On a rare sunny day a few weeks ago, Ryno and I decided to head to the beautiful town of Franschhoek. This was before summer arrived and we were both keen to spend some time relaxing outdoors. So picnic basket packed (ready to be filled there) and books in hand we undertook the 40 minute drive to wine country.
Franschhoek is famous for their wine, but being the sweettooth that I am I can’t visit without a stop at Huguenot Fine Chocolates. Their store is located on the main streat and they give tours showing how they make chocolate on most days. I always find some exciting new flavours to try, but when in doubt their Strawberry Cream and Cherry Kirsch never disappoints. Along with some chocolates we also picked up some buttery croissants and parma ham for lunch before we headed to the Huguenot Monument gardens for some lounging.
Franschhoek, litterally translates as French corner, is where most of the French settlers established their farms in the 1700’s. Today a French influence is still visible through all the wine French-titled wine farms (La Motte, La Cotte, Cabrière, La Provence among many), the cute caffes and restaurants lining the main street and the beautiful monument dedicated to the settlers.
We first visited the Franschhoek Monument and gardens a few years ago during winter and I remember dreaming about coming back in summer with a book to lounge in the gardens. We did exactly that this time around and spent a good few hours lazing in the shade. The gardens might not be the most impressive in the world, but it is like a tiny slice of Europe was transplanted in the most beautiful setting.
On this occasion I wore a femine yet comfortable vintage Woolworths dress and paired it with some nude heels to make the length more flattering. I am conteplating removing the sleeves or shortening the length, so any tips on how to update this dress would be more than welcome!
When next you find yourself contemplating how to best take advantage of the great weather, grab your book and head to Franschhoek.