Friday, 3 January 2014

Cape Town 2013 - Part 2 - Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

After the long train ride and crazy commotion to fetch the car we finally arrived at my uncles place, a poorly maintained house filled relics from a long lost age, the age of which can be measures by thickness of the dust that it has accumulated on them. The house conditions were such that you really didn't want to stay there, always a good motivation to get out of the house. Needless to say we left everyday early morning and arrived back late afternoon.

So the first thing we did was explore Stellenbosch University since many have always called the best looking university, in fact the person that helped me get into climbing did his bachelors there. And to be honest the town itself revolves around the university since we went during holidays the area was pretty desolate. But the old architecture and variety there of, not to mention openness and lush environment does certainly make the area very scenic, and wonderful to explore. 

The proximity of the buildings the area around it seems to create this atmosphere of a nice integrated community, that is until you reach the engineering department, where all of a sudden its like entering a different country, modernised and industrialised, it just looks like its trying to be different and excluded. As if engineers needed more of that.

After that we went straight to Franschhoek just as the clouds were leaving. As a result I realised just how hot that sun can get in Cape Town, tourist shirt tan line hot that is. So Franschhoek is a tiny little place about the size of a small street filled with properties and sidewalk restaurants littered by tourists, but the place it self it spotless. At the end of the street is the Hugeunot Monument, entry costs R5, and to the left of it is a museum that will tell you all about the history of the place. Entrace fee or the museum was about R10. 

If you're ever in the cape area Franschhoek is most certainly a very beautiful place to visit and spend a day. And help the community by visiting the monument and restaurants.

Hugeunot Monument
Hugeunot Monument
Afterwards we returns to our uncles forgotten cabin in the suburbs. Until the next day

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