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Pretty flamingoes

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Today I met up with my friend Birdie and we went to Porquerolles, an island due south of Hyeres. On the way to the port to get the boat we passed the saltings full of flamingoes and Birdie, who is keen on birdwatching, gazed longingly out of the window at the bus as we zipped past.

We get on the boat and zip across to the island. It's windy and a bit choppy but the sky is cloudless and we're sitting outside taking photos.





I love this island and go there every time I'm in Hyeres. There are virtualy no cars on it, no dog do no smoking, in fact none of the things I object to most. We set off for the plage d'argent (silver beach).

The path changes from tarmac with houses and gardens to gravel with gardens and houses and we pass marshy bits and foresty bits and get at last to the pine woods that fringe the beach with soft, white, sinkable sand between the trees.

If you are wearing sandals, this is murder to walk on, and it's bad enough in trainers. You slither and skid and it's very hard work though probably good for the calf muscles, if you're thinking of your calf muscles.




Through the pines we can see the glittery blue glass of the sea. The scent of the pines and the sea is something that would make you millions if you could bottle it.



The weather is superb today. The sea is sparkling and the sand is offwhite and we sit on a log for lunch and look at the view.




Birdie comments that the beach looks tropical and I reply it was the first white sand beach I ever saw. It is still one of my favourite beaches. There are half a dozen people, some yachts moored and a gull eyeing us balefully. You wouldn't believe the water could be that blue if you'd spent your childhood paddling in the North Sea, which I did.



So we potter around taking photos (Birdie is keen on this and has a whole bagful of camera stuff. My camera is from Argos). We consult the timetable and Birdie suggests a stop off at the saltings to look at the flamingoes. So we head back and get off the bus halfway along the saltings and try to get into the saltings but for some reason the way in is shut so we have to hover along the edge of the road.





There are plenty of flamingoes. There are flamingoes with their heads in the water, flamingoes looking at us, flamingoes having a barny with each other, at one spectacular point flamingoes flying along to the next salting. Even my camera can take pix of them, they are that close.



This is the place where I took many grey photos on Sunday. Now the sky is brilliant blue, the reflections are briliant blue, there is green from the greenery and a couple of egrets which Birdie points out to me are white, therefore not flamingoes (yes I got it wrong. You can't take me anywhere). So after an hour, we get the next bus back to Hyeres and I walk Birdie to the station. Then I walk back to the hotel, taking a pic of the castle at the top of the hill, which I climbed up to on Saturday.



Then I have a shower and get changed and go for dinner and find a stupendous restaurant and eat:

Fish soup with aioli and cheese and croutons and medium steak with mushrooms and morels and potatoes roasted in their skin with olive and cream sauce and bread and a pudding called a farandole. I order this because I don't know what it is. It turns out to be a tasting plate of FOUR puddings:

white chocolate mousse
hot chocolate fondant
creme brulee
tiramisu with chestnut puree in it.

Owing to having walked an awful long way today I eat it all without difficulty.

Thank goodness for long walks, eh? I'm just off to track my exercise minutes against my food consumption and see if all this was justified. If it's not, you'll hear the howls, I promise.

You don't really need to know how much wine I drank, so stop asking.
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JLLOVETT 10/5/2012 1:12PM

    Good job on the blog and emoticon
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MAMAOWLS 10/4/2012 10:18PM

    Sounds like another wonderful day on your vacation. I look forward to each days story.

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1BEACHWALKER 10/4/2012 3:40PM

    To see pink flamingos in the wild sure was a treat. We have some up in a wildlife park a few miles from our house. I think they feed them a special diet because they are really dark pink. Gorgeous beach! Sounds like my kind of place! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISALGB 10/4/2012 1:21PM

    Love flamingos!! They are so graceful and PINK!! Your photos are breathtaking! I am so happy that you are having such a good time!!

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ALIHIKES 10/3/2012 8:15PM

    WOO HOO flamingos and beautiful scenery. Great photos! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 10/3/2012 1:32PM

    What a wonderful day thanks for sharing

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TDEMAIO2 10/3/2012 9:29AM

    Thank you : ) I just love your walks- this SO beautiful : )

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KATHIC2 10/3/2012 8:30AM

  Wow!!!! Beautiful!!! Any plans to write a book?

