Posts Tagged ‘Travel and Tourism’

My friend Barbara just returned from a lovely long trip to South Africa.  I had been there with her many years ago and loved every minute of my adventure and experience.  I went back to South Africa a few years ago, this time with my husband and my sister and brother in-law.  We had a great time and I was able to relive and revisit some of the best of my former trip.  On my second trip we went to Kruger National Park and on safari.  There is NOTHING like seeing one of great beasts of Africa close up and free.  Giraffes towered over the truck, a pride of lions walked alongside our vehicle before dawn one day.

Africa is ginormous and different!  Not just different from here, lol, Manhattan but different looking countryside is everywhere.  I can’t say that I have traveled extensively through my own country so I don’t know if the mountains in Colorado resemble the mountains in Africa or if the forests of the Northwest are anything like the amazing forest we saw along the Panoramic Route.

Barbara left South Africa to go on a road trip that took them northeast to Namibia and she went on safari there.  Unfortunately she didn’t send me a lot of photos – but I did get to see them last night.  I was flabbergasted by the totally different terrain there.  Gone were the lush green forests and waterfalls of South Africa and in their place, dessert.  Deserts filled with Quiver trees and brush.  Huge almost barren landscapes next to virgin beaches with the whitest of sand.  And there were also fields of flowers in every color imaginable.  When I was in South Africa I fell in love with Proteas, that beautiful big fat blossom of a flower, but Barbara had photos of flowers I never knew existed.

PROTEAS photo by blogs.scientificamerican.com

photo by blogs.scientificamerican.com

Best of all, best of any trip to Africa are the wildlife.   I have one photo she sent to me while she was there.  It speaks for itself.

Magnificent Beasts photo by Barbara

Magnificent Beasts
photo by Barbara

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My friend Barbara is in South Africa and oh do I wish I was there!  She and I went to South Africa several years ago and the memories of that experience reside in the forefront of my memory bank.  I can remember everything we did and all that we saw.  It was an amazing experience for me and I would love to go back again.  Truth be known, I did go back after that first trip and did re-visit many of the wonderful places I had shared with Chris and Barbara.  

I think they are going further north and perhaps into Botswana to go on safari and I really wish I was going with them.  She just sent me a photo of one of our favorite South Africa must-see places.  If you love penguins and I certainly do then Boulders Beach is for you.

These adorable little penguins scurry around and all over the beach area.  You can see their nests, the babies and best of all frolicking penguins in the ocean.

Boulders Beach  Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach
Cape Town, South Africa


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Having overnight company during the holidays?  Why not present your guests with a festive pail filled with all their needs for a comfortable visit.  You might even tell them in advance that they needn’t buy all those airplane-securtiy-sized neccesities when they come to visit.

bathroom neccessities, striped pail, toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloth

What You Need When You Want It

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