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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Part X - Cape Town, South Africa

In my previous post, see links below at the bottom, I did mention that we both got picked up by our extraordinary host and tour guide, Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier.
Sunday, November 24 of 1985...
First we visited his BLAAUWKLIPPEN Homestead and picked up his wife Patricia.
Off we went in his Rolls Royce, exploring the CAPE!
Pieter and I in front of Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier's Rolls Royce in front of Harbour Cafe (to the right) at Mouille Point, Cape Town.
Harbour Cafe (click the above link) was the 1st Cape Town Harbour restaurant.
Here we go for lunch together.
Still remember that we ate the best crayfish (rock lobster or spiny lobster) ever!
Harbour Cafe in the sixties - Cape Town photos (link).
Harbour Cafe - Cape Town photos (link).
 Now we are going from MOUILLE POINT at the top left, to 181 Longmarket Street (hospital) where the red dot is.
Husband Pieter always would climb up somewhere for getting a spectacular photo.
Just behind the ending of the brown rocks, you can see Christiaan Barnard Memorial which was in 1985 still called City Park Hospital, as seen when enlarged.
Pieter did walk all the way back for getting a fabulous view of Table Mountain with its clouds, like a 'Tablecloth' often draping around.
The City Park Hospital is right above the 3rd lantern, starting out from the right.
This was later called Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital
The entire world knew about this South African heart surgeon's 1st heart transplant in 1967!
Performed at the Groote Schuur Hospital where we have been but no photo...
Top left, near brown rocks is where Pieter took the above photos and the red dot shows where the former hospital was. We were riding on Strand St.
Strand St. ends into Newmarket St. and we're going to the red dot where Castle of Good Hope is located.
Castle of Good Hope bastion Leerdam (on wall to the right of center palm tree) with Devils Peak in the background.
Castle of Good Hope and Devils Peak to the left with part of Table Mountain on the right.
From a picture post card with a perfect Table Mountain view on a clear day - no tablecloth (clouds).
Driving now through Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Through Tyberberg Nature Reserve to Bloubergstrand for a stunning Table View...
Also Robben Island was visible from there.
Table Mountain with Lions Head as seen from Bloubergstrand.

Thank you for your visit and stay tuned for Part XI

Related links:
Part IX - BLAAUWKLIPPEN Homestead in Sellenbosch, South Africa | previous post by me
Part VIII - Stellenbosch, S.A. with its Cape Dutch Architecture | previous post by me
Part VII -  Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa | previous post by me
Part VI - Interview at South African Broadcasting Corporation in Joburg | previous post by me
Part V - Tongaat Mushrooms in Bryanston, South Africa | previous post by me
Part IV - INDABA Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre in Bryanston, South Africa | previous post by me
Part III - Highveld Mushrooms in Bryanston, South Africa | previous post by me
Part II - Pretoria and Sandton City, South Africa | previous post by me
Part I - Johannesburg, South Africa | previous post by me
My South Africa Publication Around Husband Pieter's Lectures at Congress | previous post by me


  1. Nice photos of Cape Town in the olden days. It's such a beautiful city with the mountain in the background.
    I wonder if the Harbour Cafe is where the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping is now situated?

    1. Dearest Sami,
      No, according to the map it is more to the west, away from Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

    2. Thanks Mariette, just had a look at google maps too, just within walking distance.
      Hope you had a lovely Christmas. I forgot to say your header photo is beautiful.

  2. Dearest Mariette,
    I hope, you and Pieter had lovely Christmasdays!
    Thank you for sharing more Moemories!
    Have a good rest of the week ... the new year is coming soon ...
    Much Love and hugs and blessings, Claudia xoxo

  3. Hello Mariette, Africa is certainly blessed with beauty--so many elements including wildlife, plants, and natural features like Table Mountain!

  4. Liebe Mariette,

    Weihnachten ist vorbei.
    Nun kommen Silvester und Neujahr.

