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