travelled to Kayamandi where we met Mzwake Ntonyake and Ivy Mackenzie. Together the 6 of us went off to Spier farm outside Stellenbosch where we enjoyed a fabulous picnic and then went to the Spier open air amphitheatre to enjoy a fabulous production of La Traviata
Mzwake, Rob, Ivy in traditional dress, Lynn and Bette enjoying our picnic before we went off to enjoy La Traviata
Lynn and Rob were once again a fantastic couple to travel with. We missed their son Oli on this journey and much was discussed about him. All in all between Lynn, Rob and myself we had so much in common that it bordered on being scary. We never ever ran out of topics to discuss and shared so much as we travelled that this day simply has to go down as one of the most enjoyable that I have ever spent on a tour. Somehow or other I think the same would apply to Lynn and Rob's thoughts about the day.
Thanks a ton Lynne & Rob
Received 27 February 2003
Dear Selwyn and Bette,
What can I say ? That was a wonderful vacation, probably the best ever . I
am glad you find us good company, the feeling is mutual. And it was so nice to meet at last your very real wife Bette, not imaginary after all, (just kidding)
My highlights were going to the opera with the lovely folk from Kayamandi,
just to see the total wonder on their faces was worth going . I think we
have made 2 opera fans out of them. The work you do there is just
unbelievable , we are full of admiration.
As you know we went on to Bushmans Kloof in Clanwilliam which was FANTASTIC, I cannot recommend it highly enough. You can tell all the people who ask your advice to go there.
Then we went to Franschhoek for 3 days , Rusthof is absolutely fine : the
rooms are gorgeous , the gardens are a little neglected (in the brochure
they were once magnificent) and so the pool area is a bit miserable. The
ladies who runs it for the owners ( Marianne and Christina, both charming)
told us the the current owners, based in UK, have had it for 2 years only
and would not allow her to spend a penny on the garden ! But they have just
sold it to a lovely couple from Zimbabwe who are going to make big
improvements and will be in Franschhoek running it themselves , which will
be much better . So I would recommend it . Our best meal was La Petite Ferme, wonderful place.
Then we went to Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge which again was fantastic , I would
not know which was my favourite between this and Bushmans Kloof . They
both get 10/10 for hospitality , food, accomodation rangers etc. Obviously
the game drives at SS are fantastic , at Bushmans Kloof there are no big
cats, elephants etc , but you can go on wonderful walks safely and climb to
see the Bushmans cave paintings which I really enjoyed. And the scenery is
breathtaking. (it is also very good value in our opinion )
Then we went to Jo'burg and we had about 6 hours before our flight home, so
we had a private guide take us to Soweto. (Sabi Sabi arranged it) We went to
Mandelas House ( amazing) and the Hector Pietersen museum ,(excellent audio visual stuff) had lunch in a shebeen and just stopped at many different
neighbourhoods including the informal settlements. Everyone was so friendly, I would definitely recommend it if you know anyone with a free day in
Our only regret is that we did not look more carefully into buying an
apartment in Camps Bay last year , the prices for us have doubled now that
the Rand is much stronger and property prices have risen there.
Well Selwyn thank you again for making our Cape Town stay so perfect . You
are really going to have to put your thinking cap on to come up with something superlative for our next visit !
Lots of best wishes
Lynn and Robert.