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E like Ethereal…


Ethereal: extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.


When Chéri and I left Montréal for the craziest trip of our lives so far, in February of 2020, we had no idea how lucky we were.

For one thing, we had first planned going through China, to get to our final destination. Which would have been a disaster, since Australia was keeping all passengers coming from Asian countries in a forced quarantine of 14 days. That would have left us one week to travel around, and it would have been heart crushing to cross out two thirds of our list of things to do and people to visit.

But Chéri had decided to travel through the United States instead, which was less exotic for us, but ended up giving us full access to the whole country as soon as we got out of Sydney’s airport. Yay Chéri!

The fact that Sydney’s hotels were filled with travelers having to wait for two weeks before wandering around also meant that most touristic sites were almost deserted.

(Almost) no bus filled with selfie-stick fans. (Almost) no queues at attraction’s entries. (Almost) nobody in the parks and wildlife reserves. 

Heavenly conditions to visit the other side of the world.

I must say that when it comes to photography, I am not good at capturing a great scenery. I am the portrait type. Or I can nail a very cool close up on something really tiny and unusual. But when it comes to breath taking landscapes, I usually make really unflatering photos.

But on that day, walking along that almost empty beach, Mother Nature decided to work with me. She painted her best pastel shades in the sky and on the high cliffs, and I never dared to use a filter to try to make the shot any better. 

I love this picture just as it is… I was there, but I still doubt it sometimes. I don’t want to look like I’m bragging, but I find it to be perfect. It is exactly as I saw the landscape when I was walking along the beach. I felt the powerness of the sea, and the majesty of the cliffs. And the handfull of tiny little human being that we were, were soaking in this surreal, ethereal bubble.

We’ve seen so much more, during our three weeks of traveling, but every time I think about our days in Oz, this picture is comes to mind.


P.S. Special thanks to my dear friend Miriam (standing on the right, on my picture) and her awesome husband, for bearing with my sissy legs that suffered a fair bit during our daily trecks. It was sooooooooo worth the temporary pain. LOL


This year, I am dedicating my A to Z Challenge to revisiting 26 of my favorite Instagram pictures, and the memories that cling to them. If you’d like to get the full list of my challenge post, just click here.


8 thoughts on “E like Ethereal…

  1. Beautiful picture…I can feel it, having lived in San Diego. The salt air, the breeze, the waves, and their constant crashing on the beach, make for a very contemplative atmosphere. Just to take a leisurely stroll or just sit and watch is enough for me. I have no need to surf or swim – just relax and enjoy. One can get a lot of thinking done in a situation like this.

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    1. Absolutely, Hokey. There is something about the sea, no matter wich one, that just calls for contemplation. There is a place in Denmark, at its Northern tip, called Skagen. In Skagen, there is a very special beach, where you can actually see (no pun intended) the meeting of the Kattegat and Skagerrak seas. I can’t explain why, but witnessing the joining of two seas just made me very emotional. Nature can be so majestic. It was a little like watching two giants waltz together…

      You can have a look at it in this video (you can skip the first minute, if you just want to see the actual meeting of Kattegat and Skegerrak):


    1. I totally agree. When I was born, there was just a street between our house and the beach, so needless to say that my first years, I spent a LOT of time watching the sea. I don’t know if that’s why I feel so compelled to it, or if it’s in all of us… But I always feel something very special gazing at the horizon, listening to the crashing of the waves. As you said, the oceans have a way of making us feel really humble. And I think that’s a good thing, because humans have this very annoying habit of thinking they are more important than anything else. xx

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