Greetings from Toronto. My fast paced life is a little too full on at the minute, and while I am tired, I love it so I am not going to complain. However, after two long haul economy flights (from Capetown via Jo’burg to London, and London to Toronto), I was thrilled to wake up in a bed this morning. An actual bed! On the ground! Before I get stuck in here, for I have a busy week ahead, I wanted to share a little bit about Stellenbosch with you. I tried last night but fell asleep next to my laptop. I need to set some work / life boundaries.
So, Stellenbosch. All I knew was that they produced a lot of good wine, and that the surroundings were pretty stellar. Yes, that was all true, but there was so much more. Terrific restaurants, stunning views, the light, and the lovely warm generous people. Within a few days I was already starting to plan my second visit to the area, there is so much more to explore. [Read more]
Very happy local fisherman on the beach near Grootbos
The beach by Grootbos in Overberg
Greetings from Stellenbosch, in South Africa. Although I am not going to share photos from there with you today. Today, I am starting with the Overberg, where I spent my first couple of days. There is only one hour time difference between here and the UK and so no jet lag (that beast), so we got started straight away.
The Overberg is to the east of Capetown in the Southern tip of South Africa. Roughly an 11 hour direct flight from London. I left in Spring and landed in Autumn to turning falling leaves and gorgeous sunsets. Wildlife and eco tourism is a focus, and wine is made here and lovely olive oils too. The Overberg, with it’s gentle pace and laid back approach to life, was a perfect place to start, relax and soak all that beauty in.
We started with a chilled day at The Marine, capped off with a lovely tasting menu matched with local wines at The Pavilion. We went on a boat to see seals and other wildlife and went on a plane ride over the sea, from where we spotted several schools of dolphins surfing (how joyful!) and a few enormous great white sharks (both activities with Grootbos)
First thoughts? Beautiful, obviously, but also, WOW, dining and hotels are very accessible here in terms of price. A tasting menu at The Marine in Hermanus (a five star Relais & Chateaux property) costs only £30, and a room at Grootbos, including all meals (a five star lodge with immense views and activities) starts from only (approx) £120 per person. I am planning a holiday here already.
Enough of the factual detail, I will compile a post on that soon for your reference. For now, a postcard. More on Stellenbosch and #Stellenblog soon.