Mari Taketa and Melissa Chang

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii - USA

11 April 2009

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DAY 1       DAY 2

DAY 4       DAY 5

 


DAY 1

SAIGON RESTAURANT - CAPE TOWN

Bette and I joined Mari, Melissa as well as their hosts in Cape Town viz. Carol and Alistair De Wet at Saigon restaurant for a meeting up dinner.

 


DAY 2

TRAVEL TO CAPE VACCAS

 

We stopped in at McDonalds in Worcester as Mari wanted to compare the McDonalds in USA to those in SA.

 

We stopped in at Affie P:laas in Roberston where the owner of the farm stall introduced Mari and Melissa to reduced balsamic vinegar.

 

Fun picture of Mari at Affie Plaas

 

Mari enjoying bobotie at La Belle Alliance in Swellendam

 

Mari and Melissa enjoying the fire at the CV cottage

 

Later on in the evening Katriena served us a wonderful fried hake dinner

Enjoying some port  at the fireplace after dinner


 

DAY 3

TRAVEL TO PORT ELIZABETH

 

Mari and Melissa outside the CapeVaccas cottage before leaving the establishment

 

We stopped in for a wonderful coastal oyster lunch at the Knysna Oyster factory

 

 

 

 

We travelled on to the Storm River adventure camp where Mari and Melissa went on the Treetop Canopy tour

 

Melissa being kitted out by Bernadine who was the guide on board during the canopy tour

 

Ockie (safety guide) helping Mari kit up.

 

 

Leaving for the forest

 

 

Two very pensive looking treetop flyers before the adventure begins JJ

 

Flying through the trees with the greatest of ease

 

 

Melissa looking very happy while on the Treetop Canopy Tour

 

After our Treetop Adventure we travelled to Port Elizabeth where we checked into Lemon Tree Lane before going for dinner to Old Austria restaurant.


DAY 4

SAFARI DAY

On this day Mari and Melissa went on the Schotia safari which encompassed three safaris on the Addo National Park as well as Schotia gamefarm. A wonderful day was had by all which got a 9.5 out of 10 rating for animals spotted by the ranger who showed Mari and melissa around viz. Peter.

 


DAY 5

TRAVEL TO KNYSNA

At Lemon Tree Lane before leaving the guesthouse

 

We had a wonderful cheese lunch at Alje where Boela, Alje's Rhodesian Ridgeback, tried to beg for as much food as possible. J

 

 

 

 

At the Bloukrans Bungy jump lookout

 

Melissa meeting some of the bungy jump crew - They could not convince her to jump. J

 

 

Shopping for curios at the Bloukrans Bridge

 

Leaving Thyme and Again after a short shopping stop

 

Admiring the views in Plettenberg Bay

 

After arriving back in Knysna we went to Firefly restaurant where we enjoyed the wonderful cooking of Dell and Sancha

Mari, Dell and Melissa

 

Melissa eyes the wonderful food at Firefly


DAY 6

BACK TO CAPE TOWN

 

At Overmeer before leaving for the Knysna village and Cape Town

 

At The Heads in Knysna

 

Melissa admiring the scenery at The Heads

 

Mari hopes to see whales at The Heads - Alas this did not happen unfortunately

 

Melissa and Mari at The Heads

 

Shopping at Fruit and Veg in Knysna

 

 

We stopped in for a late lunch at Riviersonderend where it can be seen that we enjoyed some wonderful pastries.

A PERFECT WAY TO END A TOUR!


It was wonderful fun travelling with Melissa and Mari. This tour was a gastronomic delight as both Mari and Melissa showed an enormous amount of interest in South African food. They certainly enjoyed themselves doing this and make no error so did I. We had an absolutely marvellous time together and it was just such a pity that we only had 5 days at our disposal to do so. It was an absolute pleasure for me to take these ladies down the Garden Route and on many an occasion I needed to remind myself that we were on tour as we were having such fun together as a small group travelling all along the Garden Route. Great journey.

 

A BIG THANK YOU

MELISSA AND MARI.

 


Received 20 April 2009


Aloha Selwyn, 

Thank YOU for all that you did for us and for your hospitality. I hope we can help encourage tourism to S. Africa thanks to all the wonderful experiences we shared. I do regret to inform you that I have to take the suitcase after all. I inadvertently over-shopped!

Hopefully we will meet again. At the very least, we will see each other on
Fodors!

Tot Siens,
Melissa
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Received 24 April 2008

aloha selwyn,

am finally just now waking up, still v jetlagged, and have just had a chance to view the pictures on ur site. was all that really only last week??!!

this was a truly glorious trip. of all my memories of cape town and south africa, i have u to thank for a large part. u orchestrated a wonderful tour, down to every detail, including wine pairings and candy tastings at truck stops and farm stalls. culinary highlights: sauvignon blanc and bobotye at la belle alliance, dry rose and those oysters in knysna, sauvignon blanc again and alje's cheeses, bread and salad (thnx for throwing in boela and company), my hake revelation at cape vacca, and those apple tarts at riviersonderend, which carol, alistair and their friends did marvel at. u are a food finder extraordinaire!

and a great storyteller, let me tell u! i enjoyed our conversations and debates as we drove thru safrica's beautiful countryside. i hope one day soon to come back and tour the township w/ u. my big regret is that i missed out on the major part of the safrica story, that i did not have a single meaningful conversation w/ a non-white during my 12 days. i feel it almost as a moral error; certainly as a journalist it is inexcusable. i'm sry i realized this too late.

i hope u will always live life as a perennial vacation. whenever u have a curry at zorina's, an apple tart at riviersonderend, a knysna coastal oyster or one of alje's cheeses, count urself extra lucky, as i'm pining for all at this moment. and do get to bo kaap kitchen for the koesisters--i never had a chance to go back, and that's another regret.

dankie, selwyn, and tot siens!

Mari
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