the cape winelands

Well, I didn’t think this part of the day would arrive, as there was a lot to be done in the Ryan Estey house this evening. Tomorrow the ladies of B&R will descend. Flowers had to be bought (from my new favorite florist Poppies – beautiful dinner plate dahlias that were fresh today and puffy hydrangeas), cleaning had to be done and, of course, cupcakes had to be baked. Now it’s my time to sit and organize the playlist and blog, of course!

This Travel Thursday I thought I would focus on one property. Now, in planning my South African escapade I have realized one thing. That this is that the original map will be impossible to cover with the budget and timeframe I am working with. I mean, it’s not that I actually thought I could cover that much African ground in the first go! It looks like we’ll settle on South Africa – of course – and pick a game reserve near Kruger Ntl. Park/Sabi Sands or in Tanzania or Botswana.

One area that I know we will visit is the Cape Winelands and, after looking at may beautiful properties, the one that is leading the race is La Cabrière Country House a beautiful Provencale-style house located in Franschhoek. For the price (which includes afternoon tea and cake – how cute), the location, and the look it definitely seems like a good choice. It’s a small property with only 6 rooms and only a 6-minute walk to the heart of the village.

Franschhoek is approximately 75 kilometers from Cape Town. It is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa.

Offering its own cooking school, wine tastings, horseback riding, bicycles & maps or even a hot air balloon ride I can’t wait to start planning my stay in the Cape Winelands! See y’all tmrow ; )


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thursday again

I had good intentions of posting yesterday but after a long day at work and a full evening at school I was exhausted when I got home and, unfortunately, coming down with a cold. It didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying my first class though! It’s a bit hard to tell so early on but I think the class (Fundamentals in Design) is going to be a great learning experience and will really allow me to express my creative side ; )

So today is Thursday and that means this post is all about travel. Now that I am settled back into the daily routine I am thinking (and starting to plan) the next big adventure. Where is it that you would like to go? My destination just happens to be the second largest continent in the world, Africa  – where do I start!

Original brainstorming began from the desire to go to South Africa. The list started with items including the Cape Grace Hotel (1) in Cape Town, the Birkenhead Hotel (2) in Hermanus for whale watching, Shark Alley (3) for cage diving, ‘camping’ in Kruger National Park (4), and the Garden Route & Winelands (5).

But as I started researching the list became longer and longer spanning several countries! Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Botswana (6) etc. etc… It will be a difficult task to narrow it down but I’ve got some time with a start date of November 2012.

Time to rest and curl up on the couch with the pug for a movie. Speaking of movies I am making a list of must sees, which I will post this weekend.