Sugar sand at Don Cesar

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:

When we left this morning we took the “long way” home, over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge¬†which we’d gone under a few years ago; stopped to take photos, of course:

 

Iceland 2017 glaciers and icebergs

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 …