We diverted to Bok Tower Gardens on our way home today, touring the gardens, the Pinewood Estate home, and visiting the tower too. The gardens are quite spectacular, on par with some of the great English country home gardens – though rather warmer weather! It’s a shame you can’t get close to or up the tower, but with my high zoom camera I captured much of the detail in it …
This weekend is our second visit to the Don Cesar “pink” hotel in St Pete Beach; the beach sand there is so very soft and powdery, and the hotel is pretty good too. On this visit we also discovered that their Martina Grille dining is very special – especially the “reveal” dessert which we had twice!
Here’s some pictures of the hotel and beach:
Since Iceland has been created by volcanos, it’s geologically young and much of the coast and beaches are still very rugged with many steep cliffs – even more fabulous is that the “sand” is mostly eroded basalt and black!
At one place during the trip, we were able to photograph seals – so here’s a collection of rugged coast, black beach, and grey seal photos:
Traveling in Iceland we almost always saw distant snow-capped mountains; when closer we could see “snow rivers” rolling down the sides – glaciers of course, like this one:
One highlight during the week was a trip on to a glacial lake; the distant glacier delivers both meltwater to create the lake and broken off icebergs that drift slowly out of the lake and to the ocean – where many then wash up on the beach. Stunning views in every direction:
Later still, we took a hike ONTO a glacier. This was quite a strange experience, with the hard packed and dirty glacier snow looking and feeling more like rock than ice – but with regular cracks and crevices to remind you that the ground isn’t as safe and secure as it looks …