March 2015 South Africa travel blog

Boschendal Winery

Protea, South Africa's National Flower

Huguenot Memorial, Franschhoek

On Sunday morning we were up early, breakfasted at the expansive and delicious buffet which we have enjoyed every morning and then headed out toward the east, catching glimpses of the big international cycle race taking place in Cape Town. Our drive took us into the beautiful grape growing and winery area of the Western Cape, but our first stop was in the university town of Stellenbosch, a renowned university where students can study in Afrikaans or English. Beautiful tree-lined streets with cafes and high end shops reminded us of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Eileen and Peggy spent a cranky hour trying, unsuccessfully, to find hats. We then went on to Boschendal Winery which had been started by Huguenots in 1685. We had a winery tour and then a 5 wine tasting under a huge oak tree. Then a fabulous luncheon buffet in one of the historic buildings. We got to try Bobotie, a traditional African dish with minced beef mixed with apples, apricots and raisons and spices and covered with egg custard. Desserts included passion fruit mousse and date pudding. Needless to say we were stuffed. After stopping at the Huegunot memorial we arrived at our hotel in Franschhoek, a quaint town with lots of shops. We found our hats! While treating ourselves to gelato, we met Ricardo, a Canadian cook who has a show on HGTV who took our picture as he was surprised to meet Canadians. We might be in his next magazine issue! After a swim and a smallish dinner of salad and pizza, we collapsed into bed

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