Ahoy there, me mateys!
For some reason I am in a pirate state of mind today, as my above greeting suggests, even though I am a bit late off the mark as Speak Like a Pirate Day was last week.
Anyhoo, it’s been a wonderfully relaxed Heritage Day thus far (now known as Braai Day in most of the land – more on how we spent it in my next post). For now, I wanted to let you know about the fun day trip we had on Sunday. There’s been renewed focus on ‘exploring your hometown’ by many of my favourite bloggers lately, and we’ve just joined the pack.
While Paarl isn’t exactly home, it’s just a 45-minute or so drive away. Hubby had been wanting to show me Paarl Rock for ages as he climbed it with his dad when he was just a little lad, so we set off for the ‘light walk’ as we’d heard there was also snow to be seen in the area on the day. All the makings of a great day out, and a great day it was! 🙂
Below are a few photos from the ‘gentle hike’ for you to scroll through…
Once the exhausting part of the day was done, we were tired, more than a little hungry and slightly wet as it had started to drizzle, so we decided to treat ourselves to a wine-pairing. There are so many wine farms in the Paarl area that we turned into the first one, and what a great choice it was!
Called Under Oaks, there’s a great pizza restaurant on site as well as a cosy tasting room complete with fireplace. The best part? For just R50 you get to try 5 wines paired with 5 different snacks – either nuts, droewors, chilli snap sticks and dessert or a purely chocolate pairing – we went for the first option this time around and loved it – will definitely go for the chocolate pairing next time we’re in the area!
On a final note, Muscadel – where have you been all our lives?! We’re new to wine, clearly, as we were only familiar with rich, bitter reds, chilled dry whites and sweet pink rose before, but what a surprise the Muscadel was as the final pairing of the afternoon, with a block of white Lindt chocolate. Tastes like honey to me 🙂
And after all that, we DID take a bit of a ‘drive through the country’ as we drove home through the Durbanville area, which is packed with staggeringly lovely scenes like this:
That’s all, folks 🙂