Today, we had a wonderful trip to Lamanai, one of the oldest sites in Belize, and I have so many photos to sort through, so I thought I would take part in this challenge, with a couple of pics from our flight there and back.
We travelled part of the way in a single engine, Cessna Caravan propeller plane.
I don’t like flying in small planes, as they get so easily blown around by the wind, and the take-offs are a bit ‘hairy’ to say the least. I opted to sit right at the back of the plane on the way there, because I thought it was the safest place to be in the event of a nose-dive. 🙂 I had a pretty boring view, looking straight forward.
On the way back, it was quite a different story. The pilot said that because of the weight distribution, only one young girl was allowed to sit on the back seat. I sat across the aisle from a local woman, and just couldn’t stop myself from staring at her hands. I’d never seen anything quite so fancy in my life. They seemed to illuminate the whole cabin as the sun shone through the window, making the gold glint and the jewels sparkle. I tried to sneak a couple of photos with my iPhone, but the angle was all wrong, so there was only one thing to do; I struck up a conversation with her, during the course of which, I remarked on her nails and asked if I could take a photo. She was really friendly, and so delighted that I admired them so much, that she happily posed her hands for my camera.
She told me that the ones on her little fingers were solid gold, hence the safety chains. She was on the way to San Pedro for a family birthday party for her pretty little seven-year-old daughter, and assured me that it was being fully catered, so she wouldn’t have a thing to do. I wouldn’t imagine that one could actually do anything with nails like these, especially the washing up, would you? 😆
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I liked the commentary with your photos! The illumination within the plane from the woman’s hands – great image. I look forward to seeing more from your blog. I’ll be following 🙂
Thanks so much for looking, Janine. Great to meet you. 🙂
Good morning, how are you ? Beautiful post my dear friend!Have nice day
I am doing just fine, Stefan. Good morning to you too. 🙂
I’ve also discovered the best way to get the best pictures when traveling is to simply be friendly and chat to the people.
I’m glad you photographed her hand for us – I have never seen nails like that. So interesting that she thinks the chains will stop someone from yanking off the gold from her baby finger
Hahaha…..I think the chains were more for effect than security. 🙂
I clicked some fancy nails in Japan, but none as extraordinary as these! She can’t possibly use her hands for anything 😀
Yes I saw your nail pics the other day, and I do think that this woman’s beats them all. 🙂
oh my goodness I laughed so much at the comments on the nails…lol..Sjoe I must admit that that would be abit to much for me. I wonder how much does each nail weigh..She must have long arms as I am sure she has to drag her heavy fingers along as she goes…
PS: may I share your photo?
Of course you may, Flower. No charge to you. 🙂
Yes, I’m sure those nails must feel really weird, Flower.You could ask your nail guru if she could do something similar on yours, next time. 😆
Glad it wasn’t a Nail Biting ride AD in that weeny plane 😀
Hehehe. 🙂 She could have had a meal fit for a queen out of those nails.
lol…ja can you imagine all the bits of nail flying around…
Those nails must’ve taken a long time to do! So sparkly! I bet the folks on the ground could’ve seen glitter from the sky 🙂
That’s for sure. I would absolutely hate to have my nails done like that. 😆
She could hurt herself, unless her staff do everything for her, I mean everything….
That’s for sure. 😀
It certainly sounds as though you’re having a great trip… just returned from ours… I love that girls hands and as for the flying in small planes … I find it far nicer than the big jobs.. to bounce around in the wind lets you know how the birds feel…
Thanks, bdt. I’ll remember what you said about the birds, next time I’m bouncing around up there. 🙂
I love the nail with the chain HA! And that lighting … definitely captures the theme Great pics!
Thanks, TG. Nice to know that you think I really ‘nailed’ the challenge. 😆
Those exquisite nails took me away from the amazing fact that your are in Belize!
HAve a wonderful time.
Thanks, Ruth. Yes those nails sort of eclipse everything else within range. 😀
how extraordinary …. i am glad you caught that photo for us to see!!!
So glad you appreciated my efforts, Christine. 😀
Wow, the woman had real gold on her fingertips…great interpretation for the weekly photo challenge! (Which reminds me, I have to catch up on mine!)
Thanks so much for your visit and comment. 🙂
Wow, I know I will never see nails like this, so thanks for the post.
I’m so glad you didn’t miss out on this fantastic sight. 🙂
I wonder a woman with nails like that .. will do in her every day??? Very artistic – and very bling, but beautiful NO! You have got a really good shot of her hands … By the way what has happen to red sexy nails .. on beautiful hands. ????
Yes, I much prefer a plain nail. I do mine a very natural pink. Red takes too much upkeep. 🙂
Next time I get an itch in the middle of my back I know who to call.
