These Hallowed Waves

One of the most long-standing items on my bucket list has been the desire to see the Mediterranean Sea.

Well, today that item was officially crossed off the list.

I was almost in tears when I first caught a glimpse of the water. Seeing the sea satisfied so many parts of me. The history nerd part, the travel bug part, the love of gorgeous scenery part etc.

We took a bus from the city centre to the beach, about 25 minutes.

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This seems as good a time as any to deviate for two seconds and rave about my travel partner, Karishma. Karishma is my long-lost other half from California and I really don’t think I could’ve ask for a better person to experience Portugal with ❤

Ok. Back to the scheduled topic.

The Mediterranean did not disappoint all my hopes built upon years of expectations.

I found this quote the other day when I was roaming around the internet looking for inspiring quotes about the sea. I remember reading part of the natural history book this quote appears in in high school for “fun” for about .2 seconds before hating it and closing it but I do love this quote and I think it perfectly expresses my emotions this morning.

“Who that has ever visited the borders of this classic sea, has not felt at the first sight of its waters a glow of reverent rapture akin to devotion, and an instinctive sensation of thanksgiving at being permitted to stand before these hallowed waves?”-Edward Forbes


This rainbow was literally the first thing we saw when we stepped off the bus and that’s when we knew we were going to have a fairly spectacular morning.


(I’m just going to apologise now for any and all gratuitous pictures of myself in this blog from here on out).

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“It looks like Heaven has taken over the earth.”-Karishma


A few crazy people braved the cold water to windsurf. It was entertaining to watch the struggle as the waves were also fairly big today.

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Paradise. Absolute paradise. We already can’t wait to go back when it’s warmer to actually test out the water!


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