We were so lucky to spend our first week back in South Africa in the Western Cape. I had plenty of time to explore this picturesque place while Dean (my boyfriend and pro-tennis player) spent most of the week training at the University tennis courts. Stellenbosch is a university town surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town’s streets are shaded with oak trees and lined with cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa’s Dutch colonial history in this gorgeous Afrikaans town. I truly loved spending hours walking around this charming town where I stumbled across so many wonderful cafes, architecture, and a small tropical botanical garden that brought back feelings of my beloved Bali.
The Stark-Conde winery stole my heart with it’s nature and beauty. It simply took my breath away with each turn of my head. The vineyard is surrounded by the Western Cape’s mountainous terrain, bright green willow trees and grape vines, colorful flowers, and lots of delicious wines! The winery restaurant, Postcard Cafe, has wonderful food and a perfect view of the property. And, of course, a quaint gazebo situated in the middle of the lake for wine tasting!
I will be back to this stunning creation in the near future and will no doubt stay with our incredibly gracious hosts for the week again! A heartfelt thank you to the Roelofse family for taking care of us this week while we took over their cozy guest cottage. We adored spending time with you, the wonderful traditional dinners, and the Afrikaans lessons! Much love xoxo
Stark-Conde Winery: http://www.stark-conde.co.za
White Maxi Dress: Tularosa
Hat: Merona via Target
Postcard Cafe at Stark-Conde Winery:
Stellenbosch Library: I loved this 3D image statue of Nelson Mandela!
Stellenbosch University: Well, one of the buildings at the University 😉
Stellenbosch: Famous Oak Tree lined streets
Local Bar in Stellenbosch meaning “Ox Wagon” Market Bar:
Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens:
Astronomer’s Head in the Botanical Gardens:
Sky high view of the Stellenbosch Mountains: