tropical memories in winter

The sea a layer of silky fabric, a glimpse of sunlight poking through grey clouds, tranquility in the air… there’s something really peaceful about the beach in winter. Today, Dave and I decided to head just there for a wintery walk. Sunday Funday is becoming a bit of a tradition for us these days, and today was no exception. Bournemouth, where I’m from, is full of wonderful beaches, but the one we chose for our walk today is a really special one to me: it’s where my family and I lived years and years ago when we first moved to the UK. I remember how exciting it was, carrying our beach equipment along the winding road down to the seafront, laying our beach towels out, playing in the park overlooking the sea, having ice cream as a treat… so many memories flooded back when Dave and I returned today.





Alum Chine Beach is definitely one of the nicest beaches in Bournemouth. It’s really family- and dog-friendly so there are always cute kids and puppies running around, and it’s also very calm, especially compared to the hectic beach in the centre of Bournemouth. For some reason, Dave and I keep visiting places known for dog walkers lately. Last week, it was the dog-friendly pub in Lymington, and now this beach… I think we subconsciously need a puppy in our lives haha. Another thing that’s really lovely about Alum Chine is that there are some tropical gardens just in front of the beach that weave through the clifftop, with lovely views of the sea below. When Dave and I first got together, I knew this was the place that I had to take him to. It feels like a little secret garden tucked away behind the beach. My sister and I used to spend so much time there exploring and pretending that we were in a jungle haha.








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We had a lovely afternoon, walking along the beach and exploring the tropical gardens. For a coffee break, we stopped by the cafe on the promenade and had our cappuccino and latte outside on the terrace, with an uninterrupted view of the sea. I really needed a calm, relaxing day like this after all of the stress that I’ve had with my blog, more of which I will explain when I finally know what is going on! Thank you for reading, lovelies. How have you spent one of the first Sundays of the New Year? 


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  1. January 8, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    These photos have such a happy, peaceful feel to them! Looks like you had a lovely day โ˜บ๏ธ Agree about needing a puppy! Xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 8, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you! It was a really lovely serene setting ๐Ÿ˜Š A puppy would be the perfect accessory hehe xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 8, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  2. January 9, 2017 / 4:13 am

    This place is sooo beautifulโ™ฅ You really have a way of words as well! Loving your blog so far!

    • milenkamillie
      January 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you! That’s really lovely to hear โ˜บ๏ธ x

  3. January 9, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Oh Alum Chine! I thought it looked familiar, I used to go there on holidays as a kid ๐Ÿ˜Š Lovely photographs – and I know what you mean about going to dog walker spots! It happens to me in Cardiff – the universe clearly wants more dog owners.

    • milenkamillie
      January 9, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Aww it’s such a nice place isn’t it! Ahahah so true ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

  4. January 9, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    That view just gives off such a serene and calming vibe, I love it. Its so coincidental that before I even came across this post, I literally just said aloud to Andrew that we need to do a winter beach trip….theres something about it thats just so peaceful! Also, I totally subconsciously need a puppy in my life too ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      January 9, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you! Ahahaha I love when that happens! Winter beach trips are so nice and a lovely change of pace from everyday life, especially after the hectic month that December was! A puppy would just make everything x100000 more amazing wouldn’t it! xxx

  5. January 10, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Aww this makes me miss Bournemouth but glad I caught up on reading your post as some lovely photos! I love the fact I recognise it hehe! Sandbanks beach is so beautiful, especially in winter. I used to love going for walks there for a spot of calm. Have you ever been to TJ’s for fish and chips on Sandbanks road? It is my fave fish and chip place by the sea! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 10, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thank youuuuu โ˜บ๏ธ I keep working on my photography as I really want to improve this year. I love that you know Bournemouth quite well! And Sandbanks beach is sooooo lovely, it kind of reminds me of the Hamptons from tv shows ahaha ๐Ÿ™ˆ I don’t think I have, no! I’ll have to try it โ˜บ๏ธ I’ve had fish and chips in Sandbanks from one of the beach stalls and that was yummy so I bet the other one will be amazing! ๐Ÿ’• xxx

      • January 11, 2017 / 4:49 pm

        Let me know if you try the fish and chips there – they are AMAZING! It’s not on the seafront so you need to drive there though! Think they should have more fish and chip places on the beach as I think they are missing a trick there! xxx

        • milenkamillie
          January 11, 2017 / 7:12 pm

          I seriously want some now! I might try to persuade my boyfriend to drive there one day this week as it’s not too far from home! ๐Ÿ™Š xxx

          • January 12, 2017 / 5:16 pm

            Oooh great idea! You won’t regret it! ๐Ÿ˜Š xxx

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