Saturday, November 17, 2012

Franschhoek - "French corner" - a little bit of paradise in the Western Cape, South Africa

Franschhoek, my favorite little town in the world.  Nestled in a valley surrounded by majestic mountains, Franschhoek was settled in the 1600's by the French Hugenots, persecuted Protestants, who brought their wine growing skills to the region.  Thank goodness, they did a fantastic job and this region produces world class wines and in one small town with a population of just over 15,000 you will find restaurants to rival the best in the world too.  This is the cuisine capital of South Africa.  And the scenery is breathtaking, with amazing drives, the most fantastic wineries to visit, taste, walk, delicious local food.  A must visit.  I'm lucky enough to have my mom living in the middle of this gem of a place and visit as often as I can.  

The main street driving into Franschhoek

My mother's little front patio and garden with a mountain backdrop

Mom's little paradise

A few of the stunning local homes sitting on side streets

Typical Cape Dutch architecture

La Grange interior design store

La Motte winery

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