Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bastille Day (in South Africa)

Franschhoek is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa.
It is about 75 kilometers from Cape Town and has a population of slightly over 15,000 people. Franschhoek's original inhabitants were the Bushmen.
In 1688 French Huguenot refugees began populating the valley establishing farms and businesses bringing with them their experience in agriculture. The name of the area soon changed to le Coin Français ("the French Corner"), and later to Franschhoek (Dutch for "French Corner"), with many of the settlers naming their new farms after the areas in France from which they came.
This heritage is shown today by the Huguenot Monument which stands at the end of the town. The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village is unspoiled.
Franschhoek's weekend Bastille Festival has been celebrated every July since 1994, the year of the first South African general election with universal adult suffrage marking the end of the apartheid era.

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