Franschhoek 2014

The Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram

 

Kieron outside the Franschhoek Museum

Kieron outside the Franschhoek Museum

 

Wine tasting area at Holden Manz

Wine tasting area at Holden Manz

 

Grapes

Grapes

 

Farm drive way

Farm drive way

 

Tram

Tram

 

Vineyards

Vineyards

 

Tracker Tram

Tracker Tram

 

Slave Bell

Slave Bell

 

The farm house at Rickety Bridge

The farm house at Rickety Bridge

 

The Rickety Bridge river

The Rickety Bridge river

 

The Entrance to Rickety Bridge

The Entrance to Rickety Bridge

 

Tram home

Tram home

22/3/2014

Yesterday, which happened to be the 22 March 2014 Kieron, his dad, Kirsty, Henry and I drove to Franschhoek for the day. We decided to go on the wine tram so we could go to the wine farms for some wine tasting. Since some members of our party where late we decided to take the blue route and leave at 13:00 pm. We would only do a few farms but this was ok with us. So Kieron and I decided to take his dad to the museum while we waited. This museum has always been my favourite since one of my ancestors was a French Huguenot who came out from France in 1688 and for some odd reason I have been quite proud of this.

Then after looking around the museum we headed off for lunch and we decided to try out this cafe which was very nice and not priced over the top which is amazing for Franschhoek.

Franschhoek is mostly a major tourist attraction now so that is why some of the prices at restaurants and shops are so expensive.

Then at 12:50 we got onto this tram. It has been creating like the old trams expect this time there is not rails across the road so they have just put wheels on it. There is a stage where we went on an actually railway but that is to be told later when I get there.

We had a choice between three wine farms because it was an afternoon time and there wasn’t going to be much time for all the farms.

So our first stop was La Bri but we didn’t get out we decided rather go to Holden Manz instead which was very interesting. Though I only drank a little wine since I can’t drink a lot. As we sat waiting for the tram to come back Kieron decided to take loads of photos.

We then decided to go to Rickety Bridge which was near the end of the tour. It is named Rickety Bridge for the bridge which one had to cross to get to the farm. This bridge was really rickety at the time before they built the new bridge only in 1996.

Ron decided that sitting around wine tasting and eating cheeses wasn’t good enough so he took my camera and went off on a photography mission. Only when it was time to go then we had to go off looking for him, which believe you me it took a while even with his dad and me trying to phone him.

Once we had found him, we then jumped on the tracker/tram ride back to the station, caught the actually tram back to town and then got put on a last tram and drove back to town.

I think we mostly enjoyed the tram ride more than the actual wine itself. Watching old houses and vineyards flash past one. It is one of the most of beautiful parts of the world. By just enjoying each other’s company since we don’t get together very often.

We decided to skip the last wine farm and go home so afterwards we got back in the car and drove home. We then had to go and buy ingredients for dinner so we went shopping. So we decided to braai burgers for supper, Ron’s style.

So here is too the next adventure!

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