Anthony and Beryl Black
Leeds- Yorkshire - UK
1 February 2005
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I met Anthony and Beryl at the Table Bay hotel and after becoming acquainted we set out on a Cape Peninsula journey.
Beryl and Anthony with Muizenberg in the background
We had great lemon meringue and milktart (melktert) at the Money Tree Cafe in Kalk Bay
Beryl enjoys some time with the local fisherman community in the Kalk Bay harbour
We had a great fish and chips lunch at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay Harbour
At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach
After our visit to the penguin colony we moved onto Cape Point
Anthony seems to be saying "c'mon"
Beryl responds, "I like it here" to which Anthony says "OK stay and suit yourself" JJ
At Cape Point
Playing hide and seek at Cape Point JJ
Beryl meets a buddy at Cape Point JJ
After Cape Point we travelled via Scarborough, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, Noordhoek, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay and the Atlantic seaboard to Table Mountain where we ascended the mountain by cable car. After doing sabrage on a bottle of Champagne I took the pictures seen below
Sunset on top of Table Mountain
To crown a fabulous day we had a wonderful African feast at the Africa Cafe
Day 2 - Cape Winelands
Inside the Afrikaans language monument
Beryl and Anthony with the language monument behind them
Anthony have fun on a tractor at the Backsberg Winefarm
After enjoying a winetasting at Backsberg we walked through the farm cellar where I took the above picture
We stopped in for a quick, delightful lunch at Cotage Fromage
After lunch at Cotage Fromage we travelled to Stellenbosch where we did a short tour of the town and thereafter we moved on to the township of Kayamandi
Anthony and Beryl with Nombulela and her family in Nombulela's shack home
Anthony having fun with the kids of Kayamandi
Beryl posing with some of the kids in Zone J of Kayamandi
We had a wonderful time at Shumi Nlebe's home
After our Kayamandi visit we travelled to Moyo Restaurant for an African dinner evening
Face painting at Moyo
Anthony and Beryl with the wonderful ladies of the group "third world bunfight" at Moyo restaurant.
We left Moyo and returned to the Table Bay hotel at midnight where we unfortunately had to say goodbye to one another.
This was an absolutely marvellous tour and the Black's were an absolute delight to travel with. We had so much fun together. Anthony was a scream with his wry Yorkshire humour. while Beryl in her cool and wonderfully inquisitive manner enjoyed all that was happening around her. Overall 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 making this a very memorable, fun a minute, tour.
THANKS FOR ALL
ANTHONY AND BERYL
Received 6 March 2005
Sorry first about the delay in E mailing. -- Put it down to the pressure of work.
Meeting you and the two days we spent together was certainly not to be forgotten. In fact we have told all our friends about where we went, what we saw and the In depth history that you were able to give us , which made everything so interesting. Nor will we ever forget the township of Kayamandi, with its brave people who smile in the face of their adversity and the amazing work that you are involved in there. - and the kids and the way they wanted to touch us- especially Beryl's painted toe nails. - and that little dance that they did for us- We were touched as I am sure you know and you were so right that we ( me especially) had to see this. I am choked up just recalling the scene. A totally humbling experience when you see what we have and do not think twice about and realise just what they do not have that we could not live without. Gas, electric, drains, hot and cold and a roof over. You have a beautiful city and it is plain to see that you are very proud of it.
After Cape Town, we went to Kwandwe Game reserve, where we eventually met the big 5. This place deserves 7 stars. The accommodation was stupendous and the food was exquisite. It was however hard work. Up at 4 each morning, on our way by 5am and at 10.30 or so, back to the lodge - it seemed like it should be lunchtime, but this was breakfast. We rested by our own plunge pool until mid afternoon, when we had p.m. tea, and then off again on safari. ( we did not bother with lunch ) Back late at night .for dinner, which was nouvelle cuisine, then bed and a four o' clock wake up with a man at the door with rifle, and coffee hamper, and so another day.
Mauritius! They did not tell us that it rained. Although not constant it was frequent and although warm rain, I prefer to leave the rain in Leeds. We had a good time notwithstanding ( we lay on a bed on the beach most days ) The beach was ten steps down from our patio door. Then as all good things must come to an end , it was home time - and what greeted us when we got back to Leeds. - You guessed it . SNOW.
Enough already. We should keep in touch. You made the highlight of our trip and we think you are amazing.The computer is now not responding to the keyboard so i am just going to hit the send button.
Keep well and prosper and may the force be with you.
Anthony and Beryl Black