Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer – Not my quote, but a quote I see often. I’m not completely convinced, but I do like the idea very much – It helps to justify the expense when travelling across the seas with the weakening rand.

Since we needed to budget for a wedding at the end of 2014 and we’ll be heading to the UK in the first half of 2016, Ashton and I agreed that we wouldn’t plan for an overseas vacation this year – We just couldn’t afford it. I’m still dealing with it 🙁

There are days where I spend far too much time dreaming of laying on a beautiful beach or exploring an exciting new city. Kind of feeling like a getaway was long overdue, when the monthly Franschhoek newsletter hit my mailbox and I saw they would be hosting another mystery weekend (I’d heard about them through friends), I couldn’t resist booking a weekend away. You can read up a little more on it here, but basically you pay upfront for the weekend and then hold thumbs that you get a great deal. I’m pretty sure that everyone does get a great deal, so dont worry too much about that.

We arrived in Franschhoek on the Friday evening and were given a selection of boxes to choose from. We picked one and inside found our itinerary. Where we’d be staying, where we’d be eating and where we’d be wine tasting. It’s a great concept and I hope they introduce it to other parts of the Western Cape soon.

Since it was a weekend away, my camera never made it out of the car. The problem is, when I start taking photographs, I find it difficult to stop – So rather than spending the weekend being consumed by trying to get the perfect shot, I spent the weekend, relaxing with my wife. Of course there was the trusty iPhone and that’s why I can share these with you today.

If you want to get away for the weekend, I can honestly tell you that a break in Franschhoek will have you feeling well and truly rested by the time you get home. This mid year mini break was exactly what I needed, and I left feeling as though I’d spent a week at some amazing retreat.

Bring on the madness of the not too distant future, I’m ready it for it.

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