Here and There

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.

 

After all, travel is both inspiring and fun!

 

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Unpacking Travel Souvenirs

Since my recent move to a new house I’ve been busy unpacking a lot of boxes.  Although this has been rather overwhelming today I was absolutely delighted to find a box with the intriguing label “travel souvenirs.”  Suddenly I didn’t care how long it might take to unpack everything.  I carefully looked inside to find all kinds of fun souvenirs.  There were postcards, key chains, scarves and jewelry as I sorted things out.  But how to begin – by country, type or just random?  Before I actually started putting things away in different drawers I took the time to get pictures of some of my favorites.  They all have wonderful memories of past trips and I’m looking forward to adding more in the future.

Here is a dish towel from Provence that I will never use!

souvenir

 

Between

When I was taking a walk through the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris I enjoyed seeing groups of green chairs scattered throughout the park.  I liked the arrangement of chairs here because they seemed so casual and friendly, and they were quite comfortable too.  When I look at this picture I notice that the middle chair is between two other chairs.  It is also between the bench and the lawn.  Then I noticed something else.  If you look in the upper left hand corner you will see the Eiffel Tower between some trees.  It looks like Paris in May provides lots of scenes that fit this theme.

Paris

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Split-Second Story

It was time for lunch and I was looking for a place to get something to eat as I was walking along the Champs-Elysées near the Place de la Concorde.  There were a lot of people on the sidewalk but if you looked to the right there were food stands along the way.  As I continued walking I spotted this place that seemed to have a variety of things to eat as well as cold drinks and hot chocolate.  This is what I saw from the sidewalk.

Paris

In case you’re wondering what was available I’ve included this closeup.  I liked that there were hot dogs as well as crepes and even ice cream.

Paris

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Renewing a Passport

Next month it will be time to renew my passport.  It’s a little worn now with lots of interesting stamps and memories, including a stamp from my very first visit to Italy.  On the back cover are colorful stickers that have accumulated over the years.  When I started traveling with this passport I didn’t take many photos.  I was too busy looking around and trying to remember everything that I saw.  Because of this I have very few pictures from early trips.  Then there was the time that I forgot to bring my camera to the Grand Place in Brussels. I had to buy a disposable camera and to my disappointment the pictures were blurry.  I’ll have to go there again so I can get better photographs!

It’s wonderful to have done so much traveling over the past few years.  Here are some of my favorite memories of trips where I took many, many pictures.

Now that it’s time for a new passport I’m definitely planning on more traveling, and some trips will be local since I’m living in a different place (Virginia).  I’m looking forward to more adventures and to start getting stamps in my new passport!

Monument

When I was in Paris I saw the Eiffel Tower from many points around the city.  I started to watch for all the different places I could catch glimpses of this monument from parks and streets and at different times of the day.  Here are some of my impressions.

I saw this early in the morning.

Eiffel Tower

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

There is so much activity in Paris that I wanted a postcard taken with my camera of a lively scene on a Saturday afternoon.  This is my souvenir picture (taken in May) showing what I observed during a drive through the city.

Paris

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Travel theme: Yellow

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.

A Look Back at this Year

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!

A Carousel and Other Souvenirs

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.

sign

The buildings were colorful and there were interesting places to shop.

building

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.

Carousel

carousel

These pictures are now my souvenir postcards from Arles.