An afternoon at the charming small town of La Ciotat ☺️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Less visited than its famous neighbor Cassis, I feel it is more authentic, and it’s definitely less crowded! I always enjoy a stroll around the picturesque old harbor, surrounded by historic buildings, dating from the Middle Ages to the Haussmann Era. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After a day spent in the nearby Calanques National Park, having a Pastis 🥂or two (the favorite local anise flavored apéritif) on the terrace of one of the harborfront bars is a must do! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Interesting fact for movie 🎥 lovers : La Ciotat is the birthplace of the moving picture! In 1895, the Lumière brothers made the world’s very first moving picture at the train station. The less than a minute long silent documentary shows “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”. Apparently, when the first public showing took place at the Eden Theater, the audience was so scared by the life-like images of the steam locomotive🚂 coming straight at them, they panicked and tried to flee 🤣
By the way, the Eden, the world’s oldest movie theater, has been restored a few years ago. A nice visit for the movie enthusiast in La Ciotat! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
WHALE all be fine 🐳 That is thanks to @harborbreezecruises- offering daily whale watching cruises in beautiful Long Beach. Come aboard and allow the adventure to begin!
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Пирс 39 - это торгово-развлекательный площадка, построенная на пристани в Сан-Франциско, она является популярным местом отдыха как у местных жителей, так и у туристов, особенно в выходные и праздничные дни!
Здесь расположились: сувенирные магазинчики, кафе и рестораны, игровые центры, кинотеатр 7D, аквариум, где можно познакомиться с подводным миром Сан-Франциско, ну и самая интересная особенность пирса - это лежбище калифорнийских морских львов ☺️. Так же с пристани можно увидеть знаменитый остров-тюрьму Алькатрас, при желании отправиться на экскурсию.
В обязательном порядке на пирсе рекомендуется попробовать знаменитый крабовый 🦀 суп в хлебе, ну или любое другое блюдо, но непременно ☝🏻с крабовым мясом. Выбрали мы ресторан “Fog Harbor Fish House” - самое вкусное ризотто ( с крабовым мясом и гребешками ) здесь 🤤✅ @fogharbor . Не вернуться сюда было невозможно, в последний день отдыха мы устроили в этом ресторане прощальный ужин с Сан-Франциско. PS: ресторан FogHarbor входит в топ 5 ресторанов СФ по версии Yelp #pier39#пирс#sanfranciscobay#sf#bayarea #🇺🇸 #fogharborfishhouse #🦀 #californiatrip#explorer#harbor#wharf#westcoast#visittheusa#alwayssf#travelvibes#sanfranciscoworld#fishermanswharf#photomemories#touristattraction#санфранциско#crabsoup#travel_drops
Today is day. Well, was the day. The day I was supposed to be marrying this guy 👉🏻 @ashmcmaster in Stockholm. Clearly the world had other plans, however it’s okay. We’ve been together for nearly 14 years, engaged for six, and only had the legal right to marry for two, so we’re used to waiting. Instead, we’re choosing to be grateful for our health and our privileged place in the world, and getting through Melbourne’s current lockdown by dreaming of plans for the future. I took this photo a few years ago on an early morning run. Possibly the only joy of summertime jetlag is being awake to see a magical sunrise as it creeps across the city. Yes, I foolishly looked at the weather forecast for today in Stockholm. Of course it’s going to be a beautiful day... perfect for sailing through the archipelago and a wedding in the courtyard at @etthemstockholm one might say (!) however there’ll be more of those days to come, and they’ll be so much sweeter — NH.
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This summer I have listened to 3 mystery thriller #audiobooks :
#ColdSkin by Albert Sánchez #Piñol takes place at a distant island in cold seas, where a new meteorologist comes to take over the post, but somehow the old one cannot be located. Besides the mad lighthouse attendant, the only occupants to greet the newcomer are weird amphibian creatures that come out of the sea at night, with apparently murderous intentions.
#Harbor by John Ajvide #Lindqvist also starts on an island with a lighthouse. Amidst a fairy-tale snowscape a little girl disappears, and her parents’ lives are never the same again. But little do they know that her disappearance is mysteriously connected with a complex truce the islanders have with the sea. The past merges with the present, history with myth, and the bond that holds the islanders to their land feels like more than just patriotism.
#Devoted by #DeanKoontz falls a bit out of the island-sea category, but let me just throw it in for its magical/mysterious component. A dog can be more than a dog, and a man can be less than a most pathetic dog, but kindness and honesty is what really matters.
Somehow in these books too much seems to depend on chance. The role of coincidence grows towards the last book on the list here.
‘Devoted’ is so totally and absolutely dependent on plot coincidences and genre cliches that I wondered why the author even bothered to write it.
‘Cold Skin’ rises to the heights of allegory, but at the same time feels predictable as well, to those especially, who saw ‘Avatar’ or read anything by the Strugatsky brothers.
The strength of ‘Harbor’ is in the writing when the author speaks of the nature and the sea. But when it comes to crafting the plot, Lindqvist again resorts to such (seemingly) disjointed stories, that you can see through the idea at once.
I am on my search for new mysteries, and any advice will be appreciated! Have you read anything from my list? Do you even bother to read mysteries?
« People fear leaving their safe harbor of the known and venturing off into the unknown. Human beings crave certainty - even when it limits them.
(Robin S. Sharma)
I love the seasons of life. The ebb and the flow. Nothing is stagnant. We are in a constant forward motion of growth and opportunities.
I was born to people of the land, a farm-grown, Amish girl. Then I met my Captain and now I grow saltier by the day. (and he grows more Amish) ha