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Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday, 3 October, 2008: Shades of Mozambican blue


Feel like escaping to a desert island on this Blue Monday? In June 2005 my sister-in-law and I did just that. In the middle of a chilly Gauteng winter we boarded a plane from Johannesburg International on a short flight to Villancoulos, a seaside town in neighbouring country, Mozambique. A friendly guide took us in a jeep to the sandy shore where, with skirts held high, we waded through blue waters to a waiting motor boat which sped us across blue-turquoise-azure waters to our own island hideaway at the Dugong (the name of a local fish) nature reserve. We dozed under gauzy mosquito nets in our own wood and grass chalet, showered outdoors under the thorn trees keeping a wary eye out for snakes, picked up pansy shells on white beaches, feasted on prawns, Jahna snorkled and I swam among shoals of exotic fish.

Hey, where did I file that travel agent's phone number?

16 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Writing so descriptively, you could be a travel agent. Happy Blue Monday!

Greyscale Territory said...

O that sounds so exotic! Such a wonderful escape! And your photo of blue skies, waiting boat on blue sea creates a lovely travel atmosphere!

willow said...

Sounds like a lovely dream!

Carrie said...

What an escape to paradise!

Sweetie said...

What a wonderful vacation. Your description is really vivid. I can imagine myself wading through the waters. Happy Blue Monday.
Sweetie

Grandma Faith said...

That's a beautiful picture, and I enjoyed reading about your adventure. You have a wonderful way with words.

Barbara H. said...

What beautiful blue water! And I agree with Sally, you could be a travel agent, or a travel brochure writer!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh yeah Eleanor ! you need to go back there again. It sounded like fun.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

sigh*. I can see myself sunning on the warm, white sands...
Sounds like a wonderful place.

Claire said...

I really do need that number please...

Dirk said...

Wat een mooie blauwe zee EN lucht. Fantastisch!

Melissa Wertz said...

Those are the bluest waters! Happy Blue Monday!

Knitty said...

*Sigh* I almost felt like I was there, reading your great description.

imjacobsmom said...

As a matter of fact I do feel like escaping - the dishwasher needs loading, commercials are blaring on the TV, homework needs to be done, the dog wants out....your vacations sound exquisite. ~ Have a Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

CC said...

Happy Blue Monday..I want a trip like that. Yes, I do !!! :)

Ferreira-Pinto said...

It's a pity Mozambique had all those years of war and bad government; it's a spectacular country with lot's of possibilities and beautiful landscapes and secluded beaches to be seen!