We had some visitors today in our little place in Knysna, Tony and Kathy from George. They are long time friends of Francis’ Dad and whenever we are in the area we would try and see them. Last week we went through to George and today, they came through to Knysna to have lunch with us. We had a wonderful time, lots of laughter, fun and fellowship, it was a great time together. We really enjoy being with them…I am sure we will see more of them in the coming weeks and months.
In South Africa, we don’t have much to choose from when it comes to public transport. Unfortunately, we have not developed a robust system that can be used by all South Africans.
In years gone by, air travel was expensive and I remember as a child we would travel from Durban to Johannesburg by train. In recent years, this has changed because air travel became more affordable and unfortunately, train travel became less safe.
Recently though, we heard about a new train offering that was travelling to major destinations in South Africa called the premier classe and we decided to travel from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town on the train.
We had an absolutely amazing time. The train was certainly luxurious, but more than that, the scenery w
as outstanding and the service was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, they were friendly and very
helpful. The trina itself was in very good condition, the cabins and lounge areas were spotless and this made for a fantastic experience. We meandered through some fo the most amazing scenery in the Eastern Cape and into the Western Cape,
we saw some amazing sights that you just dont see when travelling by road and certainly not by air. Some of the kloofs and passes were amazing with the highlight being the Outeniqua pass into George. It was quite an interesting trip, sleeping on the train took a bit of getting used to, but it was a lot of fun…try it some time.
There is no doubt in my mind that Cape Town is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa. Francis and were in Cape Town for only two days to say goodbye to some friends and to fly out from here to Buenos Aires. For me, Cape Town is such an iconic city, it has Table Mountain, Robben Island and so much more, but one of the main areas that has made Cape Town famous is her wines. Of the three wine areas, Stellensbosch is home to some of the best wines in the country if not the world. World class Cabernet Sauvignon wines are cultivated here and there are some magnificient farms to visit. Yesterday, we went and paid a visit to Delheim and what a treat that was. We spent most of the afternoon enjoying some amazing scenery (Delheim is in a very picturesque setting agains the Simonsberg mountains) and some really good food. Of course, we had some wine, a really juicy, tasty Shiraz that just topped off a wonderful lunch with our friend Lizl..