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26 Weeks Letter Challenge: L

This is the week of the letter “L”. The light in the photo below is right across from my family apartment in Lisbon. It must’ve originally been powered by gas (a couple of hundred years ago), lit each evening by the gas-lighters. Eventually electrified, not sure when, it’s a beacon of Home for me.

Old Lisbon streetlight, Bairro Alto ©2016 Regina Martins
Old Lisbon streetlight, Bairro Alto
©2016 Regina Martins

Sam’s Giardino desert lodge in Swakopmund is gorgeous and serves a great breakfast.

Sam's Giardino guest lodge in Swakopmund ©2016 Regina Martins
Sam’s Giardino guest lodge in Swakopmund
©2016 Regina Martins

The lighthouse at Cabo S. Vicente close to Sagres in Portugal is the most southern point of the European continent. Ahead is the Atlantic Ocean until you hit the North American continent. Another beacon, this time alerting ships’ captains of danger.

Lighthouse at Cabo S. Vicente ©2016 Regina Martins
Lighthouse at Cabo S. Vicente
©2016 Regina Martins

A lemon from our tree.

Lemons from our tree ©2016 Regina Martins
Lemons from our tree
©2016 Regina Martins

A welcome sprig of lavender in my room at the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve.

Lavender just for me ©2016 Regina Martins
Lavender just for me
©2016 Regina Martins

Taking part in Lori’s 26 Weeks Letter Challenge. It’s easy to participate. This is what you need to do:

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  • Have fun with it…

 

Wednesday Windows 6: Beach Lodge

The Beach Lodge in Swakopmund in Namibia is built to resemble a ship, wrecked on the narrow strip of beach, in between the Atlantic ocean and the Namib desert. The windows are large and shaped like portholes. The view is fabulous. While I was there I did not close the curtains even once, and I stared at the ocean for many hours. Very soulful.

Baech Lodge Namibia reginamartins.com, Swakopmund,
Baech Lodge, Swakopmund, Namibia

WordPress Weekly Photo: Fresh

In keeping with this week’s theme of Fresh, it definitely is a “freshening” experience when learning how to waterski in the cold Atlantic Ocean, and wiping-out in the process (waterskier’s name is withheld to protect the innocent).

Learning to waterski…wipe-out!

Fishermen trying to catch fish in the fresh breeze coming off the Altantic Ocean, but hey…when you have a fish to catch, let nothing stop you. Be not deceived by the sunlight in the photo – this was a “fresh” day on the beach in Swakopmund.

Fishermen at beach in Swakopmund, NamibiaI have often wanted to swim at The Mole in Swakopmund. Each time I visit I am determined to swim in the tranquil waters of the little bay. But I chicken out every time  with thoughts of turning blue and numb in the cold Atlantic waters – I am an Indian Ocean swimming kind of person.

The Mole, Swakopmund, NamibiaNow these creatures don’t worry about the “freshness” of the water – these seals are actually sunning themselves on the rocks at The Mole.

Seals sunning themselves at The Mole in Swakopmund

WordPress weekly photo challenge’s theme this week is Fresh – click here for other great photographic interpretations.

 

My favourite things to do in Swakopmund

Namibia is one of my all time favourite places to visit. I spent many happy years traveling back and forth for work. It didn’t seem like work to me – it was a pleasure and a privilege to travel to that beautiful country. In my spare time, I did get to see a bit of the country.

Windhoek-Swakopmund Roadtrip

The changing scenery on the road from Windhoek to to Swakopmund
The changing scenery on the road from Windhoek to to Swakopmund

The coastal town, Swakopmund, is about 261kms (162 miles) from the capital Windhoek. Off course you can fly to Swakopmund, but then you’ll miss the sheer beauty and stark scenery change from bushveld to rolling sand dunes, all in the space of 3 hours. Rent a car at the Hosea Kutako International Airport and make the trip – the roads are good, and there are 2 towns in between Karibib and Usakos where you can stop and get refreshments. This road trip itself is an event to savour. Put on your favorite music and enjoy the drive.

Cafe Anton

Legendary coffee shop, Cafe Anton, sublime coffee and delicious German cakes and pastries
Legendary coffee shop, Cafe Anton, sublime coffee and delicious German cakes and pastries

This coffee shop is legendary and any visit to this quaint desert town on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is not complete without a visit to this warm and cozy German bakery. The coffee is sublime. The home-made cakes and pastries made from traditional German family recipes are mouthwateringly good! Cafe Anton is part of the Hotel Schweizerhaus. Sit on the patio and look over the palm trees at the rolling Atlantic waves, and if you happen to be there at sunset, be prepared for a wonderful experience.

Sandboarding

Zipping down sand dunes on a piece of masonite is thrilling. Alter-action are one of the many adventure providers in town. In addition to the masonite boards, they introduced snowboards to skim down the dunes. You can choose how you want to do it – masonite or snowboard. I chose the masonite, the snowboard just looked too daunting for me. There are about 6 routes to skim down, and you move from one to the next. Off course, the fun part is going down – because to go down again you have to climb up the soft sand dunes. This operator provides water, and at the end a light lunch. They also take photos and video as a memento of your experience. Remember your sunblock and hat.

Die Muschel

Fairy cakes at Die Muschel served with style
Fairy cakes at Die Muschel served with style

This is a bookshop with a coffee shop on the patio outside. Let me get this out of the way – the coffee is sublime, and the home made cupcakes divine, served in style with folded napkin and little silver fork. Now to the rest. It’s a book shop and an art gallery too. Browse through the english and german books, and admire the local art, for sale, on the walls. It’s in a cute little arcade in the centre of town, and is popular with locals and tourists.

The Beachfront

Swakopmund jetty over the rolling waves of the Atlantic, with the Tiger Reef Bar in the distance, and the dunes of the Namib desert just behind it
Swakopmund jetty over the rolling waves of the Atlantic, with the Tiger Reef Bar in the distance, and the dunes of the Namib desert just behind it

This is not one specific place – it is actually a walk you can take, along the beach or on the paved palm-fronded promenade. Start at The Mole, the sea-wall originally intended to be a harbour, but now protecting the beach. Admire the beautiful bungalows and double storied beach houses, until you get to the restored jetty. If you feel hungry, try the restaurant at the end of the jetty and enjoy spectacular views of the town, the sea and the desert. while enjoying sushi, tapas or seafood  Or you can lunch at The Tug, the boat shaped restaurant,in front of the jetty. Continue along the beach until you get to the National Marine Aquarium. After visiting the Aquarium, walk along the beach to finish the day off with sundowners at the Tiger Reef Beach Bar while watching intrepid kite surfers ride the strong wind and sea currents.

Swakopmund is a friendly town which offers so much more than that mentioned above. Visit sites like Trip Advisor, for more information. It’s a popular tourist spot, with natural, cultural and heritage sights to visit, and activities to do for anyone and everyone.