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Jeffrey’s Bay: My best birthday ever!

The original reason that I wanted to go to South Africa from the very first time Alexis and I started talking about doing a round-the-world trip some 10 years ago was to surf at Jeffrey's Bay. It was a given that it was going to be part of this trip, and we managed to plan it to coincide with my 42nd birthday.

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The Garden Route: Knysna, Storms River & Tsitsikamma

Having heard so much about the Garden Route, we added it to our itinerary. From the wine region, one drives over the Franschhoek Pass a few hundred kilometers into the country, passing gorgeous rolling hills in the shadow of an undulating mountain range. Our drive was peaceful, the kids plugged into the iPad IVs due to the length of it, with our first destination being Victoria's Bay.

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South Africa’s Napa Valley: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

We departed Cape Town excited to continue on to South Africa's famous wine regions. Already very surprised and impressed with South Africa's gastronomic delights, we had high hopes for the wine district and we were not to be disappointed. The Cape Winelands are located just outside of Cape Town to the north and east, in a beautiful landscape of dramatic mountain peaks and lush, green valleys.

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The Cape of Good Hope

Deserving of its own blog entry is the Cape of Good Hope, the most Southwestern point on the continent. We expected this to be a highlight of our trip to Cape town, and it did not disappoint. On our drive down, we stopped to watch the enormous surf breaking out at sea and on the rocky shore before starting our climb up to the peak at the point.

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Cape Town: The Southern Suburbs

We picked up a car our first weekend to get a better sense of the place. A great move: right outside the city are drives as stunning as the PCH in Big Sur replete with small beach/surfing towns akin to North County San Diego.

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The great pause settles in!

"10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast off!", the kids screamed aboard our Air Canada flight that would route us via Montreal to London for a 12 hour layover before our round-the-world journey officially began. Flying Economy class was a rude awakening and gave new motivation to my quest to slim down—significantly—as the kids' width seemed a lot more appropriate for those seats.

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