Last Year I finally got to visit the Afrikaanse Taalmonument next to Paarl near Cape Town. ‘Taal’ is the Afrikaans word for language, so translated it is the Afrikaans language monument.
As we drove up to the monument I felt a flutter of excitement. It really is impressive both in height and in design. It is beautiful to look at, and with it`s sleek clean lines it could sit in an art gallery or an exquisite modern home, albeit with an exceptionally high roof and lots of floor space of course! A guided tour pre-booked from the visitor`s center will teach you the history of the monument and what each part represents, I won`t spoil that for you here. The monument is high up on the Paarl Mountain overlooking the town. The scenery surrounding the monument is also impressive, patch work fields and small towns interrupted by imposing mountains which look especially stunning when the clouds sit around their top`s.
Do make sure to take your camera and book a guided tour, these are free and offered upon request between certain times only so please do check the website. Tours take about 20 minutes. I will link the website at the end of this post. There is also a 30 minute hiking route, we have not done this but they say it’s suitable for all fitness levels, and to wear suitable shoes.
It is nice to sit outside with a drink from the coffee shop and take in the beautiful view, this is what we did! You can even take your own picnic, or they say picnics can be pre-ordered from the coffee shop.
Since starting to learn Afrikaans I had wanted to visit here. I had hoped to on our 2015 trip and was disappointed when we did not. Upon reflection though it meant more to me this time because I feel my Afrikaans is now much better, and I can now say that I am starting to be able to speak Afrikaans, of ek kan n’ bietjie Afrikaans praat! though I still have much to learn and improve upon. I felt a belonging there that I don`t think I would have the previous year. It meant a lot to me. It felt good to think that this beautiful language is now part of my life. I love Afrikaans
Hier is die skakel na die webwerf. Jy kan dit lees in Engels of Afrikaans Here is the link for the website. The site can be read in English or Afrikaans.
Please feel free to contact me to correct or share any information I may have missed, or to correct my Afrikaans as I am still learning. You can comment here or contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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