Tuesday, 6 August 2013

secluded coves and rocky beaches

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Oh summer! Oh, the beach! Even though for someone as white as me the beach almost inevitably means sunburn (even though I use factor 50, there's always somewhere you forget to put it; I've burnt everything from the tips of my ears to the soles of my feet...) summer is also incomplete without a trip to a rocky cove, to eat a picnic of salads and fruit, to read in the sun, to get progressively wimpier with each passing year about water temperature. Seriously, I was looking at old photos last night. When I was 21 I would swim in glacier-fed Canadian lakes, now I moan about the fact that the Mediterranean is "cold." I've been spoilt by life in hot countries.

Anyway, this charming cove is near Ametlla de Mar, near Tarragona. Five of us borrowed a car, packed our salads, forgot our bottle of wine (probably for the best) met up with friends who were camping in the area, and spent the afternoon getting gloriously sunburnt, buffeted by waves, raked across the rocks, and reading in the surf.

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I love my new one piece but I love it more for Canada... one of the great joys of the Mediterranean is going topless and feeling like a little kid, and I missed that...

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P.S. I had some fun looking at past idyllic beach posts...
In Menorca: here and here
In Cornwall: here and here
In MatarĂ³: here
And ages ago in Mexico here


Closet Fashionista said...

Wow what a gorgeous beach! and I LOVE that suit!!
I'm not sure I'd be confident enough to go topless at the beach...

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Meg, neither was I for years. But when everyone's doing it, you kind of get over it. The day these photos were taken, I felt kind of dumb for being the only one NOT topless!

Ashley said...

One day I will join you for a topless beach trip, just because!

Promise I'm not trying to pick you up :)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Hahaha, Perfectly Acceptable Ashley!

Anonymous said...

Oh that's the perfect idea of summer to me! Including going topless, although I love your one pice, is a cute one!

Cee. ♥
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Kezzie said...

It looks positively dreamy!x

Annebeth said...

omg yes for topless careless frolicking. But it is a very lovely one piece! such a lovely view by the way.

Marlen said...

i love your one piece but i'd love to try out a topless beach! you just don't ever see those in america. and i love your cat eye sunnies! also, the soles of your feet?! haha you poor thing- i always get the tops of my feet :(

xo marlen
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Indy said...

You look just lovely! What beautiful photos!

celia said...

This looks so nice, I haven't had the chance to hit the beach this summer yet and I'm dying to go.

I love your bathing suit, even though topless is the norm here, nothing beats a beautiful swimsuit!

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

I cannot imagine getting sunburn on the soles of my feet. How awful! I hope it wasn't painful for long. This cove looks like such a lovely escape from the city. I don't even know when I last had a proper beach day.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@celia: agreed, it's nice to have a nice one-piece. I love the topless thing mostly because you spend less time trying to keep your swimsuit ON in the waves, and you can just enjoy yourself instead!