Another day in Parys…

…and yes I have the spelling right.  It is not Paris, France but Parys, Freestate, South Africa. Hubby and I visited this quaint little town in 2010 for our 8th wedding Anniversary, and I guess we fell in love all over again. 🙂

A mere hour’s drive out of the city…it is a great getaway!  This time round we invited a few friends along and made a day-trip of it.  Here follows a photo essay of the day: (some pics taken while in transit)

An appropriate greeting...Welcome Cafe

The Eiffel Tower

The local butchery. We stocked up on some good organic meat.

The butchery interior

The streets are lined with quaint little shops...

Cute shop

The Vaal River

The mighty Vaal river

The Vaal River  is the largest tributary of the Orange River in South Africa. The river has its source in the Drakensberg mountains in Mpumalanga, east of Johannesburg and about 30 km north of Ermelo and only about 240 km from the Indian Ocean. It then flows westwards to its conjunction with the Orange River southwest of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. It is 1,120 km in length, and forms the border between MpumalangaGauteng and North West Province on its north bank, and the Free State on its south. (source: Wikipedia) We ended off our day with ice cream at the local gourmet bistro, Hoi Poloi.  It has a very quirky style with a lot of French influence.

Very steep stairs

Bistro interior

Lounging at the back of the bistro

Below the bistro is what looks like an upholstery boutique and a collection of vintage cars.  Check out the antique doors!

Antique doors

Another stunning door!

Bistro view from the bottom up

A vertical garden...how interesting!

Hands down one of my favourite small towns in South Africa now (amongst Franschhoek, Dullstroom, etc).  It has so much to offer in terms of shopping, eating and sight-seeing.

“Parys, ne peut pas attendre de vous voir à nouveau!”

(Cannot wait to see you again, Parys!)

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2 thoughts on “Another day in Parys…

  1. Anthea Ngubane says:

    Ur pics of Parys makes me wanna go there… Def an item on my to do list, Thanks 2 u Lizl!

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