“I believe in pink.”~Audrey Hepburn

Me too! Especially in the spring.

These beautiful pink blossoms announce spring in Tennessee!

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On spring days we should travel in pink…

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Eat in pink…

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Live in pink…

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Work in pink…

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Yes…

Our beautiful B&B in South Africa was truly an oasis.

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The South African accent makes everything sound so charming…even the signage.

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Some South African school children allowed me to snap their picture.

They told their teacher I was “a very kind American lady.”

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Our host took us to the South African Voortrekker Museum which tells the story of the history of South Africa and the Africaner settlers.

I was impressed with this statue as you entered the museum that pays honor to the strength and courage of women who made the strenuous and dangerous trek to a new land.

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This wall of tapestry told the story of the Great Trek to settle South Africa.

Nine women worked for eight years to complete the fifteen scenes that contains

over 3 million stitches. It was an incredible and moving sight!

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We took a fun trip to Chameleon Village where native wares were plentiful.

Fun shopping!

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I found South Africa to be a most diverse country in every way.

I hope to visit again one day and explore its wonders more thoroughly!

┬ęBrenda Pace 2012

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This is a typical South African dish called bobitie.

It is primarily seasoned minced meat served with a type of gritty rice.

The chaplain and I decided it tasted like Cincinnati Chili.

We also decided we weren’t very impressed with the food

and we would save some calories on this trip.

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Until we ate this at The Pancake Place.

A pancake in SA is really a crepe.

This one was topped with cinnamon sugar,

butterscotch topping and stuffed with ice cream.

This was lunch!

The pancake came with a lemon wedge to squeeze over the top,

which didn’t sound good at all.

But oh my, it was delicious!

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Then there were the scones eaten at a lovely working dairy.

Of course they were served with fresh cream!

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A fun place called the Mugg & Bean offered the biggest muffin I’ve ever seen!

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Did I mention the crumpets…again with fresh cream straight from the dairy?

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I didn’t see a Starbucks anywhere–but the South African’s don’t need them.

Delicious coffee is in abundance!

My favorite three words during this trip:”Cappacino foam please.”

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Check out the 8th entry down the list.

I didn’t try “monkey gland” sauce,

but it sure caught my attention!

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The best meal however, was prepared by our host Colonel Addie.

We gathered in his backyard for a traditional South African braai (i.e., barbecue).

The food was delicious, the hospitality warm and the fellowship sweet.

from the book Women Travelers

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The African adventure continued…

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The sleepy lion cubs were so cute and innocent.

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The full grown lion is not cute and innocent, but majestic and powerful!

Truly an amazing sight. We had the opportunity to watch the lions feed.

This guy was an ALPHA male!

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This zebra wanted to get up close and personal.

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Amazing and beautiful! The giraffe is truly a gentle giant.

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On a ride through a game reserve I

spotted a water buffalo–one of the African Big 5 Game

(elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and water buffalo).

We saw 3 out of the 5.

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The ostrich–proof that God has a sense of humor.

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My brave husband!

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I did! I went on a GREAT adventure!

The chaplain and I began the month of March in South Africa. I took hundreds of photos and over the next few days I’ll post a few highlights from the trip. This trip served to whet my appetite to return and see more of this beautiful and diverse country.

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Elephant footprints with factoids welcomed us in the airport.

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The skull of an African elephant was proof that

“The African elephant has the largest brain in the animal kingdom.”

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I used the quick drop method to feed this big guy.

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IWalking with this giant fellow was completely out of my comfort zone–but I did it!!!

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Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends,

but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers.

The mind can never break off from the journey.

~Pat Conroy

Lately, packing and unpacking have been the norm around here. I am not complaining! I am replaying the great adventures that have been logged into my memory.