Paradise

There was very little to do on Meeru, our island in the Maldives. They had some live music some nights but no loud music with dancing, no nightclub type action. We sat and had a drink every night to watch the sun set and ate more than we should have. They had an enormous buffet for each meal and it was hard not to try everything. There wasn’t fish every day as I thought there would be. They always had something which the English would like such as lamb or beef with potatoes and steamed veggies. There was always Indian food which was too spicy for me and I ate a lot of Chinese food. I should never have passed by the desserts because I discovered that they made a fantastic smooth and silky mousse which I had twice a day. Dessert twice a day is not a good thing for the waist line.

Our room was on stilts right on the water and there were lights illuminating the water each night. I was very surprised to look down and see a shark. It, and the others I saw, turned out to be Black Tipped Sharks, reef sharks, which aren’t dangerous. I saw sharks all of the time along raised walkways. When we snorkelled I always looked for them but never saw one.

We saw this sting ray too but never up close while actually in the water. We snorkelled every say, sometimes off a boat by a reef and sometimes right by the spa which was full of fish.

I was surprised to see this egret on the shore. I thought they hung out in still water. There were actually very few birds on the island. I heard one at night in the trees, I saw three rather large bats fly overhead as the sun set, and only one sandpiper. I expected lots of birds and wondered why there were so few. We never saw dogs or cats either.

It only rained once while we were there, and only for the morning. November is their most rainy month, monsoon type rains from what I read.

Of course, there were those tropical sunsets. This one is actually the glow on the other side of the island on the east side.

This and That at the Beach

Some places and things seen around here at the beach.

IMG_1161[1] A God’s Eye sunset.

IMG_1252[1] A very heavily decorated house near us. Shells and driftwood figures all of the place but I liked it.

IMG_1170[1] Sunrise, beach fence, sand and water.

IMG_1187[1] I bought a bouquet of these roses at our market. They may be what is call Japanese roses, I’m not sure.

IMG_1256[1] A cocktail on the terrace as the sun goes down.

IMG_1260[1] Some fruity ice tea at a new tea and coffee place on rue de Marche. Not enough ice-there never is in France-but very refreshing.

Beach Living

This and that on the beach.

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Probably a weed but I will call it beach flowers.

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I don’t think this dog was particularly friendly but was looking for other dogs. At least he didn’t bark.

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Another great sunset.

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I love sand made smooth by the wind and beach fences.

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A hollyhock against the blue sky. We have had a run of windy, gray days so this was a pleasure.

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I’m not sure if the rest of this area has this type of architecture but I sure do like it. There are many similar in our village with a steepled roof, lacy decorations and the pointed feature at the top.

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This lady laid out in the sun for at least four hours. I’m amazed by people who can do this. After a really horrible sun burn in college I learned I don’t have the skin to do this. It seems like I should be a person who hates the beach. I don’t like to be in the sun for long periods, I spend a fortune on sun screen, I won’t get in the water after seeing jelly fish the size of hubcaps on the beach, I don’t like wind of which there is a lot if you live by the ocean, I don’t like sand in my shoes-the feel of it or when it is tracked into our place-and yet I love it here watching the tides come and go, the blue skies and clouds and sunsets, the people watching, walks with interesting things to see-I love these. I pushed Maurice to get a place on a beach. It’s been mostly fun.

Oasis

In another trip down memory lane, Maurice and I went to another place that we had been to years ago when we first met. It’s a place called the Oasis which is situated high over Lake Travis and known as the sunset capitol of the world. It is a great place to have a drink and watch the sun go down.

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The entry. It used to have a rather funky ambiance as I recall but was rebuilt and freshened up after a lightening strike.

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My cocktail. I got to take the glass home.

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The sun begins to set.

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I thought this boat looked pretty on the water and the light was great.

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View as we left. This place is ennormous with five or six huge terraces.

Desert

We made a quick trip to Arizona to see my mother. I couldn’t find any cacti blooming-I guess that happens in the Spring-but I like looking around and I like the high palm trees there too.

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Palm trees high over head.

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There are often great sunsets in the desert.

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Ouchie. Nature’s protection.

This and That on the Beach

Not too much exciting here at our beach place now that Bastille Day is over but I have a few photos of various things.

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A sail boat in the sun.

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A sunset from our terrace.

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I am always drawn to blue and white stripes. Why is that?

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Beach shower.

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We have company for the next few days and I decided to make a salad plate similar to the one I had at Rose Bakery in Paris. I had potato salad, white bean and pepper salad, taboule, lettuce salad, eggs, avocado, some grilled veggies with a yogurt drssing and some grilled shrimp. It was pretty good if I do say so myself. Very healthy