Winter 2004


Crossing the equator, summer instead of winter, exploring another continent, being near an ocean again, visiting barging friends at their home in Cape Town, these were some of the irresistible reasons that brought us to South Africa this winter.

We packed light because summer clothes don't take up much room and we wanted to leave room for shopping in South Africa because of the good dollar/rand exchange rate.

After 24 hours of travel on trains and planes, our friends picked us up at the Cape Town airport and our African adventure began.

Directional signs pointing to cities all over the world and telling how many kilometers away they are




In Cape Town, we were much closer to the South Pole than we were to our home town of San Francisco




colorful cabins lining the beach




South African beaches were beautiful and this one on False Bay was colorful too






A view of Table Mountain from a nearby beach



At a beach outside of Cape Town, we stopped to watch some kite-surfers with Table Mountain in the background. The "tablecloth" of fog was lying on top of the "table"




Penguins running around on a sandy beach




At Simon's Town, we walked along the beach with the penguins




Monument on the beach marking the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean




After two weeks in Cape Town, we set out along the Garden Route on the Indian Ocean. Here at Cape Agulhas we were standing on the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa, between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans



A light house




The Cape Agulhas lighthouse watches over this area on the tip of Africa which is known as the "Graveyard of Ships"








A mother and baby elephant





At a reserve along the Garden Route, we fell in love with the elephants










Peaceful village on the Atlantic Coast.  All of the houses are white with blue roofs




After our tour of the Indian Ocean Coast we traveled up the Atlantic Coast were we stayed in the peaceful fishing village of Paternoster






A white house and a very blue sky





Paternoster reminded us of Greece in its simple beauty and the peaceful atmosphere








Covered deck facing the blue ocean.  A place of peace and comfort.





We stayed a few days at the Oystercatcher's Haven and we could have stayed forever






Two full glasses of white wine and the chilled bottle sitting on the deck rail; the ocean in the background






South African wines were a fine finish to a good day in a beautiful place








Convent House in the snow in France





After a month in South Africa, we returned to winter in France for a week while we repacked our suitcases for a trip to San Francisco and Hawaii






A San Francisco cable car




We stayed in San Francisco for a week before and a week after our Hawaiian vacation. The weather was wonderful and we enjoyed being in "The City" again






Hawaiian flowers





We flew to Kauai to attend a family wedding









Judy and Ron saying their vows






Our niece Judy and her fiance Ron said their vows in a beautiful Hawaiian ceremony







Big smiles after the vows




We were so happy to be able to be with Judy and Ron on their wedding day










Little girls dancing the Hula on the lawn




Their reception dinner was held on the terrace of an old plantation with hula dancers preforming on the grass below






Glass of Champagne with Hawaiian dancers in the background




It was wonderful to be able to be there with the rest of our family to celebrate Judy and Ron's marriage









Hawaiian sunset






After a week on Kauai visiting family, we flew to Kona to visit friends and enjoy another week of beautiful Hawaiian sunsets...








Mai Tai's




...and Mai Tai's





Beautiful orange Hawaiian sunset






As always, our vacation went by too quickly. It was time for us to say "Aloha" to our friends and to head off into the sunset, back to our real life in France