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Old Dec 8, 19, 11:02 am
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HERMANUS 19-23 Nov

After a pleasant drive, we arrived at our hotel at 1355, and by 1405 we were checked in and settled in our room. where are we? Of course, we’re back at “Misty Waves”, in Room 501, just like last year!

Excellent hotel, and lovely spacious accommodation as befits their TripAdvisor rating as the 23rd best hotel in South Africa! OK, I think that may be being a bit generous, but it’s still a lovely place to stay! On our first evening, being somewhat travel-battered, we enjoyed Hake and Chips at the attached “Heritage Restaurant” before collapsing into bed for many hours of sleep!

Fish and chips ... + Calamari!

Misty, with Waves

There was a brisk southerly breeze for the first couple of days, which seemed to originate somewhere near Antarctica. However, we were undaunted, and regularly walked into Town along the coastal path [keeping our eyes open for whales, which were noticeably absent] to do some shopping and find places to eat. To our horror, the rather nice food and drink establishment we used last year had been taken over, and seemed less agreeable. However, a couple of hundred yards away on the other side of the Market Square, we found a new spot to meet our needs.

Char’d has a wide-ranging menu, from light bites to full-on Steak. Dining/drinking outside or inside, it was all a delightful spot to enjoy - helped by lovely staff.



It was impressive watching the staff meticulously polishing the wine-glasses. They really do pay attention to details.

Loaded Fries were to die for, I have to say.

And as for the Cheese Fondue Burger … wowza!!

Our 4 days passed pleasantly, with the 800 yard walk to the Market Square [and indeed beyond] helping to burn off a few of the calories we had been consuming. And then, inevitably, it was time to move on to our next destination … Franschhoek


Adriaan was on time as usual, and we set off for F’hoek. For some unknown reason, his SatNav was giving false information, as was his memory, so we got lost twice! As a result, the journey took 2 hours … but, hey, we’re on holiday so what’s the hurry?

Huzzah ... Franschhoek!

Arrival at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas was a perfect example of how returning guests should be treated! Warm welcomes from staff who remembered us from last year, cases conveyed to our room and 2 glasses of champagne delivered promptly before we’d even considered unpacking! Oh, we do like this place - probably our favourite hotel anywhere. And we have a lovely room with a great view and a huge terrace.

These 4 days were designated as “The really relaxing bit” so we didn’t do a lot! We remembered the 1400-1600 “Happy Hour” with free drinks in the Lounge this time, took the hotel’s shuttle bus into the village for a wander and regularly ate at The Village Grill and Butcher Village Grill & Butcher | Franschhoek ? Village Grill & Butcher | Franschhoek next door … we like to eat late afternoon, whereas the hotel’s restaurant (Monneaux, ) doesn’t open until 1830.

Shuttle #1 of 2 ... no rubbish here!

Refreshments at the Elephant and Barrel in the village.

Serious plump mussels at the Village Grill ...

However, the FCH Breakfasts were, as always, superb, and with a new A La Carte menu in addition to their bounteous cold buffet .…

Enormous Smoked Trout!


Mushrooms, with a shy duck egg hiding!

The last day was spent lounging by the pool[s] … one heated and one not. The heated pool was almost the temperature of a bath!!

And then it was time to move again. This proved quite a challenge, as we were so relaxed having already had the equivalent of 2 holidays!! A leisurely coffee after breakfast with a last view of the grounds, and the inevitable round of farewells and “See you next year”!

We were advised to plan for early December, where things are generally quieter and the weather slightly warmer (although 35 suited us nicely!), of perhaps even Jan/Feb. And so, on the road at 0930 to Stellenbosch.


Adriaan was on home ground for this leg, so no navigation issues arose! We were again warmly greeted at The Eendracht Hotel for our 4th stay in this charming little B&B hotel. For a change we booked Room 6, with the biggish balcony over the front door - a trade-off between somewhere agreeable to smoke against the risk of traffic noise. Happily the traffic was not a problem - Stellenbosch is a remarkably quiet town for much of the time. As their website indicates, Room 6 is ‘snug’ but proved perfectly acceptable … after all, we were either going to be out in town or sat on the balcony under the shade of a very old oak tree!

After a quick burst of essential shopping (aka cigarettes) we dropped in to our local (50 yards!) restaurant and bar, “Steam”… for a drop of refreshment. After all, it was again 35c with cloudless blue skies, so in addition to application of sunscreen and sun hats, it was time to enjoy their generous hospitality.

Hmmm … that’s just over 4 for 2 doubles. I’m sure that the BA Forum’s PUCCI GALORE (She of the Bombay and Slim persuasion) would approve.

Anyway, having tested that special offer [and having another single to finish off!] it was time to start ‘eating South Africa’ again. One thing we love about Stellenbosch is the number of good eating places, all within a few hundred yards of the hotel. To get your tastebuds humming, have a selection of food pictures!!

Oppie Dorp

Surf and Turf

Stellenbosch Kitchen

Seafood Platter

Calamari w/Chorizo etc.



But it was not all eating and drinking, although those events did tend to punctuate the days! Just wandering the leafy streets of S’bosch, with so many cafes and bars, and browsing various shops [and even buying some things, such as small Ostrich feather dusters!] passed the time perfectly.

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