Gillian Klinkert and Richard Johnson

California-USA

10 September 2005

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I met Gillian and Richard at Avanti guesthouse. This mother and son twosome had been on a 1 month cruise on the Pacific Princess with Cape Town being their last port of call. After becoming aquainted we set out on our Cape Peninsula tour. 

 

 

We stopped in at the Money Tree Cafe for a light meal of local Cape foods.

 

Gillian and Richard at a rather windy penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

 

 

We arrived at Cape Point where we found that the funicular was not operative. 
The above picture was taken just befoe Gillian and Richard ascended Cape Point by foot.

 

 

Shopping in a curio store on our way to Scarborough

 

 

 

Richard having fun in the yard of statues outside the store.

 

 

We had a wonderful dinner at the Africa Cafe where we also celebrted Richard's 25th birthday

 

 

Please click here to see a video of Richard celebrating his 25th birthday at the Africa Cafe.
Please note this video came out rather dark however I felt it was still worth putting on this site so as to remember the occasion
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Day 2

City and Kirstenbosch

 

 

We started our day at Maidens Cove where we had a perfect view of Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles

 

 

We ascended Table Mountain where I took the above picture of Gillian with Robben Island in the background.

 

 

Richard doing "The Titanic" on Table Mountain. JJ

 

 

Doing the "Table Mountain shuffle" JJ

 

 

On leaving Table Mountain we met up with Amir and Brenda whom Gillian and Riochard knew from the pacific Princess. We asked them to join uis for the rest of our days journey. We started out by doing a short tour of the city.

 

Amir, Gillian, Brenda and Richard in the Bo-Kaap area with Table Mountain in the background

 

 

Gillian and Richard in front of the colorful Clivia flowers in Kirstenbosch Gardens

 

 

Gilian with one of the statues in the gardens

 

 

 

In the succulent hothouse

 

 

After dropping Amir and Brenda off at their hotel we moved on to the Mount Nelson Hotel where we had a fantastic high tea to end our day together.

 


 

Day 3

Cape Winelands tour

 

We started our tour with a visit to the Afrikaans Language monument where amongst others we found a magnificent King Protea in the gardens of the monument

 

 

We moved on to Backsberg winefarm where we had a wonderful winetasting experience

 

 

We stopped in at Hillcrest Berry farm for dessert where Gillian elected to enjoy a gingerbread woman biscuit

 

 

We moved on to Kayamandi and visited Lily in her home.

 

 

Richard met this young man in Nosandile's shack home

 

 

With Nosandile in front of her shack home

 

 

Having fun with the kids in Zone J in Kayamandi

 

 

 

 

Dancing the night away with Bana Bogotso in the Ikamva Lethu centre

 


Gillian and Richard were a wonderful mother and son duo to travel with. They were warm folk who enjoyed and took in all all around them as we travelled through the Cape Town, city and winelands region. We had a 3 wonderful days together. My time with this mother and son team was wonderful for me and I suspect that both Gillian and Richard enjoyed themelves as much as I did.

THANKS GILLIAN AND RICHARD