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Published: March 24th 2014
We finally found time to hike in the Helderberg park, with great trails for hiking enthusiasts. Throughout the trails there were some magnificent plants and flowers, Proteas etc. There are a number of different trails from easy to extreme( for experienced climbers/hikers only) and since we started in the afternoon, we were only able to do the 2 hour trail.
We experienced a great wine tasting at Waterkloof which is a beautiful winery overlooking Gordon's Bay. Jane and Jim invited us and we hope to return there to try out their menu. Also had lunch at Longbridge which was good but not quite as "goumetish" as Jordon Winery that we visited last week. On the way home, stopped by Morgenster for an Olive oil tasting which was quite interesting. For those of us who are ignorant in these matters, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is processed at low heat of 24 degrees C, pressed only once and provides the best health benefits, i.e Anti-oxidants etc. It should only be used for salads and dipping etc. The Virgin olive oil is processed at higher heat from the left over ingredients of processing Extra Virgin Olive Oil and should be used for cooking
etc. Now you know. Although subsequently, we were in a Olive Oil store that recommended Extra Virgin Olive Oil be used for frying foods!!! You decide!!!
Debra continues to pamper herself. She was out to lunch with a group of girls again and had an appointment with Jane's hairdresser. The full meal deal at the Hairdresser cost about 1/2 of the amount in Canada for the same cut and colour. More golf lessons and practice this week. I even took a few pointers which will likely lower my handicap (assuming I can combine the instruction with some form of brain surgery)
We spent part of a day in Franschoek which is about 1 hours drive from Gordon's Bay. We were there in 2010. The town is one of the oldest in South Africa and was settled by the French Huguenots, who were given the land by the Dutch. (Franschoek means French Quarter in Dutch). In the centre of town, there is a beautiful garden surrounding a large Huguenot monument and museum. The town itself is a little bit like Niagara on the Lake with lots of restaurants and shops.
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