Saturday, May 07, 2005

South Africa - Dec 2004-Jan 2005

We decided to take a long-overdue trip home in December 2004, for a full four weeks. It was just what the doctor ordered! We left a dreary, miserable, wintery Dublin in the morning and stepped off the 'plane that night into a beautiful, warm, summery Cape Town.
The next morning we picked up our rental car and set off along the N2, leaving behind Table Mountain, wound our way up Sir Lowry's Pass and headed purposefully Eastwards. We drove past the vast farmlands of the Western Cape and took a 100km detour to visit the Southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet at Cape Agulhas. We eventually reached Knysna around sunset, and spent the night with our friends Kevin & Joan, enjoying much-missed South African hospitality.

After a short walk around town in Knysna the following morning we started driving again, following the familiar road through Plett, past Jeffreys Bay and into Port Elizabeth where the feeling of coming home that had been building, finally became complete.

Spending the month with our family and friends in the South African sunshine slowly restored the energy to our souls. Living in the Northern Hemisphere has a way of sucking the life right out of us. We visited, shopped, beached, ate, drank and were generally merry, until all too soon it was over.

To all our family and friends in South Africa: We miss you, we miss our country, and in the immortal words of Arnie, "I'll Be Back"!!

We took hundreds of photos while we were there, these are but a select few. Enjoy!

Western Cape farmlands

Southernmost tip of Africa - Cape Agulhas

Where two oceans meet.

Overlooking Wilderness

Overlooking Knysna lagoon from Kevin & Joan's house

The road to home through the Tsitsikama Forest

Watching a summer storm roll towards Grahamstown

Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth

Hobie Beach, looking back from Shark Rock Pier


Breakfast run to J-Bay with Wayne & Marike. Thanks for a great day & the loan of your bike, guys!

Leaving again... Cape Peninsula from the air


Spookie the Warrior said...

Click your heels together and repeat "there's no place like home. There's no place like home."