Skip to main content

Cruising the Western Med

Well, some of us managed to find the sun last month, several hundred of us in fact!  All aboard Thomson's Island Escape 'Spirit of the Med' cruise, which departed Palma, on 16 April, 2013.

A short flight from Exeter, watching the clouds disappear, flying over snow capped Pyrennees, looking down on Barcelona next, quickly left behind, and shortly being rewarded with a clear view of the North coast of Mallorca, bathed in sunlight, craggy cliffs reflected in sea so calm and still and blue.

Walking alongside the old city wall.  Palma Cathedral can be seen in the distance.

A closer view of one of the entrances to the Cathedral.

Pictured again, this time from the ship, when we sailed at 11 pm.  Quite a strange feeling at first, like standing on a moving sky scraper.

A day and night spent at sea.  Welcome rest, spent sunbathing and sea so calm - nothing to be seen but a pod of dolphins playing in the ship's wake in the beautiful late afternoon.

Up early to see the approach to Ajaccio, Corsica, snow capped mountains swathed in mist.....

Passing the Sanguinary Islands on the port side.

Getting closer - and it's another lovely day!

Picturesque and colourful.

The busy harbour and port - 'Island Escape' visible on the left, no danger of getting lost here.

Pleasing architecture and majestic date palms.

The Citadel and inviting beach.

Breeze was fresh though.

Close by the Citadel again and heading back to town.

Beautiful island.  Next post - we travel on to Rome and Florence.
Click to enlarge.


  1. It all looks lovely Lesley - I wish summer would hurry up and arrive here. xxxx

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. Well - hello Lesley! You have been busy enjoying your life. So happy to see that.
    I do hope you gathered much visual inspiration for some lovely paintings from your journey.
    Will I be seem any time soon?

    1. Hi Cathy - so nice to hear from you. Yes, feel sure that some paintings will come of the trip! Hope to visit yours - and other blogs soon. Lesley x

  4. Just keep the sun around - we are cruising in the western Med in a week's time. Though we are sailing from Southampton, so have to get across the Bay of Biscay first! And we are going to different ports - we will have to compare Cruise Companies! (We are going with P&O)

    1. Have a lovely time Gilly - and good luck when crossing the dreaded Bay of Biscay!!! Look forward to hearing how it goes. Lesley x

  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

'Wild Walking on the Beach' and other paintings on board

And then it was December! Time flies that's for sure!  Here's some new work, it's been such a pleasure to spend some uninterrupted, quality time, painting ☺

The first two paintings posted are framed and already at Art Space Gallery, St Ives

'Surging Sea' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Confronting the Surf' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

This larger painting is currently at the framer's.
'Porthmeor, Tail End of a Rainbow' oil on hardboard, 20.5 x 19 cm.  SOLD

As are the next two paintings, waiting to be mounted....
'Godrevy from Nearby' oil on board, 9.5 x 18 cm. SOLD

'Winter Seascape, Panorama in Miniature' oil on board, 13.5 x 4 cm. SOLD

These two rectangular paintings have only recently been completed and will be delivered to the framer's soon, to be mounted.
'Evening at Porthmeor' oil on board, 10.5 x 9. 5 cm. SOLD

'Among the Rocks, Porthmeor West' oil on board, 13.5 x 10 cm.  SOLD

And the follo…

New works 2017

New work for a new year and we've enjoyed some sunny days here in St Ives.  January has been a fine month so far.

The first three are already framed and displayed at Art Space Gallery, St Ives although the Gallery will be closed from 4pm this Sunday 22nd January (for it's annual spring clean and repainting) until Wednesday 1st February.

Below, the painting (and the next) were started early in December, 2016 and completed in the early days of 2017.

'Porthgwidden Beach View' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'A Good Day, St Ives Bay' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

Here's the first of 2017...

'Porthmeor, Tide's In', oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD

The next paintings are as yet unframed and will appear in our newly spic and span gallery when it reopens!

'Unpredictable Porthmeor' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

'Beach Life' oil on hardboard, 20.5 x 12 cm.  SOLD

'Beach Reflections and Breeze' oil on board, 1…

'Shining Surf' and other small oil paintings.....

As always, weather informs these paintings and so far, April has given it all from sunny, warm days to gales, thunderstorms and hail, it certainly hasn't been dull.
The framed square paintings below have already been delivered to  Art Space Gallery, St Ives 

'Soft Horizon and Rock' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Shining Surf' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Beach, Mist and Sun' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Clean Horizon, Cold Sea'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Beach, Cloud Reflection'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Waves at Porthmeor Corner'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Bright and Dark at the Cove'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Clear Water, Clearing Sky'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

The rectangular paintings (below) are currently at the framer's, waiting to be mounted.

'Surf, Rock Protection'  oil on board, 9.5 x 22.5 cm.  SOLD

'Frequent Waves and S…