A 50-day adventure by Jill
  • Day50

    Heading home to Detroit

    February 28 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 37 °F

    We arrived at the airport Terminal 2 for Delta, checked the bags in and Klaus went to drop the Hertz car off. He sooned discovered that Hertz rental is closed in terminal 2, which meant driving it to terminal 1 and getting on a bus back to terminal 2. Already tight on time we ventured to security, what a debacle!!!

    Step 1 - Tickets needed to be reissued because it was no longer a direct flight. I discovered my TSA pre check was not on the boarding pass, only to be told I’m getting a random 2nd screening.
    Step 2- Go thru passport control - why in the world do u need a passport to be checked to leave. It was already checked and rechecked just to get the boarding pass.
    Step 3- Go thru security- get bags rechecked because of a curling iron being considered an electronic device.
    Step 4- Go to gate - have passports rechecked and then I’m told I need additional screening again. They take me behind a fake wall, check all my stuff for explosives, remove the insoles of my shoes and pat my legs down. Like why the heck would the security machine not pick up any of that stuff how unnecessary!!
    Step 5- Scan the boarding pass at the gate, red flag again!!! The girls had to figure out what to enter into the computer to finally let me on board.
    Step 6- Sit in our seats and wait to take off, let’s hope we have enough time for our connection in Atlanta.
    Step 7- Landed in Georgia, got to try out our global entry for the first time, so worth it!
    Step 8- Delta lounge waiting for final leg to Detroit. We are pooped out.
    Step 9- Landed in Detroit, had to sit on the plane while they figured out what was wrong with the walk way bridge. Patiently waiting for the doors to open!
    Step 10- Long ride home in the Metro Car, huge traffic jam. Then we pull into the sub and the driver lost all power to the car. He made it to the house with no lights and had to call a tow truck. Big problem is that the luggage was stuck in the car. 😢
    Conclusion: We had an amazing adventure the past 6 weeks, so many memories made!!! Looking forward to seeing everyone. Xoxo
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    Jeanne Corsten

    OH MY!!

    3/1/22Reply
    Jelena Jevremovic

    thats the best end of the trip you could have, so it will be remebered forever 🙈😅🥰🥰🥰🥰

    3/1/22Reply
     
  • Day49

    An Afternoon in Mainz, Germany

    February 27 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 43 °F

    We said goodbye to Nuremberg and made the 2.5 hour drive to the town of Mainz. The streets were filled with people celebrating carnival. Unfortunately for the people, the government canceled the parade because of the war in Ukraine. We had an amazing lunch at Incontro, grabbed a cappuccino and walked around. While taking a picture at the oldest house in Mainz, dating back to 1450, a local woman stopped and explained why some street signs are blue and some are red. When Napoleon was there his crew kept asking how they should find their way back to the harbor, so he created a system where all red street signs lead to the Rhein and all blue run parallel. After a bit more exploring Klaus found a wine bar, and boy was it a party. Everyone was dressed up celebrating carnival, (since covid rules are in place it was not nearly as packed. according to the waitress normally u can’t even move) We sat with a very nice couple, whom were truly celebrating life, the wife 2 weeks earlier was resuscitated at the hospital due to heart condition. Mainz is famous for a cheese spread called spundenkäs, we got an order to go and headed to hotel Moxy near the Frankfurt Airport. We spend our last evening, taking covid tests, getting packed up, and having a picnic of cheese and wine on our bed. Heading home tomorrow afternoon.Read more

  • Day47

    Nuremberg Germany

    February 25 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 41 °F

    Woke up with an 1 hour left of flight time, so nice to sleep through the night on a flight ✈️. After a little car debacle and a lot of walking (Frankfurt is a huge airport) we got on the road. We stopped at the hotel in Frankfurt and picked up our 3 other suitcases and headed to Nuremberg. We checked into Hotel Victoria located in old town Nuremberg, Klaus changed and headed to a meeting while I got cleaned up. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel we were quickly reminded how much we miss sunshine and 80 lol! We walked around the charming town with beautiful architecture and cobble stone streets it is around 1300 years old and filled with so much important history. We decided to grab a bite to eat at LU-BU, Yummy Japanese food. We went back to the hotel had a bath and a bottle of Shiraz from SA. (in the cool free standing tub in the middle of the room)

    Woke up, had breakfast, got cleaned up and headed out for a day of exploring!! The weather was mild which made the hours of walking doable. So many beautiful churches and even visited a castle. I got to try Nürnberger Würstchen ( Nuremberger sausage) they load 3 little sausages into a French dinner roll, a little mustard and walk and eat all for a whopping 3.50. Stopped at a little Italian place and had an aperol before heading to dinner at a great tapas place recommended by the wine shop owner from earlier called Bodega El Gato. Had tapas and sangria, went to pay only to find out they only take cash. Unfortunately the ATM is 15 min away, he convinced the owner to do a wire transfer. Lol 😂 Our evening ended with a bottle of Italian wine and a bath, we’ll deserved after a total of 8 miles of walking today. One of my favorite things about Europe!!
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  • Day44

