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Monday, 1 August 2016

Question of the Month: The Best Beach

It's time for Question of the Month, where we answer a question and then visit each other's blogs to see what everyone else answered.

This month's question is a simple, easy one.

"What's your favourite beach?"

I'm lucky to come from Australia, where 90% of the population live on a coastal city. Australia's one of the cleanest places in the world and we get a lot of sun. And because we're such a big country, you can get a good variety of Summer climates - from the dry, searing heat of Adelaide to the humid, sticky heat of tropical Gold Coast, to the more English-type semi-heat of Hobart.


In my home city of Adelaide, my first choice of beach is Glenelg (pictured). It's the biggest social hub on the coastline, with the delightful Mosley Square just behind it.


With its rows of palm trees, pretty fountain, restaurants (both fast food and sit-down) and well-designed levels, it's a great place to hang out and grab an ice cream. It's the most accessible beach we have - not only is it right at the end of ANZAC Highway, just one road that connects it directly to the CBD, but it's also the terminus for Adelaide's only tram (I know, right?), which gives it an even bigger feeling of importance.

There used to be a major attraction at Glenelg called Magic Mountain, which was essentially a mini fun-park. They had dodgem cars, bumper boats, mini golf, arcade games and I believe there was also a type of cable car which users would propel through the building with bicycle pedals. the Mountain has since been sold off and demolished, and was replaced a few years later with a new building called The Beach House. It's more modern and as far as I can remember, a lot more expensive. It looks better from the outside, but for me it doesn't have the same charm as what I experienced in early childhood.

 

That was fun to answer. If you'd like to join the bloghop, put your blog in the list below and I'll email you the new question when it comes time. It takes place on the first Monday if each month.





32 comments:

  1. Taupo Bay (which is nowhere near the Taupo you may have heard of) in Northland, New Zealand. It is a STUNNING beach some miles from the nearest big town. I've seen fish and dolphins surfing in the waves there.

    It's a good beach for swimming, kayaking, fishing and all the other good stuff.

    I agree that Glenelg is a good beach, but Taupo Bay is my favourite.

    And it *might* be a slightly controversial choice, but I am also a fan of Maslins Beach in Adelaide. It's the perfect "oops! I left my bathers home" beach. :)

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    1. Taupo does sound really nice and for more "beachy" reasons than what I gave for Glenelg. I have always wanted to go to Maslins just so I can say I've been.

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  2. This is probably ignorant of me but I would be too scared to swim in the ocean in Austrailia because I am too scared of sharks. In fact, I would not swim where there have been shark attacks. Being eaten is one of the scariest things

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    1. I wouldn't call it ignorant. But there is a statistic that more people die each year from falling coconuts than from shark attacks. I think the attacks tend to happen to surfers who are wearing wetsuits and thrashing around in the water. The shark thinks they're injured seals.

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  3. That's some serious water slides.
    I'm with Birgit. No way I'd go in the water.
    My answer will be up on Wednesday.

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  4. Great question, and answer! Beaches are great. That looks like a giant water park in your last photo. I see you have a new badge for this blog hop. I'll insert it into my post (which I just put up).
    Cheers!

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    1. It came from one of our most recent participants, Olga.

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  5. Wow, now that's a beach. I'd like beaches more if ours were like that.

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    1. I figured you might be generally against beaches ;)

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  6. Those water slides look amazing, but it's too bad the older play area got demolished. Looks like a happenin' beach.

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  7. The beach sounds like a great place for young people. I'm more for quiet and less popular beaches.

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    1. There's definitely appeal in a deserted beach.

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  8. I'm not a beach person, really, but it looks beautiful!

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  9. I can't even imagine how beautiful the beaches must be there in person. I must ask though, aren't there a lot of sharks there?

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    1. No. I'd say we have about two shark attacks a year.

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  10. That beach looks fun! We don't have any beaches in Nebraska. I know lame! We're know for our prairie grasses.

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    1. Well at least you're known for something. I bet you make good use of it.

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  11. I also come from Australia and live within a 20 minute drive of at least half a dozen beaches all of which are awesome and none of which I have visited in a long time

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    1. Haha yes I understand. I show an unfortunate lack of enthusiasm for our beaches most of the time.

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  12. My son sometimes goes to "the beach" here in Jacksonville. It doesn't appeal to me, but I've seen some pretty beaches. I've always heard that Australia has great beaches. I wonder if that statistic about coconuts v. sharks is for real.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I believe it is. I think they're both quite low though.

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  13. You live in a beautiful coastal town. If I were Michael D'Agostino, I'd find it hard to do anything else.

    I'm laughing about all the shark references, though. I speculated that 99% of Americans will slide that into any beach conversation that involves Australia (much like Australians believe we are shooting it out in the streets everywhere, everyday...which is understandable in some places, some days).

    But now I don't trust coconuts.

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    1. I was listening to a podcast where some American youths were curiously asking an Australian girl a whole bunch of questions about how dangerous it is here and she eventually pointed out a similar thing.

      "The spiders and snakes don't scare me nearly as much as the constant shootings here."

      The Americans laughed and thought "Of course! It seems so much more of a big deal when you're looking at it from the outside!"

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  14. The Southern California beaches are gorgeous, as is the Monterey Bay area. Not sure of my favorite, since I haven't been to Australia yet. Smiles. But Zuma and Malibu come to mind.

    Be well, Michael. =)

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    1. I hear many great things about Malibu. But most of them have come from Two and a Half Men.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your favourite beach, Michael. I doubt I will ever get to Australia, so any of my traveling there must be vicarious :)

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    1. That's a shame, it would be nice to have you over :)

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  16. Great post, Michael, very inspiring. After reading it, I really want to visit Australia.
    BTW: I didn't get an email from you this month with the question, even though I'm part of this blog hop, so I didn't write the answer. I thought you're taking a break. Pity I missed it.

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    1. Oh, sorry Olga! I must have used an old email list :P

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