Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Buying an apartment in Cape Town and a vineyard in Stellenbosch

I've just spent three days
at the lovely and very special Grootbos Nature Reserve

This afternoon, as we were driving through somewhere especially picturesque in South Africa's Overberg region, living a Travelife, the companion suddenly pulled the car over and stopped it.

Then he said: "You certainly know how to plan the perfect trip."

Compliments are always music to my ears, of course.



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But he should have already known this.

So I said, or rather I teased him, and for the nth time actually: "Welcome to the Travelife."

Indeed, no one travels like us. Or plans a trip like us.

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THREE WONDERFUL TRIPS
TO SOUTH AFRICA. SO FAR.

All my trips to South Africa have been pretty fantastic.

But this particular trip to South Africa -- my third one in 14 months --  is probably the best one yet in terms of mix of experiences and in terms of the luxury factor.

And what he meant was that he liked every single hotel, restaurant and experience I'd chosen so far.

But the most charming hotel was yet to come, actually.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRAVELIFE


So far, I'd booked really fancy places to stay -- the kinds of hotels and lodges that I always like to stay in.

But for tonight, I actually chose an inn by the sea that is bigger on charm than on luxury.

Although it's still pretty luxurious, of course. In fact, it's a really lovely hotel that I'd happily recommend to anyone.

More details on this hotel in a later blog entry....

TWO REASONS FOR MY CHOICE TONIGHT



I chose it for two reasons:

One, we were coming from a very long and liquid lunch with the owners of Creation Wines, and I didn't want to drive very far after that.

Two, I'd heard that this charming hotel had a very nice private wine cellar, from which guests can take their picks of wines for dinner.

This companion is very big into wine, and so I'd basically chosen this hotel for him.

THE RIGHT CHOICES



Well, I was right. He loved the hotel.

In fact, he loves South Africa.

He said again today: "I could live here."

This is coming from someone who'd never even been to Africa before this trip.

And as of today, he already found a Cape Town apartment he likes. 

And he still wants to buy a vineyard in the Western Cape.

RUST EN VREDE ISN'T FOR SALE

Rust en Vrede's award-winning chef at work

In fact, he wants to buy Rust en Vrede, the lovely winery and restaurant we'd gone to some days back.

It's a very well-regarded boutique winery owned by a famous South African rugby player.

And it also happens to be home to one of the best restaurants in the world.

It's also not for sale.



BACK TO STELLENBOSCH TOMORROW

But that isn't stopping him.

So we've had to change our plans slightly to return to Stellenbosch to find a vineyard for him to buy, if we can.

Yes, as you can see, it's just another day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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