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Photo of the Day – Simple Day At The Beach – Porto de Galinhas – Near Recife, BrazilPorto de Galinhas is one of a million absolutely incredible beaches that line the northeastern coast of Brazil. This particular beach is famous for the low tide reef-formed swimming pools which we featured in a photo of the day a few months ago.
Today I wanted to post a basic photo of the beach to help provide a better idea of what this tropical paradise looks like from the waters edge. As you can see it is full of people relaxing in comfy lounge chairs and soaking up the Brazilian sun. This is definitely the type of beach that people show up to at ten in the morning and hang out until the fading sunlight brings the day to a close.
If you look closely you can spot Will in the photo! Do you see him?
Photo of the Day – Chilled Out Palm Tree – Jolly Harbour, AntiguaHopefully everyone had an enjoyable Christmas with their families. For those who had to head immediately back into work today, I thought I could offer a nice late gift and bring the sandy beach into your office. It’s not exactly the same as lounging on real sand, but feel free to turn up the heat in the office, let the sun pour in through the windows and even dab a little sunscreen on your nose. Anything to help you mentally travel away from that full inbox staring at you.
I took this picture out back of a great little restaurant in Jolly Harbour on Antigua. This picture provides further proof to my belief that Antigua has possibly the most colorful water on the planet. Have you visited somewhere with exceptionally blue water?
Photo of the Day – Pristine City Sand – Manly Beach – Sydney, AustraliaUsually when you visit a big city beach – you know you are at an urban beach, not to be confused with the type you find out back of an all-inclusive resort. Sydney’s Manly Beach is an exception to that rule. The beach maintains such a relaxing vibe and the typical city distractions are left miles away back across the bay in the city center.
Taking the public ferry out past the Sydney Opera House to Manly Beach is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable moments of any trip to Australia. On your first morning in Sydney (after a night of rest from the long plane ride), head down to the docks at Circular Quay and catch a ride through the fresh morning air over to Manly. I guarantee you will have a huge smile across your face the entire way!
Photo of the Day – Coming Down From A Sugar High – Rio de Janerio, BrazilUpon exiting perhaps the scariest tram ride of your life, the dividends start paying out immediately. The view back towards Rio from the platform is absolutely breathtaking. Look left and your eyes can wander up the full length of the famous Copacabana beach. Focus straight ahead and you can explore the heart of the city, one that goes ignored by most of the tourists who head straight from the airport (far out of right side of the frame) to the steamy beaches. If you squint your eyes and look very closely off in the distance on the right, you can even see Cristo standing tall atop Corcovado mountain, looking over all of the wonder that is Rio de Janeiro and protecting for all to enjoy forever.
Hopefully by now your hands have managed to dry off from the nerve wrecking ride up. Take out your camera and snap away!
Photo of the Day – Sunrise Blast – Pigeon Point – St Lucia
While vacationing in St. Lucia last week for Thanksgiving, I talked my brother and his wife into waking up at four in the morning to watch the sun rising from the east over the island. The plan was to walk from our hotel to an old 18th century British fort on the ocean that provided elevated views back towards the sun, far above the rest of the island. Everything was going well until we discovered that the entrance to the fort was gated and we weren’t allowed to enter until 8am – after the sunrise. Luckily, all it took was a small ten-dollar bribe to the sleepy eyed security guard to open the gate and get on our way hiking through the dark black night to the top of the fort.
Photo of the Day – Israeli Mediterranean Sunset – Tel Aviv, IsraelIsrael is often forgotten as a mediterranean sea sitting country. In fact, most people I have talked to didn’t even realize Israel had beaches. The truth is, Israel has some great beaches on both its Western Mediterranean Sea shore and its Southern Red Sea. It of ours has a 3rd Sea Shore, the Dead Sea, but I wouldn’t exactly call these beaches.
Regardless, we had a great view from our hotel (thanks Dor!) of this wonderful sunset in Tel Aviv. The water was calmly cruising into meet the Tel Aviv sand and then sun slowly disappeared deep into the Mediterranean Sea.