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KaleunFreddie
01-25-2007, 04:02 PM
Lots of pics of my recent holiday - I promise to post the ZA Lighthouse details later ??

Anyway we had been working for a year and I was 'gatvol' (fulla.s.s - had enough) of dah city.
I'd been to this little dorpie (town, more like a village) a year previously on an installation job,
so I 'explained' to the family that..
- We were going on holiday..
- There was nothing to do there..
- We are going to be very bored..
- There was 'nothing' there..
- It was up there somewhere..
- I liked it very much..
- LET'S GO...VRRROOOOOMMMMMM

So we went to Paternoster !!
Maybe the Portuguese people can clarify my understanding of the history here.

PaterNoster means 'Our Father' from the christian prayers of the 1400-1500's. Portuguese sailors
from this period were stranded/shipwrecked in this area (you'll see from the photo's, there's nothing here)
and they prayed for a caravel (sailing ship) to appear on the horizon and rescue them.

The Family and I wondered up and down this area and some 400 photos later, here are a few..
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/Paternoster01.jpg
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/Paternoster02.jpg
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/Sunset.jpg

a restaurant on dah beach
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/KaleunsX2.jpg

A place called TittiesBay around the corner - Hardcore campers hangout here.
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/Famdam.jpg
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/TittiesBay.jpg

when I saw this lighthouse, I went bananas, but had to control myself. So on the way back..
the car 'tried to drive' into the lighthouse door.
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbineStairs.jpg
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbineLens.jpg
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbineLView.jpg

then I got excited about all the gear in the tower...
the steam pressure tank..
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbineSteam.jpg
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbinePressPlate.jpg

the old motor system
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbineOldSystem.jpg

the newer thing
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/ColumbineLampmotor.jpg

then up the coast to some 'lonely' places
St. Helena Bay (not Island)
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/StHelenaBay.jpg

another lighthouse at StompNeus Bay
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/StompNeusBay.jpg

all in the same area of this Diaz monument donated by the Portuguese government
in rememberance of those brave sailors so long ago..
http://www.vanjast.com/Hols/DaGamaMonument.jpg

Realjambo
01-25-2007, 04:43 PM
Great Pics Kaleun Freddie, Makes me want to book a holiday!

KaleunFreddie
01-25-2007, 04:54 PM
Me too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

hueywolf123
01-25-2007, 07:33 PM
I want to go somewhere like that, no IT, no mobile coverage, hardy any phones.
I love the idea of almost no outside influence on holidays, fantastic.
BTW, any surfing there? I know SA has some of the best point breaks ever (and the hungriest sharks)

K_Freddie
01-26-2007, 01:21 AM
Originally posted by hueywolf123:
BTW, any surfing there? I know SA has some of the best point breaks ever (and the hungriest sharks)

No surfing in this area, had a 6-8 foot swell running while we were there. This is a little bay shielded from the swell. About 30Km further up the coast there's Elands Bay which has a long left point break, similar to Jeffrey's bay right break. Of the 25 years I surfed for I actually never went to Elands.. It was just that too far at that time..!!
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VikingGrandad
01-26-2007, 01:28 AM
That beach looks beautiful. I really need a holiday now! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

hueywolf123
01-26-2007, 02:12 AM
KF, my wife went on a riding holiday through SA when we started going out.
She visited J-bay and went to Martin Potters surf shop there and ordered me a custom board.
She rang me one night and asked my experience level, my height and weight etc. I never twigged to what she was doing (stupid me) and two weeks later, a brand new stick arrived. A tri-fin 'fish', with concaves running through a square tail with soft edges up front and hard rails at the tail.
I still love riding this board.

K_Freddie
01-26-2007, 04:33 AM
Ja, I don't surf anymore, but I've been 'threatening' my kids that I will again... and embaris them http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif. I'm now 'coach' and do all the shouting from the beach as the kids surf/boogie board.
I still have my last board, which has been in my garage for the past 5 years or so. A 5'10" twin fin, swallowtail. 21" wide and 3" thick. I'll take pic when I get back from work ( this is my work sig as I cannot remember the password for the full K_F name). It has my special 'secret design' that makes it very manouverable, while still being able to tackle waves up to 12' (well that's the biggest I ever ridden).
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K_Freddie
01-26-2007, 04:42 AM
I laughed (atually I was fuming) when my kid first started surfing 2 years ago. For the first couple of months, he told me he was embarissed to have me around. I should stay in the car when I dropped and picked him up.

Man! that little bugger hurt my feelings. and I moaned/complained to the wife. I also told him that he could walk to the beach. Anyway that has worn off and I occasionally tease him, but carefully ask him if he's embarissed to have me around... Do I have to grovel http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

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hueywolf123
01-26-2007, 05:39 PM
My daughter roars with laughter whenever she sees me in my wetsuit, now thats embarrasing