We all have these photos … throwback photos!

It’s described as ‘nostalgia-inducing pictures … from a different era of your life”.

Every Thursday we will throw a photo of ‘way back when’ on our blog. Why on a Thursday? Because it’s just a day away from the weekend … and we love weekends!

You are welcome to join in or just enjoy the photos (#TB Thursday).



In this post, we continue with our first road trip together in April 1995. After we visited Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province, we continued our journey down to the Western Cape Province. We decided to visit Franschhoek, a small town (and one of the oldest) in South Africa, situated about 75km (46 miles) from Cape Town.

It’s worth mentioning that Time (magazine) has put Franschhoek in the top 50 places in the world to visit in 2022 (Wikipedia).

Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek (Western Cape Province, South Africa)

The Huguenot Monument is dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots have brought to the Cape Colony (and ultimately the whole of South Africa) after their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries. During this time the French and Belgian Protestants were fleeing violent religious persecution, especially in Roman Catholic France. This monument was inaugurated on 17 April 1948. (Wikipedia).

I feel like I’m standing next to a look-alike of Tom Cruise

Franschhoek is also well-known as prestige wine country. There are so many wineries and vineyards here to visit … one of the most favourite things to do, is to get onto the Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Train! We hope to show this to you one day!

  • The above photos were scanned

32 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #7

    1. Ek kan nie daarop roem dat ons die meeste wynkelders al besoek het nie – of op die trein gery het nie – maar wie weet, dalk doen die geleentheid homself nog voor een dag! Hierdie is egter ‘n spesiale herinnering.


    1. I’m afraid I don’t do justice to the beautiful town of Franschhoek with these photos! Maybe one day we’ll go back and do a thorough tour (which includes the wine train)! Thanks, we’re enjoying a few great last days … almost time to fly back to the Eastern Cape 🙃. Take care!

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      1. Your post brought so many lovely memories! Since that post of yours are closed for comments, herewith my thoughts on your visit:
        “Just love-love this post Jude! I think the church in Swellendam must be one of the most beautiful ones in the Western Cape Province. Your description of Franschhoek really paints the lovely town that it is! Oh, and we love the wine of Haute Carbière (enjoyed one with my neighbour just last night 😁). I must admit, your food sounds really 5-star (good thing I just had lunch)! Boschendal is another favourite of ours – when we lived in Cape Town, we spent many Sundays here having a picnic! Thanks Jude, it was such a nice read!”

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  1. These are wonderful throwback photos, Corna! The Huguenot Monument Museum lies in such a gorgeous setting and I love that there’s a pond filled with water that reflects the colonnade behind it. Thanks for sharing and I hope your week is going well 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you so much Aiva! Franschhoek is a stunning town – from art shops, amazing restaurants, boutique chocolaterie, hiking trails … you name it, it’s in Franschhoek! And the Huguenot Monument has that amazing mountains as a backdrop! Thanks for popping in and have a great week 🌸.

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    1. Oh … Berto feels like a real movie star right now 😄. The wine train is one of the most popular attractions in Franschhoek – they are stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates where you can taste wine and enjoy the breathtaking landscape. We need to get there soon!!

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    1. Oh, and I didn’t know they emigrated to London as well! Franschhoek is very proud of their Huguenot background and you will still find many farms with French names (like Grande Provence, Mont Rochelle and Chamonix).

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about that statement from Time … but then, Franschhoek is absolutely stunning! One day I’ll do justice to this picturesque village and show you just how beautiful it really is! I’ll be the brunette (and South African) Nicole 😀.

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  2. As the picture came up I said “Oh, I’ve been there!” I went to South Africa with my mum, I think it was 1977. We went to Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town and then took the Blue Train back to Johannesburg. Such a gorgeous country. Not nearly enough time, of course. Say hi to “Tom”!

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    1. And every time you mention that you were on the Blue Train, I’m so envious! With all of its problems, I still think South Africa is such a beautiful country (and I’m happy to call it ‘home’)! ‘Tom’ is acting like a real movie star tonight after all of your lovely comments 😄.


    1. Exactly Tricia … it’s not everyday that you can tell you know someone who stood next to Mr Cruise 😄. Franschhoek is a stunning town, surrounded by majestic mountains … one day, I’ll give you a proper tour!

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  3. Feelings of nostalgia for sure, thank you for sharing Corna. I remember being much younger and hubby was called ” boyfriend ” 🙂 Franschhoek is indeed beautiful and fortunately I visited one of the wine farms there recently. One farm visit was obviously not enough, thank you for the encouragement Corna 🙂 Definitely need to do the Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Train.

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    1. Oh yes, back in the days, Berto was my “boyfriend” as well … though, I knew I’m going to marry him from the moment I met him! I’m a little bit jealous of you visiting Franschhoek recently – it’s such a beautiful town. You and me both have an appointment with that Hop-On-Hop-Off Wine Train 😄.

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