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Dec 25, 2011 - Christmas in Franschoek

I had the extreme good fortune of spending Christmas with my friend Emma and her family at their farm in Franschoek, about an hour's drive from Cape Town. I met Emma in St Lucia where she worked for the Happy Africa Foundation which sponsors many of the projects with which African Impact is involved. Franschoek is located in the Winelands region of South Africa which, as the name implies, is where most of the country's vineyards are located. It is a wonderfully scenic area and there are at least 26 wine estates located along the Franschoek...

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Aug 30, 2011 - Mental Transition

Tuesday, August 30 Mental Transition For our last full day in South Africa, the weather cooperated nicely to give us a cloudy, gray day with misty showers by early evening.  How better to get us started thinking about returning home tomorrow.  SA winters have nothing on the Pacific Northwest and we felt right at home in this climate. We got up  leisurely and decided to just have an easy-going day in the village area.  Johnny made the mistake of being friendly to the other guests in the hotel one too many times and a man and woman in the...

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Aug 29, 2011 - A Whale of a Day

Monday, August 29 A Whale of a Day Today was a road trip day to Hermanus, the best place in South Africa to see the Southern Right Whales.  And how many did we see you ask???  That would be one and barely at that.  We had a lovely drive getting there and had coffee and scones at The Marine Hotel right on the water in Hermanus but not a lot of whales were out and about today at least not when we were there.   In fact, the only wild life we saw, much to my dismay, was those damned baboons about whom I've been reading all those warning signs....

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Aug 28, 2011 - Wining and Dining

Sunday, August 27 Wining and Dining We decided to take it easy on our first full day in Franschhoek.  We got up leisurely, had breakfast here and then took a walk to a local winery our new best friends from the UK(who don't even know we're best friends) told us they would be having dinner at tonight when we met them at last night's restaurant.  This place is called Mont Rochelle and it's a stunner.  Drop dead gorgeous hotel and restaurant overlooking breathtaking valleys and vineyards.  We booked our dinner there for tonight and we're...

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Aug 27, 2011 - Welcome to Franschhoek

Saturday, August 27 Welcome to Franschhoek We had a sad farewell with our Manna Bay friends (i.e. the staff)  this morning before making a couple of stops on our way to the final leg of our journey.  We really enjoyed getting to know Madre, the general manager, as well as Simon, Pierce, and Shadrock who served our breakfast and turned down our rooms at night.  To the person, they were incredibly kind and friendly and went above and beyond to make us feel very much at home.  We had great conversations about what it's like to live in South...

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Sep 8, 2010 - Franschhoek (franzoesisches Wein-Doerfchen)

Franzosenhochburg (der hierher dazumal ausgewanderten u. politisch verfolgten Hugenotten). Die geliebten Feinschmecker brachten das mit, wofuer sie weltweit bekannt sind. Formidable Kochkuenste, erlesene Weine und den Sinn fuers leichte Leben. Franschhoek ist die Gourmethauptstadt Suedafrikas, die Porschedichte macht fast St. Moritz Konkurrenz... und die Restaurantpreise sind am besten Weg dazu. Wunderschoenes Franschhoek, erreichbar ueber eine Bilderbuchpasstrasse, deren groesste Gefahr darin besteht, zu verkehrsablenkend schoen zu...

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Jul 5, 2010 - South Africa wrap up

I suppose I should not be too surprised that Jess has such an amazing family since he’s a pretty cool dude after all, but still, I have to say I was blown away by the Diamond family experience. From start to finish, their generosity was overwhelming and their hospitality boundless. They actively sought to include me in every activity, dining experience, and discussion that took place for the entire month. Just including me in the dining experiences alone was a bold maneuver. More than anybody, Jess’s mom was ringleader. She has got to be...

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Jun 25, 2010 - The week ahead

Last night was the Cameroon / Netherlands game and let me tell ya, there was a whole lot of orange going on. Wearing a blue shirt, I felt immediately ashamed for completing the Gator color spectrum. The game was more exciting than I expected since the Netherlands had already won their two previous first round games and were guaranteed a spot in the round of 16. They ended up winning 2-1 and more importantly there were no terrorist attacks against the Dutch that would have inadvertently killed me. Today is Angie’s birthday and after...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Another day in paradise

It is great when you wake up in the morning (late morning) and realize that what you “have to” do that day matches up perfectly with what you want to do. As with many days in my holiday, that was the case this morning. I made a bowl of South African cheerios and cracked open my computer to catch up with some personal emails and to make a few calls. I caught up with my best friend Eric and upon asking what he had been up to he proudly stated, “Page and I went to a cancer benefit Friday night and I made cancer my bitch.” Proud of his...

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Jun 13, 2010 - Feeling the love

I have to say that one of the most pleasant parts my whole experience at Klein Genot was the amazing sense of family. Dinner last night was a Diamond extravaganza featuring Jess, his parents, his sister Romi, his two step sisters - one of whom has a couple kids, an aunt, two uncles some friends of the family. It was amazing to watch the interactions. The most notable was between Jess’s parents. The love between these two rivaled any had ever seen and it was clear to see that Angie’s assurance that, “in 40 years, there has never been a...

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Jun 12, 2010 - Klein Genot

As I write this entry I am nestled inside a cozy bed that was warmed before my arrival by means of a hot water bottle placed carefully between the sheets. The land outside is covered by vineyards and mountains and as the cold outside attempts to penetrate the room's large glass windows it is headed off by the heat from the fireplace that roars but 20 feet from my bed. Stuffed from a 3 hour meal, sleep will surely come easy tonight. Welcome to Klein Genot. . . The day started with the decision that a gym membership in Cape Town was probably...

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Aug 12, 2009 - Franschhoek

Just over an hour's drive and we arrived in the heart of wine country. We stayed in a cottage in Franschhoek, a small village of ~13 thousand residents that's nestled in a valley surrounded by high mountains (snow could be seen on some of the peaks). Very beautiful countryside. Apart from visiting several wineries (Graham Beck was our favorite) and yummy restaurants, we also went to the site where Nelson Mandela was released from prison. A guard there told us he had met Mr. Mandela several times when he was held there and after he was...

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