The end of Africa!!

Another good update from Brian!

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Just thought I’d update you on the last few days. On Saturday, we were out for dinner at Giovanni’s, a restaurant based at the Eikendal winery. The meal was ok and as usual, we managed to get a few scenic photo’s.

On Monday, we travelled down to L’Agulhas which is the southernmost point of the African continent. We followed the Cape Whale Route for a large part of it – although this is not the whale watching season, which is between June and November – but takes you through coastal towns such as  Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Pringle Bay, Stanford and Gansbaai. The road then takes you inland (which unbeknown to us was on a gravel road for about 30km) before taking you back out to the coast again to Struisbaai which is another popular holiday resort and then a few km further on to L’Agulhas. On a direct route to L’Agulhas…

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Jonkershoek Valley

Brian’s perspective…

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Yesterday, we decided to take a drive to Jonkershoek Valley, which is just a few miles from Stellenbosch. There is a nature reserve there but as that involves a lot of walking to get a true perspective of the place and we weren’t really feeling too lively, we just drove around the area prior to entering the park and had a look around.

As it was early afternoon, we stopped at a place called the Postcard cafe where we thought we could quickly get something to eat and maybe get a little bit better view of the mountains to take a few pictures. We were very pleasantly surprised when we drove in there to see a very nice restaurant with amazing views and the grounds laid out really nicely as well as good food (even though I just had a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich, which must come as a…

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Name that bird!

Yesterday we went for a spur of the moment drive up Jonkershoek and stopped at Stark-Conde Wines for some lunch. While walking around their beautiful grounds I got some pictures of birds – can you help me name them?!!


No prizes for getting the right answer!
See more pictures here.

Watching Stellenbosch Maties v NWU Pukkes Rugby and doing lunch and breakfast – again!

Another well written update from Brian – saving me the trouble!!

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 Breakfast

On Monday morning we went out for breakfast as I thought I’d better eat something before having a tooth out in the afternoon – which turned out to be a good idea as I couldn’t eat until Tuesday night! We just went to a place in the town that in the main, just does breakfasts and lunches, called the New Blue Orange which was ok but the pictures give you an idea of what the breakfast / lunch places look like – and there are a lot of them!

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Monday night rugby

We went to watch Stellenbosch University play against North West University on Monday night and it was a really good night. The 2 teams are both known by their nicknames, Stellenbosch are the maties (apparently because they play in maroon kits and for some reason, they were thought to look like tomatoes – and Afrikaans for that is…

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Vredenheim Big Cat Park & Winery and Valentines Day

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I thought I’d just post some pictures of Vredenheim Big Cat Park & Winery as it has some of the best views, together with really nice gardens, I have seen around Stellenbosch – and also has an area that contains big cats though they are all in fairly small pens but are still impressive to see up close.

We also went out for a nice meal in the town for Valentines day which gave Elsa the opportunity to dress up – and me to go out for the first time in the 9 weeks we’ve been here not wearing shorts and sandals!!

The big cats – white lions, bengal tigers, leopard and a lynx.

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Vreidenheim Gardens – and me with a nice hat in the last picture!!

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Valentine’s Meal

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Views of Stellenbosch

A few weeks ago we went for a walk around Stellenbosch, pretending to be typical tourists and taking pictures of everything as if seeing it for the first time. Here’s some pictures (finally!) to show off what Stellenbosch has to offer – though I’m sure there’s lots we missed as we’re not really tourists of course!
Here’s some pictures of the town and the buildings you see as you walk around.


Some pictures of the artworks everywhere in the town – there’s a lot more than I posted here but frankly some of it is just damn ugly!

In the Botanical Garden I went a little bit apesh*t and took LOTS and LOTS of pictures to here’s a big gallery of pics!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and come and visit Stellenbosch if you haven’t been before!

Quick Update

Brian’s blog is going strong and being updated more frequently than mine at the moment, so have a look!

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We haven’t been doing a great deal lately as we have now started to get into a general living mode rather than our treating our time as a big holiday and trying to do things every day. However, we still intend visiting some nice places so we’ll keep you informed as and when we do.

We also received the very sad news that my much loved brother, Johnnie, passed away last Friday, 6th February, after fighting his illness over the last year so we have not really been in the mood to go out visiting places. RIP Johnnie.

Prior to getting the news, we went out for lunch to a very nice hotel called Asari which is situated in a vineyard, which as you may have noticed, most of the places with nice views are!

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We also went out with our in laws, Carina, Gerhard, Phyllis and Gerald to a restaurant called…

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A visit to Mont Marie

Last Friday we decided to have a late breakfast on the spur of the moment. Brian had just finished gym and it was still early enough to have breakfast rather than lunch, so we headed up to Mont Marie, a lovely spot for breakfast. We’ve been to Mont Marie before for dinner a few years back and after looking at their dinner menu, we decided we definitely need to go back for dinner at some point. This time we were there for breakfast though, and it was very nice, and of course the lovely setting made it even better. They have a lovely view on the mountains and have some chairs and loungers by the dam which looked very enticing!

Sadly I didn’t realise I had the camera with me until after we’d finished our breakfast, so I can only leave you with some pictures of the venue and surrounds! We’ll go back at some point for dinner and then I can provide a proper review of the food.

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Me at Mont Marie

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Mont Marie outside seating

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Mont Marie – views from the table

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Mont Marie – views from the table

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Brian at Mont Marie

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Mont Marie – children’s play area

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Mont Marie – children’s play area

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