Hahaha…….I think you might get a bit more than you bargained for. 😆
I suspect you are 100% correct about that. 🙂
I know I am. 🙂
Wow, the nails…! It nice to see people wearing short sleeves in January. 🙂
It’s really warm here in Belize. Just a tad windy. 🙂
I’m not big on flying, large or small, it doesn’t matter. I’m always fearing nose dive. Been on quite a few, but not of late. I’m starting to work up the courage again. We’ll see.
Those nails are certainly illuminating and WILD! What a find!
I know, Gemma. I could hardly believe my luck! 😀 Hubby used to fly in a very small plane, visiting mines in South Africa. I almost held my breath until I heard his car in the driveway He didn’t enjoy those flights at all.
Fascinating and really rather bizarre!
A perfect description of my pic, Gilly. 🙂
Now that was a LOT of ‘BLING’ !!!
You can say that again! 😀
I hate to be so negative–but those nails tell a tale that is not very pretty of privilege and absolute uselessness–I like pretty things but not at the expense of my freedom and the chains show there is no freedom here
You said it beautifully. I wasn’t going to paint her in a negative light, but decided rather to leave it to my readers to tell me what they thought, and they sure did. 😀
Agreed — I enjoy painting my nails occasionally to dress up a look or once in a blue moon making time for a manicure but when I saw these my first thought was, “I bet she doesn’t do the “nubby nail” look during gardening season like I do!” ~ Kat
No, I’m sure she wasn’t the gardening type, Kat. 😀
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Hey AD, so nice to read your blogs again.. hope you are well and judging by the blog still travelling all over.. Love and hugs
Thanks, Lisa, and welcome back. Always good to catch up with you too. xx
I wouldn’t imagine that one could actually do anything with nails like these, especially the washing up (or playing guitar…)
Well, at least one wouldn’t need a plectrum. 😀
Those nails are serious stick-ons. I bet she has a tube of glue in her handbag 😀
I cannot believe how she can keep those nails so pristine. She must think of them every time she does any thing, so restricting to try and protect them all the time. Did you find out what she did apart from looking after her nails. What a fascinating post, I’m pleased you talked to her and took that photo. Just amazing…
Her husband is a big businessman in Belize, and she did say that these were her special party nails. I don’t think one could live every day with such talons. 😀
ha!! that explains it, they probably have servants to do all the house work. Do you think it is like the Indians and they show their wealth in the jewellery their women wear?
Wow have you noticed those clever people at WP have now put an automatic spell check on the comments? Good one WP…
Yes it probably is the same culture. Rich Africans are the same. Come to think of it, most men like to deck their women out in a bit of bling if they can afford it. 🙂
No I hadn’t noticed the spell check. Is it American English? 🙂
Probably, I have had a few spelling errors picked up will see what it does with favourite…! Well it accepted that English version ok!!!
Could be that yesterday I downloaded internet explorer 10. don’t know if that or WP is responsible (I’m playing with it now, just left the apostrophe out in I’m and spelt apostrophe wrong and it has underlined the mistakes, fantastic, I will go back now and let it correct them for me)
Hope it doesn’t make us lazy. 🙂
Oh my! Gold nails with chains! My granddaughter just started going to a nail salon and having them done is not cheap. This persons hands are very illuminating.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Yes, I believe that hands certainly do say a lot about a person. 🙂
I’m quite the opposite to you Sylvia, I love small planes and have taken flying lessons in a Cessna 150. My first landing, unusually on my first lesson (amazing what you an learn with a flight simulator on your PC) wasn’t hairy at all.. 😉
That’s impressive, Adrian. It’s not the landings that worry me unduly, as long as they are scheduled landings. 🙂 The take-offs in the high winds we’ve been having here, are quite perturbing though, as I don’t enjoy being blown from side to side. 😯
I hope the winds die down before you fly again. 🙂
It’s blowing a gale today, but we’re not flying anywhere. 😀
Those nails are amazing sadly but I’m guessing she probably doesn’t dig her garden with them
Party nails, Dallas. Definitely not gardening nails. Your dad wouldn’t do well with nails like these. 😀
Haha, maybe she wore these gold nails (with safety chains) JUST so she wouldn’t HAVE to do the washing up!! Smart lady. 🙂 Looks like you’re having a great time, Sylvia!
You could well be right, Cathy. 🙂 Yes, we are having a wonderful holiday here.
Good! I look forward to seeing more pictures…. 🙂
Funnily enough my daughter’s nails often look equally elaborate (though without benefit of gold!). Housework isn’t her favourite thing but when needs must she wears Marigolds to protect.
