30 Mar 2015
Cape Town 2015
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DESSERT FOR A QUEEN: Because every woman deserves this!

Woke up at 06:45 and felt like a queen – in the past few months my eyes automatically pop open at 5am.

Call me crazy but I half-cooked a zulu chicken curry before we left our accommodation. I brought my chicken with me.  It wasn’t alive.  A clucking chicken would have made the car trip somewhat trying.

Dropped K and S off at the golf course in Paarl and then S and I sat in the car wondering what we should do.  Such a change for me – while the entire road trip was planned in terms of accommodation and the like, I promised myself I would take a chilled approach and just leave everything to chance.

We decided to go to Franschhoek, take in some sights and sounds and definitely eat somewhere really nice in what is known as SA’s foodie capital.

The drive from Paarl to Franschhoek is short – 19km and just outside the town, I saw a sign for La Motte.  I recalled seeing repeated comments about it on Tripadvisor so we pulled in.  It was an inspired decision.


GRAND ENTRANCE : Best decision ever!

La Motte is one of three wine estates owned by the famous and well-heeled Rupert family – they’re ranked #179 on the Forbes 2015 list of billionaires.  Their early money was made in tobacco and the family owns luxury group Richemont – their brands include Cartier, Chloe, Dunhill and Montblanc.

Their collection of JH Pierneef paints was so impressive – I don’t know much about art but I do know that he is described as one of the best Old South African masters held in high regard for his South African landscapes.  I spent some time looking at each painting and decided this was my favourite:


ALOE STUDY: Pierneef, 1930

Apart from the museum, there are lots to see here from food and wine tasting and a farm shop to historic walks and a highly rated restaurant.  We made a quick turn at the restaurant – Pierneef a La Motte. I wanted to see their chandeliers … have a look:


HIGH UP: Crockery chandeliers

It was now almost lunch time.  Twitter followers suggested we go to Reuben’s in Franschhoek.  Masterchef Reuben Riffels, in case you are wondering.  But, how the hell was I going to get a reservation at this late stage of the day?

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.  I called them up and spoke to Jessica who had enough heart to feel sorry for me.  We drove straight there and parked in their huge parking at the back.

I don’t have much to say about my experience at Reuben’s except to say that if you are ever in the area, you have to go.  I’m going to let the pictures do the talking:




FINE FISHY FARE: Reuben’s signature starter, chilli salted calamari


SKAAP TJOPS: a la Reuben style

If you want to know what delicate flavours are, then Reuben’s is the place to go.

We walked off the lunch down the main street of Franschhoek which is packed with interesting shops and even more bistros and restaurants.

Fantastic day.  No regrets.

So, what about the dog bite?

We picked K and P from the golf course and got back to our accommodation.  Kids want to have a swim so K goes off to find the pool. We’re living in a little cottage, next door to a vineyard.  Five minutes later I hear a dog barking and K screaming ….. the neighbour’s dog bit K. Didn’t break flesh but she got a huge skrik and she has teeth marks on her leg.  Owner didn’t even apologise until I managed to get his number and call him.   But that’s a story for another day.

Good to note though, that it’s not only in Chatsworth that the neighbour’s dog can bite you.  It happens even in larney Paarl.

Ate our chicken curry and went straight to bed.

Tomorrow K starts her tournament and S and I still figuring out what to do…

This is my first blogging experience.

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Devi Govender

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