Travel Theme: Beaches

Hooray! At last we have warm temperatures 17 C degrees today and it does look like we skipped spring and we are now in summer.  

I’m loving our new city and we’re already moving in tune with the rhythm. The absolute delight is that we live in a quiet area, about 5 mins walk to the forest and the beach.  


Some of the things that come to mind, when we talk about the beach are the cascading, beautiful, sometimes furious and foaming waves on a hot summer day. Feeling pebbles or sand under your feet whilst you stroll around looking for ‘the’ perfect picnic spot with your loved one. 


Or maybe just lying down on the sand in your designer swimsuit that had seen you spending more time at the gym than socializing. A cocktail drink in hand, gorgeous sunglasses (designer or not, they still look great), big sun hat to shield you from the harsh sun that could turn your face to resemble a raisin. And yeah! Life’s good.


Well, most Finns go on holiday to Thailand, Spain, etc., for the kind of beach experience I just described. But not to be outdone, we do have beaches here. They come in all forms and yes, once in few years we actually have a hot summer. Ranta is a Finnish word meaning beach, waterfront, seafront, lakeside, bank, etc. 


Even though at the moment we might need to wear gloves, when dipping in that beautiful, crystal clear and cold water – Man! It’s still a beach and we’re gonna put on our swimwear and enjoy the sunny days, who knows how long they will last.

Beachfront - Garden Route, SA
Beachfront – Garden Route, SA

Hope you enjoyed my beach and sunny post, with no snow for a change.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend. And those celebrating Mothers’ Day, have a great one.

More on gorgeous beaches, visit Ailsa at


24 Comments Add yours

  1. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful photos, very well captured – enjoy the heat… 🙂 😉

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks Ledrakenoir, making the best of it:-)

  2. adinparadise says:

    Beautiful photos of your beach, Cocoa. Enjoy the warmer weather. Thanks for the Mothers’ Day wishes. 🙂

  3. siyabulela says:

    Lovely , hoping that you are having a good time.

  4. 68ghia says:

    17 degrees summer?
    Poor K!!! You must miss the heat from here – but still. A beach is a beach, and I for one hope you enjoy the warmer days 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      :-), well its still early days but I’m hoping for much hotter temperature. And yes I miss the African sun, I could do with a tan…lol

      1. 68ghia says:

        Oh man 😉
        You silly rabbit 🙂
        have fun K – stay beautiful!

  5. footsy2 says:

    Hi Coco. You are doing better than us in the UK. Had one hot day so far – and then cold and wet.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      We can only hope the good weather lasts, better luck on your side Footsy.

  6. diannegray says:

    These are beautiful pics, Cocoa – now I feel like I need a beach holiday! 😀

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks Di. Yes, I think in between the work you’re doing with The RUC you need to take some time off. Beach holiday is highly recommended:-)

  7. Ruth2Day says:

    what a wonderful place to live. 🙂 makes you just sigh looking at the photos

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks Ruth:-). It’s lovely to see you around here.

  8. I would gladly swap the beach for a place where one sees the land and all its splendour without the distractions of the beautiful blue sky. I must be one of the few who love foggy cool weather. But growing up in Australia, I have had enough of sunshine and heat. Anyhow, love your photos and the nice blog you have here.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I also prefer cool weather compared to heat. Summer temperatures here are perfect for me but there has to be sunshine:)

  9. Love your beautiful photos. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award for new bloggers. Hope you can accept the nomination. Details here:

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Oh Wow! Thank you very much for the nomination. I’ve checked the link, great and interesting random facts about you and answers. I don’t normally accept nominations but I’ll do this one for you:)

      1. Well thank you for accepting the award. I do realize it takes some time, but I think it is a nice way to meet new readers. I look forward to reading your responses to the questions.

  10. Wonderful to hear you are enjoying some hotter weather now and extremely happy to hear that you are settling in well. Soak up that sun and have fun

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Hei! Thanks for popping by, and yes it’s so lovely to finally have summer. Hope the beautiful SA winter is treating you well.

  11. aj vosse says:

    Dis lekker by die see!! 🙄

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