I’ve always wanted to go to the literary festival in the Franschhoek valley, I just never got around to it, and then finally decided this will be the year!
There honestly couldn’t be a more perfect town to host the festival with its picturesque beauty. Franschhoek is home to many historic buildings, no-doubt telling stories of their own, and blowing new life into these historic buildings every autumn, are the many interesting book discussions with acclaimed authors, and live performances by other local and international artists throughout the long-weekend.
In the wine valley of Franschhoek you can sip on anything from a merlot to champagne while taking it all in on the green, lush lawns. You’ll be delighted by the rows of quaint coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries while strolling down the main road painted brightly with Autumn leaves. This fille française also has no shortage of grand guest houses, and provides a tranquil escape from the bustling city life for locals and tourists flocking to the valley year after year.
For our stay we chose the gorgeous Val d’or Estate Country Guest House to be our home away from home, and received a warm and welcoming reception from our hosts. The rooms are modern, cozy, spacious and the entire place just downright gorgeous. We really couldn’t fault a thing.
The Franschhoek literary festival is a wonderful opportunity not only for authors and artists to interact with the public and promote their wonderful work, but it’s also a great way to encourage reading in both young and old.
Until we’ve seen more of our youth get involved, it’s not fully achieved its goal yet.
For more information about the Festival, and to get involved, email Sheenagh at email@example.com
As always, I’m leaving you with a few pictures taken by my talented husband, photographer, and my muse.
Yours in books,