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The one in Margaret River: Golf, Wine, ‘Roos & Views

We drove down to Margaret River on Friday afternoon, arriving just after sunset.  The trip was broken up into two hotels since we booked a tad late, and Friday night’s accommodation was the Rosewood Guesthouse – a charming B&B right in the village of Margaret River. There were even some other Americans staying there! It’s so rare to find tourists from the USA, given the long flights, but y’all: it’s worth it, trust me. 🙂

Saturday morning, which was Barr’s actual birthday, the birthday boy had his B&B special waffle (much better than any breakfast I could have prepared!), and then embarked on his annual tradition of birthday golf.

Birthday waffles at the Rosewood Guesthouse

Birthday waffles (and cereal, of course!) at the Rosewood Guesthouse – nom nom nom

I met him on the back nine and loved all the kangaroos that lounged around the course – they were everywhere, and we could literally be within five feet of them without them stirring or moving an inch.

This one is like me on the golf course: always in the bunker

This one is like me on the golf course: always in the bunker

Love this shot Barr caught

Love this shot Barr caught – it’s like they posed for him!

After the birthday golf, we headed to some wineries. Given its Mediterrean-esque climate, the Margaret River wine region is known for their Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Our first stop was Leeuwin Estate – it was really busy there, but the pourer was so congenial and took a lot of time to walk through their different vintages.

Leeuwin Estate tasting room and restaurant

From Leeuwin Estate, we drove back up north to Vasse Felix for lunch. We’d heard their food rivaled their wine, and we weren’t disappointed – one of the best meals I’ve had in Australia so far!

Our view from lunch at Vasse Felix

Our view from lunch at Vasse Felix – the weather was *literally* picture perfect!

Onward from Vasse Felix! Just a few minutes beyond, we made a quick stop at the Cape Lodge. We stayed at this breathtaking boutique hotel when we came down to Margaret River in 2007 (most of the pictures from yesterday’s post were from our time at the hotel). Anyhoo, we thought it would be fun to make a pit stop and reminisce!

Our Cape Lodge pit stop

Our Cape Lodge pit stop

Cape Lodge

Cape Lodge grounds

We then headed to our Saturday night accommodation, which was near Dunsborough: the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort. I don’t know what I was anticipating, but it wasn’t this:

Cape Naturaliste, near Margaret River

Cape Naturaliste, near Margaret River

The hotel was comprised of individual villas, all tucked into the greenery, with partial ocean views. There was even a heated pool which overlooked the water as well. And just a quick walk down from our room was this:

The beach on the Pullman resort

The beach on the Pullman resort

and this:

A lone surfer

A lone surfer

And around the corner from the resort, you got views like this:

I mean..

I mean..

and this:

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Cape Naturaliste, WA

and this:

So many different shades of blue :)

So many different shades of blue as the waves roll in

We really lucked out with the weather and our stays – beautiful all around!

The birthday boy taking it all in

The birthday boy taking it all in

Sunday was our whale watching day – eeek! …Stay tuned. Until next time…

Birthday weekend cuddles

Birthday weekend cuddles – he’s the best

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The one with South Australia: The Barossa Valley

I’ve come to the final leg of my South Australia journey – the Barossa Valley! Prior to my trip I had never heard of the McLaren Vale or the Clare Valley, but the Barossa was one wine region of which I was previously aware, Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek, specifically.

The glorious Barossa

The glorious Barossa

The Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley

We went the B&B route again and really lucked out to book into Goat Square Cottages (located in the village of Tanunda), which were some of the oldest (and extremely well preserved) homes in the area – it was such a cute set up!

Our first vineyard visit was to Gibson Wines – the grounds were incredibly quaint; we especially liked this original little house next to the cellar door:

The grounds of Gibson Wines

The grounds of Gibson Wines

We actually stumbled upon our next stop quite by accident: Flaxman Wines. Remember how I mentioned that Ashlie and I had another Masterchef Australia “experience”? Well our quick stop at Flaxman was it! One of our favorite contestants from Masterchef Australia, Colin Sheppard, is a winemaker in the Barossa – we randomly drove right past his vineyard so we decided to stop to see if the cellar door was perhaps open. Sadly, it wasn’t, but that didnt stop us from cheesing in front of his house (total creepsters, but who cares?!)

