Grant Montgomery Travelogue: From the bottom of Africa – Cape Coast, South Africa

South Africa 08 Mike Cape CoastAnother benefit of visiting FCF Project Partners here in Cape Town: I have the opportunity to see my son Mike who arrived in South Africa February 2nd to intern here. Mike accompanied me on some site visits, after which we were able to spend the afternoon seeing the sights of the beautiful Cape coast.

Copyright Grant Montgomery South AfricaAbove right, you see him standing near the very bottom of Africa, where playful penguins observed us as we observed them.

We also visited the oldest winery in South Africa, as well as one of the first set up by Europeans outside Europe, Groot Constantia, established in South Africa in 1685! The fellow who runs this very prestigious establishment is a close friend of our Project Managers here, so he took his time to give us a personal tour around the whole operation, explaining in detail all aspects of the operation.

Copyright Grant Montgomery 2013 Capetown South Africa Groot Constantia

Additionally, he cracked some of their best bottles to provide us with a wine-tasting experience, continuing his explanation of the fine points of each of the various wines we sampled. [And yes, just like in the movies, he spit out his mouthful after each sample glass to keep his palate pure, since they were running their new wine concurrent to our sampling.]

And I was treated to another braai, sampling delicious antelope, springbok, gemsbok and so forth along with local fish and vegetable dishes etc., leaving me with the distinct impression that South Africa certainly rates high on the list of the top barbecue and wine countries of the world!

 

 
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