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One last day

USA | Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | Views [141]

We headed to Ermelo, a halfway spot for going to the airport on Thursday.  We are both getting a little road weary.  Our BNB had a broken pipe but to the owners credit he found us another place with a good restaurant and a room.  Not very ... Read more >


Birthdays and Giraffes

USA | Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | Views [135] | Comments [1]

On Tuesday we do a 4 hour drive to the Ithala Game Reserve.  Denise wanted to wake on her birthday the next day to the sounds of animals.  This Government reserve was incredible.  Very different than our last safari location.  Built ... Read more >


St Lucia and Hippos

USA | Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | Views [97]

We cruised on down the coast to the St Lucia Wetlands resereve.  Known for their hippo population and birds.  We ended up in two different BNBs as it was a busy time, but both were lovely.  We had some good dinners and met interesting ... Read more >


Durban pass through

USA | Saturday, 7 Mar 2015 | Views [153]

We explored a few more places in Drakensburg, buying some weavings of the area.  We had a long conversation with the owner of a rug weaving shop.  Incredible rugs being made by local women.  He wanted to engage in a discussion of his impressions ... Read more >


On the road again

USA | Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | Views [149]

We left our group on Wednesday at the Johannesberg airport.  Rented our car and braved the roads to our B and B in the south of Joberg (as the locals call it).  Just a few wrong turns, Denise working at navigation and John driving on what feels ... Read more >


The next chapter...safari!

USA | Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | Views [178]

The safari trip was so incredible we can't even start to tell all.  We arrived Sunday afternoon to be picked up by Doctor (his name) and driven to Kapama Southern Camp.  It was a very luxurious resort surrounded by acres of a private preserve.... Read more >


Penguins of South Africa

USA | Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | Views [149] | Comments [1]

Penguins in warm weather seems almost as strange as driving on the left side of the road.  Spent this day heading south to the Cape of Good Hope, with stops for many bicycles, runners and like minded tourist exploring.  We finished our stay ... Read more >


A true highlight...wine and food!

USA | Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | Views [124] | Comments [1]

Friday night was our Jean Daneel Winemakers dinner at the 12 Apostle hotel.  What an elegant evening.  I won't list all of the food and wine here, but it was a wonderful 3 1/2 hour dining experience.  It was actually 5 courses and 5 different ... Read more >


Wine, food and Cheetahs

USA | Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | Views [184]

Thursday is a tour day.  We have to set an alarm...but someone else is driving.  Our small group of 8 drives to the area of Hermanus, about 2 hours from Cape Town.  Beautiful country and going into the abundant wine area.  Our first ... Read more >


Exploration

USA | Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | Views [185] | Comments [3]

Thursday we woke after sleeping all night, yeah!  An incredible breakfast buffet on a sunny morning.  Then off for a 12 minute helicopter ride over the city, and the rest of the day to explore.  We went to the V&A Waterfront, then ... Read more >


Cape Town!

USA | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Views [132]

We left New York (1 degree), and did our 15 hour flight to Johannesburg.  Love those international flights.  Free meals, beverages, liquor and movies.  After 3 movies and two TV show, plus two meals and a bit of wine, we landed in Joburg, ... Read more >


Chilly New York

USA | Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | Views [113] | Comments [1]

On Sunday, we flew cross country to be met, and given room and board at Mindy and Bill's.  Beautiful house in Happauge.  Met their main co-resident, Thor.  He liked us, but definitely NOT the wheelchair.  A very loving pup.  ... Read more >


Hitting the road

USA | Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | Views [148]

We headed to Portland Saturday evening for a quick overnight.  Up at 3:30am to catch our 5:20 am flight to New York via Phoenix.  This segment will be cake compared to the 15 hour flight to Johannesburg.  Travel went well despite predictions ... Read more >


Getting Ready

USA | Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | Views [151]

We are in the final prep for our trip leaving in just a few days.  Time to pacck and get ready for our first leg, a couple of days in New York with Mindy and Bill.  A great start to our adventure!


Photos: Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | Photo Gallery

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