Dario and Alva Sodero

Calgary - Canada

11 February 2008

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I met Dario and Alva at the George airport and it was like meeting old friends as we had been is such wonderful email correspondence before their African adventure. We travelled to Cape Vaccas where on arrival Katrien and Pieter had organised a wonderful home cooked  fish dinner for us. We had a great evening just sitting around the dinner table in the Cape Vasccas cottage talking and enjoying Katrien,s great cuisine.

 


Day 2

Cape Vaccas - Travel to Knysna

 

On an early morning  beach walk with the Cape Vaccas cottage in the background

 

Building an inukshuk on Cape Vaccas

 

Cape Vaccas, South Africa meets Calgary, Canada. JJ

 

The final proud Canadian product.

 

With Pieter, Katrien and Chadwin before leaving Cape Vaccas

 

 

Dario and Alva enjoying the Wilderness beaches

 

At the Map of Africa outside of the Wilderness

 

At the Scarab "elephant dung to paper" factory

 

Having fun under the Scarab Beetle outside of Sedgefield

 

Outside of Firefly where we had a fabulous curry dinner with Dell and her staff


Day 3

Aljes; Treetops; Bloukrans; The Heads; Zest

 

At Plettenberg Bay

 

Enjoying lunch at Alje's

 

Boela takes as serious interest in the food on the table  JJ

 

With Alje outside of his forest home

 

Getting ready to go Canopy Treetop flying

 

Flying through the trees

 

 

At the Bloukrans Bridge

 

Having fun at the Heads in Knysna

 

Enjoying Don Pedros at Zest restaurant


Day 4

Travel to Cathbert

 

Breakfast at Overmeer

 

Thinking about bungi jumping from the Gouritz River Bridge. JJ

 

Alva enjoying Bobotie at Le Belle Alliance in Swellendam

 

Alva checks on the birds spotted list at Le Belle Alliance in Swellendam

 

The Soderos contemplate Swellendam property prices.

 

We arrive at Cathbert Country Inn at 17h00 after a wonderful scenic 6 hour drive, settled in and met for dinner in the Cathbert lounge at 19h30

 

Celebrating Valentines day at Cathbert Country House


Day 5

Winelands and Kayamandi

We started our day with a visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

Dario admiring some king proteas at the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

Enjoying a wine tasting at Seidelberg winefarm

 

Having fun on Seidelberg wine farm

 

We stopped in at the Lucky Store where we had fishcakes for lunch.

 

After lunch at the Lucky Store we moved on to the township of  Kayamandi

Dario having fun with some of the kids in Kayamandi

 

Enjoying the ballroom dancers performance at the Ikamva Lethu Centre

 

 

 

Walking with Lily through Kayamandi

 

 

Listening to Lily's life story in her Kayamandi home

 

Dario and some of the kids of Kayamandi

 

Having dinner at Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek

 

 


Day 6

Travel to Cape Town

We drove from Cathbert to Cape Town where once Dario and Alva had settled in to the next place of stay viz. Davids I took them to the Cape Town waterfront where they left to visit Robben Island. In the evening Dario and Alva had dinner at Marios restaurant in Green Point.


Day 7

Cape Peninsula

 

We started out our day with an ascent of Table Mountain where the next photos were taken

 

 

 

 

 

We stopped in to visit Just Nuisance in Simonstown

 

Buying local craft in the Simonstown 

 

Next stop was a rather windy penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

 

 

We arrived at Cape Point to find that the funicular was not working so Dario and Alva ascended the point by foot

 

At the Cape of Good Hope

 

 

We stopped in at "The Statues" near Scarborough

 

 

 

Dario and Alva above Noordhoek beach

 

Dario enjoying Chapmans Peak

 

Alva meditates on Chapmans Peak JJ

 

Dario says "goodbye cruel world" on Chapmans Peak JJ

 

Dario conquers Chapmans peak JJ

 

We travelled on to the Atlantic Sea board and made our way to Gold Restaurant in the city centre

 

Alva being face painted by Henriette at the Gold restaurant

 

Alva all painted up. JJ

 

Please click on the above picture to see the dancing that took place at Gold Restaurant
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Please click on the above picture to hear Dario and Alva's opinion about their garden Route/Cape Town journey
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Travelling with Dario and Alva was a true blessing. They were such a wonderful and happy couple to have with me in my vehicle. Much information was shared by us all and the meaning of rocks to me has now changed forever after having been in Dario's company. What an amazing experience this was for me. The three of us had so many wonderful experiences together that this really wIll be a most memorable tour which will be quite difficult to duplicate.

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH
DARIO AND ALVA

 

A huge thank you for your generous for the education of a child in Kayamandi