A lovely walk from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House is up to the wine farm Dieu Donne.
Depending on one’s fitness it takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes to get there with the last part up a long, steep road. It takes me 45 minutes and then I am stiff all the next day. Clearly I need more walking and less blog writing.
It is a lovely walk down the one long village road with its mainly late Victorian early Edwardian architecture and then, on the way back, along the one that runs parallel.
At Dieu Donne itself one can walk through the restaurant Roca and down on to the terrace with possibly one of the best views in Franschhoek. It is particularly stunning just as the sun starts to set behind the Simonsberg Mountain.
I like to eat on the terrace, not only because of the view, but because they make really good falafels which I eat together with their humus dish. Each time I am asked, “Do you really want to eat chick peas with chick peas”? Yes I do. It is delicious, especially with a glass of the Dieu Donne red blend.