    Cape Town, WC, South Africa

    February 22 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    We arrived at The Derwent House, a very unique and eclectic Bed and Breakfast with a great view of Table Mountain. The staff was some of the nicest and most accommodating people we have ever met. We walked to a cool wine bar called Publik, had a snack and hung out for a bit before heading back to the hotel. The walk back was straight up hill, for 10 minutes, it was a doozy!! I was feeling a little off at dinner and had a headache and that’s where this part of the trip went a little rough. (None of our plans would happen the next couple of days) Woke up with terrible stomach cramps and nausea. Klaus went to the front desk and they gave him medicine for me and informed him there was a 24 hour bug going around with my exact symptoms. I was bed ridden all day! I mustard up enough energy to make it to dinner and walk for a bit in the De Waterkant area that evening. The area is a cute residential area with beautifully colored houses. I didn’t make it to long and was back in bed. Woke the next day with just mild cramping. We had breakfast and laid at the pool until it was time to head to the airport. Being that our flight was not until 6:20 the staff let us hang out and keep the room for the day. The flight was great and the sunset was spectacular!! We will miss you South Africa!!! Everyday is 80 and Sunshine.Read more

    Amy Churella

    Hope you’re feeling better, Jill!!!

    2/27/22Reply
    Amy Churella

    Gorgeous!

    2/27/22Reply
     
  • Day43

    Day 2 /3 Wine Region

    February 21 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    We woke up, had breakfast and got ready for our private tour of Haute Cabriére. Tamo got ahold of his mom and arranged it for us. We spent an amazing 3 hours with Hildegard listening to the story of how her and her husband met and how they illegally smuggled in the vines to became the first all Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producing champagne in the region. Their efforts eventually lead the government to change the laws on what could be imported in for planting. Our tour ended with lots of tastings and her oldest son Takuan “whom runs the winemaking now” joining us and even letting us try his private reserve. We will never forgot this experience. We said our goodbyes and headed to lunch at Maison Chefs Warehouse restaurant and vineyard. The food was delicious, especially the risotto that was to die for. The back drop was picturesque with grape vines and chickens roaming around. After arriving back at the hotel we grabbed an aperol and talked to a lovely couple from Netherlands. We had reservations at Oku for dinner, even though we were not very hungry and a little tipsy 😂 we didn’t want to miss the chance to try this Japanese restaurant. Well it was an experience, I think all the Aperols hit Klaus just as the food was arriving. Lol!!! We had a couple of bites and headed back to the hotel which was a 15 min walk. Another bedtime dessert was waiting, this time chocolate mouse. We woke the next morning, had breakfast and checked out. We drove to Babylonstoren located in the Stellenbosch wine region. What an amazing place!! They have tours, gardens, olive oil and vinegar making, body and home products they make and sell, wine tasting, accommodations, and two restaurants. We did the wine tasting which was some of the best wine we have tasted so far and explored some of the grounds, we ran out of time to do everything. We headed next to Delaire Graff for lunch at Indochine. It is ranked one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. It is located in Stellenbosch and owned by Laurence Graff of Graff diamonds. It includes breathtaking views, accommodations and a spa. We could have spent days or weeks in the two wine regions, so much to see and do, and the views were incredible. We left the wine region and headed to Cape Town, this time we opted for more of a residential area called the Gardens and checked into a cute B&B called the Derwent House.Read more

    Amy Churella

    Man it’s going to be hard coming back to reality!

    2/27/22Reply
     
  • Day42

    Franschhoek Wine Region Day 1

    February 20 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Woke up, had breakfast and loaded up the car. About an hour and half into the scenic drive we stopped at the cutest cafe called Tredici located in Swellerdam. We pulled into this part of town and thought we must be lost, but then low and behold located up the hill a bit was this hidden gem. We had great food and some wine before getting back on the road. The views as you approach Franschhoek are that out of a story book. This wine region is breathtaking. We checked into our beautiful suite at Last Word Franschhoek a boutique hotel. After getting settled we went for a walk and stumbled upon an outdoor bar in a little courtyard with live music. We grabbed an app and a drink and enjoyed for awhile. We headed back to the B&B to get cleaned up for our dinner experience at Protege. We got to sit at the chefs table and watch how everything was so skillfully prepared! What a foodie experience!! Walked back to the hotel and had a bedtime dessert waiting on the bed for us.Read more

  • Day40

    Couple of days on the Garden Route

    February 18 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Woke up at Amanzi B&B located on Leisure Isle in Knysna . We had breakfast overlooking the bay. It was interesting when we woke up people were kayaking and fishing near shore, while eating breakfast the low tide arrived and they were walking the sand bar. After getting cleaned up we decide to head to Plettenberg we stopped at a vineyard called Packwood for a wine tasting. We sat with a gentleman named Tamo, whose family owns a vineyard in Franschhoek that specializes in bubbly. He told us the amazing story of his family. We went to lunch per his suggestion at Ice Cream Land and had a great lunch. After walking around Plettenberg for a bit we made our way back to Knysna for The Friday Market, it was all locals with live music and food vendors. We had breakfast at Il De Pain the next morning on Thesen Island before heading to The Wild Oats Market located Sedgefield. It was filled with so many vendors and shops, picked up a couple of local items. Drove a couple of hours to Mosel Bay, after a drink by the ocean and booking a hotel for the night we went to a beautiful vineyard called Zandvliet. The food and wine were yummy and we had a wonderful waiter, he not only knew so much about wine but also US politics. Headed back to the hotel for an early night to bed. Making our way to Franschhoek in the morning.Read more

    Jeanne Corsten

    All I can say is WOW, Beautiful!

