Being by the coast can conjure up memories of carefree days and a feeling of possibility. In our ever-connected world, it's a relief to look up from those screens and out onto a soothing expanse of blue.
It was easy to see the spot had once been grand. I envisioned the well-heeled patrons sipping tea on its wide sweeping deck facing the sea, and a host of fashionably dressed ladies leaning over the balustrade to listen in on the conversations below.
With a romantic landscape of frothy inlets, verdant cliffs, and seaside cottages speckled with orange moss and honeysuckle, off-season or in, Brittany's Emerald Coast is the ultimate escape for rest, relaxation, and serious shellfish.
The setting was very well-chosen, on a portion of coastline with undulating sand dunes and perfectly clear waters. I have yet to be in Seaside with bad weather, just as if they even controlled the weather! Bright blue skies and sun all day are usually the norm.
I was at the Jersey Shore over the summer when I came across an ice cream stand selling chocolate-covered bacon. My nephew, Dante, bought a strip for a dollar. "I love it," he said. I fear for our future. But, then again...