Monday, October 6, 2014

Storm's Cape Town - The Alternative Harbor

Today we are going to visit Jarred's Simon's Town. This was where Storm arranged her 'date' with Trevor, and it is also home to the naval base, where Jarred was stationed.
Simon's Town


Siman's Town is one of the most popular villages on the False Bay Coast. It was named after Simon van der Stel, the governor of the Cape Colony between 1679-1699. Born to the daughter of a freed Indian slave, Simon van der Stel was the first Colored Governor of the Colony, though this fact was not acknowledged during the Apartheid Era. We certainly weren't taught it in school!

Simon's Town was developed as an alternative harbor where ships could be secured during the winter months while Table Bay was battered by northwesterly winds. Simon's Town, as was the villages on the eastern board of False Bay, was protected by the mountains of the Cape Peninsula.

The town passed between the Dutch, French, and British, who turned it into a naval base and it was only in 1957 that it became the South African Naval base. It has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and historic Victorian buildings still line Main Street on to to Muizenberg (directly translated Mice Mountain) from where it veers onto the Cape Flats and on to Newlands behind Table Mountain and Storm's apartment.


Simon's Town from a different angle
Although Jarred was based in Simon's Town, he had an apartment in Bloubergstrand - literally translated Blue Mountain Beach - which is north of Cape Town, with a spectacular view of Table Mountain. I'll come to Bloubergstrand in a later post.

As an officer in the navy, the ocean was in his blood, so it was small wonder that he bumped into Storm on the beach near his apartment. What Storm was doing there, I'm not telling except to say that, although she had a valid reason, it was also a stupid thing to do.

Read about Storm's silly nude sunbathing and the far-reaching consequences in Dark Moon,
available in paperback, ebook and audio formats from amazon here:
 https://www.amazon.com/author/maggietideswell