Jean Louis and Marie Agnes Briard

Normandy - France

11 September 2004

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I met Jean Louis and Marie Agnes at the Commodore Hotel and we immediately set out on a Winelands tour


We started off our journey by ascending Table Mountain by cablecar. The above photo shows the Briards atop of Table Mountain


Doing the Table Mountain shuffle JJ


Marie Agnes enjoys the tranquility on top of Table Mountain


We travelled in to the winelands and when we stopped at Cotage Fromage we took this picture at Vrede en Lust winefarm


We travelled to Franschhoek and had a delightful lunch at Le Grange where I took the above photo


Exploring an antique shop in Franschhoek


Bargaining at a market in Stellenbosch


We travelled on to Kayamandi where we had a fascinating visit to the township. I unfortunately got so engrossed with the visit that I forgot to take some more photos.

Jean Louis, Mzwake, Marie Agnes and Nozandile in her shack home


Jean Louis having fun with the kids of Kayamandi


We travelled back to Cape Town and went for an African Feast at the Africa cafe. In the picture we see the Briards with our waitress Filo who came from the Democratic Republic of Congo

On our second day together we went on a Cape Peninsula tour


We started our journey in the Kirstenbosch Gardens


On arrival in Kalk Bay we went for a fish and chips lunch to Kalkies


In the Kalk Bay harbour


It was windy at the penguin colony as can be seen from the above photo


We stopped by "the Statues" in Scarborough where the Briards bought two wonderful sculptures and had great fun as the below pictures show



Marie Agnes standing next to her choice of purchase


The second sculpture that the Briards purchased


Marie Agnes, Jean Louis and Douglas who sold them the sculptures


On our way home to Cape Town we stopped at Kommetjie where we enjoyed a glass of champagne at sunset


Jean Louis and Marie Agnes were an absolute delight to take around Cape Town and its surrounds. They were very easy going and brought lots to the table with their own ideas which made for very interesting debate while travelling. All in all Jean Louis was a fascinating traveller to tour with as he was so well versed in most that we discussed making touring with him a joy on its own. Marie Agnes was the quieter of the two Briards but make no error she quietly steered the rudder that kept the Briard family boat on course because to keep Jean Louis's bubbling enthusiasm for life under control must be quite a task for Marie Agnes. JJ

Touring was a fun event with this couple as they were out to enjoy themselves while we were travelling.  For me the tour was an exciting one as I felt that while we were on tour the Briards were enjoying themselves immensely and that to me was an ultimate experience on its own.

Thanks for being such great visitors
Jean Louis and Marie Agnes