Friday, July 30, 2010

Baltic trip - day 3 Tallinn, Estonia

Our first stop on the Baltic cruise was Estonia, the first state of Russia to achieve independence in 1992. It's capital, Tallinn, is a medieval-type city but which incredibly has the highest ratio of people with an internet connection in the world and is also the city where Skype was founded.

More photos of our day in Tallinn are here.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baltic trip - day 2 Boarding the Eurodam

Stepping on board the Eurodam in Copenhagen
Two swimming pools, 5 jacuzzis, and about 9 bars
We were ready to board the Eurodam at lunch time and first plan was to enjoy some lunch, explore the ship, decorate our door and enjoy the Sail Away Party as the ship headed for Tallinn, Estonia, our first port of call in the morning.

Making sure everyone knew the South Africans had arrived

more pics here

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baltic Cruise - day 1 Copenhagen

We catch an SAA flight to Frankfurt then Luftansa to Copenhagen

Catching a morning first glimpse of the Danish coastline and the Baltic Sea

Llewellyn in the sunny crowds on the Wednesday we arrived
Tasting morsels in the streets of Copenhagen

Typical harbour boat

This is where the little mermaid is supposed to be but is on loan to the Shanghai Festival and they have left a tv screen with a live feed from Shanghai in its place.

We spent a glorius day in Copenhagen - such handsome people, then stayed for the night, going out for a drink at Jailhouse before boarding the ship the next day.

See more photos of Copenhagen here.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Llewellyn's 40th pre-Birthday Dinner

A family dinner in Johanesburg marked the start of the celebrations for Llewellyn's 40th birthday. We then winged our way to Copenhagen and Russia where we partied in St Petersburg.

In the photos are from top to bottom myself and Llewellyn, Llewellyn with his mom and sister Lisl and his brother Shaun.

There are a few more photos here, including our trip on the newly opened Gautrain. 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fun at the Guesthouse

Llewellyn and I congratulate Jared (centre top) winner of the KZN finals of the Mr Gay South Africa 2010 held at the Guesthouse last night, and also say goodbye to our friends Nelson (left) and Les (second from left) who leave shortly to live in Singapore.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Brad turns 24

Kate-Lynn organised and we made Sushi for the first time last night for her boyfriend Brad's 24th Birthday. Was pretty good... with a bit more practice we'll be opening a Sushi-bar next!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Life after 2010

So what happens after 2010?
- the World Cup Football is over in South Africa, but this is just the beginning of a whole new era of international exposure and tourism for our country... everyone had a fantastic time and will be coming back for more.

I started this blog specifically for the World Cup but have collected such a load of awesome photos and memories I am going to turn the blog into a personal log of my life and times in Durban - from 1958 through to my election to the City Council in 1988, my term as Deputy Mayor of Durban 1994/5 and to 2010 and beyond... it will also be a great way to digitally capture some of the older pictures I have of my kids growing up and continue with their education and life in the world out watch this space! This is an exciting new project for me.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's a Winner - Spain (1) Netherlands (0)

South Africa may have been knocked out in the first round but we were also winners in the World Cup. Congratulations Spain ... our Spanish guest Guido who was with us in Durban for both of the Spain games is so excited... it is so sad to see the end of the festivities, but what a journey. Check out our Spain Durban stories in the run up to the final.

A big thank you to all the fans who stayed with us at the Guesthouse for making the event so exhilarating for us too. Durban will miss the football spirit, but at least we still have our glorious weather... spent the day on the beach today watching the Durban Airshow. Brilliant sunshine and show... please all come back soon.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Road trip to Cape Town after the Germany (0) Spain (1) semi-final

After the semi-final in Durban we jumped in Mark's car to drive it to Cape Town for his time at Varsity in Stellenbosch, stopping in Clarens in the Golden Gate National Park area, and Tsitsikamma forest where we did the Canopy Tour, staying at the nearby Storms River Mouth and Big Tree. See the album of photos on Facebook here.

Also see some more selected photos on this blog here.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Germany vs Spain semi-final in Durban Wed 7 Jul

With a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Paraguay last night, Spain joins Germany who had a exciting 4-0 win over Argentina in the earlier game to produce a Germany vs Spain semi-final for Durban on Wednesday next week.

Both teams and fans were in Durban for the opening games of the World Cup when Germany beat Australia and Spain lost to Switzerland, so the return will be a hard-fought battle.
Podolski scores as Germany beats England in an earlier round

David Villa of Spain scores against Honduras in the run-up to the semi-final

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Germany back for semi-final in Durban

Germany's footballer Podolski has everything to be proud of with Germany's (4) win tonight over Argentina (0) in the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa.

This brings Germany back to Durban, for the semi-final next week. We had a house-load of proud German fans at our Guesthouse here in Durban for the opening game against Australia and they will be back for some more fun in the sun hopeful of making it to the finals.