On the blocks!

The previous post showed the barkentine Gazela in position in the graving dock. Today we take a look at herĀ on the blocks. These photos are large on purpose. They’re excellent eye-candy for people who appreciate all things nautical. Let’s start with the long view:

Sailing vessel Gazela on the blocks at the former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Sailing vessel Gazela on the blocks at the former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Moving closer, here’s a dramatic view of the bow.

Bow of the Gazela in the graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Bow of the Gazela in the graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

And here’s a view of the stern:

Looking up at the stern of Gazela on the blocks at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Looking up at the stern of Gazela on the blocks at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

And finally here’s a view from above of both Gazela and the lightering barge.

Gazela and barge in graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Gazela and barge in graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Now the work begins, repairs and refits. Keeping any vessel afloat is lots of work. The reward is in the sail afterward. Stay posted for more updates. (For those interested, these photos were taken with a Nikon D810 and 17-35mm lens.)

Along the beach, Barcelona, Spain

While in Barcelona, it’s fun to simply stroll along the promenade that fronts the beach. Here people come to exercise, take a dip in the ocean, to see and be seen.

A look at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

A look at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

There are also several marinas and yacht basins where you can tie up your boat or check out those belonging to others.

One of the marinas at Barcelona, Spain.

One of the marinas at Barcelona, Spain.

You’ll also find the W Hotel. Here’s the long view of it in the distance:

Another view of the beach at Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel in the background.

Another view of the beach at Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel in the background.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink as well. Here’s a look at one:

Snack shop at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

Snack shop at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

Of course there are many others, so you’ll have plenty of options for food. Here’s a close look at the W Hotel thanks to my wide angle lens:

The W Hotel at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

The W Hotel at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

I ended my walk at this spot because it’s a convenient place to get a taxi. While traveling, be sure to do plenty of sightseeing on foot.

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Sails off Eagle Beach

Here’s a photo looking over the Caribbean from Eagle Beach, Aruba. Those sailboats are racing along while the tanker sits at anchor.

Mean time, that handsome couple takes their morning stroll. Just one of the things that makes Aruba a fine destination.

Bon dia.

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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