Until very recently, I’d only ever heard of the quaint little fishing village called Paternoster. I know it is on the West Coast of Cape Town, but I never knew that it’s considered one of the most romantic towns.
The origin of the name, Paternoster, remains unknown. There are different theories:
1. It is believed that it refers to prayers said by Catholic Portuguese seamen when they became shipwrecked.
2. Others say it refers to the beads that the Khoi wore. It was called Paternosters.
After spending two days in Paternoster for work, I had decided that I need to spend time here to get to know the locals even better. A ‘Christmas in July’ event presented itself and within a month, I found myself back in Paternoster, this time at Paternoster Lodge.
Christmas in July is hosted annually by SKS Entertainment and Paternoster Lodge, to raise funds for an organization. This year all funds raised will be going to the Pikanini school in Paternoster.
A wonderful and pleasant atmosphere was created by everyone at the Paternoster Lodge and Be-dazzled for ‘Christmas in July’. There were no long speeches, the food was delicious and the music allowed for a party that carried on into the early hours of Saturday morning!
Saturday arrived a tad cooler than Friday evening had been, but still bright and beautiful, which allowed for a breakfast with a wonderful view.
We decided to explore the town of Paternoster by starting with a walk on the beach. Within 1hour and 30 minutes, we managed to walk throughout the entire Paternoster! This town is really quaint and small, but there are interesting things to see – like the Panty Bar!
Paternoster is quite a romantic little town and it makes sense that many people would want to spend their honeymoon here! Due to this, Johan Carosini, started collecting ‘Honeymoon panties’ in 1974 and hung it in the bar. A clergyman reported it as unholy and thus all the panties were removed, however the collection started again in the 90’s and today it’s got a wonderful selection of panties. You are welcome to leave your own ☺
Upon returning to the Paternoster Lodge, we settled into the lovely laidback nature of this town by grabbing a book, glass of wine and enjoying the views and sun. The restaurant also makes it easy to order something directly to the room and meant we didn’t have to head anywhere else.
A word of caution (well not serious caution of course!):
We enjoyed a delicious seafood platter at the Paternoster Lodge and had decided to head to a bar or elsewhere for a drink a little later. When we headed out at 21:00, everything had closed down. ☺ We found it quite endearing and decided to go with the flow and headed back to the lodge for an evening of lazy tv watching.
Sunday morning greeted us like a newborn who has had 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep: Very fresh and excited!
The little town of Paternoster is a fisher’s village, which means that during the Winter months the locals are unable to work. From the bottom of my heart, I request that if you visit a town like this, please see if you can bring any old clothes along and non-perishables that could be of use to the locals. They’re lovely, kindhearted people and never hesitate to open the doors to anyone.
On our way home, we stopped over at a friend’s place in Melkbosstrand which is about an hour away from Paternoster and 30 mins from Cape Town. By 19:00 we were home, unpacked and ready to take on the new week, after a weekend of lovely people in a beautiful, quiet place.
You need only 2 days to enjoy Paternoster and what it has to offer, but you’ll be back again for longer the next time, because the pleasant, calm feeling of this town is quite addictive.