A Seaside Christmas is the Kind of Christmas for Me

Christmas at the Coliseum

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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

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

A Day with Surf and Fitness Journey: Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

Prior to coming to Australia, I connected online with blogger Amy from Surf and Fitness Journey. We have been following each others blogs for some time now. When she heard that I would be coming to Melbourne she offered to meet up with me where she grew up: the turquoise Mornington Peninsula. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day touring the Mornington Peninsula with my new friend and personal tour guide. Her knowledge of the area is beyond compare. Both Amy and I share a passion for the ocean as we both grew up by the sea. It was refreshing to be able to connect with another kindred spirit with a love for the beach. Continue reading

First Stop in Western Australia: Scarborough Beach

 Photo of the Week &Turquoise Thursday
Destination: Scarborough Beach, Scarborough, Australia

Scarborough Beach

Snorkelling the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

Whitsundays

Both Airlie Beach and Cairns are considered gateway towns to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout my travels on Australia’s East Coast, I had two opportunities to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. First, I went snorkeling from Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting to the Whitsunday Islands which is located on the south part of the Great Barrier Reef. The second time I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was from Cairns with Ocean Free just North of Green Island which is located 26 miles from Cairns on the North part of the Great Barrier Reef. Both snorkeling opportunities were incredible experiences. The marine wildlife I encountered was out of this world. Continue reading

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

On the Boat

There is nothing more freeing than swimming under the sea. I’ve only been scuba diving three times in my entire life (twice in the Caribbean), but my most recent dive on the Great Barrier Reef reminded me of how much I love it. Now that I’ve had a taste of scuba diving again I want to get PADI certified so that I can do it in every turquoise destination that I visit. As you know, there is something I love about the sea. For some reason I’ve been blessed with a connection with the ocean. I love everything about it: the way it smells, the feeling of the sand between my toes, the cool water against my skin, the marine life, and swimming in it. There is no place I’d rather be. To me it’s home.

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Great Barrier Reef Sail with Ocean Free

Great Barrier Reef

I’ve always dreamt about visiting the world renowned Great Barrier Reef! Who hasn’t? Finally, at 30 years old that dream became a reality. I always knew that some day I would make it to Australia to see all of my dream destinations, but now that I am finally here it hardly feels real. What better way to see the Great Barrier Reef then to see it from a sail boat? Better yet, why not sail out to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel just off the boat where the coral comes just 1 metre from the surface for the best views of your life? Best of all, why not scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef where you can see ancient one of a kind coral reef, amazingly colourful fish species, and other spectacular marine life, like sea turtles and reef sharks? I saw it all! With the engines turned off and the stunning views all around me, I was left speechless sailing with Ocean Free.

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