I posted this shot on Instagram and tagged Flaxman Wines - they commented on it! Made my day :)

I posted this shot on Instagram and tagged Flaxman Wines – they commented on it! Made my day 🙂

Our last stop that day was Penfolds. I wont lie (and I’ll probably be lambasted for saying this), but I wasnt a huge fan of the wines we sampled. We were about to head out when I saw that you could try a Grange! Granted you had to pay $50 for just a small taste, but we figured that between the three of us (Ashlie’s friend from Melbourne, Jessica, joined us for the Barossa leg of our trip), this may be one of our only shots at trying some (without having to purchase an entire $800 bottle!) The woman at Penfolds really did an excellent job at “selling the experience” of having a Grange – she told the story of how it came about and some of the more famous (ahem, pricey) vintages – she was also very generous in her “sample” pours for Ashlie, Jessica, and myself. The Grange saved the entire Penfolds experience for me; it was absolutely amazing wine (though I’m not sure I would shell out hundreds of dollars for it, even if I had that kind of money on hand!)

Definitely worth it! (The tasting at least)

Definitely worth it! (The tasting at least) Do you see the $1,250 price tag in the background associated with a certain vintage of the Grange??

After washing up, we went to dinner at fermentAsian (pronounced “fermentation”, which I thought was exceedingly clever), a Thai restaurant in Tanunda. Several folks in Perth had raved about this spot, and I can absolutely see why. Do not miss it should you be in the Barossa!

On our last day in South Australia, Ashlie booked us into a cooking class at Casa Carboni Enoteca in Angaston (another town in the Barossa). Run by the sweetest couple, Matteo and Fiona Carboni, this wine and food shop also has hands down one of the best cooking classes I’ve ever attended.

Casa Carboni (via SAlife.com)

We started at the farmer’s market to get some fresh ingredients for our recipes, where Matteo pulled me aside to let me know that they had made special accommodations for my Celiac. Yall, I had no expectations of being able to eat much (if any) of the recipes we made in this Italian cooking class, but the fact that Matteo had thought of me when purchasing flour, drawing up the menu, and ensuring I had a special cooking area, really allowed for the customer service of Casa Carboni to stand head and shoulders above anything I’ve experienced.

Our menu included:

  • Piadina Romagnola (flatbread served with antipasti)
  • Yellow (egg) pasta dough, served with pumpkin and bacon balsamic sauce
  • Potato gnocchi, served with a lamb ragu
  • A chocolate bonet and rosemary syrup

We’d never made our own pasta before, so I would say that was a highlight! Rolling the dough and cutting our own noodles was really neat (Ashlie and I actually got back together last night to try it ourselves!)

The class was small, with a limit of eight students, and getting to know all of them during our long lunch (made from scratch, thankyouverymuch) was another highlight. Check out Souvlaki for the Soul’s post on her experience with a Casa Carboni class – I echo a number of her sentiments (plus her pics are a lot better!)

Showing off our freshly rolled pasta at the Casa Carboni cooking class

Showing off our freshly rolled pasta at the Casa Carboni cooking class

Showing off our freshly rolled pasta at the Casa Carboni cooking class

Showing off our freshly rolled pasta at the Casa Carboni cooking class

Following the cooking class, we made one more special stop to a vineyard appropriately named Kellermeister. Keller was so great during our very grown up trip, and it was icing on the cake that one of the wines was named the “Firstborn Shiraz” (K is Ashlie’s first born, she likes Shiraz, you get the idea…)

Luckily, the domestic flying with liquids rules are stringent like they are in the states, so we could carry on as many bottles of wine as we could carry (chill out – it wasn’t that much wine!), but it was nice to be able to just carry them with you versus having to ship the wine or sneak it in a checked bag and hope it doesnt break.

If I were to do a similar trip again (or make a recommendation to anyone interested in the South Australia wine country), I’d say that the Barossa has the most to offer in terms of other activities outside of wine tasting – actually, the wine in the Barossa wasnt really my favorite; however, the towns are larger, with a lot to offer in terms of eateries, shops, etc. Try to fit in a visit to the McLaren Vale if possible! The wines were definitely my favorite there. You can’t go wrong with any of the three regions we visited, though – the views and people (truly, the people we met were just incredible) make each worth the trip. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures from the trip. 🙂

Bye bye Barossa!

