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Travelog for: Gilbert

Randburg, South Africa - 22nd July 2008

By: Vicki

Vicki introduced us to Abeeku, the new TV that arrived! Now there are four of us again!

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She also showed us some of her children's art. Grape Ape had told us about it.

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We went to school with Vicki again, she told her students about us and explained about toyvoyagers and we helped in the Art class again. Grape Ape decided to stay at home and relax, he wasn't in the mood for Art again!

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When we got home, Vicki served up some delicious strawberries!! Yum!

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Randburg, South Africa - 24th July 2008

By: Vicki

Another quiet day, we took a stroll around the garden, Vicki promised things would get more exciting as the holidays were coming up in a week's time. They all finish school on 1 Aug and are on holiday for one month!! Yay! Juanita has also promised to draw my portrait, which is one of my missions and I am very excited about that!!

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I sat on the swing, Vicki's children don't use it much anymore but other small children that visit really enjoy it. Did you see the 'Stag Horn Fern' that is growing in the Pepper Tree?? It's huge!

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It was good to get some fresh air outside and chat with Purple Bun. I have been visiting with Lacey, a bit too much maybe!?!

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Grape Ape and I also had a bit of 'catch up' time.

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This is a metal crocodile that is made as a garden ornament. He comes from Zimbabwe.


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Randburg, South Africa - 1st August 2008

By: Vicki

Hi Mom! Just a quick hello!
Vicki saw that one of my missions was to 'ride in a Louis Vuitton purse or something similiar' and wondered if a 'Guess' bag, or two, would do?? I had the pleasure of being escorted around in each of these bags for the day...

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Quite a luxurious ride!

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Randburg, South Africa - 4th August 2008

By: Vicki

Hello again after soooo long. Vicki feels bad that she hasn't updated for so long, we have a lot of catching up to do!! Here are some pics from before we even went away...
Juanita took some photos of me to help her draw the portrait...

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These are some of the beautiful flowers that Vicki was given by her students before breaking up from school for the holidays. And the whole gang posed...

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Northcliff, South Africa - 5th August 2008

By: Vicki

We went up Northcliff Hill to the top of the ridge to see Johannesburg and it's northern suburbs from there.

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This is the view to the south of Johannesburg and the CBD, but most of the business has moved to a more upmarket area called Sandton.

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The buildings in the distance are the Sandton CBD.

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Lacey was allowed to join us on this trip and here we are with the famous Northcliff Water Tower behind us. Very romantic all this scenery!

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Here's the whole gang again...

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Lacey and I managed to just sit and chat for a while, taking in the gorgeous views. (It was a long way down...!)

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We drove around and saw the mine dumps that are dotted around Johannesburg. This is the waste, left over after removing the gold from the rocks. With improved technology though, these mine dumps are being recycled and even more gold is being removed from them.

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Back at Vicki's house, this is the view of Northcliff Ridge, (where we had just been), from Vicki's back garden.

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It was such a glorious day that we all sat at the pool, soaking up the sun, except for Grape Ape who was complaining that he was getting too hot!

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We even jumped on the trampoline with Juanita! Wow! What fun, just had to watch that we didn't knock heads!

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And finally the same view by night, and Vicki's garden too.

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Gold Reef City, South Africa - 7th August 2008

By: Vicki

Great excitement!! We visited Gold Reef City. http://www.goldreefcity.co.za/home/index.asp

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This is Johannesburg's theme park, which is tiny compared to American standards but none-the-less, it has rides which the visitors enjoy and the park is built around the mine shaft and old gold mining town.

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We had so much fun on the rides with Nicholas and Juanita and their two friends. You can see one of the rollercoasters behind us in the photo.

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We wet on the 'Dreamboat' too!! Nicholas' face was white as a sheet!

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This was about the only ride Vicki went on. She's a bit of a 'ninny' when it come to rides and said she would hold the cameras, cellphones, jackets, etc. And besides, someone had to take photos!! Good excuse Vicki!!

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The view from the top! And the theme park map.

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We weren't allowed on the River Ride because Vicki said we would get wet! Well look at the drowned rats that stepped off the River Ride!

