Our journey to Shelly Beach began with a ferry ride, another perk of visiting the northern beaches. I fully support adding as much water to the day as possible and the views from Sydney Harbour are enchanting.
I was curious and concerned about these padlocks and especially the pacifiers we saw attached to the fence along the way. A Google search after returning home allayed my fears. The locks are love locks, a tradition, according to Wikipedia, dating back to WWI in Serbia. Today, young lovers (or old, I suppose) attach the padlocks as both a proclamation of and a talisman to protect their love. The pacifiers seem to be from couples hoping for babies.
There is a lot of interesting stuff going on at both Shelly and Manly beaches. This guy and his mate were showing off for their female companions. They raised their bodies into the air using only their upper body muscles. They didn’t jump into this position; they slowly lifted themselves up.
Now I have to say, this fellow wasn’t displaying very manly behavior to those cold waves. Ok, I’m just mean, but really, if you’re gonna wear a suit like that (excuse me, bathing costume) you need to live up to the hype.
Another one to be filed under “only in Australia”. This lady managed to completely change out of her clothes and into her swimming costume all underneath that blue wrap, without flashing anyone. I was impressed.
I still have photos from Bondi Beach and Coogee, and there are so many more beaches to visit! It’s starting to get a bit cool for swimming, but whale watching season is coming and we have our whale cruise tickets ready.