Entering Morgiou after 6 PM …

Little Morgiou harbor, once a fishing port, today part of a national park

  • To protect La Calanque de Morgiou against the burden of too many visitors, vehicles are only allowed after 6 PM during April to September. To go back and forth this enticing mountainous area would take about a day, and during summer that would be too warm. So how to get there in the evening when you do not have transport? Luckily, John visits Morgiou regularly with his son Nathan, and on a Saturday he invited me to go there for a swim.

The Calanque mountains reflect the changing light of the sunset sky

Two Pine trees at azure waters

  • By scooter this is an amazing ride of panoramic views. In  2014, we were here during April at noon time, and I took a photo of these two pines. Because of the strong daylight the photo was highly contrasting. Now, in the evening and in the middle of the summer, the site appears softer and lusher.

That boat knows where to park, while we were ready for a dip into ice-cold refreshing water

  • It is impossible to be here and take photos and not take a plunge into this inviting sea. The water is refreshingly ice-cold, so it takes a few minutes for the body to go beyond its resistance. After that you do not want to leave anymore.

Constant changing of the light and constant movement of the sea

A rose for Coby

  • We made this visit in the evening of Saturday, July 15 and the next evening, July 16, the mother of John passed peacefully away at the nursing home in Middelburg, with family present. She was 86 years old and had been saying earlier she wanted to return to God. John left the next day for the Netherlands to bid his last farewell to her and to arrange for the cremation that took place five days later. This vignette is dedicated to her: Coby Glastra Boonen.