Paul and Chris Kardon
Heather and Bob Zavod
Ellen and Allwyn Levine
Florida & New York - USA
24 October 2007
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I met this great sextet at the "Hollow on the Square" where I helped them transfer to their next hotel the V&A Waterfront. After doing the transfer we moved on into the winelands on a cultural experience. On our way to Paarl we first stopped at Plattekloof where we had a great view of the whole of the Cape Peninsula
Heather, Bob, Alwynne, Elen, Kris and Paul at the Afriakaans Language Monument
We travelled on to Kayamandi and joined Lily for lunch
Lily with the whole group outside of her home
We stopped in at the Ikamva Lethu Center where we watched the Masakhane dance group in action
After our visit to the Ikamva Centre we visited Nosandile in her shack home, listened to a male choir in Zone O and the handed out apples in exchange for trash in Zone J. Thereafter we returned back to the V& Waterfront Hotel.
Table Mountain and Cape Winelands
We decided to start our day with a trip up to Table Mountain as the weather was perfect for this journey.
The ladies in the group atop of Table Mountain
Enjoying Table Mountain from one of the vantage points on the walk.
Doing the Table Mountain shuffle. JJ
Having a great Cape Malay lunch at Zoerinas in the city
Paul and Chris looking at antique cameras at "The Old corkscrew" antique shop in Franschhoek
Heather and Bob enjoying the antique store
Having a great time doing a winetasting at Camberly winefarm
Ellen thinks "Is Al going to let me take that extra bottle on the plane JJ
After our journey to Franschhoek we moved on to Stellenbosch where we explored the town and then travelled back to Cape Town
We started our day by going to the Old Biscuit Mill for breakfast and also to join many Capetonian at this wonderful market
Paul counting calories at the market. JJ
Chris takes an interest isn a stall at the market
Ellen, Chris and Paul at the penguin colony on Boulders Beach
Heather and Chris at Cape Point
The whole group with the Cape of Good Hope in the background
Paul exploring Cape Point
At the most south western point of Africa
The whole group at the Cape of Good Hope
Potential shopping at the Ostrich farm near Cape Point- What a disaster this place was!
Having lunch at The Cape Farmstall near to Sacrborough
Chris, Heather and Paul testing the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Hout Bay
We had three great days together but it started to take its toll towards the end as Ellen's actions illustrate. JJ
What a great tour. The sextet just went with the flow and I believe enjoyed themselves as we travelled through the Cape Town and Cape Winelands regions. I certainly enjoyed myself immensely with this group as we had much in common and had a lot of fun along the way as we travelled. In summary this was three great days in Cape Town for all.
Received 3 November 2007
Selwyn, We are finally back in Florida. We left the Zavods in Zurich,
as they proceeded to JFK. We had 3 delightful self-guided 3 days in
Zurich, a lovely city, I'm still jet lagged, but what memories Once
Bob and Al get their photos together we will relive our trip over and
Thank you so very much for helping and allowing us to see the Western Cape through your eyes. The physical beauty, the human contacts and the sense of hope and inspiration, helped make our holiday both enjoyable, and oh so meaningful. Thank you, thank you.
I hope our paths cross again, either in SA or in the USA.
I will of course, give your contact info anyone going to Cape Town
who I feel could benefit from your warmth and wisdom.
Please keep in touch with any news or ideas you deem worthwhile.
Stay healthy, Paul
How can the six of us--Paul, Chris, Al, Ellen, Bob, and I--ever
thank you enough for giving us the most wonderful experience in your
homeland? We left Cape Town thoroughly appreciative of everything about the area--the people, the terrain, the culture, the politics, etc., but mostly we left Cape Town thoroughly appreciative of you. You gave us so much of your time, and you were always ready to answer our questions. You were able to connect with each of us personally. You even laughed (most of the time) at our terrible jokes. We can fully understand why you won the Wanderlust award. No one could deserve it more! We are very grateful to you for enriching our visit to Cape Town in a way that can never be duplicated. Thank you for a very special and unforgettable week! We hope that you will be in touch if you are in the U.S.; we look forward to seeing you again--on any continent!
Received 9 November 2007
Dear Selwyn ,
Ellen and I are finally getting our bearings back. Last Sunday we had a baby naming party for our granddaughter with 60 or so guests. We had the party at home and with tents, flowers, caterers, photographers etc.it was a lot of work .It was only today that we viewed your photos and relived some of those special moments we spent with you. I am sorry that we never met Bette. Your guiding is commensurate with your award. I hope that our paths cross again somewhere out in the vast reaches of the world. Thank you for your personal touch. Incidentally I have shared with many friends and colleagues your commitment to the Kayamandi project- what a noble thing to do.
Ellen and AL