Monday, October 13, 2014

Storm's Cape Town - Kalk Bay - Storm's romantic setting

The place Storm chose for her romantic dinner with the man she loved desperately, is on the coast of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula.

It is a very pretty place, with a busy fishing industry and a bohemian vibe. Kalk Bay got its name from the production of lime ('kalk' means 'lime' to the locals) from shells in the 17th century. The fishermen of Kalk Bay are mainly descendants of the Colored Community who somehow escaped being relocated under the Groups Areas Act of the Apartheid era, one of the few colored settlements left on the peninsula.

Although I made the 'Band Stand' up - the open-air restaurant Storm took Trevor to - it could have been any one of the many quaint restaurants in Kalk Bay. Along Main Road there are lots of cute shops and the thatched Holy Trinity Church's stained glass windows are the best in the Cape. Just down Main Road is Simon's Town, the naval base where Jarred was stationed.

Storm and Trevor arrived at the Band Stand in Kalk Bay early evening. Twilight in the Cape in summer lasts until about 9pm and their view of the Bay was bathed in the soft hues of the falling day. Unfortunately Storm was too disturbed by what happened to her that afternoon on the beach near Blouberg Beach to appreciate it. The date she had planned so meticulously was not a success.

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