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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek November 20th 2019

The roots of the South African wine industry can be traced back to the exploration of the Dutch East India Company when a supply station was established in Cape Town. Cape Town was then only a stop for ships and crew to pick up fresh produce during their journey along the spice route to India. Jan van Riebeek was given the task to manage the station and plant grapes to produce wine; falsely believing the eating of grapes and the wine created from them would prevent scurvy and other diseases between sailors during their long voyages. In 1659 the first South African wine made from French Muscadel grapes were successfully made. Thank you Wikipedia. So today, after touring downtown Cape Town and the beautiful gardens around the government buildings, Jenny drove us to the Winelands. It’s ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek July 17th 2019

As the morning began, we expected to make a short tour into the Stellenbosch wine country and then visit Robben Island. Upon arrival in Stellenbosch, we took in the sight of goats frollicking at the Fairview Winery. There was a tower with a goat walk that escalated around it. We had never seen a goat playland before. This one even included a bridge over the road that led to a goat condo. The goat commune consisted of several 1-2 year olds and a goat father who was at least 15 years old. It was really something. Before actually entering Fairview we got some very unfortunate news. Due to expected high winds that would effect wave swell, our scheduled trip to Robben Island had been cancelled. This was a huge letdown as following Mandela's experience was the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 8th 2016

Finished packing then went for lunch and finished souvenir shopping. Left for airport about 3.30 and booked into lounge as we had a few hours to spare - we decided too old to be sitting in uncomfortable seats waiting till time to board plane. Flight took off at 8.15 (SA time) and arrived Heathrow just after six and eventually in Edinburgh just after 11. We are all shattered but agree we have had a wonderful holiday but as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz said - there's no place like home (until the next adventure). Over and out Eed the Blogger.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 7th 2016

Up fairly early after good nights sleep - for me and V anyway. Sleep just so important at our age(lol). Did the hop on hop off wine tour. At first wine farm Fred and Chockey did some wine tasting which involved tasting five different wines. A black bucket(like an ice bucket) is provided so you can swirl the wine round your chops then use the bucket to spit out the surplus - suffice it to say the bucket wasn't used! The third stop was a wine farm called Leopards Leap and we decided to have lunch here- big mistake. This was the first bad meal we have had in three weeks - very disappointing. The building was ultra modern and just not in keeping with what you would expect from a wine farm. We continued the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 5th 2016

Well only three full days to go as start travelling home on Thursday. Fred in fine fettle this morning so book our lunch at Miko's, Mont Rochelle. Spent morning sunbathing before getting ready for taxi at 1.15pm. Did I say this was our relaxing week? Well it is and we're making most of it! Taxi driver told us that Richard Branson was only at his wine farm(Mont Rochelle) a couple of weeks ago. Lunch was excellent in the most beautiful surroundings with amazing views. After lunch dropped off in High Street and had drink at pub before moving on to a nicer bar and had couple of glasses of pink bubbly. Fred had a wee dip when started feeling a bit unwell but he soon rallied. Returned to cottage and had a wee party dancing to ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 4th 2016

Fred feeling better today so thank the Lord for small mercies! Vivienne,Rick and Jean-Paul travelled to Franschhoek to meet us for lunch. We went to nearby restaurant called French Connection and had a three hour lunch which was very good. Fred was being a bit cautious so didn't have anything to drink. Returned to cottage about 5pm and our visitors made there way home as had long drive in front of them. Vivienne brought some old photos and all I'm going to say is wait until the grandbairns see Pepe in his Klu Klux Klan uniform! We all had a snooze which was fatal as felt worse after it. Ended the day by watching film on telly.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 2nd 2016

After breakfast outside on patio, went for walk along Main Street and went to look for villa we stayed in last time. Recognised it straight away although wondered if it now has extension to the side. Went to ticket booth to enquire about tram to wine farms. This is hop on hop off service and allows you to visit up to six farms. The girl in booth was a bit crabbit as we seemed to be at cross purposes. We wanted to go for a nice lunch at one of farms then do tour another day. Went back to villa after lunch and after much dithering (where is Claudine when you need her) decided to book lunch for tomorrow at Mont Rochelle which is owned by Richard Branson. We will get taxi - no Tuk Tuks ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 1st 2016

Well we all agreed have thoroughly enjoyed our few days with Claudine, Francis and Vivienne but all good things must come to an end. We said our goodbyes and left villa at 11.30 for drive to Franschhoek which is our last stop. We have all been looking forward to this as is such a beautiful place and we enjoyed our stay last time we were here. This is our relaxing week and don't really want to do much driving if any at all. As you get closer to Franschhoek the drive is up some narrow winding roads. When we reached the top we were able stop and look down on Franschhoek and we took some photos. We went for quick lunch before heading to cottage which is just perfect. It was really hot and had to ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek May 1st 2015

First off I have a correction to make. I quoted gallons for gas which should have been liters. It was still reasonably priced but completely different. Sorry for the error. Today we are headed off to the Winelands, in particular a place called Franschhoek. Along the way we stopped at St James Beach to take a picture of the colorful beach huts located on the beach. We have no idea why there are so many of these huts on the beach, maybe to store items, surf boards, or even rescue gear. There is a huge Surf School that was located across the street, and we saw about a hundred surfers braving the cold shark infested water. After taking a few pictures on St James Beach we headed north on the skirts of what is called the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek January 14th 2015

System cuts us off for being too verbose. Sitting on our patio at 10:30PM, enjoying our comp. bottle of LaBourgoine chardonnay. 80 degrees now was 101 today, the wind is really howling through the trees, the crickets are chirping and the frogs croaking in the stream in front of our unit. No mosquitos!!! All this for $85 a night. We have found our new Shangrila. Shame it is 30 hours of traveling to get here. ... read more




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