I thought it would be a good time to take another visit to Williamsburg and see how things look at this time of the year. Since I went there on a weekend there were lots of other people with the same idea. Starting at the Visitor’s Center I made the short walk to Colonial Williamsburg. It was a sunny day and quite comfortable being outdoors and walking for several hours. There are many interesting and unique scenes from the past and it is easy to imagine how it might have looked hundreds of years ago. These are some of the places I passed on my walk.
follow this path
a nice day!
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Yesterday I drove to Charlottesville and I wanted to see if the leaves were starting to change colors. I had checked the weather forecast and saw that it predicted rain for the afternoon. Yet as I was driving it started to rain in the morning and it was generally gray and misty all day. But after I realized there wouldn’t be any sunshine I decided it could still be an interesting day. The scenery was actually more dramatic accompanied by the rain. I thought that it looked dreamy and it was fun to imagine where this path might lead. I’m sure it was a path to adventure!
I even found a tree that had pretty autumn leaves.
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One of my favorite things about traveling is looking for signs while I’m walking. When they are directional signs they can be very useful because as a visitor I’ve noticed that it isn’t always clear how to get to a place. I also appreciate signs for food and treats, especially gelato. When I was in Madrid I thought that the ceramic tile street signs were very decorative. Later I saw replicas of these signs for sale as souvenirs at gift shops. There were a variety of signs that I remember from Madrid and here are some of them.
Where to go next…
A welcome sign
Tiled street sign
Souvenir sign magnets
Signs and their reflections can also be seen.
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There are some places that are so welcoming and friendly that they have become some of my favorite memories of those visits. When I was growing up my family used to drive to the coast of Maine during the summer to go to the beach. I had the opportunity to return to one of these beach towns recently and I found the same sense of relaxation and fun that I remembered from the past. In addition to the ocean there are shops, ice cream stands and summer cottages that make a visitor feel welcome. Here are some of those inviting scenes.
An interesting display
Fragrant souvenir pillows
Time for ice cream!
Herbs in bloom
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I was walking down a side street in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, when I saw this gate. The lock looked sturdy, old, and strong. Not only was there a lock but also a chain. I wondered how old it was or if it even worked anymore. Maybe a large, ornate metal key would open it.
I realized that seeing this lock also had a strong impact on my imagination!
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Venice is a place that I think of when it comes to adventure. Part of the fun of finding interesting places there is to step away from the crowds and find scenes like this. Where is the gondola going? It could be anywhere but it certainly looks as though they are gliding toward an adventure.
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When I visited Prince Edward Island I quickly became aware of the cliffs along the shore. Some of them were steeper than others but I thought that they were rugged, impressive and unforgettable. There were sidewalks and railings to keep people from walking too close to the edge. I took my pictures from a safe distance and these are some of my favorite scenes.
You can see the guard rail in the distance.
This was at the end of a dirt road.
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When I’m at the beach at sunset the sky changes dramatically as the evening progresses. Depending on where you look the sky could be changing color or it might still look like daytime. One evening I decided to watch the entire sunset from a bluff overlooking this bay in Cornwall. The color of the sky changed from blue to orange to even deeper orange. The next evening it rained so I didn’t have another opportunity to take pictures of this scene. Here are some different ways of seeing the color orange at sunset.
An early view from a seating area:
A little later:
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I’ve been spending time this summer looking for interesting places to visit here in Virginia. The other morning I found a garden that is open to the public for a few weeks in the summer. It had lots of trails and because it was early there were dewdrops on the flowers. I saw day lilies that were different colors and many other flowers too. The trails were strewn with pine needles and pine cones and that fresh scent combined with the flowers was very fragrant. Along the trails were other plants, trees and flats of flowers yet to be planted. This was a perfect way to start the day.
an unusual color
when you look up…
the pine scented path
flowers to plant
It was a hazy morning…
It was three years ago this month that I started Meg Travels. My very first post was about Venice, which has been one of the places I’ve written a lot about ever since! As I look back I think that there are so many aspects of travel that are part of the overall experience, such as planning, getting lost, finding souvenirs, wondering what to do with the souvenirs when you get home, shopping, and many other details. I still wonder if it will rain, but I’ve found that a place can be just as beautiful under cloudy or rainy skies. I just try to keep an umbrella handy – or a poncho. Either one works fine.
I think that walking is an excellent way to see a place too. And when possible, stop at a gelato shop for a delicious treat as you walk. Here are pictures from some of my rainy, sunny, chilly, warm and mostly wonderful travel adventures from over the past three years. There’s more to come too.
Shopping in Florence
Shopping in Avignon
In case it rains…
St Ives after the rain
Lighthouse in Maine
Stop here in Barcelona
Prince Edward Island
After all, travel is both inspiring and fun!