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The Runaway Train was cool though....

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We had to catch our breath after that!

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We sat with all the toys that the children won knocking over skittles, etc.

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When we had gone on every ride that was open (some twice!), Vicki said it was time to go home!

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What a fun filled day, exhausting but great!





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Origins, South Africa - 8th August 2008

By: Vicki

Well it is the holidays and we're off on another adventure....
this time a visit to the Origins Centre. Origins Centre

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All six TV's went along together with Vicki's children, Mrs C and her children and Mrs C's 6 TV's too!!!
Here we are sitting on the map of Africa.

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The museum was very interesting, all about the origins of humankind and concentrating on the San people (Bushmen) of Southern Africa and other early tribes found here.

There were many examples of rock art and rock engraving.

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There were replicas of the engravings on the concrete floor of the museum.

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The Eland is an antelope which has strong significance in the beliefs of the San people and the 'Trance Dance' was inspired by it too. The San danced themselves into a trance, for rain and to get strength from the spirits.

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Many philanthropic people tried to help the ancient tribes and record some of their history as they saw that the European settlers were busy exterminating them. Ms Lloyd and her uncle were such people.

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All the sad tales have been recorded so that people may learn from this history and not let it happen again. One of the insciptions says 'I am the wind that blows away the footprints of the dead...' ,very sad!

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We had to keep our eyes on Holiday Harry!!

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This is a replica of a burial of a young girl, she was buried with shells and necklaces.

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Well this was all very interesting but a little depressing and I sure hope the next stop involves a bit more 'fun stuff'!!






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Randburg, South Africa - 10th August 2008

By: Vicki

Today we visited Mrs C to fetch Jubilee Bunny. We were going on holiday and she was coming with us. We all posed for a group photo! Can you see me?

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Sooo many toyvoyagers visiting in South Africa at the same time, it's great!

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George, South Africa - 13th August 2008

By: Vicki

We packed our bags, there was great excitement, everyone talking together.... we got on the plane and almost two hours later we were in a town called George, situated on the beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape.

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Our first stop was the Wilderness Beach. It was beautiful but unfortunately the water was very cold!

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Nicholas and Juanita took us to feel the water which was freezing! We decided to sit on the car bonnet and admire the scenery rather.

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Sputnik and Holiday Harry were getting up to there pranks again!! Hope Vicki doesn't drive off now...

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This is the view from the top of the hill. Just hold on tight Juanita please! It is a looong way down! A really pretty place though.

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Around the corner, the river joins the sea and the railway bridge crosses over the Keurbooms River.

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Sitting by the toasty fire at Vicki's step sister, Melinda's, house. It's quite chilly outside.

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I could just doze off right here....

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa - 14th August 2008

By: Vicki

Woke up to this beautiful view of the mountains.

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We were off to Oudtshoorn for some sightseeing. First stop the swing bridge. Nicholas was shaking the bridge as we walked across and making it swing and Juanita was shouting at him, we were all laughing.

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Went to buy ostrich biltong for Vicki's stepfather. Biltong is a dried meat that is eaten all over South Africa as a snack and here it is made from ostrich meat. This meat has become very popular as it is cholesterol free. It tastes very nice too.

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Oudtshoorn is full of beautiful old buildings built during the ostrich feather boom.

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The weather in Oudtshoorn was glorious and we drove through the Outeniqua mountains to get back to George, through the clouds.

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We stopped at a viewing point but it was so cold nobody wanted to venture out of the bag. We were all cuddled up and warm!

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Abeeku, the teeniest of us all, couldn't see a thing out the top of the bag, so he volunteered to come out and see the view.

And what a stunning view! Whew! Pity is was so misty and cloudy, you couldn't really see George in the distance. The dirt road is the old Montague Pass road which was the first road made to cross over the mountains. I am still glad I didn't venture out of the bag...

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Port Alfred, South Africa - 15th August 2008

By: Vicki

We loaded up the car and together with Vicki's mom and Juanita and Nicholas (the men had to stay behind and work!), Vicki drove us along the Garden Route to the Sunshine Coast and Port Alfred.

