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Franschhoek is the darling of the Winelands, and a walk down its main artery, Huguenot Street, makes it instantly clear why: the light seems to hit the village's historic Cape Dutch buildings in a special way. Though it's just an hour from Cape Town, there's a distinctly French vibe here, owing to the influence from its 17th-century settlers—Bastille Day is even celebrated in a big way here with a lively annual festival.

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Franschhoek is the darling of the Winelands, and a walk down its main artery, Huguenot Street, makes it instantly clear why: the light seems to hit the village's historic Cape Dutch buildings in a special way. Though it's just an hour from Cape Town, there's a distinctly French vibe here, owing to the influence from its 17th-century settlers—Bastille Day is even celebrated in a big way here with a lively annual festival.