Sam, Julie , Anna and Ethan Van Voorhis

Ponte Vedra Beach; Florida - USA

24 June 2011

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I met the Van Voorhis family at their place of stay viz. Derwent House. We spent some time working out what we were going to do on the day and thereafter set off on a cultural journey through the Cape Winelands.



Ethan, Sam, Julie and Anna van Voorhis at the Afrikaans language Monument in Paarl


The Van Voorhis family at the Afrikaans Language monument


Catching the Van Voorhis family unawares while enjoying lunch at the Potbelly factory. J J


Catching the Van Voorhis family in "pose mode" while enjoying lunch at the Potbelly factory.


Enjoying the Ikamva Lethu dancers in the Kayamandi library

Anna being shown some new dancing steps by Sizipiwe.


Please click here to see a video of Anna drumming away with Sizipiwe


Please click here to watch Ethan taking a drumming lesson.



With Lily outside her Kayamandi home


The Van Voorhis family having fund with the kids in Zone J




In the St Pauls church in Zone J Kayamandi


Anna finds a friend.



Ethan and Anna handing out oranges in exchange for trash bags in Zone J.


Anna having fun with the Zone J kids before our leaving Kayamandi.


We left Kayamandi and returned to Derwent House after a jampacked day of many exciting experiences.


26 June 2011

Day 2

Cape Peninsula


We started our day with a cablecar ascent of Table Mountain.


Ohio comes to Cape Town atop of Table Mountain courtesy of the Van Voorhis family  J


Doing the Table Mountain shuffle atop of Table Mountain


The Van Voorhis family enjoying Table Mountain


Enjoying a fish and chips lunch at Kalkies in Kalk Bay


Outside Kalkies


Anna and Just Nuisance in Simonstown


We stopped in at Cape Point where the van Voorhis family decided to walk the point. Thereafter we made our way to Chapmans Peak so as to view sunset off the mountainside.


At the turnoff to the Cape of Good Hope

Fun picture of Ethan on the Cape of Good Hope


The Van Voorhis family on Chapmans Peak


Great pic of Julie and Sam on Chapmans Peak



A happy Van Voorhis family on Chapmans Peak.


After our visit to Chapmans Peak we, via my apartment in Sea Point, made our way back to Derwent House

The Van Voorhis family were a most wonderful quartet to tour with. We had lots of fun at all times and what really was amazing was to see how well behaved Anna and Ethan were throughout our journey. Both of them were wonderful to have on board and I believe are going to go far in their lifetimes. Needless to say this all emanates from good parenting and in this regard Sam and Julie really set a magnificent example throughout.

Overall we had lots in common and shared so much however what was most important was the fact that all 5 of us had a wonderful time together.

          Thanks for a fantastic journey

            Sam, Julie, Anna and Ethan


for your most generous gift to the people of Kayamandi.