WPC: The Sea

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
~ Jacques Cousteau

In January we had to leave the USA for a few days in accordance with our visitors visa requirements, so we took a week’s vacation in San Pedro, a town on the southern part of the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. As you will see from my pics of the sea and its lovely beach, it wasn’t such an imposition and gave me seven blissful days in paradise.

The first permanent settlers of San Pedro who arrived between 1848 and 1849, were farmers and fishermen. Here  is one of the original Mayan canoes carved from a single tree trunk.

DSCN1246

Fishing isn’t only done by  the fishermen. These brown Pelicans are to be seen everywhere.

DSCN1143

The fish here must have a really tough battle for survival.

DSCN0910

Sun, sea and sand is the recipe for a really relaxing holiday.

DSCN1159

Even when the sky isn’t so blue, at the seaside there is beauty all around.

DSCN1242

At times it was really breezy and the palm trees waved most enthusiastically. My hair did the same. 🙂

DSCN1176

It’s a veritable kite-surfer’s paradise.

DSCN1197

Being at the seaside, offers so many recreational possibilities.

DSCN1166

You can even dive down into it for a closer look.

DIGITAL CAMERA

At times the ocean can be rather treacherous,

DIGITAL CAMERA

but mostly, it’s calming influence has a wonderfully renewing effect on the soul.

DSCN1252

Is it any wonder that we love to spend our summer holidays close to the sea?

To see more interpretations of the WordPress Photo Challenge, just click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frizz’s Tag ‘C’ challenge: Coconuts and Cocktails

Good morning everyone from San Pedro. I see that FrizzText has a challenge to post something beginning with the letter ‘C’, so here is my contribution.

Here in Belize, where I’m staying for a week’s vacation, there are many Coconut Palms. This tree has been called, “the most versatile tree in the world, as it has many uses. Apart from the edible parts, the rest can used for a multitude of purposes, some of which you can read about here.

DSCN1157

Last night at dinner, I had the most delicious appetiser; Coconut encrusted shrimp sticks in black bean sauce. They were so delicious, and I ate every morsel, apart from the small piece I gave to hubby to try. 🙂

IMG_1613

I also had a very tasty cocktail called ‘Naked Iguana’, which is made up of coconut rum, Caribbean rum, pineapple juice and a dash of blue.

IMG_1611

I still have to do my Lamanai Mayan Temple post later today, but this morning hubby is going scuba diving, and I’m going out on the boat with them, just for the ride. Have a great day, everyone.