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Cape Town and Franschoek, South Africa

March 8-15th, 2011

The beautiful Cape Grace Hotel and polished old schooner tied alongside

The beautiful Cape Grace Hotel and polished old schooner tied alongside

This past week I spent a glorious, though somewhat hectic, time running between appointments and site-inspection tours in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands.  Despite it being my third visit to the area, (I am ridiculously,  hideously spoiled by this fact, I know), I remain as enchanted as my first visit by the raw, sheer beauty of the city and lush winelands. The mountains, especially Table Mountain, whose omnipotence seems undeniable, provide an indelible mark to the landscape, ensuring a humble and respectful perspective from all who view them.

The mountains and the Garden at Babylonstoren in Franschoek

The mountains and the Garden at Babylonstoren in Franschoek

Enough of my ramblings on nature, however, I must implore any and all able to visit the southern area of South Africa and see for yourself, the natural, rock awesomeness that abounds. And if  you’re savvy, you’ll make the lovely Cape Grace Hotel, your lodgings of choice, where such luxury amenities as a chartered yacht, the Spirit profollica scam of the Cape, is available for private tours, meals and sunset dining anchoring just outside of famous 4th Beach in the Clifton area of Cape Town. As you can probably tell from the candid photo below, the food served onboard is delicious, fresh and abundant, plus it comes with excellent Cape Classique bubbly.

Dining aboard the Spirit of the Cape at Sunset

Dining aboard the Spirit of the Cape at Sunset

Our view that evening was exceptional. To choose between the setting sun and the glorious 12 Apostles range behind us, was a sincere challenge. The fact that this visual glory is a nightly affair for local Cape Townians seems like an embarrassment of riches, fortunately the locals are equally as impressed by their city’s topographical excellence and frequently gather on the beach with picnics to witness the epic affair. After all, ‘sundowners’  – a drink at sundown – are indeed, the local custom.

Our Sunset view from the yacht

Our Sunset view from the yacht

MORE TO COME ON THE CAPE GRACE HOTEL, CECILE & BOYD’S SHOWROOM IN CAPE TOWN AND THE NEWEST AND MOST VERDANT PROPERTY IN FRANSCHOEK, BABYLONSTOREN.

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CAPE TOWN & THE WINELANDS

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Cape Town

Looking not so hip with Table Mountain backdrop

Looking not so hip with Table Mountain backdrop

What can I say? Cape Town is simply one of the more visually arresting spots on this planet. Where else can you get a mountain that mesmerizing and the melding of two ferocious seas? Yeah…nowhere. Just look at the dumb grin on my face! I was giddy and I remain entranced by the city today. I am hoping to return and do a book on South Africa someday soon….!

WINE TASTING IN THE CAPE WINELANDS

Just look at all dem glasses!

Just look at all dem glasses!

As part of my fabulous tour through South Africa, courtesy of Giltedge Travel, I got to sample some of the fabulous area wines. From Franschhoek to Stellenbosch to Constantia – I drank (clearly refusing to spit, I mean really!) my way merrily through the region.

A special treat was had at the Graham Beck wineries where we were invited aboard a riverboat lunch cruise complete with homemade pies, chocolate pudding and enough wine to have me contemplating an afternoon swim.

The pumpkin pie was a savory version and may just be the new new at my next Thanksgiving

The pumpkin pie was a savory version and may just be the new new at my next Thanksgiving

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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