When I was in Provence last May it was sunny and bright. In addition to the sun there were many examples of the color yellow that I noticed. Here are some of my souvenir pictures from Provence.
Now that it is the end of the year I’m remembering all the places that I visited in 2013. It started in January with a trip to Seattle. A few months later I had a wonderful visit to Spain and France. During the summer I was in Chicago, and then in July there was a stay by the beach in Maine. In September I was in England and spent time both in London and Cornwall. And last month I got to see Hoover Dam in Nevada.
Next year I’m making plans for more travel, including an upcoming move to Virginia. I’m looking forward to lots of new adventures. Happy New Year!
When I was in Arles, France this spring I wanted to take a look around. Following a sign seemed like a good way to begin.
The buildings were colorful and there were interesting places to shop.
Then I discovered a carousel and decided to take some pictures as souvenirs. Although it wasn’t open at the time I thought that the cars (including the animals) were charming.
Here is the entire carousel and a detail of one of the panels that features the amphitheater.
These pictures are now my souvenir postcards from Arles.
It was morning in Provence and I was out early to take a walk. I thought it would be nice to stop for some café au lait and maybe get something to eat. I saw this place on the corner and paused to look at the menu. I liked the choices for crepes and juice. It was going to be a very good morning.
When I was in Paris this spring I enjoyed my walk in the Jardin des Tuileries. I noticed this group of chairs in front a fountain and they looked very cheerful and friendly. As I prepared to take a picture of them I looked up and saw the obelisk from the Place de la Concorde on the right and the Eiffel Tower to the left. Surprisingly (at least to me) the famous landmarks were not the focus of this picture. I really liked those chairs.
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I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of flowers this year and they are a welcome sight. It started in January when I was in Seattle. Although it was winter there were buckets of flowers at Pike Place Market. In late April I took a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in time to see some dainty wildflowers growing along the trail. Next I saw cheerful flowers in Barcelona followed by late spring blooms in Paris. And just recently I was in Maine. Even though flowers differ by season and climate they are always beautiful.
A colorful flower display in Maine:
When I was in the south of France this spring I had the opportunity to see Carcassonne. I noticed many contrasts between the old and the new while I was there.
Sightseeing and shopping are also a good combination of ancient and modern.
Taking a vacation in the summer is something I did with my family when I was growing up. Everyone enjoyed the time off and I remember collecting seashells in my brightly colored pail and building sand castles at the beach.
Now I’m likely to take a vacation in May or sometime in the fall because the places I want to go are less crowded at those times. I like to go somewhere that’s on my travel list and really explore. Since I prefer not to travel when the weather is too hot I actually avoid the summer months.
Still, there’s something special about taking time off during the summer and relaxing by the water. I have pleasant memories of being by the ocean and realizing that the biggest decision of the day is whether to have vanilla or chocolate ice cream. This is actually quite difficult for me and I would probably have a scoop of both.
Summer and vacation go together well.