De Wingerd Wijnland Lodge
Travel Blogs from Paarl
... then a twin size. The room would have been a tight living arrangement for 3 people but they informed us that the small beds were “family beds” meaning a mom and dad and any small children slept in that single bed. Any children that were older slept on blankets on the floor, because there was 3 beds they told us 15 people generally slept in that 6 x 8 room. When we walked into the house they were doing laundry in water buckets.
Was I glad I’ve done that! It allowed me to take wonderful photos of the Manor House, vineyards and of the Drakenstein Mountains in the far distance. The sky was a beautiful blue in color and many clouds decorated the horizon. It was stunning!
Having left the estate around 4:00pm, we were back ...
... had more orientation, discussing our placements, which
started the next day. At that point, I think we were all ready and excited to
The name of my placement is
“Fikelela,” which means to “reach out.” It’s a child care facility for
abandoned or orphaned children who are in the process of looking for foster
care. It’s pretty cool because before they send the children off to foster
care, they require the future ...
... the La Motte winery which was an old established winery built in the Cape Dutch tradition. Beautiful furniture and trimmings gave it a very expensive feel. Stellenbosch was our next town which is a large university town and the streets were very reminiscent of Melbourne. The buildings reflect over three centuries of occupation including Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture, along oak-lined streets. The early farmers here ...
... whole area is described as Lion’s Head so every sign says Lion’s Head, although only one specific route takes you to the summit. Regular readers, however, will know that Lyndsey and I have form for mountain hikes gone wrong (see Switzerland, 2009) so it would be wrong to suggest we were entirely blameless: I think most other people would have figured out that they weren’t on a mountain ascent route when the path started to ...