Bye bye Barossa!

Until next time…

The one with South Australia: The Clare Valley

Onward from Adelaide! We drove about two hours north of the capital to the lovely Clare Valley, one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, best known for their Riesling grapes and wines:

When I first heard “Riesling”, I was skeptical – I’m not a sweet wine person and I had already conjured up images (tastes?) of your typical German Riesling, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Rieslings in this region of the world are far less sweet (actually not sweet at all) – and rather more like a Chardonnay/Sauv Blanc blend (IMO – I’m no sommelier).

We booked in at the Riesling Trail Cottages Bed and Breakfast, and it was so stinking cute! It was right on the Riesling Trail (which used to be an old railroad track, but now is just a lovely bike/walk trail through the vineyards in the Clare), and our cottage was so cozy and quaint. Although we arrived to much chillier weather than we had anticipated, we were undaunted and went to Sevenhill Cellars, an area settled by Jesuit Fathers and Brothers in the mid 1800s – the St Aloysius church there is breathtaking, as are the views from the vines:

St Aloysius church in Sevenhill Estate – Clare Valley (via Heritage Buildings of South Australia)

Sevenhill Vineyard in Clare Valley at sunset

Sevenhill Vineyard in Clare Valley at sunset

Sevenhill Vineyards in the Clare Valley

Sevenhill Vineyards in the Clare Valley

The wines werent our favorite, but the heritage and scenery at Sevenhills was not to be missed. There are still active Jesuit brothers living on the property, most of whom are deeply involved in the development of the brand.

The next morning dawned cold but sunny – something that had alluded us a lot since we had arrived in South Australia! Since that was our final full day in the Clare, we decided to make the most of it. First we rented bikes to see the Riesling Trail and soak up the sun and fall weather – the changing leaves and gorgeous colors reminded both Ashlie and I of crisp North Carolina fall days (except we didnt have any ACC football games to attend 😦 )

Ashlie and Keller taking in the scenery

Ashlie and Keller taking in the scenery

Me goofing off in the leaves

Me goofing off in the leaves

We stopped to get some breakfast and coffee, but funnily enough, the Little Red Grape cafe also had a cellar door! Coffee and Shiraz at 11AM? Sure!

Coffee and wine - breakfast of champions!

Coffee and wine – breakfast of champions!

We biked into the town of Clare and grabbed lunch at Mr Mick – great tapas (and an even better Cab Shiraz!)

Our littlest companion was ready to head back by this time, and frankly, so were we! After quick showers and naps, we made one more vineyard stop at Cardinham Wines. We had heard about this cellar door from a friend of Ashlie’s from Melbourne, who actually owned a wine shop and collaborated with Steve Smith, the winemaker at Cardinham. We arrived shortly before the cellar door was scheduled to close, but Scott welcomed us so warmly (and there was even a sweet dog for Keller to play with – bliss!) The wines from Cardinham were such a treat; both Ash and I purchased a bottle of the Stradbrooke Cabernet Sauvignon (you know it must have been a winner if a die hard white wino like myself splurged!) 🙂 But wines aside, Steve was the star of the visit – such a personality – it was a great spot to end our jaunt to the Clare Valley wine region.

Ashlie and Steve at the Cardinham Estate cellar door

Ashlie and Scott (“Scooter”) at the Cardinham Estate cellar door

So there you have our little trip to the Clare Valley wine region! There is one final leg to this big tour of South and Eastern (Sydney) Australia: the Barossa, so stay tuned. Until next time…

The one with South Australia: Adelaide & the McLaren Vale

So I think most people have heard of/seen excessive pictures of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, but how many of you are familiar with another great state in Oz called South Australia? (Just FYI: the states/territories of Australia are NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Australian Capital Territory).

A few weeks back, my friend Ashlie (another American expat from NC living here in Perth with her husband and son – our husbands work together) and I decided to do a girls trip (+ Keller, her son) somewhere new and different in Australia. Ashlie & Co have been living in Melbourne (make sure you say it Mel-BEN, really quickly, if you want to say it like a true Aussie) for about a year and they have seen quite a bit of this country. We decided to book a trip to Adelaide (the capital of South Australia) and from there, explore the wine country nearby.

