Life on the Ocean Wave: the good and the bad

Travelling in Europe

We’re going on two virtual trips today. You might not want to come on the one where I took the featured photo. It was a channel crossing we made a few years go. Expected duration? An hour and a half. Actual duration? Six miserable hours which you can read about here. This shot shows the view as we neared the harbour in Boulogne.

Mainly though, a trip across the Channel – even the North Sea – can be part of the holiday. A chance to enjoy views of the waves, the sunrise and sunset, the salty breezes whipping at your hair. And that’s why I’ve chosen shots taken while at sea for Jude’s challenge this week: waves. After my nightmare voyage, I’ve preferred gentle rippling water playing with reflections from the sun, and vessels heading across the endless waters. That’s my kind of sea trip.

2020 Photo Challenge #43

#Kinda Square

54 thoughts on “Life on the Ocean Wave: the good and the bad

  1. Ooh, lovely! Especially first and last 🙂 🙂 Now tell me- how does the featured photo thing work? Does it give you a Header photo? I’ve always just ignored it. Ahem- Ignorance is bliss? 🙂 I have a friend who spent 24 hours in harbour being thrown around at a French port a few years ago. Then 24 hours+ recovering. She’s never been on a boat since 😦

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    1. In the right hand column, ‘Post’, scroll down until you find ‘Featured Image’. Select and hey presto! But confusingly, it won’t show in your draft, so you’ll need to preview to check it’s looking how you expected. Your friend’s experience sounds dreadful. I though I was going to die after about Hour Four.

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      1. I always thought featured image was to highlight one of the shots you are using, rather than creating a Header but never used it, though I’ve seen the sign. Must give it a go 🤣🤣

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  2. Sea trips always an adventure – I can remember many a rough crossing from Plymouth when I was a child, and also a few dodgy ones from isle of Wight. In fact one time all the boats stopped on the Island as the Solent was too rough for anything to move!

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      1. At least at the end you didn’t have an Irish meat lorry break down causing the ship to have to leave the harbour turn around and come back in again for everyone to reverse off at midnight! Not great after a tough crossing.

        Same happened on the island too, although that time it was the doors not a lorry that broke!!

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  3. I fully agree with both…. We once took the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff – the trip out was horrendous, and it was a night trip too – we were both so sick it doesn’t bear thinking about even now, so many years later. The trip back (a day trip) was sheer bliss, sunshine, calm waves, we were hanging out on the deck….. I LOVE water but I’m a very bad traveller on boats (on the sea, lakes I’m fine with, so far….).

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  4. I don’t have sea legs either. I have done a fair few crossings, and even been ill in the Med! Once on a Greek island ferry and the second time on a catamaran between Sicily and Malta. It was supposed to be a quick journey, but took twice as long and cats roll from side to side. I was not happy. The most memorable was a crossing from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly with three of my children back in 1991. There was an awful storm on the way out and I abandoned the kids to hide up on the open deck not caring about the rain, feeling very miserable. One by one they found me! Going back was very different – blue skies, sunshine!
    In case you are thinking of doing that crossing let me tell you that The Scillonian has two well known nicknames:
    The Great White Stomach Pump
    The Vomit Vessel

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      1. Teehee….I remember being in a very ramshackle little ferry between two Greek islands about three decades ago in rather stormy seas….but concentrating on the horizon and an improvised game of ‘Trivial Pirsuits’ my partner and I stayed OK….just…

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  5. Fortunately I love the sea. We had a similar journey years ago. After waiting some hours to be guided into Dover harbour only cars could leave, one at a time, because lorries were too long. We could drive off only when instructed when land and the boat were at the same level for long enough. The main problem was no food because the kitchens were closed and all we had was a complimentary hot chocolate. The dog who had to stay in the car was fine – we were allowed to visit.

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    1. Complimentary hot chocolate? You must be joking. It wouldn’t have stayed down for 5 seconds. Malcolm found broken crockery everywhere when he went looking for water for me. Uuuurgh.

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  6. Gorgeous stormy harbour photo – sorry to read you’re not a natural sailor. Have you seen the opening shots of the BBC4 ‘DNA’ Danish thriller? Those huge waves, I think it is supposed to be the Baltic, are quite terrifying. I’ve not made a stormy crossing for a while, but as a teenager crossed the Bay of Biscay on the way to Lisbon. My mother and sister were both very sick, whilst I spent the worst of it with my father as he played Roulette in the ship’s tacky casino. It’s the one and only time I’ve ever known my extremely prudent father gamble.

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