Crossing the equator, summer instead of winter, exploring another continent, being near an ocean again, visiting barging friends at their home in Cape Town, these were some of the irresistible reasons that brought us to South Africa this winter.
In Cape Town, we were much closer to the South Pole than we were to our home town of San Francisco
South African beaches were beautiful and this one on False Bay was colorful too
After two weeks in Cape Town, we set out along the Garden Route on the Indian Ocean. Here at Cape Agulhas we were standing on the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa, between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans
The Cape Agulhas lighthouse watches over this area on the tip of Africa which is known as the "Graveyard of Ships"
At a reserve along the Garden Route, we fell in love with the elephants
We stayed a few days at the Oystercatcher's Haven and we could have stayed forever
South African wines were a fine finish to a good day in a beautiful place
We stayed in San Francisco for a week before and a week after our Hawaiian vacation. The weather was wonderful and we enjoyed being in "The City" again
Our niece Judy and her fiance Ron said their vows in a beautiful Hawaiian ceremony
Their reception dinner was held on the terrace of an old plantation with hula dancers preforming on the grass below
After a week on Kauai visiting family, we flew to Kona to visit friends and enjoy another week of beautiful Hawaiian sunsets...
...and Mai Tai's
As always, our vacation went by too quickly. It was time for us to say "Aloha" to our friends and to head off into the sunset, back to our real life in France