Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Kalk Bay Harbour, Cape Town.
by David Biggs

To those of us who live along the False Bay coastline, it's interesting to see how some areas have blossomed while others struggle along, quietly fading like old paint. Kalk Bay is an extraordinary example of how an area can lift itself from the ashes and become an attractive and much-visited village.

At first glance, Kalk Bay in Cape Town would appear to have very little in its flavour. There's no long white beach to attract the sunbathers, no smart shopping mall where buyers can stroll among glittering wares. The view of the sea is mostly blocked by old railway houses, and where you can actually see the sea, the view is sullied by a tangle of overhead electric cables. There's no cinema, no hotel, no casino.

Kalk Bay should, by all expected standards, have become a drab slum. Instead, it is alive and vibrant. Tourists flock in their thousands every weekend to stare at the quaint little antique and junk shops, enjoy lunch in an unusual restaurant or stroll among the fisher folk on the harbour wall.

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