    Frohe Grüße

  5. Yum, the dishes at Harbour Cafe look so gorgeous!
    Great photos of Cape Town. I especially love the views of Table Mountain. Beautiful with or without tablecloth :-)
    I love your header, too. Hope you had a good Christmas holiday. xo

  6. Mariete jesteście piękna parą. Mogę pomarzyć o takich podróżach.Dzieku Tobie zobaczę piękne zakątki świata.Szczęsliwego Nowego Roku. Pozdrawiam serdecznie

  7. Hello, Dearest Mariette; Oh, you two are having WONDERFUL trip of the year end♪ I wish I could enjoy the gorgeous and yummy dish ;-)
    So sorry for my long absence and Hope your New Year will be the BRIGHT one♡♡♡
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

  8. Que maravilha esta bela viagem ao passado, aproveito para desejar aos meus amigos umas Boas Festas e um excelente 2018.
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  9. Mooie foto's weer en op naar het volgende deel....

  10. Liebe Mariette,
    Dein Headerbild mit blau-silbernen Weihnachtskugeln ist entzückend, ich sehe, sie sind genäht, hast Du sie selber gemacht?, Du hast geschickte Hände und ich traue es Dir zu *smile*.
    Danke für die schönen Kapstadt-Fotos, bei Dir bekommt man immer sooooo viel von der Welt zu sehen, ganz toll!!
    Ich wünsche Dir und Pieter und der Familie für das Neue Jahr Gesundheit, Glück und Frieden.
    Auf dass wir auch in 2018 in den unendlichen Weiten surfen und uns gegenseitig besuchen, ist ja so einfach, ein klick und ich bin in Georgia *lach*
    Alles Liebe von Traudi.♥

  11. Dearest Mariette,
    South Africa's beauty, Pieter's was invited by the South African mushroom grower's Association to give since of Lectures. You Mentioned Fish Husband Pieter did a series of the fresh market are every where and the including travels detailed. Enjoy the good memories,
    Have a wonderful day!

  12. Great pictures and memories. The photo of you two by the car is lovely.

  13. Hi, dear Mariette. You two, lok fantastic and very happy. Love those images and love the wonderful shellfish. I´m the fan number one of shellfish, ñam ñam.
    I wish too much Pieter get weel very soon. I´ll pray for him. I send you all my positive energy and best wishes for the new year.
    Sending a lot of blessings and hugs.

  14. Dear Mariette,
    I have been following your posts about your fabulous trip in South Africa. You have certainly been treated royally!! You brought me back good memories of my short(3 days) stay in Cape Town about 15 years ago when I went up the Table Mountain and, if I remember well, also had a excellent dinner at the Harbour Cafe (I will check this in my photo album).
    May I wish you a lovely new year, good health for Pieter and yourself and much happiness!
    Many hugs,

  15. Liebe Mariette, ich finde Dein Headerbild auch ganz entzückend! Und nehme auch an, dass Du sie selber gemacht hast.
    Von Euren Reisen lese ich immer gern. Es stimmt, wie Traudi schreibt, wir brauchen solche Reisen nicht auf uns zu nehmen, das können wir heute viel einfacher haben, indem wir lesend mitreisen. :-)
    Ich hatte eine ältere Mail von Dir gefunden, die ich noch nicht beantwortet hatte, weil damals meine Mutti sehr krank wurde. Inzwischen habe ich sie jetzt beantwortet und hoffe, meine Antwort hat Dich auch erreicht.
    Einen guten Rutsch in das Neue Jahr wünsche ich Dir und Deinem lieben Mann und für 2018 alles Liebe und Gute, vor allem Gesundheit, unser höchstes Gut!

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Sara .... jetzt auch wieder mit beiden Blogs unterwegs ...


  16. Hello dear Mariette!
    Great post and such beautiful pictures of Cape Town!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories from your trip!
    Wishing to you and Pieter a happy new year 2018 with joy and happiness!
    Love your festive header!Hugs!

  17. It's nice to reminisce about the beautiful places where you were and loved it. I was happy to see pictures, because I have never been there and I will not be sure. I wish you 2018 in health and happiness. Regards.

  18. Hello dearest Mariette,
    I truly enjoyed your latest posts, Cape town is indeed a great place to visit. I especially enjoyed the dassies on Table mountain, naturally! And we were lucky to have a clear view without the usual cloud ribbons!
    I remember having dinner with Patrick and his mom on an old boat... can't remember the name of that restaurant though, and having memorable lobsters!
    All my best wishes for 2018 and a better health for Pieter, naturally


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