home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

 

You might be forgiven for mistaking this image for a beach in Cornwall. It certainly looks like the Bedruthan steps. But it isn’t. These two stacks are part of the “Twelve Apostles” along the Great Ocean Road in southern Victoria, Australia. Sadly there are only 8 of these left now, the  ninth having collapsed dramatically in July 2005. I was there in March 2000. To get an idea of the epic scale of this place from the wide beach below follow the Gibson Steps 70 metres down the cliff face to the sand, where you’ll be literally dwarfed by a gigantic rock stack. 

home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

It is my birthday today. A significant number though not one of the BIG ones. Seems big enough to me though. So I am going to indulge in a bit of nostalgia today. This photo is from a place I used to live in, a place I used to love and where I spent several years with my then young family, the youngest of which was born just a few miles further along the coast from here – he is older now than I was then.

Muizenberg is my favourite beach in the entire world. I might be slightly biased as it was my home for several years and I lived only a 5 minute walk away from this beautiful white sandy beach with its iconic beach-huts; a favourite beach with surfers with stunning views across False Bay to Cape Point. It was a dream location with the added bonus of seeing whales in the bay during the winter. A sight I shall never forget no matter how old I am.

home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Wearing Feetbells (Ghungrus)

India. 2008. Almost exactly 35 years since my first visit in 1973 as a young woman travelling overland from England. This time I wasn’t roughing it, but staying in a resort at Fisherman’s Cove near Chennai. A comfortable beach cabin with a marble bathroom. Buffet meals with dosa pancakes for breakfast. The sweet scent of frangipani and the wild waves of the Indian Ocean sending me to sleep at night.

Just looking at the dancers with their feet-bells brings back the memory of the gently resonating bells representing precisely the rhythmic movements of the dancing feet.

home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

When my daughter and I had a week’s break in Algeciras shortly before her first child was born, we took the opportunity to catch a bus to Gibraltar for a couple of euros. The Rock of Gibraltar is an unusual place and not without controversy being under British rule though situated at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The main street is a mini English High Street with all the well-known stores, though the prices are a little better without the added taxes. And the runway crosses the main road into town, so you are held up whilst planes take off and land.

People are crammed into ugly flats at the base of the rock with very little space and what was noticeable then were the different national flags being flown from almost every balcony! There are several natural places to visit and of course up on the rock itself you find the Barbary Apes and great views across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa. I later discovered that Gibraltar boasts the only known street that has an example of a letter box from each British Monarch since they were first introduced in 1852 during the reign of Queen Victoria.

So maybe it is time for another visit.

home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Visiting the African penguins at Boulder’s Beach in Cape Town in 2008 we came across this young guy sleeping in his wheelbarrow. Obviously exhausted from his efforts to keep the dunes tidy. Whenever I see this photo it makes me smile and brings back memories of those delightful and comical creatures who have colonised what was once considered to be a prime beach on the peninsula.

I can still recall the long row of parked cars along the roadside in the summer months making it impossible to visit the beach back in the 1970s.

Mmm… now where does that remind me of?