Going for walks on Strand beach is always nice. If you ask my girls, getting rewarded for a long walk in the sand is even better. Enter the humble Belgian Waffle.
Standing on Beach Road, tucked under the 97 on Strand building and sandwiched between an estate agent and an ice cream shop, The Belgian Waffle House is a popular spot for locals looking for a good, slightly unusual in that you don’t come across waffles all that often, family (and pocket) friendly treat while out for a day at the beach.
As you would expect, these light and fluffy, well priced waffles come with a bewildering array of topping/sauce choices, with the girls, Chantelle and myself already all having our own person favourite.
The place is almost never empty (which is probably why they don’t take bookings), and well worth keeping in mind for one of those “quick, we need shelter from the wind!” days out at the beach.
Also, the new brick and concrete beach promenade is coming on very, very nicely indeed…
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(Oh, and if Strand is too far out for all the students in Stellenbosch, not to worry, they have their very own branch out that way.)
Related Link: The Belgian Waffle House
Back in March this year, Jessica and I embarked upon a nice long weekend away to Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay. In fear of the rain spiders that lurk there over this time of year, Chantelle opted not to join us, and so, the day before we were to leave, we decided to have a special lunch for some Chantelle and Jessie time, i.e. sans the mommy attention hoarding Emily!
Having heard people talk favourably about the place in the past, we decided to give Antonio’s Pizza Place a shot for the first time.
Tucked in between the Krystal Beach Hotel and the more famous Bertie’s Moorings restaurant on the boardwalk section of the Harbour Island development (also home to a particularly good Ocean Basket offering), Antonio’s Pizza Place is known for serving up particularly cheesy pizza – which turns out is absolutely true about them.
In all honesty, I’m not a major fan of such a lot of cheese on my pizza, but given the view that comes along with it, it is hard to say that a visit to the vibey Antonio’s doesn’t make for a nice outing.
As it turned out, that particular Thursday ended up being quite a busy day for myself and the girls – After picking up Emily from school it was time for some play at the always pleasant Pollock Park in Gordon’s Bay, followed by a nice sunset stroll along Strand beach.
(Complete with hilarious no walking construction sign in the middle of the sea).
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Anyway, back to Antonio’s. In summary, expect loads of melted cheese with a pretty pleasant view.
Having enjoyed a good day out that started off with some yacht watching in Gordon’s Bay harbour, followed by a couple of hours’ worth of driving around the Elgin Valley and taking in some of the sights of the Open Gardens Weekend, the girls and I decided to cap off the Saturday with some KFC sprinkle pops for supper whilst watching the kitesurfers at Strand’s main Melkbaai beach.
After chillling in the car, eating our KFC pops and marvelling at the kitesurfers doing their thing in the water from afar, I succeeded in convincing the girls that what we now needed to do was step out of the car and head in for closer look.
We were a little lucky in that although the wind was blowing rather strongly, it wasn’t whipping the sand around too much, meaning that we were able to walk a fair stretch of the beautiful pristine beach without being completely sandblasted to bits.
Of course, with both girls being so mysteriously petrified of the sea at the moment, they pretty much clung to me like limpets, making the stroll a bit of a lesson in patience and deep breathing exercises, but we did get to see some pretty cool kitesurfing up close, not to mention the odd washed up jellyfish or two!
Eventually the two of them found themselves rather enjoying the outing, loving the thrill of watching the kitesurfers doing flips and all manner of tricks in the waves, as well as the playful lifeguards milling and playing around in front of the Strand Surf Lifesaving Club HQ.
Right, so now it’s just getting the two of them a little less petrified of the sea – we are after all going away to Gouritsmond for this upcoming December holiday period!
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As always, a handy map to the beach if you too want to go kitesurfer watching:
Related Link: Strand
Having just enjoyed a rather unexpected midweek getaway in Swellendam towards the end of September, we returned home just in time for first me to fall ill on the Friday, and then Chantelle follow suit on the Saturday. As you might imagine then, the weekend was a bit of an indoor affair, though I did venture out on Saturday afternoon in order for the girls to stretch their legs with some play time at the main Strand Beach, also known as Melkbaai Beach.
If you didn’t know that already, Strand has about 5 kilometers’ worth of white sandy beaches, which is probably why it is such a popular weekend destination then for beach fishermen and rock anglers, and of course holidaymakers come season time!
Melkbaai beach is one of the safer beaches for swimming and fishing, and of course there is more than enough to do in the area, including an Olympic-sized indoor pool which is centrally heated and is open all year round.
Naturally, water sports like surfing, sailing, power boating, paddle skiing and board sailing are also a pretty big thing in the area.
Anyway, the girls and I were just there to stretch our legs for a bit, and so with a Jelly Tots chocolate slab as lure/motivator, I soon had the two of them running up and down the beach and getting rid of some their pent up energy!
As you can see from the pictures that I snapped when the girls gave me a chance, it was actually a pretty overcast day – which was nice in the sense we had plenty of space to ourselves then! :)
(Also, because that’s how these things work, by the next day both of them were struck down with the same illness that was plaguing Chantelle. Poor babies…)
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Anyway, here’s a handy map to the beach if you too want to go exploring:
Related Link: Strand
The Strand (Afrikaans for ‘beach’) is technically a seaside resort town on the eastern edge of False Bay, geographically between Macassar and Gordon’s Bay. It’s main attraction is of course the magnificent Melkbaai Beach which is known as one of the best and safest bathing areas in the country.
However, as you head past the Pavillion complex towards the east, you’ll find yourself now walking along first Blake’s Beach and then Mostert’s Bay, both popular fishing and dog walking stretches of the beach area.
Strand is super interesting in that despite it not appearing to be a wealthy area in the slightest, it features a stunning array of beautiful and interestingly designed high-rise apartment buildings which dominate the Golden Mile, Central, and Platinum Mile sections of the iconic Strand Beach Road that stretches the entire length of the beachfront.
I’ve mentioned this before, but the nice thing about living so close to beaches whilst working from home is of course the ability to stretch one’s legs come lunch time by heading out for a sandy stroll – which is exactly what I ended up doing one recent Friday afternoon.
For a change, instead of leaving my phone in the car, I forgot it in my pocket – which now means that I have a whole lot of photos for the blog again!
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And of course, a map:
Related Link: Strand
A recent Sunday saw Jessica, Chantelle and myself enjoy a pleasant family day outing that saw us first go for a trip to Monkey Town (which Jessica loved), followed by a playful lunch at McDonalds (which Jessica enjoyed), and rounded off by a walk on the Strand beach – which needless to say enthralled young Jessica given her love of beach sand!
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