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Halifax: Black Rock Beach

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Staying with beaches, this week we’re visiting Black Rock Beach in my hometown Halifax. Welcome to week 287 of Travel Photo Thursday (7/21/2016). Apologies if this post seems a little rushed, but I’m off to Canada in the morning. I took these shots when I was home in 2013. Enjoy the beach!

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Black Rock Beach

The beach is located in the city’s  largest park, Point Pleasant Park, deep in Halifax’s south end. Just follow the park road to the bottom entrance (closest to the North Atlantic), park your car or bicycle in the parking lot. The beach is also within walking distance of downtown. You can see the beach from the parking lot. Believe it of not the park is not owned by the city, the province, or the country. It’s actually owned by the British Government and leased to the city for 1 shilling a year. The original lease dates back to 1866. 

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

With it’s black rock outcropping the beach is easy to see from the land or the ocean, and it’s always been popular with Haligonians. When I was growing up it was often closed to swimming due to sewage run-off. That’s all changed now, and during the summer months the beach boasts a life guard on-duty 7 days a week. You can see the life guard stand in the photo below. Back in the 70’s/80’s the city would host free Natal Day concerts. One year they even headlined The Beach Boys!

Going back a bit further into the history books, in the  18th  century the black rock outcropping had the dubious distinction of being used to publicly display executed criminals! Personally, I prefer the concerts to the executions!

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

The North Atlantic

Looking out towards the North Atlantic. The graffiti on the rocks is a new  (and I don’t think a welcome) addition.

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

There’s always sail boats going by.

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Point Pleasant Park Canteen

Who can resist ice cream on a hot summer day? The Black Rock Beach/Point Pleasant Park Canteen has some of the best in the city. If you’re at the beach or in the park don’t walk by without grabbing a cone.

 

Black Rock Beach Canteen

One last thing, and I don’t have a photo. There is a huge polar bear swim off the beach every New Years Day. I have to say I am a wimp, but when I lived in Halifax I would always go and watch the shock and awe of the swimmers hitting the freezing water. Great fun!

While not nearly as long as last weeks Barceloneta Beach, Black Rock Beach has a charm all of its own.

 

The beach and the park are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

 

Did you know that Halifax had a beach close to downtown? Have you been?

 

Please welcome our co-hosts this week: Jan from Budget Travel Talk Ruth from Tanama Tales  Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations

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Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Barcelona, Destinations, Featured, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

When you visit Barcelona you are only a short subway ride from Barceloneta Beach. The fresh salty smell of the ocean, and the white, stick your toes in the sand beach, awaits. Welcome to week 286 (7/14/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Let’s have a peek!

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Barceloneta Beach with it palm trees, boardwalk, white sand, and salt air smells. What more can we ask for?

 

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

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Appetizers from Around the World

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Food, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

 

Where in the world can you go and not find appetizers on a restaurant menu, or in some countries, being sold on the street? Welcome to week 285 (7/7/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Yesterday’s post got me thinking about food more that usual; as if that’s possible! Enjoy this tour of some of my favorite appetizers from around the world.

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Moo Ping from Thailand

I love love this stuff! I discovered it a few years ago  when I was wintering in Chiang Mai, and I ate it almost everyday. One of these days I am going to make my own, so that I don’t have to be in Thailand to enjoy these awesome little morels of grilled pork goodness!

Moo Ping appetizer

Awesome appetizer: Moo Ping from Thailand

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