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!

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On the Move

I’m still doing a lot of traveling in my local area.  Now that it is summer there are lots of outdoor places to see and enjoy.

When it’s time to cool off how about a refreshing pool for relaxing and maybe even taking a little nap…

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As the title mentions there is an actual move involved.  I recently moved and have now settled in a house here in Virginia.  These are some of the flowers that are currently in bloom in my yard.

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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.

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Travel theme: Fresh

I’m starting to take short trips around Virginia now that I’m getting settled here.  It has been a lovely spring and I’ve traveled from Charlottesville to Williamsburg to see lots of fresh spring scenery.  In addition to flowers I’ve been impressed by the bright blue sky, the sunshine and the different colors of green from leaves on the trees to those on shrubs and plants.  Of course there have been lots of flowers and I’ve enjoyed seeing those too.  It’s been interesting to see spring arrive this year and I’m looking forward to seeing how things might change as summer approaches.  Here are some pictures of the scenery that I’ve observed.

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Travel theme: Unexpected

When I was in Florence, Italy I wanted to see the most famous places and sights of the city.  As I went from one landmark to another I walked through residential areas.  When I looked around I noticed something that I didn’t expect to see.  I usually think of shutters as decorative, but here they were both opened and closed and it looked like they were quite versatile.

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Later that day I saw this building and thought that the pattern of the shutters was eye-catching.

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These pictures are among my souvenirs of Italy and just as meaningful to me as this photograph I took in Florence.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Work of Art

When I was in Cornwall last September the weather ranged from sun to rain and back again over several days.  On one of the misty afternoons I was on a walk enjoying the view and taking some pictures.  When I looked at this particular one later it reminded me more a watercolor painting than a photograph.  It is now among my favorite memories of St Ives.

Cornwall

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On the Move

One of the more picturesque means of transportation that I can remember was going up the side of a mountain near Lugano, Switzerland on a gondola.  It was silent except for the whirring sound of the machinery moving the gondolas.  There was plenty of time to enjoy the changing view and I took lots of pictures.  Although it was May when I had this adventure it was still chilly with traces of snow on the ground.  Here is some of what I saw that day.

Switzerland

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Reflections on a Spring Walk

Now that the weather has become so pleasant I’ve started to go on walks to see the colors of the fresh new leaves on the trees and shrubs.  Here I stood near a pond that provided reflections of the trees in the water.

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The colors are very noticeable when you see these reflections.

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With the fresh air, sunshine and the gentle sound of the water it looks like a good time for a nap.

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