It is not a typo error: it is not Clarins although its skin care products would most certainly give anyone a glow. Clarens, a small, quaint and picturesque town at the foothill of the Maluti Mountain, has its own glow and it can be quite magnificent. It is a town in the Free State province.
Depending on where one is coming from, and what activities are planned, a short weekend stay, from Saturday to Sunday, will do. However, it is best to visit the town for a long weekend, from Friday to Monday, especially if playing golf. It is about three and a half hours by car from Johannesburg’s northern suburbia. I, personally, would not suggest a day trip but some people do. If already in the Vaal, Vanderbijlpark or Vereeniging, day trip may be fine for lunch and to feast your eyes on some beautiful art.
In the tiny town center is a Protea Hotel but we stayed in one of those self-catering holiday homes out in the middle of nowhere. The place: de krantz.
The house where we stayed has three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. There is a large lounge / dining room, with the TV area separate from the main sitting space. The open plan kitchen is quite big. There is also a scullery, which is useful for those who stay for a week and do not want to take home laundry. The balcony is huge and anywhere one stands, an expanse of land, sometimes with some animals hanging around, is the view to enjoy. A double garage is available for use. In winter, the underfloor heating is definitely a plus. The house is beautifully decorated. It is a home away from home, and a comfortable one.
This quaint town is perfect for the family. There are a few things that can entertain the little ones. For the shopaholics, there are more than enough shops to keep them busy. I loved walking around and taking photos. It is the ideal place when looking to take beautiful photos.
The restaurants serve a good variety of food. I don’t think that anyone will be disappointed.
And here I was playing model in Clarens… Oh, it was winter when we took the trip to Clarens. It was a pity we did not get snow. Then again, it was too early in winter.
Here are some of the goodies on offer that I just had to take pictures of.
Once the tummy is full and all the shopping is done, on the way out, you may want to stop for a few minutes at the Ash River Outfall. I have been there twice and the picture of me was taken the first time I was there (2009). I was younger so I could pull off the look… I think. Haha!
I am sure that I’ll be back in Clarens again. I promise not to take another picture at the Ash River Outfall. I will show you next time the rest of the pictures, if Daily Post comes up with a relevant photo challenge.