Life’s a beach

Our brief visit to Penang was nearly over – we had done busy Georgetown, we had hugged trees at the Oriental Spice Garden and the Botanic Gardens but we still had to go and get some sand between our toes. 

You would think that Penang being a popular tourist destination its beaches would be if not crowded, at least well, busy. However, on the two occasions we headed to the sea we were surprised as to how quiet and unspoilt the beaches were. 

We really enjoyed the rocky beach just below the entrance to the Oriental Spice Garden. There were just a few local families there and we felt as though we had the place more or less to ourselves. 

Even at Batu Ferringhi (Penang’s second most favourite destination after Georgetown) there were very few people on the beach and there was a very relaxed and laid back vibe. 

We stopped off drinks at a beachside restaurant called Frandy’s Beach Bar where the mango juices were to die for. 

One of our friends had a headache and Frandy gave her an impromptu neck massage. That’s what I call service!

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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