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Gys Liebenberg’s places of interest in Gordon’s Bay

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Gys Liebenberg’s places of interest in Gordon's Bay

1 Eat 

My wife Celeste and I have some favourite haunts. If we want a hearty breakfast, Old Cape Café (021 856 0248), is a firm favourite. Merlot lies under our table on the deck and we order our favourite Karoo breakfast which includes skilpadjies. Another favourite place for breakfast is at the 4-star Krystal Beach Hotel on Harbour Island (021 840 7500). You have the extra benefit – at no extra cost – of seeing excellent art exhibitions at the hotel. It is also very picturesque to sit outside and just… sit. 
2 Drink 
Thirsty Oyster in the old harbour is the locals’ drinking hole (021 856 4457).
It’s always busy – even during the week. To eat German food and drink German beer, off we go to Im Eimer, 10 minutes away next to Sir Lowry’s Pass Village (021 858 1488). While you enjoy your beer and good wholesome German food you can marvel at the captivating grungy decor of strange, well-known objects, from an old Nokia phone on the one pillar to an old computer keyboard stuck to the ceiling. 
3 Entertainment 
If you feel like live entertainment then the obvious place is Bertie’s Mooring on Harbour Island on Sunday evenings for a great vibe and food (021 856 3343). It caters for all music genres. I like the blues, especially from the Boulevard Blues Band. 
4 Spa 
When I’m off fishing, Celeste and my daughter Michelle love to go to the Mukda Thai Spa (021 856 5724). It is a purpose-built pamper paradise with professional Thai and local staff. 
To live in Gordon’s Bay feels like you are on holiday all year round. – Resident Guys Liebenberg Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA
5 Outdoors 
Every weekend I take Merlot for his walk next to Clarence Drive on a paved area we call Monica’s Whale Walk. It stretches all the way to the whale look-out point. Monica, a local, fought for years to have that walkway built and sadly she died just before it was completed. As you stroll on the walkway you meet such an array of interesting people, while looking out for seals and dolphin pods, and the odd whale puffs in the distance. 

6 Wildlife 
I must mention our local Cape leopard that pops up every so often, much to the excitement of locals. I was privileged to sight it one evening across the road from my house while on neighbourhood watch rounds. When food is scarce, a baboon troop sometimes pays us a visit, causing consternation. However, authorities are swift to step in and encourage them to move up the mountain to safer pastures. Above our house we have the Danie Miller hiking trail. I have done only half of it with Merlot but on a crisp spring morning it is wonderful to look down from the mountain at our beautiful False Bay. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful country.

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