Stockholm- A Culture Capital

Stockholm- A Culture Capital
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Final Days

The next day we got up early to continue our drinking and head out to the Stellenbosch wine lands. South Africa is famous for their incredible wines and the beauty of their wine routes is enough of a tourist draw that could spend days in the area visiting all the wine estates. Not only do the estates just have tastings, a lot of them have hotels and restaurants with shops and other events hosted on the grounds. The first wine estate we went to was called Spier and had a large garden area where you could buy picnics and lay out in the sun on the lawns for the afternoon. We decided to go to their restaurant called Moyo however. Moyo is a HUGE traditional African buffet where you can sit in lounging tents, tree houses, bars, and of course tables. The vibe there is incredible and besides just the excellent food and wine there is live entertainment with African drumming, singing and dancing. They even had men in ostrich suites. They also come to your table and paint your face like traditional zulu tribes would.

We spent most of the day at Moyo because there was so much to do and to eat. We then went to the Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery. We missed the last tour of the facilities but we went through exhibits of how brandy was first discovered and is made and were given brandy to taste upon arriving. After that we checked out another estate and went back to Cape Town. On our way back we stopped at the Canal Walk, a very large new mall and spent the evening shopping and browsing the many international stores. We had a light supper of Jamaican pizza (with bananas, avocado, and chicken) then drove home for the night.

The next day was Mom's last day here and Cape Town so we spent some time rounding up gifts and last minute purchases and revisiting her favorite restaurants in Cape Town. It was a very sad goodbye and I was so bummed to be left here all alone and starting school the next day. I went with her to the airport and then came back to spent my first night alone in the Dark Continent.

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