Paarl Rock day trip and the Muscadel discovery

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…

Not such a great shot but it shows the 8km of dirt road we travelled up to reach the start of the climb up Paarl Rock - entry is R32 per vehicle and R8 per person
Not such a great shot but it shows the 8km of dirt road we travelled up to reach the start of the climb up Paarl Rock – entry is R32 per vehicle and R8 per person
Lots of deep rock puddles near the top of Paarl Rock
Lots of deep rock puddles near the top of Paarl Rock
Snow on the mountains behind me, near the top of Paarl Rock - not such an easy climb as it was wet and slippery, luckily there were chain ladders to hold onto!
Snow on the mountains behind me, near the top of Paarl Rock – not such an easy climb as it was wet and slippery, luckily there were chain ladders to hold onto!
Hair was blowing all over the place as I didn't dress properly for a hike, I had pictured a nice drive through the country!
Hair was blowing all over the place as I didn’t dress properly for a hike, I had pictured a nice drive through the country!
That would be Paarl Rock's twin, behind us
That would be Paarl Rock’s twin, behind us
Big smiles once we were back at the base after a successful climb - rain made the rock extra slippery, you can see it caught in our hair and dripping down our sunglasses
Big smiles once we were back at the base after a successful climb – rain made the rock extra slippery, you can see it caught in our hair and dripping down our sunglasses

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!

See how tired I look, arriving at Under Oaks
See how tired I look, arriving at Under Oaks

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!

Some of the snacks with the white glass
Some of the snacks with the white glass
Not making a rude sign at all - holding some of the sweet chilli-dusted cashews that were paired with his first white wine of the day
Not making a rude sign at all – holding some of the sweet chilli-dusted cashews that were paired with his first white wine of the day

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:

We stayed out until the cows came home (not so late as you can clearly see the blue sky behind 'em)
We stayed out until the cows came home (not so late as you can clearly see the blue sky behind ’em)

That’s all, folks 🙂

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