The last 2 days Lars and I have been all over Brussels, celebrating his 60th birthday! I have been taking hundreds of pictures and right now, I am still selecting and editing the best ones. Hence, a bit of silence on this blog.
And then I remembered that earlier this year, Lars and I had spent a beautiful evening in a small place in Denmark called Rantzausminde. It was an idea of his sister and her partner; little did they know that we had already been there in the summer of 2012. Read about it here. This time, we stayed in the harbour, enjoying the views and drinking cold beer.
I know, this is long overdue… But Lars and I have 2 very good excuses. First of all, I took this picture a short time before we had to leave Denmark. Second, when we were back in Belgium, Lars and I both had a severe attack of bronchitis. Yes, we spent a week coughing our lungs out, sneezing and blowing our noses. I even lost my voice during 2 days… Anyway, we are both feeling better now and from Monday on, we will resume work on the blog. This last picture of our trip to Denmark features the beach of Thurø. No blue skies that day, the weather was changing…
So 1 September has arrived; kids and teenagers are back at school and the summer days seem to be over. The sun has disappeared and rain and wind are back again. Looks like autumn has an early start; that’s why last Sunday – when the weather was still sunny and hot – Lars and I decided to go to the sea and have some fun.
It is one of the biggest coastal resorts in Belgium, with lots of apartments, hotels, restaurants, pubs and shops. Most people come here for a walk on the big boulevard or for a swim, although the water can be cold and there is a strong current. That’s why it is better to swim in the designated areas.
Lars and I parked our car not far from the pier – a popular destination – and walked to the beach. Near the dunes there tend to be less tourists. Another less crowded area is near the marina.
Once we had found our spot on the beach, we observed the people around us – an activity we both like – and then decided to have a lot of fun in the shorebreak!
Late in the afternoon, we left again, because the weather forecast predicted thunderstorms. In the meantime, a flower parade had started. It’s a yearly event that concludes the touristic season. We didn’t see the whole parade, mainly because it was too crowded and too noisy, although we have to admit that it looked beautiful as well.
We made a video of our fun afternoon! It’s mainly Lars and me having silly fun in the sea; you will also see three men in their twenties having as much fun with their blue boat! By the way, the video stops quite abruptly, because the battery had run out…
It usually takes us 9 – 10 hours to drive from Brussels to Nyborg, Denmark. This cosy town is situated in the north of the central island of Funen; this is where Lars and I start most of our excursions.
The first thing I want to do after a long drive is to go to the beach; watch the waves, feel the wind and if possible some sunshine and breathe in some fresh sea air.
There were already tourists on Krk during the Easter holiday, but not so many. Which was certainly an advantage for us, who are not so fond of crowds.
Lars and I started our tour in Malinska.
It was a beautiful, sunny morning! When walking around in the harbor and seeing some of the hotels, restaurants and pubs getting ready for the season, we had that lazy, cozy summer feeling. That feeling of well-being when you see a blue sky and sea…
Thurø is one of these other charming, small islands to the south of Funen, which can easily be reached via a bridge.
We had seen a little bit of sun while we were still on Langeland, but on Thurø the clouds and the mist had come back. Actually, I don’t mind clouds or mist; they can make a familiar landscape look so different. As long as it doesn’t rain too hard, I am happy with every kind of weather.
Since everything looked so desolate, I decided to convert the pictures to black and white. This is one of the main beaches on Thurø; right next to it there is a camping place.
Photographing the backroads of Europe, exploring beauty and enjoying life at our own pace