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What to do in Paternoster

The simple answer? Stay at Abalone House and dine at Reuben’s, of course. That’s just what we did last weekend…

Saturday, 10 June 2017: A night at Paternoster’s Abalone House, with dinner at Reuben’s

Good bye dogs
We reassured the doggies that we’d be back in 24 hours and that they’d be in good hands with their uncle Spec, then off we went!
Road trip Wimpy coffee
Rainy road trip! It’s comforting knowing there’s a luxurious destination at the end of the road. Also see my takeaway Wimpy coffee, a road trip essential.
Welcome to Paternoster
Destination Paternoster! Less than two hours since setting off from home, including a few stops along the way for snacks and scenery snaps, we’d reached the sleepy town.
Paternoster
Some of the pretty things you’ll see in Paternoster – sea views from almost anywhere, whitewashed houses, the striking ‘see kat’ statue, and helpful sign boards to almost any destination.
Abalone House
Winding through the streets of Paternoster we soon found our lovely location for the night – five-star boutique hotel, Abalone House. See some of the sweet kitties that roam the premises, an abandoned boat and the inviting but absolutely off-limits cold pool in the wintery rain. We’re desperate to return on a warmer day and try it!
Abalone House
Abalone House is extremely warm and welcoming in winter, partly due to the old-fashioned charm, partly due to the blazing fireplaces dotted around the main property. We learned from the general manager that the outside sitting area you see bottom right will soon have glass sliding doors instead of these tarps, ensuring the weather stays out in winter and that you can let the sun shine in during the warmer months by just folding them away. We’ll have to return to report back on that, too!
Tretchikoff art
Tretchikoff ladies everywhere! On the cushions in Reuben’s, on the wall in our lounge, in our bathroom, and on a stack of cushions in the library.
Abalone House
Pretty patio set, inviting bed, underfloor heating beneath soft carpets and loungers beside the Jacuzzi on the roof – we braved it for a good 40 minutes or so after dinner.
Abalone House bubbly and canapes
Our room at Abalone House was a real sight for sore eyes. Instant stress relief. Soon after check-in there was a knock at the door and we were presented with flutes of welcome bubbly and assorted warm canapes. The decor was bright, warm and just what we needed.
Stormy sea at Paternoster
Here is Husband gazing at the gorgeous stormy seascape. Once settled in our room we had a warm, cosy nap and listened to the soothing sounds of the rain outside. The sound of birdies chirping alerted us to the fact that the rain had stopped and we could safely venture out to explore the beach.
Sunset in Paternoster
What a wonderful beach. We saw a few couples heading that way once they realised the rain had eased off, and watched the stunning sunset.
Paternoster beach
Various things on the otherwise deserted Paternoster beach – me, swirls of foam, and Husband as the sun set.
Reuben's at Abalone House in Paternoster
Many know Paternoster’s Abalone House as it’s the setting for local foodie favourite Reuben Riffel’s Reuben’s – and boy, did we eat well!
Wine at Reuben's Paternoster
Our dinner drinks at Reuben’s – a glass of Merlot and an ice-creamy strawberry shake (not on the menu, but just ask).
Food at Reuben's Paternoster
See my spicy tomato ragout meatballs with Melba toast-style health bread, amuse bouche of pulled pork from two angles and my lemon cheesecake with mint sorbet, berry coulis and Terbodore cappuccino.
Reuben's at Abalone House
More food – Husband’s ‘mushrooms on mash’ starter with mustard drizzle, his braised lamb shank, my pork belly ribs and the malva pudding dessert with granadilla sorbet. Watch for my review on Biz soon, for all the descriptive words!
Gowns at Abalone House
Ahh. My ultimate sign of ‘quality place to stay’ is if there are fluffy white terrycloth gowns to prance around in once evening hits. That’s just what we did, as you can see from these numerous shots – we even had matching bedside slippers!

Sunday, 11 June 2017: Breakfast at Reuben’s, sightseeing at Saldanha Bay

Breakfast at Reubens
Ordering a hot breakfast like the eggs benedict or full English means you can also have your fill of the continental buffet – one of the most varied and value-packed I’ve seen! As we were the first eager beavers to arrive, we got to take the prime table at the bay window with a view towards the sea. Just heavenly.
Anchor in Paternoster
We’d seen the big anchor on our way into town the day before but didn’t stop as it was raining. We stopped on our way out so Husband could pose for a variety of photos, from polite tourist the ‘this is my wrecking ball’ swing. Teehee!
Wind turbines
Having seen a field of wind turbines in the distance we took a slight detour off the tarred road home onto a dirt road to take a closer look. They’re really quite majestic and awe-inspiring up close as they whoosh methodically overhead.
Saldanha harbour
We also visited the Saldanha harbour on our way home. The wind was picking up by then and rain started up again so we only took a few snaps – Husband was fascinated by the mix of sea-ready boats and shipwrecks.

That’s all, folks! One of the most beautiful places we’ve reviewed, we’re sure to return and hope you’ll venture out that way, too – you won’t be disappointed.

