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The Franschhoek Oesfees review of a great festival
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The Franschhoek Oesfees review of a great festival

On Saturday I attended the 3rd annual Franschhoek Oesfees and oh my goodness what a great day it was.  I was lucky enough to be offered two complimentary tickets, including meal and drink vouchers.  My husband is away on business so my brother was the recipien...
The Franschhoek Literary Fair – a celebration of books and writers
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The Franschhoek Literary Fair – a celebration of books and writers

I have recently joined a book club and while it has confirmed my suspicions that book clubs are there for a good gossip, tasty wine and snacks, there is a considerable amount of time set out to discuss books. Something that in my opinion does not happen enough...
Lunch at Fairview – a gastronomic experience
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Lunch at Fairview – a gastronomic experience

Lunch at Fairview: The temptation to play with the word 'fair' when applied to Fairview Wine Estate is great – it more than lives up to its name. The Wine and Cheese farm, just off Suid-Agter Paarl Road, lies in one of the 'fairest' settings possible, set b...
Paarl – overlooked pearl of the Western Cape
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Paarl – overlooked pearl of the Western Cape

The town of Paarl is literally on my doorstep. I've driven past it on the N1 numerous times and yet not visited. But this weekend was an exception. I needed to right a wrong and take a look at a town that more than met my expectations and, in fact, left me spe...
Lunch at Zevenwacht – simply heavenly
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Lunch at Zevenwacht – simply heavenly

It is more than a little fitting that Zevenwacht Wine Estate should lie on Langverwacht Road in Kuils River. We found ourselves on Bottelary Road in Bellville, a road we were not familiar with - something we enjoy doing on a weekend; seeing where the road t...
Eight at Spier – a definite ‘must’ for brunch
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Eight at Spier – a definite ‘must’ for brunch

Before the word gets out, I thought I'd share my addiction to the latest restaurant to open on the Spier Wine Estate in Lyndedoch Road, Stellenbosch. Eight at Spier serves good wholesome breakfasts, brunches and lunches on the grounds of the popular weekend de...
I Love Franschhoek because …
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I Love Franschhoek because …

Hi, I’m Chris from Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. FRANSCHHOEK IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, having an extra-ordinary selection of excellent restaurants disproportional to the small size of the village.   A...
More photographs of Tulbagh …
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More photographs of Tulbagh …

If our recent spread (Tulbagh articles and photographs) haven't quite convinced you yet that Tulbagh should be on your list of towns to visit whilst travelling through the Cape's magnificent Winelands, here are a few more photographs of this charming village t...
Moniki Chocolatier – an outing in Tulbagh to remember!
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Moniki Chocolatier – an outing in Tulbagh to remember!

Don't expect to find Moniki Chocolatier, on the outskirts of Tulbagh, easily. In hindsight, after much muttering about the derth of clearly marked signs, I realise that the rickety, wooden, handmade signage that changes without warning, from green, to purple a...
Tulbagh and its Hidden Secrets
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Tulbagh and its Hidden Secrets

Tulbagh's allure is immediately obvious. The scenery, which includes the towering peaks of no fewer than three mountain ranges, is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and the obvious seclusion of the horse-shoe shaped valley in which it lies simply adds further appeal t...