An Interesting Cruise Part 1

Good friends are currently enjoying a fabulous holiday by air to Istanbul and then by cruise ship from Venice to Durban via Croatia, Greece, Egypt, the Suez Canal, the Seychelles and Mauritius. Here are some of the pictures (9) sent to me. More later. Enjoy!

Cathedral of St Domnius, Split, Croatia
Split – Steinhaus Dalmatien Podaca Hrvatska
Great Sphinx of Giza
Sight seeing submarine trip under the Red Sea at Hurghada
The Seychelles
Giant Seychelles tortoises
Seychelles reflections
Seychelles beach paradise

More Seychelles paradise

The Seychelles. What a beautiful holiday destination! Thanks to AH and DT for the photos.

Woody Cape’s Visual Paean

Woody Cape is in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. What an inspiring picture! Thank you CM.

Thanks to CM for the wonderful picture

Manly, Sydney – Beautiful Serene Unique Special

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Words and pictures cannot describe such a wonderful place. Put a visit on your bucket list. Now! And, oh yes – stay overnight and allow.the dusk to silently enthral and bewitch you. What a place … Please press start if necessary Thank you.

The Cockatiels’ Message from Manly, Sydney, Australia.

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The message of the Manly Cockatiels John Bartels

They dive. They shriek. They call.

They are the Corsa cockatiels.

Their call is urgent.

Do the crowds on the Corsa hear them?

The young surfer heading beachward.

People walking dogs.

Young mothers pushing prams. Sharing coffee.

Young men walking quickly as they WhatsApp.

All are surfing the ever-living wave of life.

The call of the cockatiels grows louder – more urgent.

*

He sees his beloved Manly as his ship passes the Heads.

Already he is missing his last walk with her to Shelly Beach.

The waves gently approaching the rocks and then bursting with joy.

He remembers:

How soft she was when he held her.

Her gentle hands.

The intoxicating scent in her hair.

How they spoke of children. How thy spoke of what dog they would get.

How he promised he would come back.

How they tightly embraced.

How they kissed goodbye

How they both cried.

*

The Heads are far behind now. The ship goes on. out to sea. And on and on.

He thinks of her constantly.

He crosses the endless Southern Ocean.

Then its beauty of Cape Town.

Then it’s the Atlantic.

Then its London.

Then finally, Flanders.

*

The call of the cockatiels grows more urgent now.

Diving, shrieking, and calling they swirl around the Corsa Cenotaph.

Their call grows strangely quiet as an elderly woman gently places flowers at the base of the Cenotaph.

Carefully she sprays the flowers with scent. She waits a while. She leaves and slowly walks away. She is going to Shelly Beach.

The cockatiels watch her go and then start again their diving and shrieking.

Their message is clear to all on the Corsa and beyond :

“Never forget”

END

Beautiful Kettle Beach Boardwalk July 2022

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The boardwalk to Kettle Beach at Keurboomstrand in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa gives you great views of the waves surging against the rocks just below. Look at the pictures and video below. If you go to “Plett” don’t miss it. It is very easy to get there. It is about 6 km from Plettenberg Bay on the Cape Town side. At the start of the walkway is Enrico’s Restaurant.

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Walk from Manly Beach to Fairlight

A great walk. Tarred walkways. Paradise for joggers and dog walkers. Views of the Heads and ferries at Manly Wharf. A secluded beach. Skin diving. A swimming pool constantly being filled by splashing sea water. Please scroll down for some pictures. June 2022.

Immaculate walkways
Two crews rowing
A bench that has heard millions of confidences
Looking towards Manly Wharf
Fairlight beach
The Fairlight sea water pool

Famous helicopter Sydney Powerhouse Museum

In 1983, Dick Smith flew this helicopter solo around the world. There is a very interesting video with comment by the pilot.

Walkway Treasures in Manly, Australia. Don’t miss them!

There is treasure in Manly, an Australian coastal town close to Sydney. You can find the treasures along the waterfront path that joins Manly Beach to Shelly Beach. The treasures consist of sculptures of sea creatures attached to the rock face next to the path. Don’t miss a walk along the path if you are lucky enough to visit gorgeous Manly. Here are some pictures of just some of the sculptures. Please scroll down. There are 6 pictures. Enjoy.

Along the path to Shelly Beach
Eastern Blue Groper
Weedy Seadragon
Little Penguin

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Make sure you put Manly on your bucket list now.

Sentry Duty in Manley Australia

On guard! Two vigilant sentries on full alert! Almost May 2022.

Thanks to LB in Manley for the photo