I think I left an even larger piece of my heart in South Africa this trip. Both Husband and I fell in love with the country when we visited for the first time in late 2013/early 2014, but this time around I fell even harder. Sitting back at home in snowy Stockholm, all I can think of are our South African holiday memories. To help ease my heartache, I thought I would share some of our favourite moments from the first part of our trip with you.
South African holiday memories – Stellenbosch wine region
I think this might be one of my favourite shots from the whole holiday, and I took it just a few hours after we arrived. We had lunch at Basic Bistro in Stellenbosch, which I would highly recommend – delicious burgers and sandwiches – and I snapped this quickly while they were sharing a banana shake. I just wish that O had not taken a tumble off his Trunki at the airport the day before and hit his nose…
Someone decided that wearing my sunglasses is the most fun thing to do. I don’t know how many photos of have of this little diva modelling different sunglasses that he nabbed from me.
Vredenheim Winery’s Big Cats Park was great for the boys to encounter lions and cheetah and other native animals. It did cause some problems though as, before the trip, the boys had been excited about seeing tigers, and we had told them that tigers are not native to Africa, so we would not see any. Of course, we visit Vredenheim and, lo and behold, two tigers. So now they do not believe a word we say about tigers and where they come from.
As we did not go to many wine tastings, we decided that the ones we did do should count. And Rust en Vrede was certainly a good choice. The wine tasting garden is beautiful, the boys (largely) behaved and we got to sip full-bodied reds while looking at this view. What could be better?
We stayed for five nights at Spier, a winery with a hotel, restaurants, a bird sanctuary, oh lots of things to do. It is a brilliant place if you have children as some of the rooms adjoin shared pools, the hotel’s own pool is a great place to hang out and splash around and there is a children’s club. O absolutely adored this; E not so much. In fact, E refused to stay at it, while O begged each day to go back. Chalk and cheese, those boys.
The charcuterie platter at Blaauwklippen Vineyards sounded delicious on the menu, and then it arrived and this meat and cheese lover was in heaven. We ate this in view of the children’s playground where the boys played happily. There is also a small farm there, and it has llama – which entertained the boys no end.
And then it was time to leave Stellenbosch behind and go into uncharted territory for the T Family: on to Hermanus and Stanford.