Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Benches

I thought I might find Ailsa’s Benches Challenge rather a difficult one, but it’s amazing what one can turn up after a bit of searching.

It’s so great when on holiday, to see a welcoming bench when one’s feet are hot and legs are tired after trudging around for hours, looking at all the sights. Here is one taken in Central Park. We’d had to be out of our hotel in the morning, and had an evening flight out of JFK, so we decided to spend a few hours in the park.

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The rain didn’t dampen our spirits as we watched our son trying out his new roller blades, also in Central Park.

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Here we are at Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I’d just bought the sheepskin jacket to keep me from shivering, as even in July the weather was decidedly chilly.

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One hot day in Greece, our son snapped us having a welcome sit downย  in the Athens Plaka, after visiting the Acropolis and other old ruins.

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Here at ‘Old Faithful’ is a bench to sit on whilst waiting for the ‘old geyser’ to erupt. It was far too cold for me to sit down. I had to keep moving or I would have frozen to the spot.

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I couldn’t resist having my pic taken on this beautifully carved bench in Bali. The price tag is very hefty, but still doesn’t include me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whilst taking dear MiL out to for the day in England, we were both happy to find this gorgeous bench which someone had wisely placed half way around the park. We sat there listening to the bird song whilst hubby went galloping off down some steep wooden steps to do a bit of exploring on his own.

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Here in Sherwood Forest, is a bench where one can sit and view the famous ‘Major Oak’, inside which, according to local folklore, Robin Hood and his merry men took shelter. It’s estimated to weigh around 23 tons, has a girth of 33 feet (10 metres), and is between 800โ€“1000 years old. It’s not surprising that at such a great age, it needs crutches. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our granddaughter Sienna, visiting from the USA, thought this funny cow at a shopping mall in Johannesburg, wouldn’t mind if she shared her bench.

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Much closer to home, we have a couple of memorial benches just above our beach access, where it’s great to sit and watch the waves.

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Just a little farther along the beach path, there are more benches.

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There are plenty of rocks on the beach itself, which make great improvised benches

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You can even use them for a little get together and a sing along.

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The pier also has a few benches,

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all with spectacular views.

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When you get to the end of the promenade, you can sit for a while and rest your legs, before the return 2 km trek back home. Well that’s what I was intending to do, but someone got there before me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Well, I think I’m all benched out now, but if you would like to see more, just click on this link.

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Shooting people for Jake’s theme.

So yesterday found me out and about with the early morning walkers along our beach path.ย  Jake wanted people, so my iPhone and I were on a mission to shoot a few unsuspecting victims. It was quite easy to get shots of people from a fair distance away, so I got the fishermen who are an almost permanent feature of our beach. There is our port city of Durban in the distance, and the white structure you can see is the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Moses Mabhida Stadium. If you look for the tree sticking up on the right, you will be looking at where I live; not actually in the tree, but just to the right of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just couldn’t bring myself to tackle people head on, so sneakily got their back views in my sights. This woman’s dress would be very good for target practice. ๐Ÿ™‚

This beach vendor wears all of her wares, as she wends her way to her stand, further along the path. She must have had at least a dozen hats on her head.

These young ladies came bouncing past us, and ran joyously down onto the sand for a frolic in the waves.

We saw many joggers, and dog walkers, and also a few dad’s out with babies in strollers, probably giving their wives a much-needed Sunday morning lie-in.

There were only a few people on the pier,

and a couple of long board surfers, were paddling their way out to sea. They were doing really well, but shortly after I took this photo, they both fell off their boards.

We managed to resist the tempting smells coming from the kitchen of the beach-side restaurant in the old life-guard station. We had a much healthier breakfast option of fresh strawberries waiting at home. I couldn’t however resist sneaking a pic of these two life guards keeping watch over the bathers from their tower at Bronze Beach. Well one was keeping watch, whilst it seems the other one was catching up on his sleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

Right at the end of the path, the sand sucker-upper, was getting himself geared up for the day.

Some people have to work, whilst others can just relax and watch the waves.

By this time, my tummy was telling me that it was past my breakfast time, so it was quick march for the 2 kms back home. That strawberry smoothie went down very well indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed my random Sunday morning shootings. For more takes on Jake’s theme, just click here.

Travel Photo theme ‘Oceans’

Ailsa’s travel photo theme this week is ‘Oceans’, in honour or World Ocean day which was on June 8th. The five oceans of the earth are the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Antarctic Ocean, which is also called the Southern Ocean.

My home in South Africa is just a few yards from the Indian Ocean, which stretches from the east coast of Africa across to the west coast of Australia, including the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. I can see it when I look out of my bedroom window. Sometimes it’s grey and foreboding,

but today it’s blue and enticing.

We often go walking along the ocean front, past the new pier,

and the lighthouse, which has been around since 1954.

Whilst on a cruise of the Great Barrier Reef, we went snorkelling in the Coral Sea, which is right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

A few years ago, as our plane flew into Bora Bora in French Polynesia, we could look down and see the beautiful blues ofย  yet another part of the Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean on earth, which stretches from the western side of North and South America across to Asia and north to south from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

Here is a photo taken next to the north Atlantic Ocean when we visited Casablanca, Morocco, a few years ago.

This same blonde woman who often pops up in hubby’s photos, (I’ll have to ask him who she is), ๐Ÿ˜‰ is standing next to the south Atlantic Ocean at Copacabana Beach in Rio. You can see Sugarloaf Mountain in the background.

The Arctic and Antarctic oceans will probably never be on our ‘to visit’ list. I think we’d find them a bit too cold for our liking.

Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are. Chat again soon.