17 December 2007

Opening of the Season

Last night I very reluctantly agreed to go to the opening of the season, at the beach front with Sue. I was tired, sore and totally demotivated. We have also avoided the opening for many years because of our aversion to fighting through the traffic and the crowds.

Bumper to bumper traffic on Marine Drive

The opening of the season is launched with a fireworks display which attracts half the population of Port Elizabeth to the beach front.
We decided to arrive early park at the Board Walk Casino complex, have dinner and then stroll down to the fireworks display at Shark Rock Pier.


Supper at 34 Degrees South was superb. I had a smoked chicken and avacado salad and Sue a smoked salmon baguette. We finished just in time to see the display.



In spite of my earlier misgivings, I found myself enjoying and did not even mind the shoulder to should crowds, as we made our way down to the beach front and got a grand stand view on the lawn over looking Shark Rock Pier, from which the fireworks are launched.



Starbursts and nebulae


All in all a very enjoyable evening.

17 comments:

Suzi-k said...

hehe, you SEE, you must let me drag you out against your will more often!

Kerri said...

Sounds like FUN! And you got some wonderful shots of the fireworks...I find that they are very hard to photograph!

Hope you are feeling well!

dot said...

The wife usually knows best. hehe Beautiful shots of the fireworks!

MedaM said...

I am glad you had some fun with fireworks. You captured beautiful photos of it which isn't easy.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well done to Suzi-K..
You sound to be doing so well Max... I'm so glad you did not miss this and that you did enjoy it.. another great memory you both made.
I have tried many times to take pictures of fireworks and I've always failed... so when I say I enjoyed these.. I mean I really enjoyed these and wished I'd taken then.. ;o)

Susanne in Key West said...

Listen to your wife, Max-e...! :-)

Nice firework photos!

Living is Detail said...

Really stunning photos Max. As everyone is saying above I am glad you had a magical time. Your wife is a very wise woman!

LiD

Oswegan said...

It sounds fun, although I must agree with you about enduring crowds. It's one of my least favorite things.

Great pictures of the fireworks.

~Oswegan

Firefly said...

Stunning firework pics. PE truely is becoming a fantastic holiday destination. Congrats to the team at Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism for another great event.

Max-e said...

Firefly, it has been a great destination for years, people are just finally waking up to the fact! We are very impressed with how pro-active the municipality and mandela bay development guys are being, especially in the urban renewal of central, and developing projects like the red location museum.

Jenty said...

beautiful shots!!

Cheesy said...

Oooooooooooo ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.. fireworks!

photowannabe said...

So glad you are well enough to have a little fun...see it did turn out to be that. Good for you.

mrsnesbitt said...

I fully understand your initial mis-givings. I get settled for the night (sometimes noon time LOL) and I do not want to venture out the house.
Loved the fireworks.

Neva said...

How lovely, thanks for sharing...Are you feeling better? You must be if you are up to taking such fabulous photos!

Anna said...

Max, wow what an amazing fireworks shots. Anna :)

Lynda Lehmann said...

Super fireworks shots! Sounds like a most enjoyable evening, in spite of the crowds....