Via UNSW (and this map literally looks like it was created on a computer program circa 1992)

The flight from Sydney to Adelaide was super quick, and Ashlie had already rented a car so we were ready to go! Unfortunately, we landed to rainy and cold weather (it’s winter here, remember, and South Australia is quite a bit colder than Sydney and Perth). We checked into our hotel in the CBD and decided to grab some lunch at Adelaide Coffee Bar (easy, inexpensive, and gluten free options galore) and assess the rest of our day. We opted to drive up to Hahndorf, a little German village about thirty minutes from Adelaide. I think we were both anticipating something a little like Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, but we were a bit disappointed (the torrential rain probably didnt help). I’m sure in sunny, summer, it’s a cute little place, but we didnt stick around long.

The next day in Adelaide proved to be much better! Ashlie (soo randomly!) has a contact/friend in a little town an hour outside of Adelaide called Aldinga, in the McLaren Vale. It’s a friend of a friend of hers from Greensboro, but she had met him at a wedding earlier this year in the states, and although he and his family werent in town when we visited, we decided to go to he and his wife’s bakery, Home Grain Bakery – we were also in touch with his mom, who we met up with at the bakery. Now we hadnt initially planned to hang around Aldinga/McLaren Vale, but yall, it was SO cute and Jenny (the friend’s mom) was SO sweet/gracious, that we ended up spending the day there! (Not to mention the bakery was so homey and yummy!)

Ashlie, Keller, and Jenny at Home Grain Bakery in Aldinga, SA

After breakfast and coffee (top notch) at Home Grain (I couldnt indulge in much at the bakery – though everything looked and smelled like heaven – but there was a GF chocolate “slice”, which was so incredibly dense and decadent), we popped by the beach where Ashlie’s friends were married – the coast (Port Wilunga) was just magical:

Port Wilunga, SA

Port Wilunga, SA

More of Port Wilunga Beach

More of Port Wilunga Beach

So dreamy!

So dreamy!

Jenny had previously worked in the wine industry so she showed off the wine country in the McLaren Vale, and man was that the way to go! She knew some of the cutest cellar doors and all the folks at the vineyards treated us so kindly and generously. We first stopped at Gemtree Vineyards, a completely organic and biodynamic winery (Mel – I thought of you!) It was a gorgeous setting with all the sheep in the pasture, and the wine wasnt bad either! 🙂 I particularly enjoyed the Moonstone Savagnin and the Tempranillos.

Ashlie and Jenny (and Keller) at the Gemtree cellar door

Ashlie and Jenny (and Keller – what a trooper!) at the Gemtree cellar door

Gemtree Vineyards

Gemtree Vineyards

From Gemtree, we visited Wirra Wirra – I loved the huge woodworking design and old German beer house feel.

Giant wine bottle made entirely of corks!

Giant wine bottle made entirely of corks!

Tasting some of WIrra Wirra's vino

Tasting some of WIrra Wirra’s vino

They were so great with Keller - there was a giant bell which they let him ring

They were so great with Keller – there was a giant bell which they let him ring (clearly he was a bit dubious)

After Wirra Wirra, we headed to Primo Estates – it had a much more modern feel to it, but still some knockout wines!

View from Primo Estate cellar door

View from Primo Estate cellar door

After our unexpected day o’ wine and good company in the McLaren Vale (with the best guide we could have ever imagined – thank you again, Jenny!), we decided to head back to Adelaide as we had dinner reservations at Orana (which I think I’ll save for my next post – a twenty-two course meal definitely deserves its own write up!), but not before we got back to Aldinga only to find out we’d left the rental car lights on and the car was dead as a doornail. It was a bit funny (especially in hindsight) because Aldinga is pretty quiet (understatement), and although our car battery died in front of an auto shop, it was of course, closed. Mercifully, a sweet local we flagged down had jumper cables and we were soon on our way – thanks, Manfred! 🙂

The McLaren Vale is a real treat, especially if youre a Shiraz fan – the wine regions we visited are known for their “big” reds, particularly Shiraz, and we didnt even scratch the surface of all the great cellar doors and vineyards that are there. The other nice part about visiting the wine country in SA is that it is completely unpretentious and not commercialized – no paying for a tasting or making a reservation (unless youre a large group, I’d assume) – just simple tasting and unique wines.

Until next time…

Happy little companion!

Happy little companion!

