Gary and Jane Plisga

Matt, Jennifer, Paige and Sophia Hill

Houston, Texas - USA

6 May 2008

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Day 10

Winelands and Kayamandi



Please click here to watch a great video of Matt doing sabrage on his bithday before breakfast at Cathbert.
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We started our tour day at the Butterfly Farm where amongst others we also found an iguana







Sir Gooseberry frightens off the locals. JJ


Enjoying a winetasting at Backsberg Winefarm



Choosing chocolates oat Tomes Chocolates on the Backsberg winefarm



Lazing on Backberg winefarm


With Lily in her Kayamandi home




We moved on to the Ikamva lethu Centre where we had great fun with the kids at the centre who were doing ballroom dancing.



Sophia teaches the girls at the Ikamva Center some ballet steps


Doing some township jive.



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Please click on the above picture to see a video of Matt teaching kids basic judo at the Ikamva Lethu Centre.
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Sir Gooseberry overseeing that Pierre makes our food correctly at Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek. JJ


The  "enjoy ice cream" holiday continues with glee. JJ

Please click here to see a video of Matt celebrating his birthday for a second time at Les Bon Vivant
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Day 12

Cheetah Foundation


Petting Cheetahs at the Cheetah Outreach programme just outside of Stellenbosch


Paige playing with a bird of prey at the Raptor centre


Sophia seemingly in discussion with an eagle


Jane enjoys petting an eagle


Having a wonderful picnic lunch at Boschendal


In the evening we travelled back to Franschhoek and had dinner at French Connection


Day 13

Travel to Cape Town


Our first stop on our way back to Cape Town was at the Afrikaans Language Monument



We arrived in cape Town where the family settled down in the apartment before we all went to the Spur Steakhouse in Sea Point


 Even Jane joins in on "enjoy ice cream" holiday  JJ

Day 14

Peninsula tour


Everybody at Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background


Walking at Cape Point


At the most south western point of Africa



Enjoying the penguin colony at Boulders beach


Sophia and Paige overshadowing many penguins. JJ


Matt at the penguin colony


The girls with Just Nuisance in Simonstown


Enjoying a fish and chips lunch at Kalkies in Kalk Bay


Having fun at the Gemstone factory near to Simonstown



Relaxing on Chapmans Peak


In the evening we visited Gold Restaurant for dinner

Please click here to see a video of Paige and Sophia having fun at the Gold Restaurant on our last night together
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Day 15


This was a free day for all and as I had said goodbye to all the night before the below pictures were taken by Matt and Paige

Sophia being braided JJ

A wet review of the past 12 days. JJJJ

My favorite picture on tour


Stunning, stunning, stunning!!! That just about summarizes this tour with this wonderful family. We had so many fabulous experiences together and at all times it was just awesome to be in the company of this very happy family group. We shared so much together. I think everyone broadened their outlook and knowledge about South Africa while the girls also went back to the USA with some great Mindtrap questions for their friends. J Talking about the girls, what more can I say other than they were incredibly well behaved throughout our journey and were great fun to be with at all times.  I think that Matt and Jennifer had a great holiday in South Africa and so they should have as they put so much into preparing for this journey. Jane has to be one of the most hands on travelers I have ever toured making her such a pleasure to have on tour while Gary was the silent rudder that kept all in position and place at all times. Even though it has been said already there is in my opinion only one way to describe this whole journey and  that is stunning stunning stunning!!!!




and lets not forget Sir Gooseberry and Pinky. JJ

27 June 2008

I received the fabulous cards seen below from the Hill family today.