It’s that time of year… Summer has arrived and that means one thing. VACATION!

My favorite place to vacation has always been the beach. Salt air, sand, the sound of sea gulls and waves crashing against the shore, it all feeds my soul.


I think it’s one of the very best places to watch a sunrise or sunset. And it’s the first place where I saw a glimpse of how many stars number the sky. You can’t see very many stars, living in the city, but out on a beach at night, in the absence of artificial light, the view is breathtaking.

Growing up, I spent summers at the Jersey shore. (Fun fact: people who go to Jersey beaches don’t “go to the beach,” they go “down the shore.”). I was used the dark blue waters of the Atlantic. But a few years ago, I had the chance to go to Miami, and the ocean there was light, pretty, and clear.


I’m looking forward to adding other beaches to my list. Give me sun, sand, and surf, and I’m happy.

Cue the Go-Go’s: πŸ™‚



What are your favorite places to vacation?



  1. I love going to the beach too. When we were kids, we used to go to Virginia Beach a lot since it wasn’t that far from where my grandparents lived. Sometimes my parents would take us to Wildwood or Avalon on the Jersey shore, but neither of my parents really liked going to the beach. I am one of those people who can stare for hours at the water and suddenly feel inspired to write something. Or just float on my back in the water and stare at the sky. It’s meditative. Recently, I was in Italy and went a beach town not far from Matera. It was still low season, so no tourists–just Italians, which was great. The water was crystal clear and the air smelled salty and wet. I felt like a kid again. I collected shells…splashed around in the water and felt rejuvenated. πŸ™‚

    • Susan Scott Shelley says:

      Italian beaches sound amazing! I’m so glad you had such a fabulous time!
      I just went to Virginia Beach for the first time this past weekend. It was nice! (Definitely tourist season, super crowded, but still, it was the beach so I was happy.) My recent viewing of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week definitely had me scanning the horizon, but thankfully, no sharks joined the party. πŸ˜€

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