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Church on Sunday: Dutch Reformed Church, Franschhoek, South Africa

Though I’m back under the grey skies of Belgrade in winter, I had to post this summery photo of the Dutch Reformed Church in Franschhoek, South Africa. The Dutch Reform Church was built in 1846, and is reportedly the oldest building in town.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much information about the church, but the town was settled in 1688 with the help of French Huguenots. The Huguenots arrived (with the help of the Dutch) after they were expelled from France by Louis XIV because of their Protestant faith. Louis’ loss soon became South Africa’s gain: the Huguenots brought their knowledge of winemaking and love for great food, and Franschhoek is now known for its incredible wineries and fine restaurants.

Of course, we couldn’t just rely on our guidebook for this information, so we had to sample the ginger chocolates at Huguenot Fine Chocolates, explore wineries and have lunch at the amazing La Petite Ferme. The service was gracious, the food was outstanding, and the wine was worthy of yet-another-cheesy-photo:

Religious freedom was never more delicious.

You can’t say RHOB doesn’t do her research.


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