Victoria and Sam Franklin

Oxshott - Surrey - UK

10 November 2003

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I met Victoria and Sam at the Commodore Hotel and as per the plan we originally worked out we set off on a Winelands tour.


Sam and Victoria meet the scarecrow version of the Spice Girls JJ  at the Mooiberg Farm stall.



Having fun in the strawberry fields of the Mooiberg farm stall


Enjoying a winetasting at Rust en Vrede farm


Sam and Victoria in the cellar at Rust en Vrede


Victoria and Sam enjoying the gardens and magnificent at Rust en Vrede
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Victoria and her two identical sons. JJJJ


Sam and Victoria having fun with the farm dog Aqua on Rust en Vrede


We travelled back to Stellenbosch after our visit to Rust en Vrede and I took this photo of Sam at the Danie Craven statue at Coetzenberg.


Sam on the rugby fields of Coetzenberg.
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After our Stellenbosch tour we travelled on to Kayamandi.

Victoria showing her pictures to a young girl by name of Atlehang


Sam and the kids of Kayamandi


Victoria and the kids of the township


Handing out fruit in the township

We travelled on to the Ikamva Lethu Center where we found the choir "spirit of peace practising where Sam and Victoria very happilly joined in with their practice.


After our visit to Kayamandi we went to the Ocean Basket for dinner and then travelled back to Cape Town



City and Clara Anna Fontein

We started out our tour in the city centre

Sam and his mom in front of Table Mountain as seen from Signal Hill.


We stopped in at the Mount Nelson Hotel


We travelled to Clara Ann Fontein and had lunch on the farm as well as did a game drive. Here we see Victoria and Sam (in mirror) looking at a Blesbok on the farm


Victoria looking at Wildebeest and Springbok on the farm


We took this picture of Victoria and Sam in front of Table Mountain while driving back to the city


We just made before closing time to the Harley Davidson shop

That evening Sam and Victoria went for dinner to La Parilla.

Day 3 

Cape Peninsula


We started our day by travelling to Muizenberg. The wind was rather heavy as the below photos show

Sam and Victoria brave the Muizenberg waters


Batwoman! JJJ


Sam defends himself against the wind JJJ


We stopped in for coffee at the Money Tree restaurant where Joan and Galia served us.


We walked over the road to the Olympia Theatre where I took the above photo.


After walking the Treasure Mile in Kalk Bay we travelled via Fish Hoek and Simonstown to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach


Victoria making sure she can snap a close up views of the penguins.


Sam and Victoria at the penguins


Viewing Chris Fallow's great shark pictures in the shop outside the penguin colony.


We travelled to Cape Point where it certainly was windy as the picture shows. JJJ


Seems as if Sam went to another point. JJJ


We stopped in at the Statutes and that is not a real elephant running away behind Victoria. JJJ 


We travelled back to Table Mountain where I took the above photo of Sam and Victoria

The following pictures were all taken at sunset on the mountain


After our trip up the Mountain we moved on to the Africa Cafe where we had a fantastic African feast to end our tour.


Victoria and Sam having fun at the Africa Cafe while the staff entertained us.


Victoria, our waitress Nellie and Sam at the Africa Cafe.


This was a great mother and son team; fabulous upstanding citizens to travel with and most important a very happy tour to have done. We had a wonderful time wherever we went and fun was had by all at all times. I can but only hope that Sam's visit to Cape Town will become a highlight in his very exciting "gap year journey".


Received 16 November 2003

Hi there Selwyn

Wow - have just cruised through the fantabulous portrait gallery you put together for us. What a brilliant record of our tour with you. What wonderful and very special memories you gave us too. Am back in UK now - been good weather (but not hot) this weekend.  Been with Toby (14) on his go-kart racing. He did really well and won a trophy - so all happy.  Watched the rugby on a big screen at kart track - what an exciting game.  Thank goodness for us to have Jonny Wilkinson. Next weekend final between Oz and us will be such a nail biter..........are you going to be with a crowd to watch it?  I know  Sam will be back at the Sports Cafe in Cape town. Poor boy - he has been cooking for himself since I left and with rather mixed results.  Feasts at the Africa Cafe must seem like memories from heaven.  Of course I miss him but he is having great time with his kite and loved our time together. Thanks so much for your huge ( or yooge as you would say) contribution to our shared experience of the Cape.

As soon as I load the photos I took I will email you the ones I took of the kids. If you could let them have copies I would be so thrilled. It would also be great if you could email me back with their names. 

What was the wine site you recommended? Am lusting for pinotage. Sam is definitely hooked on Merlot now too. You see how you will always be with us - definitely in spirit ( well vino) although not in body.
Take care. Have fun.

All warmest wishes as ever,

Victoria  x