Our week off

*to watch video footage you must visit the blog itself

After our two weeks with Bridges of Hope we had a week to relax and explore the Cape Town area.  For the first three nights we stayed at Beachside Villa in Camps Bay, about 15 minutes from the center of Cape Town (thanks KP for booking!).  Camps Bay is absolutely stunning, with a perfect white sand beach that stretches for over a mile lined with very nice restaurants and bars, and the Twelve Apostles mountains (including Table Mountain) towering directly behind.  It was interesting, and strangely difficult adjusting to such a nice area after being surrounded by poverty and such desperate conditions for two weeks.  It honestly felt like we were back in Laguna Beach – there were Ferraris on the road, yachts on the water, and very expensive restaurants everywhere you turn.

After Camps Bay we met up with our friend Kezia, one of Will’s best friend’s girlfriend who lives in Cape Town.  For four nights she showed us the best of the Cape Town area – we went on tons of hikes, ate at some excellent restaurants (including one of her family’s restaurants at their wine farm called Constantia Uitsig), visited the penguins, went to the beach, and finished up a bunch of odds and ends that we needed to get done.  We stayed at two of her family’s homes, one in Constantia (a 200 year old Dutch barn that was converted into an incredible, modern-day home) and one at Hermanus (their “holiday” house on the beach).  We owe Kezia BIG time because she couldn’t have been a better hostess and we loved every minute that we spent with her and her family.

Enjoy the video and pictures below. Next stop, Paul Cluver!

Sushi dinner in Camps Bay

View of Table Mountain from Robben Island

Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island

The Waterfront

Lounging at Camps Bay with the 12 Apostles Mountain Range in the background

A picture we took while walking in the vineyards with Kezia and her family

Kate Luis, Marleen, Kezia and Amanda on our evening walk in Constantia

Kezia’s family’s winery tasting room

The hike up Lion’s Head

The famous “table cloth” on Table Mountain

With Kezia in Hermanus Bay

Making dinner at Kezia’s beach house

Hiking to a waterfall near Hermanus

At Boulder Beach to see the penguins



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11 responses to “Our week off

  1. Ian and I just watched your latest video, looks like you’re having an amazing time! We miss you guys!
    Kirby & Ian

  2. I just wanna’ hug those little penguins! Looks like you’re having a FANTASTIC TIME! I couldn’t be happier for yoooooou and Will!

  3. Marcia Scharfen

    What memories you will have of such a wonderful time
    thanks for sharing
    continue to be safe!
    Marcia and Bill

  4. I just realized Henry is also PART PENGUIN!

    Loved this video guys! Keep em coming 🙂


  5. whitney janisch

    love these pictures!!!! i miss you guys! do you have the same email address or is there a better one?! XOXOXOXOOX

  6. Dad Peck

    looks like so much fun I think we will come on down and pay you a visit! Dad

  7. Kristine Duehren

    these pictures are beautiful! i think I Have the travel bug now 🙂
    Wishing you very safe and VERY happy travels!


  8. papa & joy

    great views – and it really makes your visit come alive. I’m glad this is on Joy’s computer – keep up the good work, and thanks for including us. Papa and Joy.

  9. Kalee

    Hiii! I love your blog and pictures!! It is so wonderful to see your face and what you all are up to:) I miss you and love you much. Let me know when we can skype. I hear the only time you have free is 2am our time… true? Oh, and I showed my Africa team your video blogs and they love them and want to do them on our trip! Love you both!!

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