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Red Sox owner John Henry is honeymooning far from Fenway, and for the most part far from the glorious beaches and mountains of South Africa. Intead, Henry and his bride Linda Pizzuti are experiencing up-close the country's AIDS crisis. Based on their frequent Tweets, the couple is plunging into the poignant symbols of South Africa's apartheid past and its present struggle with HIV and AIDS. From Robben Island off Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was jailed, Henry tweeted: "Spent the afternoon at Nelson Mandela's cell block with one of his fellow prisoners. Incredible stories of courage and unfathomable honor." He added later: "27 years in a tiny cell for African freedom. Robben Island...penguins cavorting this afternoon where great men labored in a lime quarry." Henry and Pizzuti visited in Cape Town with retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu and stopped at the storied Rustenberg vineyard estate in nearby Stellenbosch. After a meal with former President F.W. de Klerk to discuss the AIDS epidemic, Henry and Pizzuti traveled across the country to Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal Province, the epicenter of the country's AIDS crisis. They were traveling with Mass General AIDS researcher Dr. Bruce Walker. Henry tweeted: "Ground Zero. 200 babies are born with HIV infection each day in South Africa. 1000 per year in US. Doctors here are currently on strike."

(also see http://www.boston.com/news/world/worldly_boston/)

Caption: John Henry and his wife, Linda Pizzuti, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mass. General Hospital researcher Dr. Bruce Walker, and South African wine importer Andre Shearer (courtesy Cape Classics)

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