18 December, 2011

3 nights in the 031 {part one}

A few weeks back, we got the opportunity to spend the long weekend in Durban. So here's the thing...the hubby and myself have never been huge fans of the city of Durban...
So when this opportunity came up...one of our BFF's, who is a Durban boy...decided it was the perfect weekend to make us fall in love with Durban....
So the four of us, packed our bags and joined the holiday traffic and made our way down to the 031.

We decided to make a stop over in the magnificent midlands for a night. This place...well there are very few words to describe it. Whenever we spend time there, I find myself constantly reminding myself that we are in South Africa.

We spent the night in a little cottage on a farm called Beaconvlei. And when we arrived it was cold, rainy and misty...just perfect for a night in the midlands.
For dinner we headed out to the legendary Bierfassl....an Austrian Tavern, that serves the most amazing traditional Austrian food....delicious...
When we woke the next morning....the skies were a bright blue...
We hit the road early, stopping off at the Piggly Wiggly for breakfast...
And then before tackling the final stretch to Durban, we made a quick stop at The Capture Site. It's at this place, on the 5th August, 1962, that Nelson Mandela was captured...and then spent 27 years in jail.
A truly significant moment in our countries history. 
And that was it...our first stop on a weekend to remember...
For those of you that haven't spent time in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands...you must! It is such an amazing part of our country....where the green hills are a ridiculous shade of green, the shops take you back in time, the food is literally straight off the farm...it is truly beautiful....

6 comments:

V-n-J said...

should I be mad at you for not being a fan of durban??? :) I love the Midlands... so glad you enjoyed it!

Lea White said...

We used to spend quite a bit of time in Amanazimtoti and Umbogontwini and a little bit of time in Scottburgh (not so much Durban city itself) because I had a grandmother and uncle and aunt who used to live there and every year we'd go and visit. I have some fond memories of visiting KZN.

Merry Christmas to you!

Lynette said...

I can never get enough of your beautiful photos.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas.

xx

Marcia (123 blog) said...

oh I also don't like Durban - way too hot for me :)

But you have me sold on the midlands - isn't that blue shutter to DIE for?

you should make a calendar with all these pics that make you happy and have it on your desk at work. Yes?

Marcia (123 blog) said...

PS I'm battling to add you to my reader. You were there but then you disappeared again (I have the same thing with WOrdpress blogs) - you didn't perhaps switch with the whole domain buying thing?

Marcia (123 blog) said...

and yes, me again. Love all your traditions with your family - so so special