Sometimes a coastal romance is right on our doorstep. In Fremantle, Western Australia, there’s a Boxing Day tradition of picnicking beneath shady pine trees, eating Christmas leftovers while the kids hit the water to try out their presents.
But go back a few decades and this same quiet area just south of Fremantle city centre was home to a hippodrome, a fun fair. My neighbour remembers working there before the Second World War took him off to adult duties. It was the “Brighton of the West”.
Can you imagine the noise, the romance, the smell of fried food and the kids’ laughter? People would have paraded in their Sunday best — or maybe not! There’s an article that they raced cars here.
The coast has always been a favourite escape for West Australians. My gran grew up in the hills, about an hour inland, but on rare occasions, the family would holiday at the beach, travelling down on the old steam train, probably over tracks her dad helped to lay.
An escape to the sea promises freedom and adventure — and that’s the appeal of Coastal Romance. Coastal Romance is about freedom, wide open horizons, taking chances and daring to love. It celebrates the sea in all of its moods. When we escape the everyday, anything is possible.
Share your memory of a seaside escape — yours or one you wish had been yours, like Cary Grant on the Riviera in To Catch a Thief — for your chance to win this gorgeous box of soaps. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll be able to enjoy the fragrance of the Australian bush, a scent that for me is part of the coastal experience. It is rain on gumtrees and the freshness of crushed leaves. The contest is open internationally and I’ll do a random draw on Christmas Eve.
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