Me, two crows and the beach

Just me at the beach hut
the sea and two crows
And what they were up to?
Well I guess no-one knows
Suffice just to say that
at times such as these
this place is a haven
in soft summer breeze
There is peace and contentment
and I love being here
By the sea here in Sussex
at a place I hold dear

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Photo – South Lancing Beach, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

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Eyebrow of the sun

15 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series


The expression of the sun
as it set on our last day
across the sea out to the West
was a marvellous display
The gold across the ocean
on the water spoke to me
as I heard the voice of sunshine
and the echo of the sea

It was like it cocked an eyebrow
tinged with gold as if to say
a ‘Bon Voyage’ and fond farewell
to speed us on our way
So smiling we responded
raised a hat and gave a wave
capturing this moment
as a memory to save

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Photo – sunset across the Adriatic Ocean – off the coast of Croatia – August 2018 – Jempics

A split down the middle

14 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

Split was a tale of two cities
spread across differing times
Roman columns interspersed
reused with modern lines
Ingenuity prevailed as
walls within walls lay
Preserving parts of history
to see another day

The Diocletian’s Palace
and marbled passageways within
hid secrets in the alcoves
to be found where light was dim
There were many little cafes
and restaurants and bars
Which with the Roman history
made Split spectacular

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Photo – Modern day buildings inside the columns of the Roman Emporer Diocletian’s palace built at the end of the third century A.D. Today around two thirds of the modern day city of Split in Croatia is built inside the old palace and garrison – Jempics

The archway in the photo is the one at the centre of the sea-facing facade of the original palace – see thumbnail below.

Split

13 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

The sunshine in the harbour
as we arrived in Split
looked promising for our last day
to make the most of it

Montenegro yes and Italy
have been lovely at behest
but I have to say Croatia
has for me been quite the best

And another ancient city
awaits for us today
bathed in glorious sunshine
hip hip, hip hip hooray!

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Photo – the Roman city walls of Split, Croatia – Jempics

Trieste

12 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

The Teatro Romano
was lovely to find
as we traipsed up the steps
with the sea far behind
Up, up and climbing
to the top of the hill
Castello di San Giusto
awaiting us still

More Roman ruins
A forum and more
inside the cool walls
was waiting in store
And the views of the town
of Trieste to the sea
was worth the steep climb
for Sally and me

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Photo – Teatro Romano, Trieste, Italy – Jempics

Of Venetian Diamonds

11 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

Sailing east from a sunset
as rich as could be
We continued our cruise
here in North Italy

Venice passed golden
and we waved a goodbye
as a moment we shared
with a tear in the eye

As this was with no doubt a diamond day
spent here in Venice in every way

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Photo – the Venetian skyline at sunset (seen from the sea) – Jempics

Sailing into Venice

9 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

Sailing into Venice
is there a better way?
I certainly cannot think of one
on this this lovely warm Monday
The sunrise golden in the east
The sky an azure blue
As slowly through the islands
we sail to this fine view

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Photo – St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy. Seen from St Mark’s Basin, Adriatic Sea on deck 6 of the Marella Celebration – Jempics

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