Tannie Poppie from Laingsburg captured the hearts of South Africans when a happy customer at her roosterkoek stand on the N1 started a fundraising campaign to get her to Italy on the trip of a lifetime.
RELATED: Buon viaggio (safe travels) Poppie!
Through Stan Engelbrecht and his contacts in the cycling world, 63-year-old Poppie van As received an invitation to show off her skills at a cycling event in Gaiole, Tuscany.
She's now arrived in bella Italia and her Instagram account shows her seeing the sights and sampling local cuisine, all after handling her first-ever layover like a pro, in Istanbul.
Follow Poppie's adventures @poppievanas on Instagram, where she's won the support of 2,400 avid followers at last count.
Images from @poppievanas on Instagram
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Laingsburg's Tannie Poppie safely in Italy and having the time of her life!