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Veldskoen Padstal – Best Chicken Burger ever!

On our travels between Johannesburg and Cape Town we have often popped into Veldskoen Padstal in the Hex River valley. On one occasion we picked up a bottle of award winning wine at a very good price. We had never before noticed the lovely outside eating area. On our last visit we happened to be there around lunch time and ... Read More »

Glenelly – Chic Wine Tasting

On radio talk shows we had recently heard a few references to May de Lencquesaing and were fascinate by her story. She sounds like an incredible, dynamic lady. In her 70’s she moved from Bordeaux France to South Africa to start Glenelly Wine Farm. For 30 years she was the owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Second Grand ... Read More »

Mein Heim – Serendipetous stop over

On our way to Cape Town from Johannesburg we stayed at Mokala National Park which was beautiful.  On our return trip they were fully booked.  True to form we had not booked accommodation in advance.  Driving toward Kimberley Cliff reminded me of the lovely place where we stayed on our Honeymoon adventure trip 8 years ago, but we could not remember the ... Read More »

Harold Porter Botanical Garden – Betty’s Bay

I have always loved Botanical gardens.  Here in South Africa we have many gems.  When I lived in Durban, tea and scones at the Durban Botanical Gardens was a regular treat.  Cliff and I were married at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Johannesburg. Last week we visited the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay.  The setting is beautiful ... Read More »

Magical Butterfly World

Butterfly world in the Paarl area of the Western Cape is a lovely outing for parents with Children.  This week we made our 2nd visit to Butterfly world and loved it again.  We met up with Joanne (Fjord’s Godmother) and spent a few hours enjoying the place.  The children were enchanted with the butterflies, Fjord was desperately hoping that one ... Read More »

Mulderbosch Vineyard – Wine, Pizza and a play area

We visited Mulderbosch Vineyard on a family lunch outing.  Again having a play area with jungle gym and some space for the small people to roam free was a big plus. The restaurant only serves pizza but very good pizza which were thoroughly enjoyed all pizza are R75, there is a kids margarita pizza which is the same size as ... Read More »

Laborie Wine Farm

If there is somewhere to go for tea and cake on a Saturday afternoon in Paarl we didn’t find it.  The town is so beautiful, if I were to live in the Western Cape it would be my top choice from the areas which we have seen, but on a Saturday afternoon it was impossible to find a tea garden ... Read More »

Simonsvlei – Perfect spot for wine tasting with Children

After a trip to Butterfly World we looked for somewhere to eat, after a disastrous meal at the Jungle Leaf Cafe at Butterfly world last year we did not risk eating there again.  Simonsvlei Wine Estate 5.3km from Butterfly world was the perfect place to go with small children, they had the best play area which I have seen at ... Read More »

Hidden Valley Wines

A visit to Hidden Valley Wines made me wonder if a name sometimes plays a part in a persons destiny.  It would be a waste of a cool name if Dave Hidden did not own a wine farm so perfectly suited to his name in such a perfect location. The smart tasting room is glass sided looking onto enormous shining ... Read More »