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A Good Friday

Four Mountain Passes & Cheetahs

sunny 25 °C

On Friday we took a road trip to do the '4 passes' drive.
The mountains were spectacular and oddly some looked similar to the highlands of Scotland.
The Franschhoek pass was particularly impressive and we were surprised to find a family of baboons in the middle of the road.
From the pass there was a fantastic view of the Franschhoek valley and its many vines.
We stopped off at Speir wine estate which also had a cheetah outreach centre - here (as you'll see from the pics) we stroked a cheetah and had a mini picnic sitting on the grass with the sun shining. The cheetah's fur is quite coarse, not soft like Suzi the mutt.
We then went for a walk in Stellenbosch which is a nice old town with mature oak trees and nice restaurants.
When we got back to Franschhoek we dandered round the curio shops and then relaxed on our balcony looking out at the mountains while sipping on another bottle of great South African wine.
We then headed out to a great Italian and then onto a pub where there was some live music.
I'm typing this on Saturday morning and as predicted the weather is going to be more unsettled for the next couple of days before improving again.
All I can taste is garlic from the Italian - I was piling on spoonfuls of roasted garlic.
Today we'll be leaving the winelands and heading to Camps Bay - over the next couple of days we hope to visit Robben Island and explore more of the city centre.
Talk soon!

PS - We saw a dog a couple of days ago which can only be described as racist.
We were sitting outside a bar and this guy had a dog with him while he was having a beer on the verandah.
Every time a black person walked past on the pavement the dog would go nuts, but was quiet when a white person walked past.
You could sense the man becoming embarrassed with his dog cos everyone was staring to think the same - you've a racist dog!

Posted by cooneys 08:02 Archived in South Africa

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