Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place ( Split 2)

This is the first picture I have taken of Split, Croatia.

We landed on the pier at Split and was surprised by the stunning beauty of the place.DSCF0390

I was immensely happy that we have chosen the right place to stay for a couple of days.

There was so much to see and experience at Split, a place which I first thought we should ignore and just go straight to Dubrovnik.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime ( Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split )

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If I have to hand pick a few night time  photos from my trip to Croatia, these are the three photos.DSCF0778A

What a lovely view, with the iconic fortress, the seawalls and the vessels in the harbor, all lit up but still very tranquil and bewitching!DSCF0663A

The night view on the Hvar island is just enchanting. The lights from the houses which rise up from the shore in terraces up the hills in the background, not to mention the boats and reflections in the harbor.DSCF0404A

Split was lit up on this festival day of their city. The blue color of the church and adjacent buildings were the center of the night activities during that night of celebration. Perhaps, you may see some rays of fireworks too. Again, the harbor lights were just lovely.

These are my night impressions of the seaside of Croatia by night.

Please enjoy ūüôā

Ships that Pass in the Night

My previous post on Ships in the Night https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/ships-in-the-night/

was well received.

Readers seem to like both the photo and the text.4918905805_fb1581d9c7_o

Here is another one – photo taken by my friend CP Chan in the Victoria Harbor.

The words are from the lyrics of “Ships that Pass in the Night” by Barry Manilow:

We’re two ships that pass in the night
We both smile and we say, It’s alright
We’re still here, it’s just that we’re out of sight
Like those ships that pass in the night

Hope you like it!

Ships in the Night

‚ÄúThere are those who pass like ships in the night, who meet for a moment, then sail out of sight with never a backward glance of regret; folks we know briefly then quickly forget. Then there are friends who sail together, through quiet waters and stormy weather, helping each other through joy and through strife. And they are the kind who give meaning to life.‚ÄĚ Author Unknown4001111706_acc72a6cac_o

Here in WordPress, are we just like ships, passing each other in the night?  We  all come and go out of each others lives. Some leave us with good memories, others not so much!

PS Photo of ship in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong supplied by my friend CP Chan.

Split – Gazing Out to the Sea

8 June is the World Oceans Day recognized by the United Nations. This post is dedicated to the Oceans.

I always have a craze for the sea. Croatia with a long coastline and a romantic view of the blue Adriatic is one of the reasons for picking this country as a destination for travelling.

As a small boy, I have always wandered down to the sea, to see the ocean-going ships which hopefully carry my dreams to far away places. Growing up, I have always like going to beaches and gazing out to the sea. A substantial part of my previous life was to deal with ports and the sea. This has made me all the more attracted to the harbour and anything to do with the sea. We are all in a way tied to the ocean. . . . .

Quoting from John F. Kennedy, “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.
Once arrived at Split, my eyes were caught by the harbor with the many boats there. Naturally, I wandered down to the harbor to watch the ships. As one who has a fever for the sea, I remember well the poem of John Masefield for his poem, Sea-Fever, which begins:
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

At Split, I wandered down the harbor many times, gazing at vessels of all shapes and sizes.  The harbor is calm and protected from waves. The Adriatic sea has a special peaceful blue color that is hard to describe by words (turquoise?emerald??). Boats in the calm harbor always give me a feeling of peace and freedom. I particularly like the silvery smooth surface of the sea with the reflections of the clouds and vessels on the water.

The setting is beautiful, a bay backed with buildings, old and new, palm trees and the sea is dotted with all kind of boats ranging from fishing boats, yachts, pleasure boats  to work boats and ocean-going liners.

. . . . . .A ship is safe in the harbor, But that’s not what ships are built for.
Because in the sum of our human gleams, We have created the vessel for our dreams.

With the smell of the sea in my nostrils, the sound of the sea in my ears; the touch of the sea spray on my burning face,  I was almost carried away while watching the sea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .