Friday May 24, 2013
Saturday May 25, 2013
Our vacation in Africa started May 24 2013 at 11:15am as I boarded
South African Flight 204 non-stop to Johannesburg. It would be a very
long flight arriving a little late at 08:45am the next day. I was
apprehensive about this 14 hour flight but was lucky that the seat next
to me was empty and impressed that the crew encouraged quiet, and
sleep. After enjoying the movie, "The Great and Powerful OZ" on my own
personal TV attached to the back of the seat in front of me, I was able
to catch a snooze and wake up refreshed to catch my next flight to Cape
We had to pick up our luggage, pass through
customs and recheck the luggage back to the domestic portion of the
airport. I started to revert back to my nervous travel self as I
grew uncomfortable with the unfamiliar space, annoyed with the late
arriving plane, ticked at the luggage delay, and a bit panicked as I
realized we had only an hour to make our connection. Fortunately the
panic dissipated as I realized everyone around me waiting for luggage
was also trying to make that same connection. The plane would wait for
us and it did.
We boarded our connection to Capetown
and I quickly went back into snooze mode. I wanted to be ready to
tackle my jet lag and force myself to stay up and start my travels.
On our arrival at the Cape we were promptly picked up by the folks at Tom's Guest House located in the Oranjezicht section of the City Bowl neighborhood.
I chose this particular guest house because of the location near the
waterfront, beaches, wineland, and great restaurants and because of the
beautiful sunflower displayed on their website. Friendly hosts and a
nice location made this a perfect way to start our vacation.
We took a taxi to Groot Constantia
the oldest winery in South Africa. We were rewarded with peaceful
scenery out of a postcard, an interesting tour of the wine cellar, and a
wonderful wine tasting that put a smile on Allen's tired jetlagged face.
We ended the day with a quick taxi ride to the opulent Mount Nelson Hotel where we spoiled ourselves at the Planet Restaurant
enjoying a five course wine pairing menu. My choice was from the
vegetarian part of the menu (the reason I chose this restaurant) and
Allen daringly tried Springbok
(a South African antelope) as his main course. I think my Vegan
Chocolate desert may have been the best desert I have every eaten in my
life. Yum Yum.