Sunday, July 26, 2015

The last little bit of Africa

We had one night and a full day in Johannesburg, before our flight out of South Africa. My brother-in-law had recommended eating at The Carnivore restaurant, so we decided to give that a try. What a wonderful experience! It is like a Brazilan steakhouse, where they come around with meat on skewers. But instead of just beef, chicken and pork, we also got to try some exoctic game meats like crocodile, kudu, zebra and impala, which we loved. We also had a Lazy Susan on our table, filled with a variety of salads and sauces. Everything was really wonderful, and the atmosphere was very fun!

We spent the next day just hanging out around our guesthouse, which was equipped with a playground, pool table, foosball table and a variety of board games. We needed a slow day like that after all the early mornings and before getting on a very long flight.

Our overnight flight landed us in Cairo, just as the sun was coming up. We knew ahead of time that we were going to have about an 8 hour layover, so we had made arragements for a driver to take us out to the pyramids, just so we could say we had seen them and snap a few photos. That turned into a pretty crazy adventure, but we did get our photos, and we can say we have seen the pyramids and the sphinx. And, based on what I saw of the city on our way over, I would say those things are Cairo's only redeeming features. I don't believe I've ever been in a more disgusting or less attractive city.

So, that brought our time in Africa to a close. We are now back in Italy, looking forward to new adventures. If you missed my last few catch-up posts, you can check them out here, here, and here.

Our Jo'burg house

Some little boys definitely needed to play outside after days in the car.
We loved that we could keep an eye on them from inside the house.

Salads and sauces at The Carnivore

Clay got in on some drumming action

The heart of The Carnivore is this huge cooking station,
where the skewers of meat are roasted over charcoal fires.

Of course, this guy found a statue to snuggle up to!

Posing with Nelson Mandela

Taking the pose a step further

Hippo attack

One choice of transportation to go see the pyramids

The only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The Sphinx, watchdog of the pyramidal tombs

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