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Skull of Homo Niledi found at the Cradle of Human Kind, Maropeng

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Wildlife at the Lions' Park

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Village of Clarens near the Drakensburg

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Granny, Lucas, and Grandad

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found on the walk up Eagle View - the resort we stayed in for a weekend. What is the name of this flower?

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bougainvillia in the back yard

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Sorry for the lack of posts folks!

reflections on return home to Gabriola

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Turned out that Wifi connections were a lot more costly in time and price than I anticipated. Technology can be more precious than we give credit for.

We visited many places that I couldn't upload but will attempt to do now. Mostly I felt the highest priority was being with family, especially Lucas who was the centre of attention.
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We visited the Apartheid Museum and didn't dare take photographs inside although the events documented and photographed were very powerful. The external structure is strong and imposing - built to last and will not be broken just as the spirit of the African people was never broken in spite of the terrible violence of white colonialism.
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Tony and Karen visited the Lion Park and brought back some fabulous photos.
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We had a weekend in the village of Clarens near the edge of the Drakensburg Mountains.
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We met some of Karen and Simon's neighbours. Came home feeling more inspired by the spirit of strong people who are the present and future of South Africa. Left a small herb garden that Tony planted for posterity.
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Maropeng

Cradle of Human Kind

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We visited this site yesterday. It was filled with humans learning, sharing, and guiding us through the colourful museum and the exhibit of the remains of homo niledi. So privileged are we to stand here and witness this long journey from acid water to fire, rock and rain. How humbling to consider the extent of the struggle that got us here.

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This area is where human remains have been found. It has now been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Here is the skull of homo niledi reconstructed with clay.

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Arrived in Johannesburg

Two days ago

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So delighted to hold our grandson and to be with Karen and Simon.
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He is really beautiful don't you think?

The mornings are cool and the buildings are shaded by tall trees and shrubs
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Brief visit to Frankfurt

Getting over jet lag by eating, drinking and walking

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We are staying in the Villa Florentina, (Westendstrasse 23 - D-60325 Frankfurt www.hotelflorentina.de). It is cosy, friendly, with high ceilings and an ambience of art nouveau. The breakfast room has large comfortable chairs and a library of old books. The breakfast includes yogurt, fruit, cereal, pastries, eggs, cold meats, cheeses, salads, coffee, tea, juices. We really are well cared for here.

Earlier today we walked to the old town. Many markets, many people of various tribes. A petite woman carrying a baby asking for money. Tugs at my heart because any group who are marginalized don't have all the options. We all suffer but I hate to see people begging and wonder how they endure it. Guess that is a sign of my privilege.

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The Opera House

At Classico restaurant yesterday I had grilled sole with a variety of vegetables and Tony had a rack of lamb. I finished the meal with creme brûlée. And we both enjoyed digestives - grappa for Tony and limoncello for myself. The food was really good and the creme brûlée with fresh berries was the best l've tasted.

Today we went back to Classico for another delicious meal and had veal. I haven't eaten veal in years because of the way the calves are treated. Had braised veal and it was superb. A great place for good food.

Classico Restaurant Mediterrn, Westendstrasse 75, 60325 Franhfurt am main,.49 (0) 69 75 22 www.classico-Frankfurt.de.

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