My most special place is a stretch of beach between Bloubergstrand and Melkbos. I like to call it “”My secret beach”” as there are few people around on this particular beach.

When I’m sad I can just listen to the sounds of the waves breaking against the rocks or the sea-gulls roaming free in flight. I can stare for hours at the beautiful mountain and appreciate its majestic splendour.

The sunsets along this strip of beach are always breath-taking and I’m often whisked away into a problem-free world. I also have fond memories of my father here, taking me for Sunday drives up the dunes.

I have also discovered that at certain times of the year I can pick up the most beautiful shells and pebbles and take them home to add to my growing collection. My secret beach has the added benefit of only being 10 minutes away from home. Truly amazing!

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Lana van der Westhuizen