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Mediterranean variation

June 12, 2010

Beach in Nice, France
Nice — the city in France, not the English adjective — was the first place on the Mediterranean that I remember visiting. What made it so memorable was the beaches covered in pebbles and rocks rather than sand, which necessitated straw mats under towels or investing in beach chairs to get any enjoyment out of lounging.

Upon visiting beaches in Israel, I realized not all Mediterranean beaches are like this. The sand in Israel varies from place to place as it does in France, but in general it’s incredibly powdery and fine. While nice to walk on, it’s a complete disaster for picnics, bathing suits after swimming, or puppies with lots of fur.

Beach in northern Israel
Beach in northern Israel (click photo for larger version)

Beach in Tel Aviv
Beach and puppy in Tel Aviv (click photo for larger version)

Some day I want to visit beaches in Spain and compare further.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    June 12, 2010 8:03 pm

    I was surprised at how fine the sand was. It was very hard to get off your feet, much less other parts. The sand on Lake Michigan beaches is very coarse and whiter and seems to be the same consistancy on all the beaches I have visited. I thought the fineness of the beach in Tel Aviv we visited had to do with the age of the area….but I am sure it has a more geological answer, which I know nothing about, so I can add nothing of relevance to this blog!

    • June 13, 2010 2:06 pm

      France has been around for quite a while too, so if there are geological age issues at play, they aren’t in equal effect. I’m pretty sure the size of sand grains has more to do with their composition than how long they’ve existed, though both factors must be important. Actually, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

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