Joyce and Gary Granneman
San Luis Obispo, California - USA

Phil and Pat Rastle
Palm Desert - California

13 October 2006

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I met Joyce and Gary at the quayside of the Cape Town harbour when they disembarked from the Pacific Princess. We moved on to their place of stay viz. The V&A Hotel. After checking in we decided to see what their friends from the cruise, Phil and Pat Rastle were doing and travelled to their hotel where per chance we found Pat and Phil leaving their hotel to go on a walk in the Waterfront. Instead they joined us for the next two days of touring and what a joy this per chance experience turned out to be.

 

Gary, Joyce Phil and Pat enjoying a winetasting at Middelvlei winefarm outside of Stellenbosch

 

In the Middelvlei wood maturation cellars

 

We stopped in at Ernei Els's winefarm where Gary did a hand comparison with Ernie Els's hand 

 

Having fun at Ernie Els

 

We had a great cheese lunch at Ernie Els

 

 

We stopped at the Cheetah Foundation where Joyce took the opportunity to pat the baby cheetahs

 

We moved on to Kayamandi and visited the Ikamva Lethu Centre where the Masakhane dance group entertained us

 

Photo time with Masakhane  JJ

 

 

We stopped in at Lily where she told us her life story and showed us her famous stove.

Lily and Phil in Lily's home

 

With Lily in front of the view from her home plus some of the local children from the area

 

Joining the members of the St.Pauls Church during their evening service

 

With the "apple kids" of Zone J

 


Day 2

Cape Peninsula

 

We started our day with an ascent of Table Mountain where I took the above picture of the foursome doing the Table Mountain shuffle JJ

 

Gary atop of Table Mountain

 

Joyce and Phil admiring the view in Muizenberg from our vehicle

 

Having a great fish lunch at Kalkies in the  Kalk Bay harbour

After lunch we visited the penguin colony at Boulders Beach before moving on to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve

 

Gary and Phil enjoying Cape Point

 

Pat at a rather misty Cape Point

 

At the bottom of Cape Point

 

At the most south western point in Africa

 

 

Gary photographing one of the statues in the statue park outside of Scarborough

 

On Chapmans Peal after doing sabrage with a bottle of sparkling, local wine.

 

Sunset picture at Chapmans Peak

 

 

 

 

Our last stop on tour was to have a great African feast at the Africa Cafe

 

The foursome got a huge Cape Town goodbye from the staff at the Africa Cafe


Meeting with Joyce and Gary was a wonderful experience and Pat and Phil's [presence just came along as an added to bonus to the whole event. What a wonderful foursome this couple were. They simply went with the flow of the tour and in the process we all had a great time together. We experienced much of what Cape Town had to offer and I do believe that all four of these wonderful folk left my city with an impression that they wont forget too soon. Overall for me this was an absolutely fabulous tour.

THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL TWO DAYS

GARY, JOYCE , PHIL AND PAT