Monday, August 26, 2013

2009 road trip.Part 2


Jayne and I in 2015.
As she heads off for a conference in Germany
 and I leave for Dubai


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwlAdEnT-do&spfreload=10
This song is probably the strongest connection that I have to my daughter.
Bob Carlisle with "Butterfly Kisses"...

Oudtshoorn is an ideal place to spend a few days, or an entire holiday! 
The town and the surrounding area have more things to do and places to visit than you can imagine.
We visited as my Dad was born here.


We based ourselves at the Cul-de-sac B&B, Derrick and Amanda were superb hosts and the accommodation, and breakfasts are well worth the visit.
 The accommodation consists of either double accommodation or self-catering apartments that sleep 4
(In total they can accommodate 28 guests).


 A breeding pair of Ostriches kept me entertained,
as the male seems to be the only one interested in the eggs.

It spent both day and night on the eggs, while his “partner” patrolled the fence. 

Jayne in the information centre of the Kango Caves 

 If you are feeling daring try the adventure tour there.
 Or for the less fit, the standard route will astound you with its fantastic formations varying in age from 1.2m years to baby formation of around 400 yrs old! 

The main street of the town has more coffee shops and places to eat than several major cities I have visited.
This house is typical of the type of architecture found in the area. 

Oudtshoorn used to have a thriving Jewish community and two synagogues.
Many oif them(including my Dad) left for bigger cities.
The interior of the one of the two synagogues can now be found tin the museum.
There is still one congregation left.

Oudtshoorn must be one of the few cities (or towns) in South Africa
that boasts a swinging pedestrian bridge. 

Jayne and "friend"...
The latter did not have much to say. 

Luckily for us the snow had not closed the Swartberg Pass
and we were able to use this route to Prince Albert.
The pass is BREATHTAKING and an absolute must if you are in the area.
If you have the time a visit to “Die Hel” is also worth the 37km (2hr!) drive.

It was very windy at the top of the pass. 

These building seemed to be abandoned.
Perhaps they were going to be for tourists that use the pass? 

My Mighty Jeep.
I had only taken delivery shortly before starting the trip,
and I was uncertain how to engage four-wheel drive.
As a result, our descent was slow...
with Jayne's laughter ringing in my ears! 

It seems as if this tiny hamlet consists of coffee shops, craft dealers and B & B establishments.
We had the best lemon meringue pie here!
It must be doing something right as there are 3 estate agents in the main street.
According to the lady at the Gallery the locals have an awesome social life!


We came back via Klaarwater and De Rust.
The road is tarred all the way and it crosses the Meiringspoort River 27 times.
Although it is an easier drive it is as spectacular as the pass, but for different reasons.

I cannot remember where this was
but the display caught our attention 

Donkeys play an important role in the local economy 

This is "Monkey boy" a puppet that Jayne made
 and that travelled with us to her new home.
Part 2: http://www.davidbatzofin.com/2013/08/2009-road-trippart-2.html
My return trip: http://www.davidbatzofin.com/2013/08/2009-road-tripthe-return-journey.html


This was pre-publicity for the 2010 festival.
Neither of us would have guested then
that Jayne would write, produce and direct her own production at the 2013 festival.


won TWO Awards
A Kanna for:
Best debut production
and
A Slurpie Kanna for:
Best newcomer performer
  Nieke Lombard...
Many congratulations to all concerned!


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