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8 September 2011
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I met Barbara and Donna at the Westin Hotel and after sitting down to do some tour planning we opted to start our tour with a day trip to Hermanus. The main object of this trip was to see whales in Walker Bay. Unfortunately the whales did not co-operate and come out to play on the day. No matter what we had a great day where we experienced much as enjoyed some wonderful scenery wherever we travelled. We enjoyed ourselves so much that I clean forgot to take pictures of the day however this did not detract form the day being a wonderful touring experience
Donna and Barbara on Clarence Drive on our way to Hermanus
City centre, Cape Winelands
Barbara and Donna standing on the circle representing the centre of the city of Cape Town next to the Greenmarket Square
Standing in front of the 100 year locked casket with 20th century items which is to be opened on 1 January 2100
The 100 year locked casket
Shopping at Tribal Trends in Long Street
Barbara samples a Tribal Trends bracelet for the purposes of purchasing
With Leandie at Muratie winefarm where we not only enjoyed a great winetasting but also enjoyed some amazing Waterblommetjie soup (Water lily soup)
The three of us at Muratie winefarm
It was the opening day at the 2011 World Rugby Cup in new Zealand and everybody was wearing green and gold colours. Even statues of great rugby players of the past such as Danie Craven (and his dog) were not spared the honour. JJ
Barbara and Donna attentively listening to Lily's life story after enjoying a wonderful lunch with her in her Kayamandi home
Happy photo of Donna and Lily
With Lily in front of her famous stove
Spending time with the kids dancing at the Ikamva Lethu centre (Our future centre)
Walking around in the Zone J shack area
Handing out oranges for trash in Zone J
We started our day by travelling through the Cape Town Southern suburbs of Woodstock, Rondebosch, Claremont, Bishopscourt, Constantia, Lakeside, Muizenberg. Kalk Bay, and Fish Hoek until we reached Simonstown.
Barbara and Donna with Just Nuisance in Simonstown
At the Penguin colony on Boulders Beach
After our visit to the penguin colony we bought pies from Sweet Nothings coffee shop and enjoyed a light lunch at Rumbly Bay.
Donna at the top of Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background
At the most south western point of Africa viz the Cape of Good Hope
After our visit to the Cape of Good hope we made our way back to Cape Town via Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Sun Valley, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay, Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton and Sea Point.
What a joy it was to to take these very close friends (ex teachers) around Cape Town and its surrounds. We had a wonderful time together in whatever we did, so much so that before we knew it our 3 days together unfortunately were over. Both Barbara and Donna were fantastic people to travel with. They were so easy going and just lapped up whatever Cape Town had to offer them. Most important was the fact that as fellow travellers they trusted each other implicitly making my function as their tourist guide so much easier to fulfill. They thrived in finding out about what made the new South African such a great place and loved all they learnt. What a privilege is was to guide such wonderful, friendly, loving, people. I sincerely hope that our paths will cross again at some stage in our lives.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU
BARBARA and DONNA
Received 11 September 2011
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful time that you gave Barbara and I during our stay in your amazing city. We both had such an outstanding experience that we will be talking about for several years to come. South Africa is a jewel that is yet to be discovered by the commercial world. I am glad that I was able to experience all of the wonders of this journey through a world that is both like and unlike my world. This, is in a great part, due to you and your extensive knowledge of the past and the present.
As a tour guide, you go above and beyond in providing all that is necessary to make the experience memorable. You really saved my life when the memory card became full and I thank you for your efforts to ensure that all important features of the trip be captured on camera.
There is one last thing that I request. You have extensive knowledge of South African wines and both Barbara and I plan to purchase some in the duty free shops. Can you give us some suggestions for good red and white wines? We really respect your opinion and your expertise in this area.
Many thanks again, for we will miss you and treasure our time spent together.