Beach Lines and Cocktails

My favourite part of my week spent in the Dominican Republic was definitely the beach. We walked on the beach daily, swam in the sea, and had something to drink at the beach bar.

Often we would walk on the beach in the late afternoon. One evening we had early dinner reservations, so we had our walk a little earlier. It was for this reason that we discovered a bar on the beach which served drinks.

We first ask for a glass of cold water with a hint of line. Once we had swallowed the refreshing glass of water, we turned to the cocktail menu.

My husband and I are not big drinkers and we do not know too much about cocktails. We wanted something different from the usual pina colada and the water suggested a mudslide. I did not know what to expect with such a name, but I was pleasantly surprised.

We enjoyed our early evening cocktail on the beach before we left to get ready for dinner. We ordered the cocktail again but our first was definitely well-made and beautifully presented.

Do you enjoy trying out new cocktails?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

Not yet a week!

It has not been a week yet and I am already missing our vacation spot in the Dominican Republic. As I step out into the bracing wind each morning this week, I feel chilled and think longingly of the heat that I experienced outdoors while on holiday. My thoughts also turn to the barefoot walks we took along the beach in the late afternoons.

The roar of the sea as the waves crash upon the shore are certainly a more pleasant sound than the constant hum of cars and people in the city. And the salt air is definitely a more pleasant smell than that of carbon monoxide!

My memory of the week-long beach walks will sustain me until I am able to visit an island once again. The pristine sand and the clear blue skies are a sweet memory that I can turn to as the city I live in turns towards winter.

Do you enjoy walking on the beach?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

A Rocky Bay

When visiting Mauritius, we spent a few nights in Roches Noires, on the north-east side of the island. We could not do any swimming from the beach in front of us, but the view was stunning.

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Looking out from a bay at Roches Noires. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Looking out onto the bay, I enjoyed the view of the black rocks jutting out of the water – a far cry from the sandy beaches that are normally advertised for this island.

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A rocky bay. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Those rocks had many hidey-holes in which my children found shells and saw some wriggling sea life.

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Fishing boats. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The fishing boats were anchored, ready for use by the early morning fishermen.

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Tethered fishing boats in Roches Noires. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The grey clouds were reflected in the water: water which felt cold as we dipped our toes in.

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A rocky beach at Roches Noires. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Not much sand could be found on the beach in front of the bungalow we were staying in. To swim, we would have to take a quick walk to the public beach.

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A view of Roches Noires. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

A little further along we found a small stretch of beach on which to sit and enjoy the view. I found the time we had there calming and rejuvenating. Another special moment in a holiday crammed with special moments.

Have you visited a rocky bay? Where was it?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: Bay. Head on over to his site to see links to more interpretations)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Peaceful Sunset

It is not every day that I notice the setting of the sun. When the day is ending, I am filling my moments with tasks: helping my children with homework, doing household chores, following the weekly routine that never wavers from day to day. Time passes and, before I know it, night time is peering in through my windows.

When on holiday, however, you take the time to slow down and to notice the natural changes that occur everyday. You notice the twilight and, if you are inclined to, you settle down and watch the sun set in the sky. On our last holiday to Mauritius, we took the time to sit down on the beach and watch the setting sun change the colours in the sky.

Sunset on a Mauritian Beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Sunset on a Mauritian Beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

It was a moment of peaceful tranquillity  The surroundings were quiet except for the sound of the water coming up on the beach. The salted air wrapped itself around me and I breathed in deeply. The peace buried itself into my soul and I felt myself sinking into the harmony of nature. The colours, the gentle noise of nature, the scents, all conspired to bring to me a sense of peace. It is this peace that we often crave when the busy lives we lead becomes unbearable. And it is this sense of peace that sustains me until I am able to experience another.

Where was the last place that you experienced a sense of peace?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

(This post was inspired by Jake and his stunning graphics. The prompt for this week’s challenge is: peaceful.)

Weekly Photo Challenge:Free Spirit

When I look at the majority of children and animals such as dogs, I see that they are free-spirited: their enjoyment of life has not yet been disciplined out of them. We were visiting the beaches on the Toronto Island and many people were out enjoying the sand, sun and water. The dog in the photo was no exception: he spent much time frolicking in the water, enjoying the refreshing coolness as well as the freedom of movement.

Frolicking dog on the beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

What does the phrase “free-spirit” make you think of?

Join us each week for the Photo Challenge posted at The Daily Post at This week’s prompt is: Free Spirit)