12 Days of Christmas- day 5

This one’s from Manly Beach in Sydney. Not as well known as nearby Bondi Beach, but it’s much bigger and tends to be less crowded. I first visited Manly back in 2010 when we were in Australia for the UCI Road World Championships. My beloved had to cut short his vacation to head to a Dental Meeting in USA so I spent an enjoyable few days exploring Sydney on my own. I got the ferry across to Manly and then hired a bike to ride around the place.

Captain Arthur Phillip named Manly after the indigenous people living there, stating that “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.

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Surfer braving the current in Manly

My beloved took a number of pictures of the surfers but I chose this one because I liked the juxtaposition of the surfer and the danger sign. The sign warns of strong currents but, in my mind, it could equally be warning you about sharks – cue music from Jaws!

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