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Alicia’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 29 Aug 2010

Location: Franschhoek, South Africa

MapWe woke up to a gorgeous sunny and clear morning. We looked out our window and it appears that they weren't lying to us about the mountains, there they were! The difference in views between when we first arrived and today can be seen in our photos. After breakfast we went to another winery called Mont Rochelle, that was where the artsy wine glass and stained glass photo Mike took was. Their wine was fantastic, if I could have I would have bought three cases then and there of their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Luckily, they have a U.S. distributor, so I will certainly be looking them up when we get home.

For lunch we went to a trendy cafe which promised some really yummy bread. What we didn't realize until we sat down was that this place was a magnet for every rich trendy Italian with huge sunglasses in the whole of Franschhoek. They arrived in their BMWs and Land Rovers and never took off their sunglasses, we must have seen 6-7 different groups of the same type of people. Mike and I nearly bursted out laughing when we saw this guy who, quite possibly, was the biggest tool in the world. He was wearing tight designer jeans with a button down shirt and a sweater tied neatly around his neck and draped over his shoulders. He had big sunglasses (of course) and blond hair that stuck straight up and then sort of flew off to one side. He had his arm around his super skinny girlfriend and whenever they stopped walking he would stick his hand in her back pocket.

After lunch we headed halfway up the mountain pass to a hiking trail we noticed earlier. The trail slowly climbed a steep mountain until it crested for some amazing views of the Franschhoek valley below. We continued up the trail a little further and eventually made it to the other side of the mountain for views of another valley that had a stream or river running through the bottom of it. We couldn't see the water far below, we could only hear it. We headed back down a on the other side and made a loop, eventually joining back up with the trail we started on. It was mid-late afternoon, but the sun was still pretty intense.

We relaxed back at the guesthouse before taking one of our bottles of wine and heading up to a scenic lookout for a nice sunset over the valley and a sundowner. This was probably my favorite sundowner of the whole trip. Excellent wine, wonderful view, beautiful sunset, and of course, my handsome hunny. For dinner we went to a place called the Grill room. I got the springbok and Mike got some BBQ ribs.