Cape Dutch Architecture

9 Aug

Our mocha lattes

On our excusions we like to take a mid-morning break.  Lately we have become quite fond of mocha lattes aka mochaccinos. They are a mixture of hot coffee, chocolate and steamed milk. We availed ourselves of these while on the architecture tour that follows.

The photos come from three different locations. Groot Constantia is the oldest vineyard in South Africa dating to the 1600s.  It still produces wine though is now a non-profit.

The second was taken in Stellenbosch, a small university town north of Cape Town.  We heard mostly Afrikaans spoken while we were there. It is one of the wine regions of Cape Town. The Cape Dutch architecture is throughout the town complete with little canals that run along next to the brick sidewalks.

The third was a seaside cottage along the False Bay coast in St. James. The house belonged to Cecil Rhodes, most widely known in the U.S. as founder of the Rhodes Scholarship. Here in South Africa he is a combination of Teddy Roosevelt and Andrew Carnegie.

Enjoy the tour…

Stellenbosch home

Groot Constantia home

Entry frieze

Groot Constantia carriage house

Cecil Rhode’s seaside cottage

Thatched roof

3 Responses to “Cape Dutch Architecture”

  1. Ursula Freer August 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I heard there was snow in South Africa yesterday?

    • Jill August 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      There was but not in Cape Town. It was in Johannesburg, farther north and a higher elevation. It’s absolutely beautiful here. Today is a National Holiday. It is the Day of the Women. Now there is something to celebrate.

  2. Neil Freer August 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Yes!!! Those mochalattes grandes are the most spectacular landmarks you have shown us yet! Damn the spoons, gimme a big straw, ehehehe

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