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Photo Friday: Fishing boats at La Grande Baie in Mauritius

Fishing boats at dusk in La Grande Baie in Mauritius

I took this Photo Friday at dusk one day at La Grande Baie in the north-east of Mauritius. A calm had settled on the waterscape and all the fishermen and kids had left the boats. I love the saturated colors and the reflections in the waters.

What to do at La Grande BaieLa Grand Baie is the country’s burgeoning St. Tropez whose bay is filled with catamarans and big game fishing cruisers alongside traditional fishing dinghies. Seafood restaurants frame a wide sandy beach and upscale boutiques offer the latest fashions. Nearby beaches at Pereybere, Mont Choisy or Trou aux Biches offer even better swimming.

Take a day-sail on a large catamaran out to Flat Island where you can snorkel around fringing coral reefs to see clown and parrot fish darting around anemones and brain coral. You’ll enjoy a barbecue on board the boat and often catch sight of humpback whales breaching on the way back into Grand Baie.

Where is Mauritius and what is it like

It seems to be in the middle of nowhere in ...

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Byron Bay’s Best Aussie Beach Cottages

Imeson Cottage has a spectacular view of Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay

Byron Bay beach cottage with panoramic ocean view

Byron Bay on the North Coast of New South Wales has the answer to all our fantasies about the perfect Aussie beach cottage. They have beach cottages to suit just about every family and friend configuration and better yet, they are actually right behind the beach!

There is something built into the Australian DNA that summertime must be spent with family and/or friends in a simple beach house as close to the water as possible. Memories of salty sun-kissed bodies, towels thrown over veranda railings, surfboards propped against the fence, and casual barbecues within earshot of the surf bring us all back to those carefree days.

Problem is that in most cases our aesthetic has grown up a little and there is a huge gap between those wistful fantasies and the real life comforts we all now seek on holiday...

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Allenvale Cottages: Two hours from Melbourne, three minutes from Lorne on the Great Ocean Road

Allenvale Cottages along The Great Ocean Road offer the best of the beach and the bush Two hours from Melbourne, three minutes from Lorne and a million miles from anywhere, Allenvale Cottages offer the perfect low-key retreat that combines the best of the beach and the bush in a bucolic valley behind Lorne along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. My husband and I and our two teenage daughters arrive in Lorne in the middle of the madness that is Christmas week. The main street is clogged with cars, the campground is chockers, surfers jam into milk bars, and couples push prams along crowded footpaths. Then we drive over the hill, past Qdos art gallery and restaurant, and down a dirt road to the entrance of the Great Otway National Park, which encircles Allenvale’s 50 acres.Allenvale Cottage are surrounded by the bush outside of LorneA rust...

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Paris Beach: Sand by the Seine in Summer

Every summer for four weeks Paris is turned into a beach

It’s the middle of summer in Paris and all you see are other tourists flocking to the usual sites…the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Les Parisiens have escaped to their summer houses.  But wait, what’s that down by the Seine? A guinguette, or outdoor café, locals sunning themselves on deck chairs, a few petanque pitches, kids playing in the sand, and people singing French tunes around an outdoor piano.  And there’s not a map-toting, camera-wielding, white-sneaker-wearing person in sight.

For four weeks each summer, starting around July 20, a couple of the busiest quarters of Paris are transformed into beaches! Yes, you heard me, beaches! In French it is called Paris Plage.

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Photo Friday: Tranquil Bay in Australia’s Kimberley

The Kimberley region in Australia's Northwest is filled with beautiful scenes like this tranqul lagoon

I took this Photo Friday picture at Tranquil Bay in the Kimberley in Australia’s northwest. I love the space, the “untouched-ness” of exquisite places like this. Cliffs of ancient orange sandstone are reflected in the emerald waters of this coastal lagoon that is directly behind a pristine kilometer-long white sand beach.

How to get to Tranquil Bay

The only way to access Tranquil Bay is via expedition cruise ship. Sadly, once you are here, you can’t even go swimming as this entire area is home to saltwater crocodiles that would think nothing of gobbling you up for lunch.

I recently enjoyed a cruise along this coastline, between Broome and Darwin, with Australian wilderness expedition experts Aurora Expeditions.

The jagged gorges we cruised along were carved by ancient freshwater river systems flooded after the end of the last ice age. The rocks are more than 400 million years old.

Today, the Kimberley is the most geologically stable region on earth, yet we saw massive sandstone an...

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Photo Friday: Whitehaven is one of the world’s best beaches

Whitehaven Beach in Queensland's Whitsunday region is one of the world's most beautiful beaches

Whitehaven Beach, located in the heart of the Whitsundays region of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, is regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Comprised of 100 percent pure white silica, the seven-kilometer beach stretches along one side of Whitsunday Island, which is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday region.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, which is a stunning cover where the tide shifts the sand and water to create an ever changing fusion of colors.

I took this picture on a scenic helicopter flight from Hamilton Island. We swept along the full stretch of Whitehaven Beach before heading out to Heart Reef, the other iconic attraction in this part of the world.

There are several ways to access Whitehaven Beach. Many companies offer day trips (from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island) by  power boat or sailing boat. Most overnight sailing trips also stop here...

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