Kalk Bay is like a light house across the bay. It beckons us to come... and we do.

kalk bay, mother city, cape town, south africa

In Afrikaans, kalk means lime. Kalk Bay was a great source of lime for the cape colony. Read the story of Kalk Bay. for more on this.

We normally visit this coastal town for one of two reasons; food and shopping. My wife loves to look at the little shops all along the main road. There are many alleyways leading off which are also filled with delightful shops.

when the shopping gets too much for me, which doesn't take very long, I take the kids to a lovely little park where my two year old son pleads for me to swing with him on the swings.

If you are looking for a delightful place to have a meal with a fresh sea breaze, this town is definitely your place. For the great restaurants here, check out The Brass Bell, which feels like you're literally sitting on the ocean when you're having your meal.

Also pay a visit to Satori's restaurant and Pizzeria. The owner's name is Derek and he's got a really cool thing going there. He lived in Italy for a while and he's a Buddhist.

Sometimes we go for a wine experience and the best place for this is Wine Sense. You can have a wonderful meal here and they've got a nice selection of wines to taste. Otherwise, the best place for wine is Stellenbosch.

Finally I would have to say that Olympia Café is a great place to chill out and get a bite to eat. They've got a take away section around the corner... though I think you should ask them how to get there.

The train tracks run between the main road and the sea. Every now and then there's a train that passes. It's actually a really nice little town and there's something about it that lends itself to old cape settlements. It's something you've got to experience for yourself.

By the way, if you're like me and you like traveling, you may want to explore Vancouver BC Canada as your next travel destination.

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