Summer 2021 Project Under The Med Sea. Late Spring May – Mid June

All this summer as much as I can I’ve been visiting a magical world. A world I discovered last year on holiday in Mallorca. A world whose outer bubble I see everyday but never give much thought what’s under the surface. A world I’ve only glimpsed at in photos. A world all winter I couldn’t wait to visit as summer came. A world that holds so much allure and mystery humans still haven’t explored perhaps even 1/3 of it. 

Almost every week I’ve snorkelled with a cloud of baby fish. One week they’re super tiny, the next almost teenagers

It started with P wanting me to snorkel. Mallorca is perhaps one of the best places in the Western Mediterranean to snorkel. In the summer the waters are warm, clear and rocky. Rocks perfect for fish, warm and clear perfect for humans to visit without having to suit up. Back in Barcelona I got little sad. I didn’t think I could snorkel or visit under the sea until the following summer. It’s a city beach, there’s not going to be anything hanging around in the water. That changed the day I saw a flash of silver treading water. The next day I took my googles and snorkel. A few days later so P and others would believe me there’s fish along the city beaches his old Go Pro. The Go Pro turned into an Olympus Tough 6 with this year since about late May as often as I can I’ve been in the water visiting the city fish. It might not be the best, clearest waters however it’s world I feel’s secret as few snorkel where I go. That’s changed a bit this year as Decathlon opened up in a local mall with easy access to snorkels more have been visiting, but I think most on the beach think I’m crazy. 

My friends! Saddled Sea Breams

I always believe salt water cures almost anything. Having a bad day, it’s too hot, having a good day, that cooling hug it gives as you take dip makes you forget about everything. When I watch the fish just be, everything slips away. The sea and it’s inhabitants don’t know about how your day’s been, how’s your week’s been, they don’t care if you’re happy or sad. They’re just going about eating, trying not to be prey, hunting, just being. In a crazy way I’ve made friends with a few. Okay maybe not friends, but they always say hi if they’re around. Saddled sea breams are known to be friendly but are probably just checking me out. From visiting almost daily for about 3 months I feel kinda protective of them and the rest of the fish I’ve seen travelling this summer. They don’t know about what’s happening outside of where they live. They might be noticing climate change, they might not be. They haven’t got a voice to fight back to say help like land animals can (maybe Orcas are as they’re the oceans bullies. One rogue pod has been attacking boats in the Med and Atlantic. El Pais in English who first reported it. BBC article). I don’t have to tell you their habitats are changing. For most they’ll only do something when there’s nearly no fish to eat.

Sunken treasure! A Barcelona street paving tile. As I more of less snorkel in the same area I recognise the rocks but I’ve never found this tile again

The below photos are from late May to mid June. I’d had the camera all winter only to test it out 2 minutes before going in. It’s point and shoot right? Nope. There’s a little more to it Nat hence the bad photography and for now they’re jpegs. The sea bottom back in May and June had a lot of seaweed/plants growing. Now in August there’s more peacock’s tail. Yep I got a Mediterranean marine ID book 🤓 And yes I spook myself out when the visibility’s low. When I didn’t know what was just beneath the shoreline when I swam or treaded water I didn’t freak out much. Now I know what’s under there, for every big fish, there’s an even bigger fish…

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Cala Granadella. Summer Holiday Vacay 2018

Back in July which seems like a lifetime ago, we bundled the cats up in the car and headed down south to the Costa Blanca for a week. Everything was last minute. The only plans made were to be outside as much as possible soaking up the warm sunshine and warm sea. 

While Googling Imaging Spanish coasts verses where still have rooms available, Calpe kept coming up. Located just under a cap (Cape Nao) I was yes!, I bet it’s full of coves to explore. By boat only. We, okay I, didn’t always get up and running in time to explore by boat .Where we were staying Continue reading “Cala Granadella. Summer Holiday Vacay 2018”

Waves For Days, Castelldefels

This week is flying by. It was Monday now it’s Thursday and I feel like I’m chasing my tail round and round in circles. Salt water therapy’s been needed for achy muscles. Yesterday’s run I was feeling Tuesdays skater touch down cardio blasts. They really hit the gluteus medius and minimus! It wasn’t until a dip yesterday evening the ache started to dissipate! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Castell, Platja d’Aro

This past weekend we made a trip up the coast to the Costa Brava! Actually got out the city!

