Four highlights of a three day stay in Franschhoek

img_3471Highlights of our stay include

  1. Staying at the Fleur du Soleil
  2. Lunch at Protege
  3. Wine Tram curated experience
  4. Motor Museum

Driving into Franschhoek was a treat in itself, grand wine estates flanked either side of the road giving us a glimpse of what to expect over the next couple of days. We were also lucky enough to see one of the green and gold trams trundling along the track taking tasters to their fill of local wine. We had that to look forward to the next day.

The town is one long main street with lots of arty, quirky boutiques, a huge white church and eateries with residential living on either side. Pretty villas, bright foliage and well kept gardens were down every side street. We were lucky enough to be staying at the Fleur du Soleil where we were well looked after in a plush modern self catering apartment, we had a great welcome, we were within walking distance to the tram stop and the main street, we could not be better located.

We had previously booked the curated wine tram experience online, again we were well looked after, educated and filled to our limits on this trip with new friendships, new wine and glorious local food, so much so it deserves a separate post of its own.

We happened on Protege  where we enjoyed a superb fine dining lunch experience. Starting with a Geranium G and T, followed by a starter of sourdough bread, chicken, peas, garlic butter and olives, followed by sashimi fish, springbok and vegetables and a fine pan-cotta. Each course was art on a plate, explained in detail by the server and all this sat in a beautiful modern cool dining room as it was 34 degrees C outside.

Franschhoek Motor Museum is just outside the town located on a wine estate, the drive way leads down to four huge white buildings which are filled with the shiniest cars I have ever seen.

I’m sure we will be back to Franschhoek if only to taste some more of the local wine and eat at the divine Protege.



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