We checked in to our hotel - The Winchester - the decor was VERY English - but with a name like The Winchester it couldn't be anything else!
The hallways outside the hotel rooms were mini putting greens and it didn't take long for some members of the group to tee off :D
After a quick freshen up, we all headed out to the V&A Waterfront Shopping Centre to enjoy an afternoons retail therapy.....followed by a snooze by the pool before an evening spent eating and relaxing.
The next morning we checked out of our hotel and headed off for a tour around Cape Town - we couldn't make it up to the top of Table Mountain as the winds were too fierce for the cable car to operate safely....*sigh*
So instead we ventured off in the safe hands of our guide for the day and enjoyed the sights and sounds of The Cape of Good Hope.
We went to Surfers Corner and I couldn't resist dipping my toes in the Indian Ocean...my guys would have loved to surf there. Next stop was a little village where we went to take a peep around the antique and curious stores - I could shopped lots in the antique stores but there was no more room in my case!
Lunch was taken down by the harbour front, at Kalky's, where everyone enjoyed a king size portion of Fish & Chips! The fish was divine - freshly caught and fried.
Fed and watered we headed to Boulders Bay to go see the penguins :D
Our days sight seeing came to an end as we arrived at our final destination of the tour - Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch. This hotel was filled with art - everywhere I looked I was inspired....its was difficult not to be as the art work was amazing.
We checked in to our rooms and then went off to explore our surroundings.
Situated directly adjacent to Spier was Moyo - an open air restaurant, which soon became my favourite hide out - again amazing art work everywhere the eye could see as well as being the best chill out area ever, with tree houses to dine in too.
The Prima classes I taught were greatly received - it was a little overwhelming teaching 120+ students in each class - but thanks to the wonderful class room assistants and Glenda's awesome organisational skills everything went like clockwork - no hiccups or mess ups and the delegates left each event happy :D
This trip was life changing - I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to fulfill one of my life long dreams and to have made so many wonderful new friends along the way ...the world just got smaller for all of us :D
I learnt so much on this trip - especially about myself - and life in general. I certainly had my eyes opened and saw things I never imagined I would see in my lifetime - it was the most overwhelming, emotional and inspiring journey and I am humbled by the sights and sounds I witnessed and shared.....
Image taken by Tami Indra
Image taken by Tami Indra
I can never thank my SA family enough for being there - sharing, caring and loving all the way.
And so - its over:(
My suitcase is packed away, my summer wardrobe no more - its freezing cold here today and I had to reach for a jumper!
Tomorrow sees me heading down along the Atlantic Highway to St Agnes, where I will be teaching a couple of Banana Frog classes at Scrap Angels (sold out) Frog Fest event :D
If you fancy getting your mitts on a set of Banana Frog Stamps leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner on Monday :D
Until then - thanks for popping by and have a great weekend.