This is my hometown, this place called, Paarl.
Over the next 31 days…I hope to lure you to the Valley…and who knows…we might meet one day for a fabulous cappuccino, a pot of rooibos tea or a lovely glass of Pinotage!
I’ll share some current facts, post some gorgeous pictures and educate you on the history of my place!
We can visit wine estates – you’ll love them!
We’ll go for a walk on Paarl Mountain – the beauty of it all is worth the pain.
I’ll take you down Main Road for a quick shopping spree and I promise, the street is gorgeous.
We can visit the place where our very own, Nelson Mandela took his first free steps after 27 years.
I might even show you some of the spots where you can stay when you pop over for your first visit!
There’s much, much more we’ll do over the next 31 days…so buckle up as we travel through the gorgeous Paarl, in the heart of the Boland!
Today, just for fun – we’ll start with pronunciation – you need to get this right, OK!
Listen up – click on the link…it’s in my mother tongue, Afrikaans!
Some fun facts about the origin out the name, Paarl:
- Abraham Gabemma, while looking for new trading relationships in the Cape arrived here after a rainstorm. He saw a majestic granite rock glistening in the sun, after some rain and called it “de Peerlberg en de Diamondt” – in English, Pearl Mountain and Diamond. [you will see the mountain on another day!]
- In Dutch (because you need to remember that they were the ones looking for trading opportunities), the Parel means Pearl…and so our town became PAARL.
- People refer to their towns as: we live in Worcester or I live in Surrey. Here in Paarl, the Afrikaans speaking community refers to: Ek woon in die Paarl – direct translation: I live in the Paarl. Needless to say, when we speak THE English language – we joke about being from THE Paarl, too!
I hope you’ll enjoy the visit and that you’ll have the courage to ask if there are questions you’d like me to answer.
There won’t be an overflow of information – so don’t worry about having to read for hours on end. I’ll keep it short and (hopefully) fun!
‘till tomorrow then!
Listening image via Psycologyface