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From Thursday, November 15 to Thursday, December 6, we enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing stay at Bird Cottage, a small cottage on Graham and Paddy Howes's farm just out of the town of Franschhoek. We rented a car from Avis, a cell phone, and relaxed for 3 weeks at the cottage. Most days we ate breakfast and lunch at the cottage, then drove the 4 miles to town for dinner. We made a few day-trips to to places like Cape Algulhas (Africa's southern-most point) and the spectacular city of Cape Town, and made several visits to the nearby town of Stellenbosch. Franschhoek is in the heart of South Africa's wine country, and the restaurants of Franschhoek are some of the best restaurants in the country.