Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

February 2nd

Groot Drakenstein Prison - In 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from this prison.  This prison is where he spent the last few years of his incarceration.  Many celebrations were held in South Africa this month commemorating 30 years since he was released from prison.  This prison is now a minimal security prison amongst the vineyards.


I just saw the movie Invictus.   Invictus tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of the South African rugby team, Francois Peinaar, to help unite their country.  It is a truly inspirational movie.

Invictus means incapable of being defeated or beaten.

Our first winery today was the Cabrière Estate.

Tom working while waiting for our tour begin.

Once again...breath-taking views..

Cellar tour...

Our tour guide Eden...

Walking around Stellenbosch...

Oom Samie se Winkel...this means Uncle Samie's Store.  It has been operating as a general store since 1904.  This store is a Stellenbosch institution and is also a national monument.

Tom's new friend...

Since our dinner was so amazing last night at Noop's, we made a reservation for tonite as well.  Our reserved (Bespreek) table.

The viewed from our bespreeked table - so gorgeous!

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