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Franschhoek only 50 minutes from St James/Kalk Bay

On Saturday we decided to spend the sunny winter's day in Franschhoek. It is an easy drive from Kalk Bay, along the coast with the waves breaking next to the road. Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture.  57 Huguenot families settled in the valley in the 16th century.  Many had skills, associated with the wine industry. Trails...

Kalk Bay bookshop hosted Peter Godwin

Kalk Bay Bookshop often hosts authors promoting a new book. These events are well attended by residents and their friends who enjoy a glass of wine and delicious snacks. At a recent event, the shop was so full that they had a camera sending Peter Godwin's presentation, about his latest book The Fear, to people sitting in The Annex restaurant behind the shop. He spoke for an hour. It is awful what is...

A Statement in Stone

I have so enjoyed "A Statement in Stone" by Michael Walker, a new book about Muizenberg-St. James-Kalk Bay's early buildings and their architects, including Sir Herbert Baker. Michael Walker was born in St James. He has a lifetime of experiences and relationships on the False Bay coastline. This is his 14th book about the region. His knowledge of and passion for the villages is deeply appreciated by...

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