mellow days in Kalk Bay
After running around and seeing the sites for several days, we turned things down a notch. Also, the wind really came up and Don needed to save some energy for paddling! The Millers Runs on Friday and Saturday were outstanding, “surfing your brains out” as they say.
Our abode for the week is called the Pineapple Cottage, and has been in one family for several generations. They did quite a renovation last year, but retained the Victorian character. Here’s a view of one of two patios, and the outdoor shower (lovely!) is just barely visible on the right.
Kalk Bay is an old fishing port town, very quaint and colorful. There are plenty of shops, art galleries, restaurants, street vendors, and great views all around. Here’s one of the local characters.
One of the unique features we’ve noticed is thatched roofs! We’re not entirely sure how they’re made or how they work, but they look cool.
There are two tidal swimming pools within walking distance of our cottage, so we’ve taken advantage of both. The water is a perfect, refreshing temperature, and you don’t need to worry about getting knocked over by waves or being nibbled on by… whatever. Here’s the St. James pool, with surfski paddlers going by.
Last night we enjoyed a nice cocktail hour with our hosts and some of their family and friends, and tonight we’ll attend our first braai (barbeque) with some paddling friends. We have only one more day here before we head out for wilder country. Cape Town is so stunning, it will be hard to leave, but we’re excited for the adventure ahead. Here’s the view from just above our cottage across False Bay towards Simonstown.