Monday, September 29, 2014

Storm's Cape Town - the City Bowl

To continue from last week, I'm going to highlight Storm's working life in the heart of Cape Town - without sounding too much like a tour guide.

Nestled between the foot of Table Mountain and the Victoria&Albert Waterfront, in the bowl formed by the surrounding mountains, is Cape Town's Central Business District, ringed by the Victorian residential suburbs of Tamboerskloof (Drummer's Ravine), Gardens, Oranjezight (Orange View) and Vredehoek (Peace Corner). The best way to get an overall picture of layout of Cape Town is from the Table Mountain Cableway.

View of Cape Town from the Arial Car
The cableway was built in 2 years at a cost of 60 000 pounds, and opened in 1929 for visitors. It has had an accident-free run since then. The cableway closes in bad conditions and it's best to keep an eye on the weather - you might go up, only to be stranded on top of the mountain.

Storm's office was in Adderly Street, in the area that used to be and is still known as, Company's Gardens. This was where the VOC - the Dutch East India Company - grew fruit and vegetables for the passing seafarers. Now office buildings and museums occupy this space.

Autumn in the Cape is fine, with the temperatures dropping slightly and rain possible. There is always wind, ranging from a breeze to the storm-strength northwesterlies in the winter. But in March, the weather is generally mild and pleasant enough for an afternoon on the beach - as Storm thought before she went on that fateful Saturday afternoon for a nude suntan.

The doctor Storm consulted a few weeks later had his rooms in Bree street, running parallel to Adderly Street two blocks away. A pleasant walk, but that day was a bit blustery, though dry.

Cape Town is a beautiful, vibrant city. And always there is Table Mountain to preside over you, and to guide and direct you.

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