Gill, Mike & Markus Rosenberg 

Hull, Yorkshire - UK

19 January 2003

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I met the Rosenberg's on the day of their arrival in Cape Town (18 January) and we planned our tours for the next 4 days based on weather reports and their interests and needs.


Day 1

City tour

I met this great trio at their hotel and we travelled up to Signal Hill where I sketched a brief history and background to Cape Town. We then took in the city from a high perspective so that many places would be identifiable to us a later stage of our tour. We travelled on to Llandudno and made our way back via the Atlantic seaboard through places such as Bakoven and Camps Bay



Mike, Gill and Markus enjoying Camps Bay on rather overcast day
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We met the ladies in the picture below at Maidens Cove Beach. They and many friends had travelled from Worcester so as to scatter the ashes of a departed friend over the Sea Point beach and were going to enjoy a picnic/barbecue on the Maidens Cove beach and celebrate their friends life in the form of a wake at the beach. They alls spent much time with us telling us about their lives thus giving Mike, Gill and Markus an interesting look into how South Africans live



We travelled on to the city where we did a tour of some of the hidden secrets of Cape Town and then made our way to District 6. While doing this journey Mike became the second person who has toured with me who knew who Alexander Selkirk was.  Bravo Mike!

We then went to the Mount Nelson Hotel where we had a wonderful high tea and explored the hotel as the below pictures show.



After our visit to the Mount Nelson I took the trio back to their hotel and made arrangements for the following morning tour before leaving them to take some rest before their dinner/jazz  evening at the Green Dolphin restaurant.

Day 2

Winelands tour


We started our tour by stopping in at Plattekloof and admiring the wonderful view of greater Cape Town


We travelled to and toured the Afrikaans language monument as can be seen from the above picture


After our journey to the language monument we stopped in at Cotage Fromage for a light cheese lunch


Gill picking grapes in the vineyard below Cathbert Country House


Mike and Gill at Cathbert Country House


We travelled on to Kayamandi and spent about 2 hours in the township where we took the below photos

Gill learning how to cook a "smiley" (Sheep's head)


Mzwake making a point when we visited Nozandile's shack home



Happy snaps in Kayamandi


Gill proudly displaying her new found necklace that she bought at the Prochorus Bead centre

We met up with Tobeko at the Ikamva Lethu centre 



After our journey to Kayamandi we travelled to Rust en Vrede winefarm. here we see the trio with Inge who took us through a winetasting on the farm'


The pups of Rust en Vrede


The view at Rust en Vrede
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Mike Rosenberg vs the majestic views of the winelands. JJ


We returned to Cape and went for dinner to the Codfather restaurant.

All in all this was a wonderful day.



Day 3

Cape Peninsula


We started out at Muizenberg 


Gill looking through pictures in a Kalk Bay art shop


The family enjoys St. James beach with Cape Point in the far background


This picture of Mike, Markus, Gill, Captain Bester and Bollie above Fish Hoek beach was taken soon after Bollie summonsed his fellow fisherman to take their boat into the sea after his flag waving signal. What an event this was. JJ


Buying art at the Penguins curio stall.



We visited Boulders Beach so as to enjoy the penguin colony.


On our way to Cape Point we had fun taking the next four pictures in the floral fields on the Cape of Good Hope Reserve


We had a wonderful sandwich lunch at Bordjiesrif on the Cape of Good Hope Reserve
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We visited the Cape of Good Hope as can be seen from the above picture


The Rosenbergs opted to forego the funicular ride up and down to Cape Point. In the above picture we see the family ending their downward trail while the funicular carriages as well as the trail followed by the followed by the family are marked in the photo.



 We stopped in at the Statues and took the following 3 pictures while enjoying the marvellous sculptures


The Rosnebregs enjoying my "10" at Kommetjie. JJ


We returned to Cape Town and enjoyed sunset on top of Signal Hill where I inducted the Rosenbergs as "corkers".

After our trip up to Signal Hill we ended our wonderful tour over dinner at the Jewel Tavern restaurant.



This tour was a tour in a million. The Rosenbergs were fantastic to travel with. Because they went with the flow, trusted the situation with  ease of attitude we had a fabulous time together and Cape Town was enjoyed thoroughly by all. What an amazing and memorable journey this truly was.


Mike Gill and Markus



Received 28 January 2003

Hi Selwyn!

It was so good to have your heartfelt message in my Inbox on our
return home from a long and tiresome journey!  We had to wait 4hrs in
Amsterdam. However long it seemed we both wholeheartedly agreed it was
worth every minute and you played no minor role in that my friend!

To experience your fantastic country through the eyes of one Selwyn
Davidwitz was unbelievable. It will be re-lived, remembered, talked about
and enjoyed for ever! Thank you so much!

Markus is enjoying his time in Jo'burg - I received an SMS this morning.

I must tell you Selwyn that I have never known Mike so 'taken' with a place
and know that we will certainly return to your wonderful country.

All the best and look forward to hearing your news


Gill & Mike

Received 5 February 2003

Dear Selwyn

First of all, I have finally got round to reading all my emails so my account is able to receive new ones! Sorry about that. 

I returned home yesterday from South Africa and I just wanted to drop you a few lines to thank you so much for everything you did for us in Cape Town. As my folks put it: 'you really made the holiday...we wouldn't have enjoyed it half as much without Selwyn!'

 I have rarely heard them rave about somewhere/thing as much as they did on their return. they are planning their next trip as we speak! and you were such a big part of it for all of us; thanks so much again.

 It is indeed rare to meet someone with such a passion, such zest for life and what they do, you really are inspiring!! I will remember those 3 days we spent together with such happiness.

 Hope all is well with you. Please keep us up to date with developments re Kayamandi.

 I'm sure I will hear from you soon