We drove over many rivers with beautifully designed bridges. The Storms River Bridge is one of the famous ones with it's deep gorge below. The story goes that the Italian architect who designed the bridge commited suicide by jumping off it because when the two sides were lowered they didn't meet exactly in the middle, there was a gap of a few centimetres!!

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We finally arrived (500km later...) at this most beautiful hotel. It was called the Fish River Sun

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Here we are getting some fresh air and admiring the fish pond at the entrance of the hotel.

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This is where we were staying for the next week, yay!! I could manage this luxury, I was sure!!

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Port Alfred, South Africa - 16th August 2008

By: Vicki

The Fish River Sun is actually 27km away from Port Alfred, so we took the little drive (after yesterday's 500km, it was little!!), and went to Port Alfred to do some sight seeing.

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The whole area is very picturesque! And Vicki took lots of photos...

We drove down the East Bank and the West Bank of the Kowie River, which the town is built around. Hey! The beach!! Stop! We want to get out! I bet this water is freezing too...

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Vicki did some fancy photo stitching. This is the beautiful marina. There are five islands with stunning homes on them and people get around by boat.

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Vicki said she could get used to this life, she wishes she could win the Lotto.













* Posted Sep 6, 2008, 4:35 pm Last edited Sep 8, 2008, 10:43 am by Vicki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Port Alfred, South Africa - 18th August 2008

By: Vicki

What many people don't know about Vicki, is that she is CRAZY about lighthouses! (And windmills but that's another story...). So here we are visiting the Great Fish Point lighthouse. South African Lighthouses. Lighthouse Adventures.

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Once again, we held on tight (what is it with these people and heights!?) and went up the 58 stairs to the top. This is the shortest lighthouse in South Africa. The guided tour was very interesting, the lighthouse keeper even showed us the original clockwork mechanism that was wound up every four hours. Now everything is automatic and generator driven.

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The view from the top. Wow!

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On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a little town called Bathhurst, which was established by the 1820 settlers who came from Britain to settle in the Cape. Here is the church that was built by them. The whole area has been declared a national monument.

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Enough for one day.... 'Home James'!

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Port Alfred, South Africa - 20th August 2008

By: Vicki

Aaaah! A beautiful sunshine day and we get to sit on the beach and feel the sand between our toes / hooves / paws, etc.

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Holiday Harry pulled out the towel and sunglasses and caught quite a tan!

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We walked down to the water and looked in the rock pools. The beaches are pristine, white, clean and untouched. Lots of shells around too.

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The hotel estate had its own nature reserve and a guide took us for a ride around on a tuc-tuc to see the animals, etc.

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Vicki's Mom couldn't help but feed this poor Vervet monkey. It didn't have any hands, poor thing.

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After the beach, we came to relax at the pool. The pool was heated, wooohoo!! We all had a lovely swim (and rinsed off the salt and sand!), even Vicki!!

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* Posted Sep 6, 2008, 5:38 pm Last edited Sep 8, 2008, 10:57 am by Vicki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Cape St Francis, South Africa - 22nd August 2008

By: Vicki

Time to say farewell to Fish River Sun and Port Alfred and move on.... we will miss you, what a lovely stay.

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Vicki told us all to stop moaning about the driving in the car. 'South Africa is a big country guys, if you want to see the places, you have to travel the distances!' That's what she said, and it seems her children know the drill, they said nothing! Anyway today's travelling wasn't too bad, only about 250kms! We stopped along the way and bought pineapples, they were huge!
Twelve pineapples for R15! Now that's a bargain!

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Another stop in Port Elizabeth to visit the small oceanarium they have there. A bit disappointing but the dolphins were very friendly, they wanted to play with the ball all the time. Vicki says the Ushaka Marine World in Durban is much better to visit.

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And pengiuns...

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Back on the road again, not far to Cape St Francis.

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Hooray! The end of the road for today....




* Posted Sep 6, 2008, 5:57 pm Last edited Sep 8, 2008, 11:04 am by Vicki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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