Bucket Lists and bonus items

Last month I went on a much needed holiday…already feels like it was years ago hehe.  I went with some friends to the West Coast and let me say it is really one of the most beautiful places I’ve been on my travels.  We stayed in Langebaan, a place I’ve fallen madly in love with and a place I want to get married at when the lucky man meets me 😉

So on my bucket list were two items in that region, one being Paternoster and the other the wild flowers.  I ticked both off my list with absolute awe and pleasure.

West Coast National Park

However what I really want to write about today is the experience we had at one of the most unique  places I’ve been to – a place called Strandloper.


If you’ve been there you will know what I’m talking about.  For those who haven’t, it is a restaurant on the beach – literally.  But there is nothing conventional about it.  There is no electricity, no running water and no airs and graces.


All the food – mainly seafood and all local to the area – was cooked on fires in big cast iron pots we call potjie pots.thumb_img_1608_1024

I lost count of how many courses were served over the afternoon…could have had something to do with the vodka hehe.  But the scrumptious food ranged from fish curries,thumb_img_1642_1024

home made bread with jam,

bokkems – an interesting dried fish, extremely salty (and smelly) but quite tasty,thumb_img_1622_1024

to mussels and crayfish.

All eaten with the finest cutlery – mussel shellsthumb_img_1623_1024

And finally the meal was topped off with Moer coffee ((tr) to attack (someone or something) violently 😀 ) and koeksusters – a sweet pastry soaked in syrup – both traditionally South African and very moreish.

Moer Coffee


To add to the already incredible atmosphere, one of the staff members was joining tables and singing a few tunes.thumb_img_1633_1024

All of this enjoyed with this amazing viewthumb_img_1665_1024

hehe and this other amazing view thumb_img_1645_1024

All in all it was a 5 star experience not to be missed if you find yourself in Langebaan.  And on the future husband note email me your CVs and I’ll begin conducting interviews soon 😀


  1. Chantal says:

    Great touristy article Julie! Love the idea of the Strandloper – we could do that in our garden 😉

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