I don’t think the marigolds would last very long before they got punctured. 🙂
Those hands are truly bizarre. People do fascinate me 🙂
Me too, footsy. I had to find out the story behind the hands, and I think you may have done the same as I did. 😀
What a wonderful story. I have never seen nails like those, either!
I enjoyed your photos 🙂
Thanks so much for your visit and comment. 🙂
Can you imagine a loo visit with those talons?
must take an age to get them like that! The nails I mean, not the loo visit 😉
Good post AD 😉
LOL Ghia – I was thinking the same thing! While I like pretty nails and adore rings I’m afraid the 2 together make it a vey busy MESS!! Less is more don’t you think Syl and Ghia?
Hugs both of you xxx
I totally agree with you Dinxie. “Less is more” is one of my favourite sayings, much to hubby’s disapproval, especially when it comes to dessert and cookies. 😀
Definitely Di – i could not walk around with a jewellery store on my fingers 😉
Hahaha. Yes, the mind does boggle. Maybe she has someone to do the wiping for her, as well as the washing up. 😆
She would have to have somebody!!!
The nails are gorgeous – and totally impractical for a pleb like me! Nice and original, AD! 🙂
Glad you enjoyed, adee. I could never contemplate such elaborate nails either. Too much living to do. 🙂
Wow! Wild nails! What a fun post.
Thanks, Naomi. I’m glad you enjoyed my illuminating tale. 🙂
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Oh my! 🙂 So bright indeed. I can’t imagine myself with long nails, much less with nails like those. I don’t think I can accomplish anything. But then, that is the reason why the birthday is fully catered, right? 🙂 Kudos to you for striking up a conversation.
Thanks, Imelda. Glad you enjoyed my bit of fun. 🙂
those are awesome nail arts! if i’m there i would surely chat with her and of course ask her if i could take photos of her nails too.. never seen nail arts as interesting as hers..
Yes, I just had to know more about this person with the illuminating talons. 😀
Wow! Those are some fancy hands. 🙂 I like the lighting you captured inside the plane. It does look illuminating.
Thanks, Angelia. Glad you enjoyed my story. 🙂
The lady’s nail are beautiful,now I’m asking myself does she sleep with the safety chains? Thanx for the update,enjoy 🙂
That’s very valid question to which we will never know the answer. 🙂 The mind boggles. Glad you enjoyed, matron.
Interesting take on this challenge, I love the nails!! and the story to go with it 😉 Hubby has always said to sit at the back to the plane, that it would be safest if the plane went down. ah….so far, so good on that aspect!
Thanks, Tobyo. Do you actually ‘love’ the nails, or ‘lurv’ the nails? 😀
he he 😉
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I’m gob-smacked at those nails. 😉
Well so was I, Gunta, but I managed not to show my ‘shock horror’ expression, in order to get the pic and the story for my post. 😀 I am a terrible person. 😯
You’re a far better trooper than I am. I don’t know if I could have kept a straight face. Not even for a pic for a post. But I’ve had a really good laugh at some of the comments, especially picturing the loo visit that 68ghia brought up! What a hoot! I suppose a bidet would be required if you’re walking around with talons like that. Oh, yuck…. that thought is too disgusting even for me! 😉
Hehehe….I can put on a suitable face when I want to. I’d probably make a good poker player. 🙂 Sorry that I caused you to have such disgusting thoughts, Gunta. The comments just took on a life of their own, a bit like Frankenstein’s monster. 😆
Oh my – those nails are amazing! No wonder she needed safety chains! 😯
great post! i loved seeing ‘tropic air… i once flew from costa rica to belize and had an overnight in san pedro sula honduras.. the next morning i went to the airport to get the connecting tropic air flight to belize city, and no one knew where tropic air was…
how about san pedro belize?
there were no flights to belize that day, so i went by taxi, bus , collectivo van, then boat taxi from honduras to guatemala and finally punta gorda belize. when i reached tropic air jsut at sunset, the gal said, ‘they\ve been looking for you all over this country!’
Good Heavens, z. I thought that I was bad enough at getting lost, but your story takes the cake. 😀 The Tropic Air office is right across the road from our hotel, so we had no chance of becoming missing persons. 😆
I never saw anything like a chained nail before..WOW…Otherwise simply wonderful post!
Me neither, but they say there’s a first time for everything. 🙂
Well you already proved that 🙂
Wow, my daughter would go crazy for those nails! Love it that you struck up a conversation – I seem to do that a lot more these days & it’s always fascinating to me to have a little window into other people’s lives.
Hahaha……are you serious about your daughter? 🙂 I do love having conversations with total strangers, and seem to do it almost daily. 🙂
Absolutely! But she’s only 11 so it’s not going to happen!
Looks like you are definitely having a glorious time.
It’s a very enjoyable trip, newsy. 🙂