Stellenbosch, just under an hour's drive from Cape Town, is a pretty, oak-tree lined university town surrounded by wine farms. Whenever work used to take me there, I'd leave early in the morning to avoid traffic on the national road, and I'd be driving through vineyards at sunrise, to have early coffee in Dorp Street (below), where the houses and shops go back to the 1700s. The legacy of the Europeans in Africa is here - the Dutch, whose governor founded this town in 1679 ... and the French…
Cape Dutch Architecture
Cape Dutch architecture was brought to my attention today for the first time. There's something really stark and beautiful about it. The distinctive style originated in the West Cape of South Africa in the 17th century. The style was beought to Africa by Dutch settlers. Read more about it here. Image found here. Image found here. Image found here. Image found here.
Church Street, Tulbagh
The picturesque street in Tulbagh is home to 32 historical buildings - the highest concentration in the country. Many of the buildings were severely damaged in an earthquake in 1969, but have been restored in an extensive restoration project. The whole of the restored street has been declared a national monument. View Today
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Steve Bird captured a setting sun after a rainy day out on the farm. This is home to me. I'm the 6th generation of Hugo's here, and hope to keep the lineage. (Frontal view of our home, in Old Georgian Style) The first building on the farm is now more than 200 years old. It used to be a multipurpose building, as home, shed, barn, all in one. Has since been second house on the farm, a B&B, and now being rented out to a young family. (The original house on the farm. Cape Dutch architecture)…