Final news from Eden

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 1st November 2011

Sadly we come to the end of our trip to Eden. It has been a remarkable three weeks & we come away with a bright mosaic of incredible memories. We have made many wonderful friends, experienced how the Eden Project works, encompassed their vision & bring it home with us to hopefully encourage others to "create a little Eden in their own garden". It has been very interesting being part of the Eden team during this time & we are most grateful for the warm welcome we received on all fronts. It was fantastic to be able to explore the Cornwall countryside (and how very beautiful it is) over weekends, visiting many vibrant villages, & for the Team to gather insight into the English heritage & way of life.

This trip has undoubtedly broadened their horizons adding many new dimensions to their life experience. I am certain that all these amazing moments will be indelibly etched in their memory always.

We hope you have enjoyed our journey with us as much as we loved sharing it with you.

Our sincere gratitude go to all at the Eden Project for hosting & sponsoring us, for making us feel so welcome & allowing us to be part of the Eden Team. And our grateful thanks also go to the British High Commissioner for their generous sponsorship & support & making this awesome experience a reality.

Joan, Azukile, Celina, Mlindeli

The Grootbos Foundation Eden Team 2011

We invited our special friends for a farewell dinner - A Taste of Africa, a superb Xhosa meal cooked by the Team & enjoyed by all. Everyone is watching Celina serve up the meal.

Caught in the act! Licking the bowl, but then it was a delicious & decadent chocolate mousse.

Farewell photos were the order of the day.

Our Brazilian friend Juliano, always full of fun.

Time to pack - "how will I fit all the shopping additions into the suitcase"?

Celina, our shopaholic needed to buy an extra suitcase!

Leora & Chris (my dear niece & her husband) proved to be excellent tour guides, standing with the Team in front of the Royal Crescent in Bath. They ensured we had a fabulous day in this beautiful & charming town.

Outside Bath Cathedral-incredible architecture

Our first afternoon in London included a visit to Camden Town - quite an eye opener for the Team

The underground - it was fun, albeit the thought of getting left behind in the crush was a little scary for them. But why the long walk between connecting trains was the lament.

Piccadilly Circus at dusk - the many different buskers were a source of enjoyment & interest.

One of the London highlights was a ride on the London Eye. The new 4D experience before the ride was really fantastic & the feeling of being "part of it all" thrilled everyone.

We specially went to Parliament Square to be able to say hello to Madiba, & share the "stage" with him. That was a special moment for us all.

Buckingham Palace was a great hit & Queen Elizabeth was in residence which added to the excitement. Is it possible that only one family lives here? And how do the guards keep so still?

Typical of Mama Joan - photographing things most would probably not even notice. This will be added to my collection of wise words.

Well done Jonathon Swift, how true.

So sad - about to enter Gatwick Airport for the return journey

And back home to all things familiar

A rousing welcome greeted us in Cape Town. The young ladies from Growing the Futures came to the airport to say hello & hear all about our adventures.

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