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.
From Italy (cute)
Souvenirs from England
Fan from Seville, Spain
Cameo from Italy
Lavender from France
Here is a dish towel from Provence that I will never use!
It was an afternoon in May when I was taking a walk where I saw the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. The weather was changing from rain to sunshine and some blue sky was beginning to show. I noticed a glass domed metro entrance and these reflections. This is what I saw.
You can see more reflections here.
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.
Pike Place Market, Seattle
tile sign in Madrid
cafe in Paris
lighthouse in Maine
Paddington Station, London
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!
I was in Spain this spring and while walking across the Puerta del Sol in Madrid I passed a metro entrance covered by a glass dome. There were reflections of the surrounding buildings that I really liked. Although it looks stormy the clouds were actually thinning out and blue sky was visible.
Later I noticed that my red camera is in the bottom right hand corner of the picture. Although it was unexpected I think that it makes a nice souvenir showing I was really there!
One of the most interesting places I visited in Barcelona was La Boqueria. The displays of fruits and vegetables were very appealing and many were in layers. I had a difficult time deciding what to buy.
Neatly stacked oranges
quite a variety
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.
Pike Place Market in January
springtime in Gatlinburg
Great Smoky Mountains
May in Barcelona
Paris flower with a bee…
Maine in July
A colorful flower display in Maine:
When I was in Barcelona I took a day trip to Montserrat. It was quite an adventure going up the mountain and there were a lot of visitors. I was careful to stay on the sidewalks and not look down too much but I really admired this view.
Here are more pictures for this week’s theme.
I was so busy walking and looking at the sights of Madrid that I didn’t notice it was lunchtime. There were lots of food choices and eventually I decided get a gelato. Once I had made my selection it was carefully placed in the holder. Dessert before lunch is a good idea.
Here are more examples.
I like to take pictures of signs wherever I go. Sometimes I use them as a way to retrace my steps so I won’t get lost. Other times they are charming or unique. I must have been hungry when I took these pictures because there are several food signs. I was trying to decide between lunch or dessert. That’s when I saw the sign for a gelato shop.
a colorful sign
time for a ham sandwich
a very busy market…
ice cream and other treats
an impressive sign
a beautiful place for a stroll
There are signs on this building too.
When I was in Barcelona I wanted to see the architecture of Gaudi. One place I went was to the Casa Batlló and spent a good deal of time in each room and outdoor space. There were colorful and whimsical shapes throughout the house and many of them featured curves.