Le Manoir de Brendel Estate
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It's nice finally having a relaxing day. We have fit a lot into our 5 days here so far. After breakfast we browsed through a few shops in the village and bought tickets for the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
We visited 5 wineries:
Moreson (skipped the tasting to have lunch. It was fantastic)
Grande Provence ...
... afternoon tour with a wine tasting, naturally!! The current wine master on the estate is a guy that Tom took there once he had started the project and remains there today producing award winning wine. We spent lots of time getting an education on the Hughes family history, Tom and Dawns time in Africa and also Tom's various projects around the world. He is still working ...
... with the other volunteer, Lilian. Lilian is a wonderful woman from Holland...of course! We have gotten along great and are a good tag-team with the children...all 18 of them. Yes, 18 children. Unreal!
I don't have down the ages just yet but the smallest is about 18 months and the oldest maybe 13? The older children stay with Bubbles and George, her husband, in their home, and the smaller children in ...
... top properties in the area. As soon as I get there you can tell the difference in the attitude and service. They ask me to wait and take my bags on to my room. Craig from guest relations comes to meet me and show me around the property. He is spending sometime showing me all the room types but if I was just a guest he would still meet me and give me an orientation.
All very impressive but I am glad when we finally get to my room. ...
... African fans were for the most part gracious as well, congratulating us on “our” win.
What else? I bought the souvenirs I had been holding off on all semester. (Got some good “banana deals”, although we're still not sure what that means). I returned to one of the cafes a friend and I had frequented in the first few weeks (before school work, dwindling budgets, and shrinking pants caught up with us!) and brought flowers ...
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