Seashells are nostalgic as they bring back memories of my childhood summers wading the Arabian Sea, shelling the beaches and when I hold a conch by my ear the ocean is not too far away. You may click on any of the pictures below for a larger view.
In December 2009 we visited the Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria, Egypt. Outside the fortress various vendors were selling different souvenirs, shells and conches.
When I laid my eyes on this conch, I was mesmerized by its curves and my fingers stroked and traced each curve. I flipped the conch and it was even more beautiful.
Next I inherently held the conch against my right ear to hear the ocean. It was loud in the open marketplace; I covered my left ear with my hand and tried to listen very closely. I sure heard the ocean and it brought a huge smile on my face. Then I saw this huge clamshell next to it.
To think each had been a sea creature’s home. Mother Nature provides beautiful mansions for her children!
These shells play musical chairs in my home and are versatile to decorate with, be it the bathroom, the living room or sunroom.
When you are done admiring the curves on these shells try twisting your tongue, say “she sells sea shells by the sea shore” three times, rapidly. Got you!
PS: Do you collect shells? I would love to know how you use your shells to decorate your home. You can write in the comments below. Thank you!