A walk in the village is always a Feast; especially when you love the green. Except for the main Victoria Street than runs through the village and where most businesses (shops, restaurants, etc.) are located virtually every street of path is surrounded by green and sometimes you even have to look through shrubs and trees to discover the houses; some are jewels of traditional (international) architecture.
“Shebeen owner” Penny van den Berg loves her ‘girls’ and she can keep herself busy for hours with dressing and decorating them. Stanfordians and visitors alike can see Penny’s girls in the windows bordering the main Victoria Street than runs right through the village although the villagers themselves prefer to move in slow rural pace. This week Penny dressed the girls as Angels and she really takes the time for it; arguing with herself and and visitors which wig with which dress of which girl. What many people, Stanfordians included, are not aware of is that now and than there is also a candle burning. This happens when a known villager passes away. The candle will, accompanied with a picture of the deceased, burn until the funeral; a gesture very much appreciated by family members.
In this photo blog site an abundance of pictures of the Angels. Herewith a few.
More about this hidden paradise -so glad it’s private and not mentioned in any travel publication- in Stanford: click here (opens in new window). But there are places similar (but not as diverse) in Stanford that are more accessible for a wider public such as the hiking trails with waterfall at Salmonsvlei Dam along the Papiesvlei Road and Pigs Snout along the road to Hermanus. Just ask the local tourism bureau in Stanford. This ‘Garden of Eden’ however, we like to keep to ourselves. It just accentuates the choice for Stanford as ‘Best Village Destination in South Africa’.