Day #008

β€œThe sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Until next time …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Free Spirit.

I would like to think that having a free spirit is not necessarily about throwing caution to the wind and being completely spontaneous – though that is certainly part of it, and a quality of character that makes life so much more exciting – but to me it is more about breaking away from society, even if only for a couple of hours to ramble through a forest, or hiking through the mountains, or taking a boat out onto the sea. It is these moments in life that I consider to show my free spirit, and it is these moments that I cherish every chance I get.

My first picture is from my trip to Puerto Rico back in January. We were on the island of Culebra, on Flamenco Beach, and I couldn’t resist taking this picture – I think it represents my idea of free spiritedness quite aptly!

This second picture is also from Puerto Rico. Can you imagine being as free as a bird, flying all over that beautiful island? It must be amazing.

Until next time …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Hooray for an official Weekly Photo Challengeblue!

This challenge gives me a perfect opportunity to share some of my pictures from my stay in Puerto Rico!

Being an island that is only 110 miles (180km) by 40 miles (65km), you’re pretty much never far from a view of the Caribbean or Atlantic ocean. Indeed, even if you can’t see the sea, there’s always the marvellous blue skies!

And so, this first picture is from the flight to Puerto Rico. I love the bold colours you always get when you’re that high up – it will continue to fascinate me!

The day after we arrived in Puerto Rico, Chris and I were whisked off on his uncle and aunt’s boat to the beautiful island of Culebra! And this is the view from that boat! Can you just imagine waking up to that every morning? And what’s even better is waking up to that view, then diving into those crystal clear waters and drying off in the sun!

This photo was taken on Flamenco Beach, which you may recall my mentioning in an earlier post. It is an absolutely breathtaking beach on the island of Culebra – I never dreamed sand could be so soft, nor that the ocean could be so clear and warm!

This is another view from the boat, this time when we were anchored just off the south of the island, right by the only town!

This was taken on the way back from Culebra. You can see Fajardo in the distance, and the mountains in the background! And, of course, the ever present clouds over El Yunque!

The final picture is the view of the ocean as seen from El Morro in San Juan. You can imagine just how many people have stood at that little guard room – generations of men who had to watch countless invading ships!

But I can see why so many countries wanted this island – Puerto Rico is an absolutely amazing country, and I cannot wait to return!!

Until next time …

A Walk around Windsor … [Part 2]

Well, I think today would be a good day to pick up where I left off on Monday. So, let’s continue …

The River Thames

The River Thames is possibly one of the most well-known rivers in the world, but there’s much more to this river than the bit that runs through London!

At over 210 miles long, it is the longest river in England, and the second longest in the UK, after the River Severn. The source of the Thames is in the Cotswolds area in the county of Gloucestershire (not far from where I was born!), and it flows on through many small and idyllic towns before reaching London, and eventually the North Sea.

We first met the Thames in Sutherland Grange Park, however, this was only a small off-shoot which feeds the local marina and yacht basin. As we left St Andrew’s Church in Clewer village, we rejoined the full-flowing Thames intending to follow the Thames Path right into the heart of Windsor, where we would stop for lunch. By this time, rather ominous clouds were looming in the distance, but this couldn’t ruin just how beautiful this walk along the riverside is, and certainly didn’t deter any of the tourists!

This summer, when the Olympics come to London and the UK, Windsor will certainly be a busy town! The rowing and canoe sprint events are going to be held at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, which is immediately next to Windsor.This means our two humble train stations will be flooded with thousands of people clamouring to get to these big events. I hope that, amidst all that rushing and hurrying around, at least a small part of those thousands will take notice of this small but significant town.

But I won’t waffle on any more – I’ll leave you with some photos πŸ™‚

And so, after a leisurely stroll, we reached Windsor Bridge; this was opened in 1824, after the original wooden bridge joining Windsor with Eton deteriorated. This last picture marks the point where Windsor leaves the Thames, having finished our walk along it’s northern boundary.

The river will flow on, meandering through a series of reservoirs which will quench the thirst of around 13 million Londoners. It will flow further still, through the centre of Britain’s capital, glimpsing the various and numerous sights of London, before reaching Kent and eventually out into the sea. By this point, the Thames has grown from a mere 18m (60 feet) wide, to a massive 18km (18 miles) across!

So that’s the end of this part of the walk around Windsor, showing Chris everything there is to see about the town I love so much – and hopefully sparking a little more interest among people around the world, too!

Until next time …