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Road-Tripping to the Cape – Part.1

Hi everyone!!! I’m back!!!! 😀 Been chillin’ at home for the last couple of days before starting work again on Monday (which I am not at ALL looking forward to… L )!!! First of all: hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year… all the best for 2012 J – – – I made some resolutions (for like the first time EVER!!!), so it should be a busy year!!! – – – Watch this space…

Let me start off with my holiday stories… 😀 Our plans changed constantly, but in the end I think we had a super enjoyable & a very relaxing time!!! We drove almost 4800 kilometres – – – C R A Z Y – – – 😀 !!!

Our first day of road-tripping down to the Cape included about 450 km’s from Pretoria to Bloemfontein. There we had a good catching-up with our friends & an early evening for the next day’s travelling!!!

Still fresh & full of energy on Day 1 !!!

On our second day of road-tripping, we again stopped at various small little towns. These include Phillipolis & Trompsburg. Our first stop was Trompsburg, there we enjoyed breakfast in a very quaint little shop/bakery. I have to explain this first: there are no tarred roads, no traffic lights, old old old houses & only the bare necessary shops. That we could even get breakfast there is a wonder!!! 😉 They only had 4 items on the menu:

  1. Coffee
  2. Tea
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Pie (with/without salad)

Not quite the breakfast I had in mind, but it had to do!!! – – – Beggars can’t be choosers 😉 – – – We had quite a lovely chat with the owner (who definitely does NOT like people from Gauteng province, he claims they are always in a hurry – which us quite true!!!) 😉 Oh well!!! 😀 He had an interesting shop, full of old rulers & equipment, random dolls… & it was very VERY pink!!! 😀

Old ruler, still in 'inch' units - In SA we use the metric system, so rulers like these don't come along often these days!!!

Our 'breakfast' pie & coffee!!!

How cool are these teapoons made from old 1c coins?? Just loved it!!!

I told you... VERY pink!!!

Garage doors in Trompsburg!!!

& then we were on the road again… whizzing to the next town!!! 🙂

Our next stop was Phillipolis, where also only the main road was tarred with no traffic lights. There was a beautiful church & small little antique shops & art galleries. This is also the place where Emily Hobhouse was buried – What a legend!!! 😀 If you don’t know who Emily Hobhouse  was, follow this wikipedia link or this biography link for her very interesting background & story!!! In short, she was a British woman, living in South Africa in the time of the Anglo-Boer War who fought for humanity & took care of the ill & wounded in war times…

The Beautiful church!!!

Entertainers for passers-by!!!

Street in Phillipolis!!!

Old Gas Station!!!

He-who-thinks-he's-boss in front of their trading centre!!!

Emily Hobhouse Headstone!!!

We spent quite a bit of time in this little town… but were soon off again… on day two we arrived at the beautiful, gigantic Cape Mountains…

The first glimpses of some majestic mountains!!!

Here I conclude this first part of our journey to the Cape… Stay tuned for more!!!! 😀 **