November Scenes

I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable.  When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs.  A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale.  Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge.  It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone.  Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.

Williamsburg in early November:


A few weeks later:



Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn Leaves

Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors.  I picked a good day for a visit because this is what I saw.

Blue RIdge

Autumn colors are everywhere.

Sometimes it isn’t necessary to say too much about your subject.  The scenery is simply perfect.

Blue Ridge


A Walk in the Cinque Terre

When I got off the local train that stopped at the villages of the Cinque Terre I carried a copy of the train schedule.  That way I’d know when to be back at the station to go to the next stop.  Once I knew how much time I had for my walk I decided to take in all the charming sights I could.  It had rained earlier so I had a slightly soggy umbrellas in my bag.  Although there were lots of visitors that day I managed to get away from the crowd and enjoy my walk.  These are some of my impressions.

It’s a good idea is to have boats available…

Cinque Terre

And wherever you are, there is the sight of water:

Cinque Terre


Check out Jo’s Monday walk here.

Windows and Balconies

I like looking up to see windows and balconies when I’m in Italy, and this last trip was no exception.  Where there are windows there are usually shutters, which I find interesting because they might be open, closed or partially raised.  Balconies often have colorful flower arrangements as well as laundry cheerfully hanging from the railings or attached clotheslines.  In other words, there is a lot to see when you look at windows and balconies!

This picture has many of my favorite elements:  windows, balconies, shutters, flowers and laundry.  Adding to the scene that afternoon was the bright blue sky.


Simply Flowers

Some of my favorite memories are of the flowers and gardens that I see when I travel.  When I was in Italy a few months ago I couldn’t help but notice the bright and colorful flowers.  Here are some that I especially liked.


The Travel Years

I began Meg Travels in August and this month is my fourth anniversary!  It has been so much fun sharing travel adventures from near and far.  When I look for themes over the years I can see that flowers and gardens are some of my favorites, along with doors, sunsets and signs.  I tend to travel in the spring and that is an ideal time to see fresh and colorful flowers.  Autumn is another beautiful season for watching the leaves change color, and it is still warm and sunny.

I will continue to travel so there will be plenty more adventures (with pictures) to share over the next year.  Here are some of the flowers, doorways and other souvenir pictures that I’ve taken over the past four years.


Travel Details

It is always exciting to see famous landmarks when I’m traveling.  But I also like to notice other things in addition to the places I either read about or saw pictures of in books and magazines.  The more I travel the more I remember details of a place such as doors, signs, some flowers or even a simple bench.  As I walked around Milan I saw so many details and they have become part of the experience of being there.  When I look at these pictures I know that although they are less recognizable they are just as meaningful as I look back at my time in Milan.  Here are some examples of what I mean.

This looked like a fun way to get around in Milan, and there was even a bicycle traffic light.




A Train Ride along the Cinque Terre

When I was in Italy in May one of my favorite experiences was taking a train from La Spezia to see the villages of the Cinque Terre.  The first stop was the village of Riomaggiore.  It had been raining when I boarded the train in La Spezia but as the train pulled into the station at Riomaggiore the storm had ended and the clouds were transitioning to blue sky.  It was late morning and an ideal time for a walk, although it was challenging because the sidewalks were so steep.

While walking I couldn’t decide whether to look at the buildings, some with laundry hanging from terraces, or do a little souvenir shopping.  Another thought was to look for a gelato shop and keep walking.  Since they were such interesting possibilities I decided to do all of them!

Although this chair looked inviting for a little rest, I had a train schedule to follow to get to the other villages so eventually I had to walk back to the station to catch a train to Manarola, another village in the Cinque Terre.  I’ll tell you about that soon.


Souvenir Pictures from July 4

The morning of July 4 I drove to Washington D.C. to see the fireworks.  I arrived around noon and my first stop was the Library of Congress for a walking tour.  I admired the impressive walls, floors and ceilings.

Next I walked to the Botanic Garden for a visit.  The outdoor gardens were in full bloom and there were a number of displays inside.  There was a thunderstorm late in the afternoon and it rained for more than an hour. I started to wonder if the rain would affect the evening’s fireworks, but when I checked the weather map on my phone I saw that after the storm went through there wouldn’t be any more rain.

After the Botanic Garden closed for the day the next stop was the Air and Space Museum.  There were a lot of people walking around and probably waiting for the weather to improve.   Later when the museum closed it was time to look for a place to sit somewhere on the Mall for a good view of the fireworks.  The evening went slowly…7:30…7:45…8:34.  Then suddenly it was dark and the program began!  There was lots of cheering for the impressive display of fireworks.  While it was happening I didn’t want to miss anything but I managed to get this picture.


When it was over there was applause and cheering, and now I have these souvenir pictures along with my happy memories of July 4.