Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Life is a Beach

beach (as per Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

noun \biːtʃ\

shore pebble
a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments
a seashore area

Synonyms: beachfront, sand(s), strand

Related Words: seaboard, seacoast, seashore, seaside; coast, coastland, coastline, shore, shoreline; oceanfront, shorefront, waterfront; bank, riverbank, riverfront, riverside; esplanade; littoral; lido, plage

When you live by the sea it’s impossible to be unhappy! The sea will invigorate you on a miserable winter day. It will wash your tears away and hold you tight on its chest when you are grieving. It will comfort you with its gentle rustle of waves if you are anxious. It will frolic with you when you feel happy and joyful.

I grew up in the middle of the continent.  The only beaches I knew were those on river banks or lake shores. Plus an occasional long trip to the Black Sea (Google calculated 5350 km as the crow flies or 7127 km by train).

Well, how things have changed - now I live only 10 minutes away from the Indian Ocean, the third largest in the world, containing approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface.

About 15 years ago I've started my own private collection of beaches.  I've become addicted to sand, salt and sea! John F. Kennedy once said in his 1962 America's Cup speech, "... it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came."

Here are some of my favourite exhibits, enjoy! And what is your favourite beach?
Gulf of Finland, St Petersburg, Russia

Glenelg beach in winter, Adelaide, South Australia (Southern Ocean)

Surf at the Seminyak beach, Bali, Indonesia
Nikki beach, St Tropez, France

Smooth pebbles called galets on the beach along The Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France
Monaco Regatta, Mediterranean
Beach in Cannes, France
Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It became famous as the site of World War I landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on 25 April 1915
Trinity Inlet in Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Somewhere on the way from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean Sea
Low tide on the Firth of Forth, the estuary or firth of the River Forth, where it flows into the North Sea on the East Coast of Scotland
Adriatic Sea, Croatia
Pave berthed in San Giorgio Marina situated at the North end of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, overlooking St Mark’s square and the Palazzo Ducale in Venice