The mediterranean climate
in the south-western part of South Africa is ideal for growing grapes,
so there is a large wine industry in the Cape. The main town in the winelands
is Stellenbosch, named after Governer Simon de Stel.
Stellenbosch is pretty and
clean, and features many fine buildings in the Cape Dutch style as well
as Georgian and Victorian houses. The centre is popular with tourists
so there are plenty of attractive (though relatively expensive) shops.
There is also a large
We spent only a short time
in Stellenbosch, but it was enough to discover the beautiiful Dutch Reformed
Church. It was very peaceful inside, though we were told it was absolutely
packed each Sunday. The stained modern glass windows were wonderfully