Plunge into the Red Sea!

We love to photograph in the Red Sea. Have a look at the most recent photos. You just might decide to plunge in yourself! ūüôā I can warmly recommend snorkeling, diving and photographing close to the coral reefs.

Red Sea Picasso Fish
Red Sea Picasso Fish
Glorious Red Sea World 3
Exquisite Butterflyfish
Dusky Parrotfish
Dusky Parrotfish 
Fascinating Red Sea World
Fascinating Red Sea World
Glorious Red Sea World
Glorious Red Sea World
Picassofish Anemonefish and Raspberry Corals
Picassofish Anemonefish and Raspberry Corals
Picassofish In The Colorful Red Sea
Picassofish In The Colorful Red Sea
Picassofish Swimming Away
Picassofish Swimming Away
Silent Red Sea World
Silent Red Sea World

Fascinating Red Sea World

To go underwater in the Red Sea takes you to a whole new world, a beautiful and fascinating world.

You can see hundreds of Lyretail Anthias, Scalefin Anthias, and Half-And-Half Cromis.

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Once I met a BigEye Emperor and was truly surprised by the size of this fish, which is rarely seen at Port Ghalib, Egypt.

Big Eye Emperor Monotaxis Grandoculis

It swam slowly past me and disappeared into the deep blue sea.

Redd Sea Big Eye Emperor

The Bluespine Unicornfish, a juvenile this time, is so cute and neat. The spines are barely seen as small blue dots.

Bluspine Unicornfish

Chevron Butterflyfish likes to swim together. Here are two of them, and seems like they are dancing the same choreography. They seem to like the Raspberry Coral.

Chevron Butterflyfish couple closeup

Lyretail Anthiascan sometimes surprise the photographer with its glowing  oragne color. Do you see the yellow Sulfur Damselfish. It is on the right and is quite small.

Colorful Red Sea World 2

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Beautiful Sabaudia in Italy

A few years back we decided to rent a house south from Rome. We wanted to enjoy new areas, if possible close to the Mediterranean Sea. I googled for rental houses. After finding houses which were either too expensive or not to our liking, I saw an interesting  house in Sabaudia. We had never heard of this city, but found it interesting as it was very close to the sea and the house offered everything we wanted to a reasonable price. 

We investigated a bit more. When we realized the sandy beach next to the town was 20 kilometers long we made our decision.

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After arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome, we rented a car (once in Italy, the choice was of course an Alfa Romeo) and drove 90 kilometers south. The drive was a bit longer than we are used to, but it was worth it. The house, the garden, the town and the beach Рthey were all fabulous. 

talon takapiha

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A little bit of the town history: The architects  Gino Cancellotti, Luigi Piccinato and Alfredo Scalpelli made the city plans and the work started in August 1933. 6000 people built the city and it was ready already after a year. 

The house had a small garden in the front and on the back.

talo-sabaudiassa

Even though we like to cook ourselves, sometimes it is great to go to a nearby restaurant. We tried fish, sea food, pasta and of course pizza. We fell in love with the pizza Diavola, which is quite spicy.

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The beach was fantastic. Hot summer days and cool Mediterranean Sea is a perfect match.

We can warmly recommend to spend a week or two in Sabaudia.

Swimming in the Med

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Exciting Red Sea

During our vacation in Port Ghalib, we got many new and exciting photos underwater.

Sergeant Major is a fun fish, it is certainly not a shy fish. It happily swims close to the photographer.

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The Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish is such a beautiful fish. I love to photograph it. But as it is a shy fish, it is not easy to get very close to it.

Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish

The Red Sea Bannerfish is quite an elegant fish. It usually swims with its mate, very close to each other.

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I have often seen two Masked Butterflyfish, swimming together close to the caves under the coral reef. Once I saw quite many of them, swimming right in front of me. It was a magnificent moment.

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Greece: Kinetta, Loutraki and Corinth

During our vacation in Megara, Greece, we decided to drive to Corinth. We took the E94 highway and headed west.

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Kinetta is a small town known for its beautiful beach and sea view. Kinetta is quite close to Athens, just 55 kilometers away.

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From Kineta it was only 25 kilometeres to Corinth, our destination. If you do not like to rent a car and drive, you can take the train.

The Corinth Canal separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. The canal was built 1883‚Äď1893 and the inauguration was a huge happening.¬†Konstantinos Volanakis painted the¬†inauguration.

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Corinth canal inauguration by Konstantinos Volanakis

Loutraki is a famous town by the Gulf of Corinth,¬†very close to the Corinth Canal. It is known for the beautiful beach, the blue water of the Corinthian Gulf and the casino of Club Hotel Loutraki. The casino was though forced to close its doors in¬†2015¬†after failing to pay about two million euros in taxes.¬†I found a great video of Loutraki¬†¬†‚Äď it is taken from the air!

When we arrived in Corinth, we noticed right away it is not as big a city as one would think. It was very easy to find the way into the center of the town, as well as to one of the many guarded parking areas.

We walked down to the harbour. It is a beautiful harbour, with many small and old fishing boats and shiny new sailing boats.

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As many do, also we wanted to photograph the statue of Pegasus. It looks quite amazing against the mountains on the other side of the gulf, the Gulf of Corinth.

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It was quite peaceful to walk along the promenade. And the view was fabulous. The blue sea and the gorgeous mountains are amazing.

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Sun and underwater photography

We are lucky to get to travel¬†again to the Red Sea. As November is a very dark and rainy month in Finland, we look forward to the fantastic sunshine of Port Ghalib in Egypt.¬†We also look forward to stay in our favourite hotel, formerly Intercontinental Palace, nowadays Red Sea Hotel’s The Palace Port Ghalib. The sandy beach and the coral reef in front of it are fabulous.

A great day comes to an end at ICPG

We can warmly recommend Port Ghalib, the Palace Port Ghalib hotel and to dive into the Red Sea.

To go underwater is fantastic.

A few photographs from our previous vacation:

PG 2015 Cornetfish I

Red Sea Beauty 11

Beautiful Exquisite Butterflyfish couple in the Red Sea_blog

Clownfish in the Red Sea

Chevron Butterflyfish couple closeup

Travel stories by Johanna Hurmerinta

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