 

The one about the adventures in the Swan Valley

Happy Monday, party people! I hope yall had great summer weekends (well, autumn in our case) – we went on a little adventure to the Swan Valley, just east of Perth. Here’s a map for a little perspective:

A quick day trip from Perth

A speedy 30 minutes outside of the city center one can find a beautiful little hamlet (actually it’s referred to as a shire) called the Swan Valley, full of gorgeous views and vineyards.

The shire of the Swan Valley

The shire of Swan

 

While not quite at the same magnitude as Western Australia’s wine country, Margaret River, the Swan Valley offers a number of small/intimate wineries, a smattering of microbreweries, and an abundance of local produce stalls.

Houghton Estate

Houghton Estate

So come Sunday, Barr and I decided to drive (in our electric blue Toyota Corolla, I might add) east for a bit of hiking and wine tasting (it’s not quite like Napa insofar that reservations for tastings arent really necessary – we stopped at the “most commercialized” winery, and it felt quite the opposite when you compare it to the Napa Valley). Anyway, I googled around and found a cute little hike called Bell’s Rapids trail – it was an easy 5.5k loop around the Swan River, offering some nice views of the river’s rapids along the way. It was 75 and sunny – doesnt get much better!

The Bell's Rapids of the Swan River

The Bell’s Rapids of the Swan River

Picture perfect day

Picture perfect day

Barr trailblazing!

Barr trailblazing!

A little fairyland

A little fairyland

Fairyland take 2

Fairyland take 2

We didnt see any sheep on the hike, but there were plenty of horses in the area!

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And we werent the only folks making the most of the gorgeous weather and hike – there were a number of people picnicking and playing in the shallows of the river. Love this mild winter/autumn – hopefully it sticks around for a bit longer 🙂

My little adventurer

My little adventurer

photo 22So after our little hike, we stopped at a winery with a large cafe attached – we didnt do much research ahead of time, but figured we couldnt go wrong with the place with the largest sign. Houghton Wines was tucked back from the main drag, but had a huge open space/park where another slew of people (with tons of kids, too!) were enjoying lunch/wine on the lawn, listening to a little 3 person band.

Houghton Wines & Cafe

Houghton Wines & Cafe

The menu had a section for gluten free pizzas, so as soon as I saw that, I was sold 🙂 Wish I had snapped some more shots of the yummy food, but we had worked up an appetite:

The remnants of my prawn and bell pepper pizza

The remnants of my prawn and bell pepper pizza

Houghton Cafe menu offered a great selection of high quality nibbles

Houghton Cafe menu offered a great selection of high quality nibbles

And if you wanted to have some wine with your meal, you could walk up to the little cellar door bar, have some tastes, and order by the bottle or glass – cheers!

Great autumn day

Great autumn day

It was a nice little day trip outside the city – I would definitely recommend the hike, and while I really enjoyed the ambience and food of Houghton, we have since heard that the wineries “off the beaten path” also have cafes and a more extensive selection of wines – a challenge for next time!

And finally, happy (belated) Father’s Day(s) to all you dads out there, and extra special wishes to my dad, father in law, and two wonderful grandfathers – I miss yall more than words in a blog can describe, and am forever blessed to have you in my life!!

Until next time…

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Cape Town: The Grand Finale

Grand finale – it’s a big statement to make about our final full day in Cape Town, but it’s 100% accurate in this case. As if Robben Island, Table Mountain, the fantastic food, Cape of Good Hope, the penguins and seals, and shark diving wasnt fantastic enough, our day in the Winelands of South Africa was icing on the cake. And no, it wasnt just because I love my wine (and no, I do not have a problem ;)).

A majority of the reason why our day in the Winelands was so special was our tour guide/company: Wine Escapes with John. From start to finish, this was a first class operation and Barr and I felt so well taken care of – I told John before the tour that while we (okay, me) have our views and tastes on wine when at home/dinner, we were a blank slate when it came to what we wanted to see and taste in the Winelands; we really just wanted to see fabulous farms/vineyards, top notch wine and learn about the history of the region and their processes along the way. Wine Escapes did not disappoint.

John picked us up with goodie bags in hand (it had, in addition to other things, candy – so I was thrilled from moment go), and said we would be exploring Stellenbosch that day, with trips to 3 farms and a stop for lunch as well. (Just as an FYI: there are two other large towns that comprise the Winelands, Paarl and Franschhoek – places that I hope to go back and explore next time!) 