*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Reuben’s and accommodation at Abalone House were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Langpad Langebaan toe

Don’t worry, the rest of this post will be in English – but it sure is a long road to Langebaan. We took our first unplanned road trip to the seaside town last weekend and had a delightful time, as you’ll see from the pics below – we’ll certainly be back!

Saturday, 17 September 2016: Hart of Melkbos, social media exam and Rocomama’s treat

Melkbos purple
I’ve been meaning to snap a shot of this since I first noticed it almost four years ago when we moved this side of the world. The ‘ice cream shack’ at Melkbos beach is decorated in the most amazing shades of purple, with the bench outside and even the bin a tasteful match 😉
Cappuccino at The Hart in Melkbos
We’d heard that The Hart Breadhouse and Eatery had opened just a few doors down from I Love Melkies on Melkbos beachfront, so that was our first port of call on Saturday morning. Note the swirled heart atop my cappuccino and vase of pretty wildflowers. These were for sale at the till, if so inclined.
Egg benedict at The Hart
I opted for the single bacon eggs benedict (that should probably be ‘egg benedict’). It was a Goldilocks meal, just right. The little hot candied tomatoes were also delicious.
Gary's Breakfast at The Hart
Husband went for Gary’s Breakfast, which features everything you could ask for from a cooked breakfast – eggs on toast with mini tomatoes, bacon, avo, mushroom, slices of chorizo and fried mushrooms. Quite a mouthful, in every sense! 🙂
Jump on beach
We took a quick stroll along the shore to work of some of that food. This is me in the standard ‘jump on the beach’ pose.
Bench in Melkbos
All the yellow wildflowers are out in full bloom. Could have easily sat for hours staring at the calm sea from this bench, but alas, we had to get a move on…
Social media marketing certificates
… because I had an exam to take! Having reached the end of my social media marketing diploma course I completed the final exam with 95%, and decided to hold up my certiface of completion of the social media course I completed at Shift One in Eden on the Bay just last week -local and international certification just a few days apart. Time for a rest from studying now though, my brain is a little overwhelmed.
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To celebrate, we made our way to Rocomama’s in Durbanville as I love their burgers and shakes. I ate my ‘cheese-bacon-guac’ too fast for a photo, but here is my cherry cola shake (and just look at those ‘killer flapjax’, maybe next time!)
Chilli cheese bomb at Rocomamas
Husband opted for this double-up chilli cheese bomb smash burger with extra chilli.

Sunday, 18 September 2016: Breakfast at The Daily Cafe and Langebaan roadtrip

Cappuccino at The Daily
The coffee at Big Bay’s The Daily is a wonderful way to start the day. Here’s my Sunday morning cappuccino with homemade star-shaped sugar cookie.
French toast at The Daily
I ordered the bacon-banana-cheese-syrup French toast – goodness me, barely finished the three super-sized slices.
Breakfast wrap at The Daily
Husband opted for the breakfast wrap. Here he is, peppering it up to his standards.
Vyge Valley Farm Stall
Bellies full, we decided on a road trip to finally see what Langebaan is all about. We stopped off here, at the Vyge Valley Farm Stall just outside Yzerfontein to stock up on a few snacks, then we were off. Note the handy sign posts showing distances to various destinations.
Yzerfontein rocks
Here is Husband, walking down to the rocks at Yzerfontein where we found some dassies sunning themselves.
Waves and rocks at Yzerfontein
Husband watched the waves crashing on the sea for a while, then we hit the road again.
Langebaan coast
The very beautiful Langebaan coastline. This is about 1.5 hours from our front door.
Langebaan shells
Some of the touristy curios on display in Langebaan.
Langebaan lagoon
Husband was truly in his element once we found the Langebaan lagoon. With, deep, clear and slightly warmer water than the sea. it’s a lovely weekend spot.
Buoy at Langebaan
A boy at a buoy. 🙂 This is how far out the tide had gone.
Fishermen at Langebaan
He wasn’t the only one. Look at this line of happy fishermen, knee-deep or more and patiently waiting for a bite on their lines.
Seagull in Langebaan
The water was so calm, this seagull also went for a merry little bob along the surface.
Pineapple shake at Driftwoods
Hungry from all that sea air, we sat down at Driftwoods Seafood Restaurant with a view of the lagoon. I went for a pineapple shake.
Calamari burger at Driftwoods
Husband had the calamari burger, I ate most of the chips and tempura-style onion rings.
Saldanha harbour
We followed the Saldanha harbour signs on our way back home, fascinated at the size of the ships on the horizon.
Die Strandloper
Though we were full-to-bursting we simply had to stop in for a look around ‘Die Strandloper’. It was packed to the gills with barefoot folk having a seafood buffet.
Lobsters at Die Strandloper
Just look at these lobsters, all part of the meal at Die Strandloper. We’ll have to try them out on our next trip!
Shipwrecked boat
Doubt this boat will see the sea again.

That’s all, folks! 🙂 I’ve been on ‘staycation’ for the past few days, you can expect pics in my next update. It’s set to be another sunny weekend, enjoy yourselves…