A Seaside Christmas is the Kind of Christmas for Me

Christmas at the Coliseum

@Shy Giraffe- Modern Artisan Jewellery

Going with the theme The Christmas Song (one of my favorite Christmas songs) by Nat King Cole, commonly known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, I can’t help but think a seaside Christmas is the kind of Christmas for me. Although I love chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at my nose, turkey, and mistletoe, the thing I love most is a seaside themed Christmas. Most of my house and Christmas Tree decorations are turquoise and beach themed. Last year, I was able to spend the week before Christmas in Puerto Rico. Now that’s the perfect place to celebrate a seaside Christmas. Well, I found my Atlantic Canadian seaside Christmas, not by the sea, but at Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. Everywhere I looked I found sea inspired Christmas decorations. This Christmas extravaganza made me feel right at home. Although I won’t be on a tropical beach this Christmas, at least I know that I can surround myself with ocean inspired decorations, not to mention the fact that I’m conveniently located 20 minutes from the beach. Continue reading

The Sicilian Sea and her Mythology

Guest Post by: Unwilling Expat

Part of the Coastline from Messina to Palermo. ©Rochelle Del Borrello 2014

Ponte di Naso, Messina
©Rochelle Del Borrello 2014

I live literally ten minutes from the beach along the coast between Messina and Palermo which is dotted by beachside towns who look out towards the Aeolian Islands. Continue reading

Uncle Spikes Turquoise Turkey

Guest Post by: Uncle Spike’s Adventures

As a keen follower of Ms Jessica on her adventures of all things Turquoise, I thought it high time to show off a few of our beaches and coastline to add to the many beautiful scenes we are seeing on her blog – so here is my brief tour of Turquoise Turkey…

These are all simple shots I have taken personally over the years, and all of these I have selected are from the western coasts of Turkey; so that means either the Aegean Sea or the Mediterranean Sea. So I think we’ll just head down from north to south…

First up are a couple of shots from the province of Balıkesir, which is near the top left hand corner of the Asian part of Turkey, next to Çanakkale in fact (you may well have heard of that one).

Erdek Bandırma, Balıkesir

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Highlights of the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Barwon Heads

After visiting the Great Ocean Road, I knew I wanted to see it a second time to stop at all the places I missed the first time around. The Great Ocean Road is a road trip I could do over and over again. The world renowned one of a kind turquoise coast was more than I could have expected. With no expectations prior to visiting, I was absolutely blown away by the incredible jagged coastline. The multi-coloured rock face along the cliffs was picture perfect. I honestly never thought that Australia could have such one of kind spots in every region I visited. At some point, I expected to be let down or that a place couldn’t top the prior, but Australia continued to leave me hanging on and wanting more. Continue reading

Reuniting on the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Traveling to Australia has always been my dream. It started when I was in university. I watched my friends Facebook walls intently as they posted what seemed like hundreds of stunning turquoise images of their travels through Australia. I was instantly hooked. I won’t say that I was jealous per say, as I did my fair share of traveling while in university as well, but to different (much closer) destinations which included experiences like volunteering in the Bahamas, studying in Texas, attending Mardi Gras in Louisiana, and of course exploring New York, New York, among others. Even still, for some reason, there was a void that couldn’t be filled by any destination other than Australia. Finally, at thirty years old, I’ve made that longing a reality. Continue reading