Mission 42- Visit Cape Town’s Paternoster and Explore the Western Cape

Mission 42- Visit Cape Town’s Paternoster and Explore the Western Cape

"There are moments like these in my life that I just love to capture especially when everything seems so perfect!"

I have the worst sense of humour on this earthly globe! Trekking though the airport can be a very uplifting experience for me... almost like travellers want to deliberately entertain me with bags dropping on their feet, high heeled ‘fashionistas’ slipping onto their buttocks and my top performance, getting knocked over by automatic sliding doors. Now you might be thinking, “Little MMI that is terrible, where is your compassion?” If people really get hurt then it isn’t funny but when it’s a silly accident... I laugh so hard that tears come rolling out of my eyes like that scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. It takes skill walking through Automatic Sliding Doors! Fact! Even though the sneaky glass thingy’s detect you nearby, one still needs to somehow judge the time getting through them and avoid being too close to the sides which start closing in as you walk underneath. The face that one pulls when they judge them incorrectly... kinda like this slow motion picture of their jaws dropping whilst trying to flick their bags forward and trying to get their bodies out of the way! Priceless! I’m thinking I might need to go for an Airport Compassionate Management Class... hehe!

Driving down the Western Cape is picturesque! The horizon on the sky seems endless and the transition from the city to this open landscape of fynbos is magnificent. In the distance I could see the wind turbine project that is being researched for future power for South Africa and I couldn’t help but notice the sand dunes that make up so much of the topography (my big word for the day).

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Wind Turbine

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape

The Western Cape has so many beautiful towns or villages to explore and one such place is called Paternoster! Paternoster is a fishing village that is approximately a 1 1/2 from Cape Town. To describe this charming little village is surreal! Driving down the little streets, I was in awe of the white washed beach houses with crushed shells for driveways. This romantic getaway destination welcomed me with its long white beach and massive coastline boulders waiting to be explored!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

I couldn’t wait to get my keys for the beach house I rented out for the few days! I think whatever beach house you rent in Paternoster, it’s going to surprise you with its simplistic decor and small touches of the local’s artworks. Sometimes interior designing fascinates me... I always wonder what the designers or owners were thinking when it came to decorating their spaces. I came across the oddest thing in this beach house... something that still puzzles me today! Maybe it’s a trend in this location but why was there a lamp in the toilet? I marvelled at this choice of item placed on the magazine table next to the loo and wondered if it was placed there because it was a lost little lamp with no other place to go or if one felt like they needed a night light when visiting the loo in the dark. Whatever the reason this was fascinating! I love this beach house... skylights in the kitchen, odd cushions piled up in baskets, lamps in toilets and a balcony with a breathtaking view. I realised I was in a very special place!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

After settling in, it was time to explore and the best way to get to know Paternoster is to discover it by foot. Though every house was white with blue shutters, each villa had its own characteristic... its own identity!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster

The sand on the beach was so soft that my feet just sank between the sandy particles leaving an imprint between my toes. I found a little seafood restaurant on the beach that served fresh fish and wine with a delightful atmosphere and loads of buckets and spades for children to play in the sand. There are moments like these in my life that I just love to capture especially when everything seems so perfect!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

Paternoster is famous for its whale watching and I heard that one of the best times to view whales is early morning or as the sun peaks its head over the horizon. I got so excited when I thought I saw something and after zooming in with my camera, I realised it was just a boulder in the middle of the ocean. Boulders can be so deceiving sometimes!

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach House

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach House

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach House

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach House Whales

As beautiful as Paternoster is, many say there’s not much to do... there are no shops, no nightlife and no real activities one can take part in. Then why visit Paternoster? Well I’ve come up with my own list of what to do and here it is...

  1. Get a beach house with a balcony and view of the ocean and watch the sun rise in the morning! A hot cuppa tea will just make this ideal!

  2. Go to the loo with its very own night light! An experience you won’t want to miss!

  3. Take a walk on the beach and climb the boulders! Best to do this at low tide because you can see some awesome sea life living near the rocks.

  4. LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach Boulders

  5. Whale watching! This area of the coast is great to watch whales... ok and boulders as well.

  6. Relax- There is nothing much to do in this village but relax. Sometimes that’s a relief from always having to be occupied or entertained.

  7. Eat crayfish sold by the locals... not sure how legal this is but super yummy to try!

  8. Have sundowners at the local seafood restaurant on the beach and enjoy a fresh piece of hake!

  9. Walk down the small streets and admire the houses and scenic views! There are plenty of little fishing boats you can check out! These are like the ornaments of the streets and beach.

  10. LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach Fishing Boats

    LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Fishing Boat

  11. Travel to Cape Columbine Lighthouse and go on a tour! Driving through this reserve and checking out the coastline is also an incredible experience. I did discover an amazing camping spot right on the beach near the rocks where the waves crash... fancy a different place to sleep?

  12. Sit on the beach and reflect on the moment you laughed at that man getting knocked over by the sliding doors at the airport!

  13. LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

If you are looking for a quiet little place to visit that truly is inspiring and welcoming then Paternoster is a wonderful option. I would suggest taking care of your personal belongings though... lock it up as petty crime can occur.

LittleMMI Pamela Buckle Western Cape Paternoster Beach

Until Next Time

Pace Yourselves


Little MMI



http://www.stayinpaternoster.co.za

http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/westerncape/visit-the-cape-columbine-lighthouse/