Travel theme: Doorways

I am always looking for interesting doors when I travel.  For this theme I’m focusing on some of the doors that I admired in Orvieto, Italy.  There were so many different types of doors that I decided to take these pictures so I wouldn’t forget them.  Sometimes doors seem to tell a story and with a little imagination that story can become quite dramatic.  As you can see some are simple, some are decorative and I’ve included one that was important to me because it was the door to a gelato shop which is a favorite destination of mine while I’m in Italy!

 

I also noticed this while I was walking in Orvieto.

Orvieto

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A Winter Walk

This is my second winter in Virginia and there has been a lot of sunshine during the month of January.  I saw a little snow one morning but it was gone by the afternoon.  Since the weather has been so mild I thought that I’d return to Colonial Williamsburg for a winter walk.  I’ve now been there all four seasons and it is a nice place to see in January.  There was even some greenery and I noticed plants growing in a sort of greenhouse.  Most of the people out walking wore light jackets and I was comfortable with my winter coat and a hat.  I started out wearing mittens but I kept taking them off to take pictures until I realized that I didn’t need them after all!

If you’d like to join me on this walk this is what we’ll see:

In a few days it’ll be February and then it will almost be spring!

Williamsburg

Here is more about Jo’s Monday Walk.

Serenity

I have always enjoyed visiting Venice and one of the reasons is that once I move away from the crowds there are some very peaceful sights to be seen.  I like to go off the main path and when I do I’ve found places like this.

VeniceIt was very quiet except for the sound of a boat passing by.  There were no people around and it was a wonderful experience.

VeniceAs I continued walking a found a scene that combines several of my favorite things – water, a bridge, and fresh, crisp laundry hanging from the windows.  Although I didn’t see anyone it shows that even in Venice people are doing everyday tasks but in an artistic way!

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Shadowed

When I visited Hoover Dam in Nevada it was a late afternoon in November.  Although the sun was still out things were becoming shadowy, which added to the drama of the scenery.  I had the opportunity to stand on an observation deck with an unobstructed view of the dam.  It was so massive that I just stood and stared at it for a long time.  This picture shows the shadow of the bypass bridge against the dam.  After that I walked on the sidewalk toward Lake Mead and I could see shadows forming there too.  Here is some of what I saw.

Hoover Dam

More shadows can be found here.

Travel theme: Sparkle

I was in Barcelona in the spring on a particularly bright day with blue sky showing behind some fluffy clouds.  I took a long walk along La Rambla and ended up by the water.  The Rambla de Mar was ahead and I continued my walk.  There was a sidewalk where I saw a large sign describing the area.  As I looked around there were many rows of boats in the sparkling water.  It seemed to me that the water and the blue sky were exceptionally bright that day.  It was a peaceful scene.

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

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Flowers for all Seasons

I’ve been thinking about this year and all the opportunities that I’ve had to see flowers while traveling.  It seems that each season features colorful and unique flowers.  Here are some of my favorites from the spring, summer, fall and winter.  It’s a nice way to remember the year!  I’m looking forward to the year ahead with new opportunities to travel as well as time to enjoy being near home.

I’ve noticed that spring and summer flowers are both bright and dainty:

Here are some interesting autumn and winter flowers:

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Travel theme: Golden

I was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend and it was a festive time for a visit.  I did a lot of walking and saw several of the Smithsonian museums and ended up at the Botanic Garden.  The displays were so colorful and inviting so I stayed quite a while so I wouldn’t miss anything.  Along with flowers there were replicas of many buildings that were gold in appearance.  The garden was full of visitors from all over the world, but it was possible to find places to stand and simply enjoy being there.

I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Welcome to December

Now that it is December I wanted to find out how nearby places are decorated for the holidays.  Recently I went to Williamsburg to get an idea of how someplace set in the past would be decorated.  It was very simple and many of the wreaths and other displays included fruit and flowers.  As I walked I saw all of these traditional scenes.

In addition to Colonial Williamsburg there are other parts of town with shopping areas and they also had charming decorations and displays.  This was the perfect time for a hot chocolate and a leisurely walk!

holiday

holiday

Even though it’s December there are still brightly colored leaves like these in the late afternoon sun.

holiday

Travel theme: Above

After walking up a series of steep roads to St. George’s Castle in Lisbon I could see and admire these springtime views of the city.  Sometimes a challenging walk is worth it!  As I looked around there were dramatic changes in the scenery, from rooftops to a bridge and then the water.

This arch provided an interesting way to frame the city below.

Lisbon

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Travel theme: Colourful

After all the cold weather from last week most of the leaves have fallen.  It has been a lot of work raking but after such a lovely autumn it was worth it.  I’ve even thought about jumping into the piles of leaves!  Just before the weather changed I took some final pictures to remind me of how pretty autumn colors are.  Here are some of my souvenir pictures from the last couple of weeks.

There are still pumpkins for sale at a roadside stand.  They are so cheerful.

autumn

Now it is time to look forward to the holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving!

autumnThere are more colorful pictures here.