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La Sosta che ci voleva

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Swellendam is becoming famous is Italy- here is an article from the very influential Identita Golose. An attempt at a translation follows at the end... Look out for Italian Vanity Fair in the new year as they publish some nice things about Augusta de Mist, but more about that in 2012. Se vi capita di passare da Swellendam, un’antica cittadina Cape Dutch a circa 250 chilometri nord-est da Città del Capo, non perdete l’occasione di cenare alla Sosta. Questo ristorante piccolo e curato è di proprietà di una coppia milanese che cinque anni fa si è trasferita in Sud Africa per cambiare...

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Coronation Double Century ’11: Results and some Pics

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Congratulations to Cape Town Market Team for winning the Coronation Double Century in 5hours,13 minutes and 05 secs! “With guys like Jaco Venter, Jeremy Maartens and Tiaan Kannemeyer in our team, there’s no doubt that we’re aiming for a win,” said Cape Town Market/Noble Energy’s team captain Hannes van der Walt. The Cape Town Market team has emerged as one of South Africa’s top cycling teams.Two members of the team have been awarded their national colours, and now support their country at numerous international events. The team is sponsored by Altius Holdings, acknowledging...

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If memory serves…

Heritage lecture at Drostdy

As secretary of the Swellendam Heritage Association it is always with great gusto that we plan an outing or event and in some cases a talk or lecture. Naturally you worry about whether anyone in the world will actually attend the event as the market for a sheep shearing experience is presumably quite small. But time after time the numbers surprise us as it seems that there is a real interest in who we are in terms of where we have been. This time it was the turn of Dr Tertius Weich to talk about his experiences living in Swellendam since the early 50's. And he has seen a lot. From the much lamented...

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Re: Cycle

Cycling Snack

The Coronation Double Century Cycle Challenge a 202 km team race which is limited to 200 teams. The event is now in its 19th year and takes place on Saturday 26 November 2011. Cyclists can once again look forward to starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Swellendam in the Western Cape. Teams will complete the most challenging climbs, Tradouw Pass as well as Op de Tradouw, within the first 60km of the race. From Swellendam cyclists follows the R324 through Suurbraak and over Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale. A left turn onto the R62 takes participants to the challenging 7km Op de Tradouw,...

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50 years ago: A Swellendam walk down memory lane

Swellendam in the 50s

The Swellendam Heritage Association is proud to announce an evening of memories and fascinating stories by Dr Ters Weich, one of it's most beloved residents. Dr Weich has lived in Swellendam since 1957 and has a wealth of information and anecdotes about our town stretching over half a century. He is a well-known and highly respected retired medical practitioner, and has the distinction of having delivered a fair proportion of present-day Swellendammers into this world. Saturday 19th November at 18h30 for 19h00 at The Drostdy Barn   Admission: Members R20 /  Non-members & Guests...

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Howe impressed was he?

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The following report on Swellendam and Augusta de Mist appeared on today's Good Taste online magazine and was written by Graham Howe who stayed with us as while back. We asked him to please focus on the town and region as we felt that Augusta de Mist needs to be experienced as part of a bigger itinerary he really did capture that 'weekend in Swellendam' with his article. The Heart of the Overberg But there are also loads of things to do in Swellendam itself—art galleries, antique shops, pottery studios, handcraft shops and restaurants—as well as botanical gardens and historical walks....

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Breaking News: Summer Breakfasts ‘al fresco’

Chopping herbs for breakfast

The first of the patio breakfasts for the summer season was a great way to welcome a busy season. We were lucky to host Dan McDougall,  2009 Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards and currently the Africa correspondent for the UK Sunday Times, his wife, the gorgeous Navdip Dhariwal, a BBC Asia correspondent, their two spirited kids and their au pair, Petra. Dan was voted by US-based Ethisphere Magazine  as one of the world's most influential journalist in the field of ethical trading. In other Swellendam news we are happy to report that this weekend sees the 10 year...

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Chants d’Swellendam

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We can’t stop listening to Karina Gauvin’s recording of Josephe Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne. Summer on a CD is what this is. Canteloube studied folk songs of Auvergne and reworked them into the multi-volume Chants d’Auvergne published 1923-1955. The texts are simple songs of shepherdesses, rivers, cuckoos, outsmarting a male passer-by, unrequited love and stolen kisses, but what matters more is the musicality and strangeness of the language they’re written in.  Auvergnat or Auvernhat is one of the many languages that had to die in order for the one national French language...

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Le Manege Enchante

Le Manège Enchanté

At Augusta de Mist we are in a privileged position. We get to meet people at their most relaxed while on holiday or a long weekend and, in the case of business travelers, after a long day as they unwind and enjoy dinner or a glass of wine on the stoep. As a result we frequently hear from guests who keep us up to date with their goings on and today we heard from Kevin and Debbie, the Dutch restaurateurs who got engaged at Augusta after falling under her romantic spells. Kevin writes:  'Thank you for introducing us to Stanislas Renault with the "Song le Manege". It's on the Paris CD and this...

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A new face in the Tourism office

The Greater Swellendam Tourism Office (GSTO) recently appointed Reneé Bufé as new General Manager. After undergoing a rigorous interview procedure, from which Reneé emerged as an outstanding candidate, contracts were signed, and she has already become a hardworking member of the team. Reneé and her fiancé, photo journalist and author George Irwin, recently became residents in Swellendam, having fallen in love with the town and seen its potential for growth in the tourism industry. Reneé has extensive knowledge and experience in managerial skills and hospitality, having worked at Fugitives...

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