January seems to be flying by. Thanks to New Year’s Day falling on a Thursday, this is already my third weekly newsletter for 2015. Where does the time go?
We returned from Paris nearly two weeks ago and, at least figuratively, have been soaking up winter by the sea in Felixstowe. As much as I love Paris in winter (see Nine Big Reasons why I think many people would), equally I recommend being by the sea during this season — a weekend break, a week’s holiday (vacation), a longer-term visit or a permanent home.
In UK winter we can’t lie on the beach and work on our tans, but we didn’t do that in Sydney either, when we lived a few minutes’ walk from some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. What we love to do in both places is walk and breathe in the fresh sea air, pop into shops and cafes and of course stop along the way for cappuccino or flat white coffees. In England, seaside cafes offer freshly-baked scones with pots of tea and hot chocolate. Or you can choose the ever-present and most excellent option of heading for a cozy pub and having a pint in front of the fire.
The North Sea is different from any body of water I’ve experienced before – more changing green and grey and silvery colours than the turquoise Pacific or steely blue Atlantic. In my view, any sea or ocean makes a great winter destination.
The season of lowest temperatures and shortest days can be a valuable time of hibernation and reflection. Something about walking by the seaside, watching the movement of the waves and breathing the salty air intensifies that sensation. The light is crisp and clear which makes for stunning sunsets, too.
Winter won’t last forever, of course. Living so far north (Felixstowe’s on approximately the same latitude as Calgary, Alberta), already the days are growing longer.
Wishing everyone in the northern hemisphere a lovely winter season. If you’re tempted to visit the seaside, go for it! And enjoy those walks and pubs/cafes and sunsets.
Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Felixstowe.
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