Gorgeous Stellenbosch

Gorgeous Stellenbosch

Our first stop was Hartenberg Estate. We had an amazing round of wines and the farm itself was beautiful. I’m not a big Chardonnay person typically, but the Chardonnay here was so light – not buttery or “oaky” at all – John explained that they specifically make it less oaky as my opinion apparently aligns with the global opinion and decline of Chard consumption over the last 10 years (editor note: my palette is clearly amazing). Hartenberg is also very well know for their 1st Place Gold Medal Syrah Du Monde France 2012, the Stork, named for the original owner of Hartenberg, Ken Mackenize. If you’re so inclined, you can read more about the Stork here.

Hartenberg Wine Estate

Hartenberg Wine Estate

Hartenberg Estate

Hartenberg Estate

The next stop was Waterford Estate. Again, another home run! Here, John had set up a wine and chocolate pairing as well as a cellar tour (Barr was pumped for one of these and I was pumped for the other – bonus points if you get it correct!) This farm was originally built to grow citrus, and the drive up to the estate still has many of the citrus trees still standing (and smelling ahhhhmazing).

The citrus trees which line the entrance

The citrus trees which line the entrance

Waterford Wine Estate

Waterford Wine Estate

Waterford Wine Estate

Waterford Wine Estate

Wine, chocolate and Barr: some of my favorite things!

Wine, chocolate and Barr: some of my favorite things!

Learning about the cleaning of the barrels

Learning about the cleaning of the barrels

The Waterford Estate cellar

The Waterford Estate cellar

En route to lunch, we passed a sign for Ernie Els’ wine estate – Barr casually asked about it and John inquired if we enjoyed golf. If you know my husband, to say he “enjoys” golf is an understatement. As soon as John asked this, I (several glasses of vino deep by this time) exuberantly and proudly told him all about Barr’s time playing golf for university (and growing up), as well as just his general, overwhelming love of the game. (Side note: I too enjoy golf, but the it’s more of a love/hate thing at this point…) Anywho, John nodded and deposited us at our lunch reservation, but came in a bit later to join us and inform us that he had made an appointment for a tasting at the farm as well as a special surprise – he also assured us that the wine was excellent 🙂

Can we talk about this?

Can we talk about this?

The surprise, aside from the wine tasting, was the little chipping green and a special tour of Ernie Els’ personal wine cellar – we were in 7th heaven! Usually, they only have this set up 1 time a month, but when John called ahead, he specifically asked if they would set it up for us! Plus, if you make a “hole in one”, you got a complimentary bottle of wine – pressure was on! But back to the wine…we were really impressed with the wines we got to sample – the Proprietor’s Blend was our overall favorite there. Not to mention the tour of Ernie’s (yes, we’re on a first name basis) personal cellar was beyond cool. Here are some of my favorite shots from Ernie Els Wine Estate:

Golf nerds the (replica) Claret Jug

Golf nerds the (replica) Claret Jug

Why, yes, I did try my hand at this - see that fountain? Yeah, that's where my first ball lives now (second attempt was more successful)

Why, yes, I did try my hand at this – see that fountain? Yeah, that’s where my first ball lives now (second attempt was more successful)

The Big Easy's cellar

The Big Easy’s cellar

His hands and feet are huge!

His hands and feet are huge!

Victory!

Victory!

Loved how open and airy this estate was

Loved how open and airy this estate was

Clearly, this was a day to remember (though some points were a bit hazy…) Let me tell you again, if you ever find yourself in Cape Town and are interested in visiting the Winelands, do yourself a favor and book with Wine Escapes – you will NOT be disappointed.

So that’s all, folks, from our trip to Cape Town. Our final day was truncated and we didnt bring the camera around with us, but Bo-Kaap and the markets in downtown Cape Town were festive and a fun way to see us off. We are so glad we made the whirlwind trip to Cape Town, and as I have said multiple times, hope to go back one of these day – we should be so blessed! I also want to thank all my friends for their tips and recommendations – yall are the best 🙂

Now that the Cape Town posts are done, I guess you’re stuck with just me and my everyday life here again and for that, I apologize, but hopefully I will have some good posts and pics up my sleeve in the coming days/weeks/months. Until next time…