One of the things I miss from when I was a kid holidaying with the family in the Algarve, is swimming freely in the ocean. You see, my Mum’s partner and his son did scuba diving, so would take the boat out to secluded bays, away from the confusion of the tourist packed beaches, throw the anchor overboard and spend the whole day in the sun and swim around the boat. I had my own snorkel, fins and a life jacket, just in case, as I was quite young (9 or 10). Even though I didn’t quite dive (the life jacket wouldn’t let me and neither would my Mum), it was great to swim among the fish that were to be found in the shallow parts of the bays. As it wasn’t too deep I could see the bottom quite clearly and I have fond memories of swimming with my Mum and seeing all these things up close.
Maybe because of these memories the Lisbon Oceanarium is one of my favourite places to visit. Every time I go there I just feel like stripping and jumping in the enormous tanks despite the presence of sharks, sting rays and other sea creatures bigger than me (that would probably enjoy the snack). As they don’t allow naked women on there I have to content myself with sitting in the darkness and observe the animals go about their business as they would if they were out in the sea. It is beautiful and if you manage to experience these rare moments of silence (there’s always a few visitor’s here and there) it is extremely relaxing. Sometimes I could just sit there gazing at the water for hours.
I took these photos the last time I was there in 2010, with Mr D. I fooled around with them for a bit on Pixlr-o-matic to illustrate this post, as this now brings me to the reason why all of this was mentioned: my sea bottom/coral reef dress. While clearly inspired by the designs of Mary Katrantzou, it is not exactly a copy and manages to look really good. It is certainly one of my favourite dresses from this Summer and I wish I could wear it more often, if the weather allowed. The following photos were taken in Florida by Mr D.