Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester – Kleinplasie Part 2

“Worcester in the Breede River Valley has a rich history covering a time when the region was inhabited by indigenous hunter gatherers and pastoralists followed by trekker farmers and later the introduction of commerce and industrial change.

Owing to its situation in the Breede River Valley the Worcester Museum is a cultural history museum with a strong focus on agriculture. The collections emphasise the Cape colonial history with agricultural implements, wagons, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles and metal.

The grounds have been developed with structures forming a traditional Cape farm yard. Live demonstrations depict activities of a bygone era such as the baking of bread in an outdoor brick oven and the forging of metal by a blacksmith.

The museum has a well developed educational function offering an annual programme with the focus on traditional farm and household traditions such as the tramping grapes for winemaking, shearing sheep, milking cows and candle making.

The museum is consistently working at establishing and maintaining networks across the community. One of the museum objectives is promoting social harmony and dialogue. Consultative workshops are being held in the Worcester community to gauge the support for new museum interpretations of the development of Worcester and its people.

The community rich in its diversity will hopefully find a common platform at the museum to showcase itself.”

Above information quoted from Worcester Museums page

Here are some photo’s taken on our visit.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester – Kleinplasie Part 1

“Worcester in the Breede River Valley has a rich history covering a time when the region was inhabited by indigenous hunter gatherers and pastoralists followed by trekker farmers and later the introduction of commerce and industrial change.

Owing to its situation in the Breede River Valley the Worcester Museum is a cultural history museum with a strong focus on agriculture. The collections emphasise the Cape colonial history with agricultural implements, wagons, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles and metal.

The grounds have been developed with structures forming a traditional Cape farm yard. Live demonstrations depict activities of a bygone era such as the baking of bread in an outdoor brick oven and the forging of metal by a blacksmith.

The museum has a well developed educational function offering an annual programme with the focus on traditional farm and household traditions such as the tramping grapes for winemaking, shearing sheep, milking cows and candle making.

The museum is consistently working at establishing and maintaining networks across the community. One of the museum objectives is promoting social harmony and dialogue. Consultative workshops are being held in the Worcester community to gauge the support for new museum interpretations of the development of Worcester and its people.

The community rich in its diversity will hopefully find a common platform at the museum to showcase itself.”

Above information quoted from Worcester Museums page

Here are some photo’s taken on our visit.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 11

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

My favorite part of the visit to Aspidistra is visiting the tea room for a refreshing cup of tea and a Milk Tart Cupcake…. Yummee

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Leaving just after midnight on 1 July 2015

I cannot believe that more than a year ago my parents and I started planning our holiday….  Unfortunately my husband won’t be joining us on this adventure but I am feeling very blessed to have this opportunity to spend time with my parents and my two wonderful boys.

My aim on this holiday is to visit and photograph as many little towns as possible…. Dad made a 15 page tour description of all the little towns on our circle route. I will be trying to post from my phone if I have reception.

We leave Kraaifontein on 1 July 2015 and will be travelling about 960 km Kimberley. On 2 July we will visit Kimberley big hole and if we have time I want to visit a small town not far from here.

On 3 July we will be leaving for Bakubung in the Pilanesberg. This trip will be approx 740 km. We will be staying here for a few days. Visiting Sun City and a few towns surrounding  Pilanesberg.

We will be leaving very early on the 10th of July because we have to cover 1264 km to Aberdeen where

we will be staying the night. On this route there is allot of small towns and I will not be able to visit them all, so we will have to see what towns we will be stopping by. Affordable Accommodation was a problem and Aberdeen was the only place left who could accommodate us.

The 11th we will head back home via Route 62. We will be covering another 705 km on our last day.

The boys and I are ready and everything is packed. My camera and batteries was first on the list of things to pack. I am super excited and cannot wait. I am literally counting the hours. Tomorrow is going to be extra long…

 

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Looking forward to sharing all the photo’s and stories with you. I am going to keep a log and will write in it every evening so that I don’t forget anything. My boys are growing up very fast and time spend with them and my parents are very special to me.

My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #83

Don’t be pushed around by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 10

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 9

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 8

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 7

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 6

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 5

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 4

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 3

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part2

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part1

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Intaka Island: Part 20

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Intaka Island: Part 19

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Intaka Island: Part 18

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Intaka Island: Part 17

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Intaka Island: Part 16

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Intaka Island: Part 15

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Intaka Island: Part 14

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Intaka Island: Part 13

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Franschhoek Part 3

 

We visited Huguenot Fine Chocolates a little Belgian chocolate shop in Franschhoek one Sunday morning. I enjoyed it allot and I learned that I have very very expensive taste in chocolates. But the best of all is that dark chocolate are actually good for you… So from now on for health reasons alone I am only eating pure dark Belgian chocolate.

Here are some photo’s taken on our visit.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Franschhoek Part 2

Here are some information I got on Franschhoek from Wikipedea.

“Franschhoek (“French Corner”, Dutch spelling before 1947 Fransche Hoek) is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. It is about 75 kilometres from Cape Town and has a population of slightly over 15,000 people.

The valley was originally settled in 1688 by 176 French Huguenot refugees, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek (“Elephants’ corner”), so named because of the elephants that crossed into the valley to calve. The name of the area soon changed to le Coin Français (“the French Corner”), and later to Franschhoek (Dutch for “French Corner”), with many of the settlers naming their new farms after the areas in France from which they came. La Motte, Champagne, La Cotte, Cabrière, La Provence, Bourgogne, La Terra de Luc and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms — most of which still retain their original Cape Dutch farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries. Many of the surnames in the area are of French origin, e.g. Du Toit, Marais, Du Plessis, Malan, Malherbe, and Joubert.

The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village is unspoilt, as restrictions have been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers to the area.
In 1904 a 27 km railway line was built between Paarl and Franschhoek to serve as an alternative to ox drawn carts for farmers wanting to get their produce to market. Steam locomotives operated along the route until diesel locomotives took over in the 1970s and then, in the 1990s, as the need for rail transport decreased, service along the railway line was discontinued. The railway line was reinstated in 2012 by a private operator and now sees service as the Franschhoek Wine Tram a tourism project utilizing a newly constructed tram modeled after the open-sided Brill Trams of circa 1890 to transport tourists between wine estates in the area.”
Some of the photo’s I took the day we visited Franschhoek for the morning. Our main reason for visiting was the chocolate factory and I only took photo’s of the main street and shops nearby. On my next visit I’ll sure to stop by the Huguenot Monument and other museums in this beautiful town.

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