For some pictures of our trip to the Drakensberg Mountains click on: Drakensberg Mountains. We did a bit of hiking but mostly just spent time with the boys.

Cape Town 2

Updated to Include Pictures from the Robben Island Trip.

The next day we headed off to the Cape Point, stopping in Simon’s Town for a cup of coffee and a look-see. We also stopped at Boulder’s Beach to see the African Penguins. We then had lunch before heading off to the point and had a near misadventure when the car stalled and wouldn’t re-start. Wayne backed into a laneway and tried it several times. It finally started just as we were in the process of calling Avis. We continued on to the Point and enjoyed wandering around the lighthouse, before heading back home,

Day 5 we went for a walk along the ocean in the morning, then drove to Avis to put a request in for a replacement car. We returned to have a wonderful lunch at a restaurant called NV80. We then waited for evening to go up Table Mountain. The fog rolled in to make for an interesting sight. We left the mountain in the dark – with the lights of Cape Town below.

Day 6 was our last day here. After a walk along the beach front, we went to the V&A waterfront for lunch and then to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years. The tour was very interesting with the prison tour done by one of the ex-prisoners. After the tour we went to a great restaurant “Il Leone Mastrantonio”,  recommended by Louise. Pictures are at:


Cape Town 1

Our apartment here is an old house and is great – two blocks from the waterfront at Sea Point; it is very spacious – with a nice large balcony for sitting with a glass of wine after a day touring around. On our first day in Cape Town we went on the hop-on-off bus and stopped at the V&A waterfront, Bo Kaap neighbourhood and Camps Bay.

The second day we headed out to the wineries – taking in three of the wineries recommended by Louise & Craig and by our friends Chris & Toula. We started out at Babylonstoren which has phenomenal grounds. After wine-tasting there we headed over to Boschendal for lunch. The restaurant was closed for renovations (see the picture of the new restaurant with a view of the mountains), but they were still serving lunch outdoors. After lunch we went into the Manor house (now a museum) and then to an outdoor setting for wine-tasting. We bought a few bottles of wine and then drove to Grand Provence – great art gallery and another wine tasting. We bought some more wine there and then headed home to have wine, cheese and cold cuts on our balcony.

Today we started with a walk – competing with a cancer walk run on Beach Avenue. Then we headed out to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. On the way there was a craft sale so stopped in there to browse. Kirstenbosch had several events going on including a free concert, and given that it is Sunday today there were a gazillion people there – so we decided to pass and headed off to the Groot Constantia winery for lunch. We then headed off to Hout Bay before coming home.

Click on the following to see pictures of the three days:


This week was all about babies. For some pictures click on: Babies.



Pictures at: London Pics. It’s been cold here – compared to Nanaimo – a cold wind blowing in your face – but no rain and it’s been great. The highlight was the musical “Billy Elliot” – the best musical we’ve ever seen.  We also went to Evensong at Westminster Abbey this evening but you won’t see pictures. If you bring a camera, they won’t let you in.  And we love our hotel – the Rembrandt – right opposite the Victoria & Albert museum (which we have yet to visit – maybe next time).