A swimming pool at the edge of the sea filled by the tide and surrounded by magnificent lava rock formations. To the right, murkier grotto-esque pools where we we encountered deep sea divers submerged in the shadows of the rocks. To the left, a vast clear bathing space where the pool is swallowed up by the sea as waves crash over the sides, pummeling fellow swimmers. Not for the faint-hearted bather, a brisk dip on the less sunny side of the island.
This lovely pool was like being in heaven. It is tiny and expensive and I share it with one or two polite swimmers. No hats here. In the dim warm light I gaze at a mosaic of Amazonian swimmers and seals frolicking in twinkling gold water. The changing cubicles are double-doored mahogany rooms with little cupboards and folding seats. And there is a sauna, huge and empty. Each day I tested a different place to lie and I sang sauna songs as no one was there. I looked at the sign and wondered if it said I should be naked…..
Sitting at the side of a small park this small pool is in fact 2 small pools, one to swim and one to play. We cycled here 3 times before we found it open. I was determined since this is the pool I shall come back to, not because I like it more than others but because I shall be near it in the future. So I have tried to see it is my pool, bright white beneath its glassy roof. It is busy but as I am quite fast I can move into the fast track where those who want to be fast pretend they are not slow.
A huge pool where the lid slowly opens to the sky as the sunshine comes out. I gazed at the clouds as I swam, feeling that I was floating in the air like a bird rather than being a water-bound fish. The sandy coloured temple of swimming became my retreat each morning from the heat of summer. Here swimming is serious, no shorts or bikinis or loose hair. There is even a lane for snorkelers in this vast watery world of determined French swimmers.
K&K love swimming. Here we share our public swimming pool experiences. Each pool seems to reflect in its protocols something of the culture it is within and the people who use it. For us swimming pools are a way to see and be a part of the wider world.