Six Stages of Being – Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, Franschhoek

No trip to Cape Town should be complete without a foray into the Cape winelands, specifically my favourite, Franschhoek.

It’s worth spending a few days to fully appreciate this lovely village, first settled by French Huguenots in 1688. This is South Africa’s gourmet capital with wonderful restaurants to join the wineries. One of my favourites is still the perennial La Petite Ferme for lunch with a view down the Franschhoek valley. Ask to sit on the verandah.

Accommodation is also of high quality. The Akademie Street Boutique Hotel is a case in point. Read my story, Six Stages of Being, which appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald/Age Traveller on October 19, 2013. It’s also online at:

Akademie Franschhoek



About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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