Neil, Lee and Lauren van Dyke

Green Bay , Wisconsin, USA

19 June 2008

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I met the Van Dykes at their hotel and because of the fact that it was a poor weather day we decided to start our journey with a cultural tour through the Cape Winelands

 

Lauren, Lee and Neil in the gardens of the Afrikaans Language monument in Paarl

 

Lee admiring the wonderful gardens at the Afrikaans language monument

 

Lauren steps it out in the gardens 

Lauren photographing a king protea

 

The Van Dykes with the Afrikaans language monument in the background

 

We stopped in at the Lucky Cafe in Ida's Valley; Stellenbosch for lunch

 

After lunch in Stellenbosch we moved on to the township of Kayamandi

 

Listening to Lily tell us her life story

 

With Lily and her famous stove

 

The Van Dykes enjoying watching the kids dancing at the Ikamva Lethu Centre

 

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Lauren shares her pictures

 


DAY 2

Peninsula Tour

 

The weather never really played the game with us as can be seen from this picture taken at the penguin colony on Boulders beach

 

Enjoying Don Pedros at the Two Oceans restaurant on the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve

 

At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background mist

 

Lauren exploring the beach at the Cape of Good Hope

 

The Van Dykes at the most south western point of Africa

 


It was such a pleasure to travel with the Van Dyke family. We got on very well together and shared much during our conversations while on tour. It was a bit of A pity that the weather never was perfect for touring however we worked our way around this reasonably well and still managed to see much of what Cape Town offers its visitors. Our visit to Kayamandi was a very true experience as the harsh weather showed us what it really was like to live under the township conditions.  At all times on tour Neil, Lee and Lauren were just happy to go with the flow which in turn made my life as a tourguide very easy and also left me with long lasting memories of our wonderful time together.

THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL TIME WE SHARED
NEIL, LEE AND LAUREN

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