Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spice Route, South Africa


We live in the Western Cape of South Africa where there are plenty of neat things to see and do. If you are ever visiting Cape Town, then you should take a drive to the Spice Route in Paarl. It offers a bit of everything with an emphasis on handcrafted items from artisanal chocolates to craft beer. We recently took our son, Jeremiah, and his little sister, Amanda. It was a wintry day, so we didn't have the same views that we had previously. The views are stunning, so please take a moment to check out my earlier post: The Spice Route.

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Robbie took this photo of me with
Amanda and Jeremiah




DV Artisan Chocolate



We went chocolate tasting and saw the chocolate maker at work behind glass who's name, De Villiers, is on the packaging. Amanda, who's only 8, actually likes dark chocolate, so the tasting was not wasted on her.


Robbie


The Trading Company

The elephant is printed on the window

Jeremiah


Bertus Basson Restaurant



Red Hot Glass



The Barn Artist's Studio Gallery

Artist: Jake Watson (and
family friend)


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Tina Morley
All original photographs by Tina Morley
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Related post:
The Spice Route

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nuy on the Hill


A couple of weeks ago we took Robbie's mom out for lunch at Nuy on the Hill. It was an early birthday treat and it was her first time there. Nuy on the Hill is Nuy's new wine tasting room with a gorgeous view and restaurant too. We had all four kids with us. It was our son's last day before heading back to university. We ordered a variety of wood-fired pizzas and some starters, so we could all taste a little of everything until we were full. There were also decadent milkshakes on the menu and the girls and I couldn't resist! My father-in-law couldn't be with us, so we have a good reason to go again.

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My four kids




Amanda with her and her sisters' milkshakes

White Wine: Nuy Chenin Blanc
Milkshake: Salted Caramel

Wood-Fired Pizza


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Tina Morley
All original photographs by Tina Morley
unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is
mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

Related post:
Nuy Valley Feast 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Hex River Valley - Part 3


I'm including this last set of photos in my series only because I took them on our drive home, between the Hex River Valley and Worcester. We stopped at another farm stall and had a peek at a nursery next door that is relatively new. South Africa has great farm stalls and they are often situated on routes that don't offer much else. When you're out in the middle of nowhere, then these little shops are a welcome sight. I shared photos of our favorite farm stall in Part 2, so be sure to check it out! Oh, and the nursery had an interesting selection of small cacti for sale.

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Jessica with her dad






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Tina Morley
All original photographs by Tina Morley
unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is
mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

Related posts:
The Hex River Valley - Part 1
The Hex River Valley - Part 2
Favorite Farm Stall

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Hex River Valley - Part 2


The Hex River Valley has the biggest production of table grapes in South Africa and the Hex River Mountains make up the second highest mountain range in the Western Cape. Its name comes from a legend dating back to the year 1768 when a beautiful girl, named Eliza Meiring, requested any would-be suitor to first climb the highest peak and bring her a disa that could only be found there. The disa is a flowering plant from the Orchidaceae family. Unknown to Eliza, however, the young man she really favored wanted to surprise her and set out to retrieve the bloom, but tragically fell to his death. She was so grieved that she lost her wits and had to be locked in an upper room of her house. One night she forced her window open and as she attempted to climb down, slipped and died from the fall. Her ghost is believed to haunt the windswept peaks at night mourning the death of her lover.

Besides the very sad legend behind the valley's name, it's a beautiful patch-work of different grape varieties (especially in Autumn) and is surrounded by majestic mountains. And, one of our favorite farm stalls is located there too!


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Sisters: Samantha and Jessica

Sisters: Amanda and Jessica

Samantha






Cheescake

Apple Pie and Ice-Cream


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Tina Morley
All original photographs by Tina Morley
unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is
mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

Related posts:
The Hex River Valley - Part 1
Favorite Farm Stall

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