We almost didn’t go. Friday both cats went to the vets. AJ was back in today for tests and is back next week for a biopsy regarding his tummy issues. Mr D may have a thyroid issue and will back in a month or 2 for his tests. Then the internet still wasn’t working. Both red alarms on the boxes until Friday evening, then just one alarm. After calling Movistar Saturday morning, an engineer was coming in the afternoon to fix it. I felt slightly dumb as a cable had been installed incorrectly, but no-one had touched it since it was installed last year! We ended up setting out much later than scheduled (which included a roof top workout! I’ll continue Saturday roof top workouts until it gets too cold. I have more of a weekend without going the gym, but I still need my fix!).

I wanted to walk the path from Cala Francesc, a cove we went to in the summer. It followed the rocky shoreline, which was unfortunately early evening closed off. I’d seen people walking along it and wanted to explore it! I thought set off from there and see where it goes. That was the idea. Tom Tom took us to a completely different part of the coast (input error?!). A few wrong turns, we ended up in Castell, Platja d’Aro. Light was fading, but I was determined to walk part of the Costa Brava. It was the last day of daylight savings and I wanted to spend it outdoors! I don’t like the shorter days. I like the lighter mornings, I don’t like that it gets dark eventually around 5.30pm. You get used to, but thankfully in 2 months, the days get longer again! P was game, so we set off.

We took the path left from the beach. One of the ‘wrong turns’ we found a pretty cove/cala Cristus Ses Torretes. It wasn’t far from Platja d’Aro on the motorbike, so I thought it would be easy to walk to.

Cala Cristus Ses Torretes, Calonge
Platja de Cala Cristus ses Torretes, Calonge

Normally on these walks when the light’s fading it’s around a full moon. It had been overcast all day, no moonlight! That didn’t stop us passing through 7 coves or more along the part of the Cami de Ronda (built in the 19th Century by the Guardia Civil to control the coastline and stop smugglers). Scrambling over rocks, up and down steps, through short tunnels (one with a song bird roosting in!), along narrow winding paths, we followed the ronda until hitting a locked gate. If the moon had been out, I’m sure we’d explored further to that cove. We climbed a bank to see if there was a short cut around the gate. There was, but no moon, no go! We had torches on our phones but only used them in the short tunnels. It wasn’t that dark, but dark enough, if you’ve been eating your carrots to see. You could see the water was clear, so it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular tourist destination! Castell Platja d'Aro

The Rock Castell Platja d'Aro

Castell Platja d'AroCastell Platja d'Aro

 

Castell Platja d'AroCastell Platja d'Aro

After taking over the kids beach playground back at Platja d’Aro, we decided to explore the town, which reminded me of Juan les Pins and Cannes in France. Set along a high street with a mix of boutiques and typical Spanish high street stores, we walked until the amusement arcade, where it was game on with a round of Dodgem’s! Dodgems Castell Platja d'Aro

Sunday, by the time back from a run (really need to run earlier!) and chores done, it was too late to get to the Delta de L’Ebre in time vs daylight or even a trip to the zoo. Instead the next best thing, bike ride to the W hotel then Barceloneta for vegan pizza and ice cream!

I hope you had a great weekend! Dodgems or skip ’em?

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge Boundaries

I saw a t-shrit in Forever21 yesterday that said ‘running late is my workout’. I can 100% put my hand up and say that’s me. You want to get faster cycling, use a bike as transport and run late. You’ll have no option but to be a faster cyclist!

My entries for WPC Boundaries from a few weeks ago. I’m slightly behind with these!

Cat minding their own, Barcelona ZooCat Barcelona Zoo

Nilgai, Barcelona Zoo. They’ve been for most part of the year under habituation at the zoo. Their enclosure is fenced up, but you can peek through the gaps in the slats!Nilgai, Barcelona Zoo

Glass plane between the lemurs and humans at Barcelona Zoo. Which is a good thing as these guys are so cute, you want to join them! Lemur, Barcelona Zoo

Sand, pebbles and rocks divide us from the sea.

Aegean Sea, GreeceAegean SeaAegean Sea

Beach, BarcelonaBeach Barcelona

Railings to stop visitors touching the Jenga like columns, entering the Parthenon, Athens. Lean too close, officials call you out! Parthenon. GreeceBoundaries Weekly Photo Challenge Boundaries