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Apr 9, 2007 - SOUTH AFRICA: The Winelands (Stellenbosch & Franschhoek)

THE WINELANDS South Africa's Western Cape has a well respected and well known wine industry. Only a 45 minute drive from Cape Town are the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, with over 200 different vineyards between them. Given that it was Scott's birthday, we felt that it was only appropriate to hire a car and head out to the winelands for a few days and see how many we could sample. FRANSCHHOEK - SOME WINE, SOME FOOD AND TOO MUCH WATER We picked the smallest town, Franschhoek, to base ourselves and booked into a cute apartment...

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Dec 15, 2006 - Wine Country and Shark Diving

Well unfortunately I cannot post any pics from this place. We are in a little cafe in Gansbaai. We spent a day and a half in wine country at the Sante Wellness Hotel and Spa. It was nice. We did a small wine tour and then had a African Serail massage. Basically we got to give each other a mud massage and facials. It was a lot of fun. What a beautiful part of South Africa. Then we did a shark dive...........so for the first 3 hours nothing! Just a few whale, I say "just" like it was no big deal. It was amazing to see them. They are huge! I...

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Dec 6, 2006 - Wine Country (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

WELCOME TO WINE COUNTRY The Cape is the wine-growing region of South Africa and centres around the town of Stellenbosch. We will certainly take the opportunity to sample the local produce on a vineyard tour.cape of good hopeThe southernmost part of our trip takes us to the Cape of Good Hope. The southern tip of the peninsula has a nature reserve with an interesting variety of flora and fauna. It is renowned for the numerous troupes of baboons and abundant birdlife. The city is a picturesque college town complete with cafes, quaint shops and...

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Oct 30, 2006 - Namibia Ho!

After some last minute shopping, I set off for Namibia via scenic Route 62 which winds through the South African wine country. It was spitting rain along the coast, but after I turned inland at George and went over the coastal range, the skies opened up nicely. I drove for about 4 hours and pulled into a small town called Montagu to search for lodging. A restaurant rcommended the Blue Mountain Guest House. It wasn't anything special, but it did the trick. Any port in a storm - it was getting dark!

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Reilly on the Road

Aug 21, 2006 - Franschhoek and Area

Spent 4 nights here exploring wineries, wonderful restaurants, and sites around and along the coast such as Cape Aghulas - the southern most point of Africa. It's a long way to Antarctica! Franschhoek - Afrikaans for "French Corner" - is the historic centre of the area where the French Huguenots settled in the XVII century. They were the first to start cultivation of wine in the area. Although we suspect that few of the original families are left in the area, the place is still very French - from street names to very fancy French style...

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May 22, 2006 - Garden Route--Stellenbosch to Barrydale

We left Stellenbosch at about 8:00 a.m. for our tour of the Garden Route (Map). We headed north towards Paarl, where we caught the N1 highway to Worcester and went through the Wemmershoek Mountains. It was rainy and foggy through the Du Toitskloof pass, so we were not able to see the view from there. The mountains are very rocky, with low scrub and no trees. Dave says the rocks and mountains are sandstone. We saw a funny thing on the highway...a pickup truck with a sign on the back that said "JMP Shoplifting." We had no idea what it really...

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Jul 16, 2005 - Stellenbosch

Today our driver took us from Cape Town to the wine region of Stellenbosch. We went to 7 wineries (yes we are still coherent enough to type). After a long day of wine tasting we ended up at Auberge Le Quartier Francais (thats a hotel). The room was perfect for Mandee, it was Pink and Purple everywhere. Being exhausted from all the wine we actually rented a movie and stayed in for the night.

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Jan 17, 2005 - the wine lands

Hey everyone, Almost at the end of the trip now! Cannot believe it! Got an exciting few days left - Sandboarding tomorrow! Should be cooooooooooooooooooooooool. Hope I don't have to climb the dunes too many times though, it is hard work! Well, the horseriding yesterday - what can I say. I was riding Harry Potter. A usually well behaved horse, except when he has to leave his girlfriend. We started our ride and within 10 mins he had tried to turn back to the stables about 3 times! So I was led for a bit until we were out of sight of home....

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