Xanax and Wine
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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So, in a quest to discover a little more of Cape Town, we rented a car (Toyota Yaris) for two days and set off to explore. Given the rising notoriety of South African wine, day one was devoted to a winery tour and so with a little help from the tourist information office picked out two that we wanted to visit. Our first stop was at Spiers, where we first enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch sitting by the little lake in their gardens after buying the necessities at the onsite deli. Hunger satiated, we made our way into the main building for a little wine tasting; Trying four different red wines, we agreed that three of them were very good but given a previous experience transportation, declined to buy any bottles and made our way to the other big attraction at Spier; The Cheetah Encounter
The next winery on our agenda was that of famed golfer Ernie Els. Ernie’s winery is set in beautiful hills and the wine we tasted there was far better than anything else we’ve had in SA. Interesting side note for golfers: they did have a little display showing the current leader board for the US open with Ernie sitting in a tie for second place. Awesome sidenote: Ernie came in third, but the surprise news was the winner… no other than our wee Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland, just a few miles from where Derek was born. At Ernie’s winery, we again declined to buy any wine, not even a bottle of the "Big Easy" and Derek settled for an “Ernie Els” inscribed crystal wine glass!
On our second day enjoying the freedom of a car, we set off to explore the Cape Peninsula. The late starters that we often are, we arrived in Hout Bay just in time for lunch and made our way to a well-known restaurant for a fish and chip lunch
Heading in a southerly direction, our next stop was Boulders Beach, home to one of the most famous penguin colonies on the world. These are not the big emperor penguins, but the much smaller African penguins (just like the ones they have at West Edmonton Mall for our Albertan friendsJ). The penguins are very unperturbed by humans and despite not paying the access fee to go onto the beach with them we were able to get within touching distance (but didn’t of course) on a short boardwalk amble.
By mid-afternoon we had made our way down to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope and had a fun time clambering across the rocks, while the waves crashed not too far away. Fortunately, we’ve learned our lessons where big waves are concerned and there were no drenching to be had
Waking up on Monday morning, it was a little concerning to hear the pat, pat, pat of heavy rain on the windows; we had tickets for the Portugal Vs North Korea game at 13:30. The rental car was due to be returned by midday and just as we were dropping it off, the rain stopped. With rain jackets on and fingers crossed, we made our way to the stadium. Once in our seats, it wasn’t long before the rain started again and poured heavily for much of the game. It started out as a pretty tight game with both teams getting their fare share of opportunities, however by half-time Portugal were leading by one goal to nil
Portugal Vs North Korea was our last live game of the World Cup, from here on in we’ll follow closely on TV and keep our fingers crossed that we’re still watching England by the time we arrive in London on June 30th.....