I am about leave for France and Spain and then the adventures will begin! I’ll be back with new stories and pictures of some of the wonderful things there are to see. I already know I’ll be watching movies on the plane instead of resting, and there will be lots of chocolate (and gelato) ahead. I’m also bringing a sturdy umbrella and a poncho in case it rains. When I return there will be new souvenirs such as photos, postcards, and scarves to add to my collection of memories. Here are some pictures from an earlier trip to France. Goodbye for now!
There were lots of examples of patterns in Lisbon, Portugal. First I noticed this building with colorful tiles, and as I was walking I saw a pattern in the sidewalk. Although different they were both very interesting.
I also noticed the pattern on a rooftop (and the brick wall) when I was looking out on the city from St. George’s Castle.
There are so many interesting signs in Italy I thought I would share some favorites from my visit last spring. They were all very helpful.
Last week I was in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One afternoon I took a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains and there were many wildflowers along the trail. The whole time I could hear the sound of rushing water and the sunlight was rather pale as it filtered through the leaves on the trees. The mountain air was fresh and very fragrant. Here are some of the flowers and other sights along the path.
I just got back from a short trip that included a visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There was a chair lift ride that provided panoramic views of the mountains when I reached the top. On the way down I was directly above this scene just before I got off. You may notice the shadow in the top corner. I’ve included some other pictures to show what I could see from my seat on the chair lift.
I’ve been thinking about souvenirs lately. But some things don’t last and are not actual souvenirs unless I’ve taken a picture. This would include gelato. Chocolate is another thing that doesn’t last but I can only consider one irresistible treat at a time.
I took this picture after a thunderstorm in Obidos, Portugal. The rain gradually stopped and I closed my umbrella. As I looked at this scene I wondered which of the sidewalks to follow.
I’m getting ready to go to France next month and I decided to look through some of my souvenirs from earlier visits there. When I go this time I’ll mainly be in Provence which will be new to me. My idea of souvenirs include postcards, maps and museum guides. In addition I have quite a collection of scarves and purses (among other things) from France that I still have at home. But I also consider photographs to be souvenirs because they are special to me and have wonderful memories. These are some of my keepsakes from France.
Here I’ve included a few pictures I took in Paris that are my idea of postcards. They are now among my favorite souvenirs.
This is from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
A street sign.
And here is a landmark that needs no caption.