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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch September 14th 2023

After breakfast Avis brought our hire car to the hotel. David had been worrying our route out of town might take us through the inner city, but Google Maps guided us onto the highways and we reached Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in about 15 minutes. The gardens sit nestled at the foot of the rear of Table Mountain in what must be the most stunning setting for any gardens. They were inevitably a Victoria creation, initially managed and directed by a gentleman from Kew Gardens. The weather had finally picked up and it was warm and sunny with not a cloud in the sky. We wandered around for over two hours, taking in the huge variety of Cape and fynbos vegetation. There are six broad regions of flora in the world, and the Cape is by far ... read more
Pink protea
Another protea

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch November 28th 2022

I discovered too late as I am writing this, I should have been recording our knowledgeable guide, Ben. As I look back on our trip I struggle to remember all the names and places, but here goes. We started the day by stopping at one of several "picture frames" in Cape Town that provide a scenic view inside. This one frames Table Mountain, our first planned stop of the day. From there we traveled with hundreds of others to the cable car station to ride to the top of Table Mountain. The wind that prevailed the past two days, stopped the cable cars and now everyone was making up for lost time. Fortunately for us, Ben was able to secure tickets quickly and gain quick access to the cable car. I am not sure how he ... read more
The Rotating Cable Car
 Lion Head Mountain
 The Lion from Table Mountain

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch May 29th 2022

For our wine tasting experience, we headed towards the cape winelands via the N1 Highway, the first section of the famed Cape to Cairo Road. Our destination was the cities of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch, and selected vineyards in each of these locations. Paarl is the third oldest city of European settlement, and the largest town in the cape winelands. Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre in Paarl ending his 27 years of imprisonment. Today, a bronze statue of Mandela stands outside the prison. Franschhoek, which translates as “French Corner”, was established in the late 17th century as French Huguenot refugees settled in the area. They are credited with the development of the wine industry in South Africa, and producing wines that were sought ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch January 16th 2021

So, Winespeed has taken up my campaign to give Chenin blanc a fair chance on your dinner table. I enjoy it with seafood, pasta, cheese, and fruit. South Africa accounts for 53% of the world’s total planted acreage of chenin blanc. France grows 28%, primarily in the Loire Valley, and together the U.S. and Argentina split another 15%. For centuries chenin blanc was (and it still remains) South Africa’s most planted grape. Sometimes known there as steen, it was one of the first grapes to arrive on the Cape in the1650s. Historically, far more white grapes than red were grown in South Africa—a reflection of the past importance of cheap South African “sherry” and brandy which were based on white grapes that could be grown at astronomical yields (and consequently little flavor or complexity). Chenin blanc ... read more
Chenin blanc basics
Many glasses

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch November 28th 2020

I have to apologize for not be really on time for writing my blog these days. Been pretty busy at home, and I will not complain about it! This blog cover the little road trip we did from the wine region of Stellenbosch all the way to home...with few golf courses on the way the last 2 weeks of November. Little Covid update. Sadly my predictions established early October have been pretty on the dot when it comes to Covid in SA. As many other would confirm, it has actually come way earlier than expected. South Africa is a huge country, and population wise you can nearly compare it to France or Germany. My point was simple...from 5,000 new cases nationally, be cautious...from 10,000 daily new contaminations, stay put at home. Well...back to Stellenbosch....we were between ... read more
Post card perfect Pinnacle Point...
Enjoying our time at Morgenster...

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch September 19th 2019

Day 2 of our "tour" started with Table Mountain and another drive through the city. (We decided to go up Table Mountain on Tuesday, even though it was included in our tour, because the weather was good, and the cableway closes if it is too windy or the cloud is too low. Happy to do it twice.) This drive took us through some different places in the city so quite interesting. Then up the mountain to the lower cable station. (So much for hiking mountains to see proteas at the gardens, they grow wild over the slopes of Table Mountain and when you are sitting on the other side of the bus, you can see them! The mountain is covered in fynbos - a word they invented to describe the vegetation on the mountains of the ... read more
On top of Table Mountain
Looking towards Robben Island
Yep, we were there!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch March 21st 2018

Here we are...I thought Pezula was the most insane course in South Africa, till I play Pinnacle Point. This is not a golf course, it's a post card golf course! Could have done a single post about this place. I play well below 90...and lost only four balls, that was a success in itself! After George, there is Mossel Bay. The drive is only 45 minutes. Here, I play Mossel Bay golf Club, and the seriously astonishing Pinnacle Point. 90usd including the golf cart to play such a place is just a solid bargain. What a day! The sun was there, some wind...but the views are just stunning! We stay in Mossel Bay at the local Protea....super nice suite...great place for a romantic little dinner! Next, the drive to the Cape Aghulas. This is the actual ... read more
Pinnacle Point, they did it!
Wonderful lunch at Delaire Graff

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch April 27th 2017

As I am writing this, it is pouring rain outside, and I mean pouring, a real nice thunderstorm, and I am very happy I am under a roof. And a very nice one! A cyclist that I had contacted when I was thinking about coming to South Africa invited me to stay with him and his wife, in Stellenbosch. I don't know if I have ever met anyone so enthusiastic about tour cycling, it is actually touching to listen to him talking about his experiences and how much he loves to travel on his bike. There is definitely something very addictive about bike touring and it's nice to meet other people who can fully understand why I like it too. As I left Robertson 2-3 days ago, I didn't expect the scenery to be all that ... read more
more beautiful landscape
nice sunny day
just before the Franschhoek Pass

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch October 2nd 2015

Schon bei der Anfahrt gestern hatte ich eine Waescheri entdeckt, und so schleppte ich alles, was ich gerade nicht trug, dorthin. Auch das R Gwand. Um 12.00 war es fertig, hat 65 Rand gekostet, 4 US $. Und aus allem ist der namibische Staub raus! Ansonsten bin ich in Stellenbosch herumgewandert. Es ist die zweitaeltesste Stadt in RSA, Van der Stel hat sie gegruendet, weil ihm die Gegend so gut gefiel - und sie gleich nach ihm selbst benannt. Es gibt immer noch eine grosse Anzahl von hollaendischen Haeusern, meist perfekt hergerichtet und sicher sehr teuer. Die Gegend ist vom Weinbau gepraegt - und vom Tourismus. Es gibt ganze Strassenzuege mit Geschaeften, die Touristen oder die gehobene Gesellschaft ansprechen. Der Unterschied zu Calvinia koennte nicht groesser sein - dort gab es noch eine Auslage, in der ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch October 1st 2015

Calvinia: Aufwachtemperatur: 5 Grad, immerhin ueber Null. Aber im Lauf des Tages wurde eswaermer, bis auf 21 Grad, schoener blauer Himmel - der perfekte Motorrad Tag! Die Bedienung im Fruehstuecksraum trug Wintermantel und Wollmuetze!! Das kommt sicher auch nicht so oft vor. Im Ort sassen schon wieder die Leute vor dem bottle shop - in der Hoffnung, dass es vielleicht heute den Alkohol kostenlos gibt. Zuerst niederes Gebuesch, Schaffarmen. Viele dieser Farmen haben am Haus ein Feld mit Feigenkaktus. Das ist die Notration fuer die Schafe, falls mal wegen ausbleibendem RFegen nichts mehr anderes waechst. Es ging insgesamt ujeber 4 Paesse an diesem Tag und durch wunderschoene Landschaft. Bei Clanwilliam begannen ausgedehnte Orangenhaine, die meisten bluehten gerade und der Duft hing in der Luft. Citrusdal: kleine Pause, Larry, Julia und Brad kamen dazu. Leute mit Bie ... read more

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