Tonnerre – Sunrise marvel

We overnighted at Tonnerre, and performed a bit of clothes shopping at the nearby supermarket, necessitated by an airline luggage disaster. We also partook of some local culinary wonders and vinyard nectar in the form of a lovely Burgundy rose (that is, a rose made in Burgundy) and lovely it was too.

We wandered the streets, explored the cathedral, patted some cats and cooked dinner on the boat that night.

The next morning Cris and I bounced at at the crack of dawn (actually it was before as we had to set up our cameras) and took some photos of the most majestic sunrise over the canal.Tonnerre at sunrise

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    Tonnerre – a daytime wonder

    We arrived in Tonnerre after another hot day’s barging and found ourselves moored across from a really run-down grain and cereal silo. A slow-setting sun meant the bare brick and cement of the silo cast a lovely reflection into the canal in front of us and the scene simply composed itself in our cameras.

    What we see in this post is once of the first of many images we took of this waterfront industrial monolith. More was to follow when the run rose the following morning.

    Tonnerre was truly one of the most memorable places we visited



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      Stuck in a Pantone swatch

      The Pompidou Centre was a block or two from our rented apartment in Paris. There you’ll find the Musée National d’Art Moderne. One of the exhibits that was on display during our visit was one of the more disturbing room I’ve seen… I dubbed it the ‘Pantone Swatch’ for obvious reasons…

      Pantone Swatch - Pompidou

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        Reflecting on Grand Dedale

        Grand Dedale was a place to be experienced. From lounging around in the massive reading room with delicious port and sherry and arm-stretch away to lazy walks along the river through orange orchards and vineyards, it truly wonderful.

        The next time we have an excuse to be in Wellington, we won’t hesitate to make a turn past there.

        Thanks Angelo and your team for the fantastic end to our holiday!

        Grande Dedale - Inside

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        Grand Dedale – Cape Dutch architecture with an Art Deco twist

        Grand Dedale’s manor house dates back to the initial settlement of the Cape in the early 1700s. Architecture is traditional Cape Dutch, with high ceilings, massive windows, thick walls and large rooms. This has been given a twist with and nice Art Deco treatment. The scale of the rooms and roof beams add a wonderful feel to being there.

        Grand Dedale - Reading room

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        Luxurious luxury

        If there was ever a thing such as luxurious luxury, it’d be known better as Grand Dedale.

        We were greeted by Angelo on our arrival, and very soon after decided to stay an  extra night as it was so wonderful. His two ‘manor kitties’ were a pleasure to meet.

        We spent the rest of the day lazing about reading and snoozing, feeling really pampered. That night, dinner was a splendid Kudu fillet, curry dusted and done to perfection.

        You can find more information on Grand Dedale at

        Grand Dedale - Foyer

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        Grand Dedale – A Country Manor House

        After our untamed days in Tankwa we decided to treat ourselves to a spot of luxury. While looking for a a place for my sister and brother-in-law a while before, we spotted Grand Dedale and recommended it. Sadly, it was full when they tried to book, but we took the opportunity to try it out on the way back from Tankwa. And we’re really glad we did. It’s awesome.

        Grande Dedale - Patio

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          Cow on green

          This is one of the neighbourhood cows at Grand Dedale. Wasn’t very friendly though, but still quite photogenic. For a cow…

          And the cow goes 'moo'

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            The morning after…

            The storm that has appeared a few days earlier in Tankwa seemed to linger about in Wellington, and the morning after left a clear and fresh day. Grand Dedale is home to a number of horses and cows and these are some of the paddocks that they call home…


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              A treat sweeter than sweet

              After roughing it for a few days, we moved on to Wellington to a spot of luxury at Grand Dedale guesthouse. This is set below Bain’s Kloof Pass just outside Wellington, and it’s simply magnificent. Angelo and his two cats put us right at home. Walking through the grounds we came across this orange orchard. The oranges were just too good not to eat…

              Oranges and more oranges

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