Ruth and Jack Solomon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - USA

12 March 2011

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I met Ruth and Jack as they disembarked from their cruiseliner The Silver Wind. We immediately went up to Villa Africa Guesthouse where the Solomons's checked into the guesthouse before we departed on our Peninsula Tour


We started our day by going to the wonderful Biscuit Mill food market for breakfast.


Ruth and Jack at the Biscuit Mill with Table Mountain in the background


We travelled into the southern suburbs stopping in at Muizenberg and then moving on to Simonstown.


Ruth befriends Just Nuisance in Simonstown  J


Ruth, Just Nuisance and Jack in Simonstown


At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background


At the Cape of Good Hope


After our journey on the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve we moved onto Scarborough, Misty Cliffs Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Cape Town., After arriving safely at our guesthouse jack and Ruth visited the Opal Lounge for dinner.




Day 2

City tour


We streted our day with a drive up to Lions Head where Jack and Ruth met some interesting MG car owners.


Atop of Signal Hill with Table Mountain in the background


We visited the Mount Nelson Hotel and stopped in at the Jubilee Room


After our visit to the Mount Nelson we did a short city drive tour.


At the Jewish Museum.


After visiting the Jewish Museum we also visited the Holocaust Museum on the Jewish Campus. Thereafter we moved on to the National Gallery where we saw a great exhibition by the photographer William Cole.  After our visit to the National Gallery we returned to African Villa

In the evening Ruth and Jack had dinner at the Ocean Basket restaurant


Day 3

Table Mountain and Kayamandi


We started our day by going to the bank to cash money and followed this with an ascent up Table Mountain.

Atop of Table Mountain with Cape Town in the background


Ruth does the Titanic on Table Mountain. J


On top of the world!


After our visit to Table Mountain we travelled out to Stellenbosch where we did a short tour of the wonderful village before moving on to the township of Kayamandi



In the Isibane Sempomulelo (Light at the end of the tunnel)  creche




Having lunch with Lily and her family



Having fun with the dancers at the Ikamva Lethu centre






Walking through the Zone J area of Kayamandi








After handing out apples for trash we left Kayamandi and returned to Cape Town

Ruth and Jack were amazing people to travel with. There was not a minute of silence in the vehicle while we travelled for 3 days and they both had so much to add to our wonderful tour together. We experienced some wonderful events with our journey in Kayamandi being a highlight for me. I suspect this was the case for Jack and Ruth too. Overall this tour was really a great one for me and I can but only hope for Jack and Ruth too.



Received 15 March 2011

We could write on and on about this fabulous experience, but you so eloquently stated your sentiments about our journey together, which we share completely with you and have left us on a 'vacation and life lesson high".  Our residue from Kayamandi has left us in a quandary, which involves joy and despair. Two little girls especially have left their mark (particularly on Ruth) on us and are haunting our thoughts. You made all of the sites we saw come alive with your wisdom, knowledge, and personal thoughts and life experiences.  Thank you for helping us to understand and to gain a perspective on a rich and complex culture. 

Our trip to Robben Island was not complete without you, as we are undergoing Selwyn withdrawal. We also experienced difficulty saying goodbye to a new and treasured friend.  As we close this email we will go to your web site to see pix from yesterday. We will stay in touch, you please do the same.

Warmest friendship, 

Ruth and Jack