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Down at the coast

Men chewing the fat in the sea near Vinaros
Men chewing the fat in the sea near Vinaros

It was a lovely late Spring day and just like summer.  Three of us drove down to Oropesa to take a sick dog to the vet. Afterwards we had a light lunch overlooking the bay and treated the dog to a few choice morsels. 

Old men gabbling young man snorkelling in the sea at Orpesa
Old men gabbling young man snorkelling in the sea at Orpesa

In the middle of the bay, two old men with their trousers around their short and curlies provided us with an interesting focal point. Into this tableau various other characters waded from time to time: a duo of withered ladies with whom they flirted, a naked muscular boy of about 12 chasing a ball, and finally the scuba diver.

Fishing from coastal dykes near Benicarlo
Fishing from coastal dykes near Benicarlo

When I got home I looked over all my other coastal photos.  I had forgotten I had so many.  Each set brought back different memories.

Children playing in the dunes of Vinaros

James and I visited the Dali triangle last March – it was freezing and rained non-stop for three days.  However, this photo from that visit is one my favourite ever, though I shiver looking at it!

A lonely boat in March near cadaques
A lonely boat in March near cadaques

I seem to have snapped a lot of sizzling fat bodies, sizzling old bodies, sizzling uncomfortable bodies generally. I could do a blog just about that, the way we really look on the beach, and not at all like the travel brochures.  

An interesting view on Castellon beach
An interesting view on Castellon beach

 

Shade, pop and sweet biscuits on Grau beach, Castellon
Shade, pop and sweet biscuits on Grau beach, Castellon

 

Ouch!
Ouch!

In August the heat is so intense that it is like walking through an oven.  It shimmers across gorgeous blue seas and yellow beaches. No, they are not white!  Not here anyway.  

Las Arenas beach in August,  El Cabanyal, Valencia
Las Arenas beach in August, El Cabanyal, Valencia

And they are not that clean, not too dirty either. 

The beaches are not always that clean, but quite acceptable all the same
The beaches are not always that clean, but quite acceptable all the same

 

 The sea air is always sticky with salt water and I find this very pleasant.  I think it very good for the skin actually.

Catching sight of the sea when driving down from the mountains always leaves me breathless
Catching sight of the sea when driving down from the mountains always leaves me breathless

But my favourite time is winter, the winter sea, the winter beaches, the winter light.  Yes, lonely and yes, very soulful.

Benicassim in Winter
Benicassim in Winter

 

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