    2/25/22Reply
     
  • Day39

    Botlierskop Game Reserve

    February 17 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    We woke to the sounds of animals just outside our door wall. We headed to breakfast before getting cleaned up for horse back riding. (Klaus survived being that he is allergic to horses 🐎) Such a nice time, and a great guide. We got back just in time for facials and massages at the spa!!! We spent a couple of hours enjoying the spa amenities which included a heated spa pool that over looks the preserve. We were lucky enough to see elephants off in the distance. Relaxed and ready to go we headed to dinner for an incredible meal and drinks by the roaring fire in the lodge. Took a bath and headed to bed for an early game ride.
    Headed out at 6:00am to find some animals. The guide was amazing and knew some much about every animal. We were lucky enough to see the lions and elephants along with some other small game animals. We checked out, put on bathing suits and enjoyed the pool while waiting for the next game drive at 3pm. We headed out with the same guide as we had in the AM. He was truly amazing, knowledgeable, funny and has an incredible story of how he came from hunting his own food with no water or electricity as a child to getting an education and doing game drives. We saw hippos, giraffes, elephants and the lions. We stopped for a beverage and had a great time talking with 2 other couples on the ride. After the 4 hour game drive, we hit the road for the garden route portion of the trip. Grabbed a pizza and salad at a quirky restaurant called muse before checking into our charming B&B called Amanzi.
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    Jelena Jevremovic

    ok, now I am jealous 😍😍😍😍

    2/18/22Reply
    Amy Churella

    “Here kitty, Kitty”! Are you nuts girl!!!

    2/20/22Reply
    Jeanne Corsten

    Looks like you saw Asland!!(from C.s Lewis) Magnificent!! I’m in awe!!!

    2/21/22Reply
     
  • Day37

    Montagu to Botlierskop Game Reserve

    February 15 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

    We woke up early mainly because there was no air conditioning at the B&B lol 😂. Had a nice breakfast and went back to room to get ready. Klaus had A business call which game me some time to research our stop on the way to the reserve. We landed at a charming restaurant called Christelle’s bistro in the town of Swellendon. It was so cute inside and had an amazing back yard area. We enjoyed the champagne and asked the server where we could buy it. We stopped in town at Tops grabbed a few bottles of sparkly and got caught in a rain storm (they have been waiting months for some rain. Honestly it felt good with temperatures nearing 100. 2.5 hours later we arrived at the reserve, blown away is an understatement!!! Our room is out of this world!!! We got cleaned up, went to dinner and headed back to the room for an evening in the jacuzzi overlooking the river, literally feel like I’m in a scene from Jurassic Park.Read more

    Jeanne Corsten

    I can’t believe how beautiful this looks! The reserve and your suite! I can only imagine how spectacular it must be in person!! Love the zebras:))

    2/21/22Reply
     
  • Day36

    Camps Bay to Montagu

    February 14 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    Sunday we went to V&A Waterfront in Capetown. We spent a wonderful few hours walking around the Harbor and having lunch. We even got to see Seals swimming and sun bathing. There was live street performers and people out and about everywhere. There was a huge mall with everything from a grocery store to Gucci in it. Definitely a different vibe from Camps Bay. It was super windy and I am still fighting a cold so we stayed in, ordered sushi and had a relaxing evening. The hotel surprised with valentines chocolates and rose petals. Woke up next day and had breakfast, a mimosa and Klaus had the hotel staff surprise me with valentines roses. We then drove to Franschhoek, a stunning wine region and had a wonderful lunch in the cute little town. We will be back to explore the vineyards, it is one after another along the road. The drive to Montagu was stunning, it was thru the mountains with winding roads and incredible views. Lush landscape and fruit and wine farms everywhere. We checked into our charming B&B called The Vineyard Country House. We walked to town and had a cute dinner at a little Italian place. (We we’re lucky enough to get a table because the B&B owner took the liberty of making us a reservation, sooo sweet). Got back to our cottage and enjoyed the breezy evening on the charming porch surround by pomegranate trees and grape vines. Heading to Botlierskop game reserve in Outeniqua Mountains tomorrow for a safari adventure.Read more

    Jelena Jevremovic

    omg so cute 😍😍😍

    2/15/22Reply
    Jeanne Corsten

    Your roses were beautiful! Good job Klaus! Loved the picture of the church! So much to see:)) What a great trip this is for you both!! Miss you lots and lots!!

    2/15/22Reply
    Laura Weiss

    Love the pictures. Look like you guys are enjoying yourselves. ❤️❤️😘😘

    2/16/22Reply