Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On the Road - Part 2

Today's photos are mostly from a second drive that we took from Paarl to Worcester. These photos and last week's photos were taken from inside a moving vehicle. If you remember in Part 1, the bridge was closed, so I took photos of it as we drove past. On this drive, the bridge was open, so I have a great photo of us driving over it.

Since we live in the wine region, you'll get to see some of the idyllic vineyards on the route. Don't forget to click on the images to view them larger. It's worth it!

Here's the famous Nederburg Wine Estate to the right.
The white pillars up ahead make up the entrance.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On the Road - Part 1

I'm always taking photos and that is why I started 1camera1mom. I needed a place to share them! Sure, I've got Amanda's Books and More where I share many of my photos, but the themes are usually different. There you get to see more about us and here you get to see more about the region where we live.

"On the Road" is a series of photos taken between Paarl and Worcester, South Africa. The bridge was closed due to a truck overturning, so we had to take the old pass.

It's quite common to see baboon in the area. When Amanda was little, she called them "balloons." The scenery is stunning, so click on the images to view them larger.


The Du Toits Kloof tunnel

Here's a link to the fascinating history of the Du Toits Kloof Pass.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jason's Hill Private Cellar - Part 3

After our scrumptious Valentine's breakfast at Jason's Hill Bistro, we did some wine tasting. The wines produced at Jason's Hill Private Cellar are by Ivy Du Toit, one of South Africa's pioneer woman winemakers, who developed a passion for wine making at a young age. She has kept alive the tradition of vine growing and wine making that was begun by her family's ancestors in 1844. She won the Diner's Club Young Winemaker of the Year in 2003 and the Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2004. We actually saw her in action from the window that looks onto the wine production from inside the Bistro.

We thoroughly enjoyed tasting some of the whites and reds. We ended up buying three bottles of wine: Shiraz 2010, Merlot 2010 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. The latter two had won awards. Click on the images to view them larger.

Jason's Hill Wines and Awards

Jason's Hill White Wines

Jason's Hill Red Wines

Chardonnay 2011
Best Value 2014

Pinotage 2010

Merlot 2010
Michelangelo Gold Medal
Veritas Award
Best Value 2014 

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Two Veritas Awards

Shiraz 2010
Merlot 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Here's Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jason's Hill Private Cellar - Part 2

We went to Jason's Hill, near our home, for breakfast on Valentine's Day. They weren't doing anything special for Valentine's Day and we were the first people at the restaurant. There was a tent on the grounds for a wedding that was to take place the following day. Otherwise, the place was relatively quiet. A group of two couples arrived for breakfast soon after us. They chose to eat on the balcony, but we stayed inside, away from the cool breeze that was blowing.

The Bistro at Jason's Hill serves some of the best food in our region and at affordable prices. I don't know why we don't go more often. My first memory there was my birthday many years ago. It was my in-laws' treat. They booked a table for us for lunch. Our three teenagers were very young at the time. Amanda wasn't even born yet. The food was fabulous and whenever I think back on that day, it's with fond memories.

I've got nice photos of the stunning view, delicious food, and colonial decor to share with you today. You can click on the images to make them larger.

The stunning view from the restaurant.

Hubby took this great selfie of us and
managed to capture some of the decor too.
The window behind us has a view

of the wine production.

I wore my heart-shaped ring for the occasion.

Our breakfast menu with prices in S.A. Rand.

Our coffees came with a chocolate chip cookie each.

I ordered the Salmon Benedict.

My salad had a number of special details, like
all the green beans were cut lengthwise.

Hubby had the Ultimate Breakfast Burger.

View from the restaurant

Some of the decor

Don't miss Part 1, where I shared photos of the countryside and the wine estate's grounds.

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