Category Archives: South Africa

For the Love of the Grape

In addition to cemeteries, sunsets, and trains, I love wine. There was one particularly cloudy, wet, drizzly day toward the end of my Cape Town sojourn, and that is the day that called for one of those other things South … Continue reading

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South Western Township

There are many, many sights and “must-see” spots on a trip to South Africa, but probably topping the list (especially for anyone with any awareness of the long and hard ongoing struggle in this strong and resilient country) would be … Continue reading

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Cemetery of Souls

I love cemeteries.  I always have. A macabre attraction to some, granted, but to me, what is macabre about the unwavering silence, or the peace we project onto those souls planted beneath the soil? It’s hard to resist the rough … Continue reading

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A Formal Affair

On the way to the Cape of Good Hope, there is a stop at Boulders Beach where a bunch of suited up penguins hang out.  Some of them seem to be hiding out inside little huts.  Others are bopping around … Continue reading

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Hey, hey we’re the Monkeys

One of the sights most tourists are enthusiastic about seeing on a trip to Africa (or anywhere for that matter) are our close relatives in the monkey family. I saw a few types of monkeys on this trip.  While in … Continue reading

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Birds in Paradise

Many of the birds we saw in Africa had names — as in genus, species names — I just don’t recall any of them (except the vulture, of course, and perhaps the ostrich and the penguin). The birds are curiously … Continue reading

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A Stop on the Blue Train

One of the primary reasons for choosing South Africa as a destination was because of a long-running love affair with train travel — particularly of the “luxury” kind.  In researching a 2010 trip to Eastern Europe, I learned about South … Continue reading

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The fields and the Falls

I have been back in the U.S. for a while now, since end of May 2016, from what was an uplifting, educational, and truly inspiring experience.  Two out of three of those would have been worth the resources invested in … Continue reading

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