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/3/2012 7:19AM

    Some how I missed you yesterday (it is my Wednesday today). Thank you for being here. AND, thank you for letting me tag -a- long via your blog. Love your photo(s) and the dialogue too. Audra

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PHEBESS 10/3/2012 2:14AM

    Wow what a beautiful place!

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POPSY190 10/3/2012 2:05AM

    You take me along with you through your blogs. I too grew up paddling in the North Sea (Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, et al) and didn't realise how blue or green it could be until I came to this part of the world. Enjoy tomorrow.

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DESERTJULZ 10/3/2012 12:29AM

    What a lovely place, such pretty photos.

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REGILIEH 10/3/2012 12:27AM

    Fabulous!!! So beautiful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STARTINGINLIMBO 10/2/2012 10:19PM

    Thank you for sharing with us.:)

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COUPONS0216 10/2/2012 10:00PM

    It's so wonderful that you are virtually taking all of us with you on your vacation! The pictures are breathtaking. Keep having a great time and enjoying yourself!
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KIPPER15 10/2/2012 9:40PM

    Loving our vacation. Fantastic pictures. Enjoy yourself!!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 10/2/2012 9:32PM

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More pictures of PARADISE !

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On doing so well on food choices
Too bad you don't have a pedometer

Have another Lovely day tomorrow

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BLESSINGS!

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CATLADY52 10/2/2012 8:36PM

    Lovely pictures and your dinner soounds delightful. emoticon emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 10/2/2012 8:22PM

    Gorgeous pictures. What an exciting trip.

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LIS193 10/2/2012 8:18PM

    Great pictures, thank you for sharing!

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FALLNTENN 10/2/2012 7:59PM

    Your trip to Porquerolles with Birdie looks like it was a lot of fun. Beautiful pictures!

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4KWALK 10/2/2012 7:25PM

    Thank you Thank you Thank you.

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JUNEAU2010 10/2/2012 7:19PM

    I'd love to be on that white sand beach right now! Thanks for sharing! I really appreciated your descriptions in this blog, very poetic...

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EABL81 10/2/2012 7:08PM

    I'm telling you, Bill Bryson should be seriously worried! Sounded like a great day.

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L1ZB3TH354 10/2/2012 7:03PM

    Glad to hear you enjoyed a day with your friend. Awesome job blogging! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 10/2/2012 7:02PM

    I want to live in porquerolles!

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MADAMES 10/2/2012 6:24PM

    Thanks for sharing the white sandy beach, the blue water, the fragrant pines and the marvelous food. So glad you were able to share the day with your friend as well as with all your Spark friends.

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DNRAE1 10/2/2012 6:17PM

    Wonderful! I'm so glad you're having a great time, because I certainly am! Thank you for taking us all along with you....I probably said that earlier but it bares repeating! emoticon

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DJSHIP46 10/2/2012 5:59PM

    Gorgeous!!! Thank you SO much for sharing:)

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ADARKARA 10/2/2012 5:37PM

    You should seriously write a travel guide. =) I am loving reading this!

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LINDAK25 10/2/2012 5:36PM

    I won't ask about the wine, but did you drink your water (or tea)? The water on your "tropical beach" is so clear. Love the flamingos/egrets! Gorgeous place. Looks like the weather was great today. Could I have a bite of your dessert? (I must be a glutton for punishment, I miss not having a picture of dinner and dessert!)

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DALID414 10/2/2012 4:38PM

    Whew! Thanks for not posting food pix, I'd be salivating like crazy!

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NEW-CAZ 10/2/2012 4:26PM

    A truly heavenly place to spend time and walk, you deserved dessert emoticon but what the heck! You burned it off emoticon

Lovely journal Anne, those beaches and that water, beautiful! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 10/2/2012 4:25PM

    Love the pictures

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JACKIE542 10/2/2012 4:17PM

    I can't believe how blue the water is, just to beautiful! The trees , oh, just everything, I wish I was there. Thanks bunches! emoticon emoticon

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RUNGRL2013 10/2/2012 4:16PM

    oh you are so wrong to mention those puddings, lol! It looks so beautiful there--just lovely! emoticon

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Great pictures!
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