At the Park

This past weekend I visited a park on a perfect spring day.  I followed some tree-lined paths where I saw flowering dogwoods as well as fresh new leaves on the trees.  There were lots of other people out walking as well as families enjoying picnics in shady areas.  I even discovered a waterfall along the way.  It was delightful to simply follow a trail and admire the sights.

At the park

It’s really spring!

Virginia

 

Travel theme: Outdoors

One of the most interesting places that I’ve spent time outdoors is Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  When I was there it was a lovely day in May and warm enough not to need a jacket.  Gatlinburg is a great place for walking and some of the things I remember seeing include a bridge, a bench, and flowers, both in a garden and in the mountains.  Speaking of mountains I went on a gondola ride for a panoramic view of the area.  This was a time when being outside was a wonderful experience and it also reminds me why I like spring so much!

 

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg

For more about this theme check here.

Searching for Spring Flowers

One of my favorite subjects for this blog has always been flowers.  When I look through all the pictures that I’ve taken while traveling there are flowers, whether I saw them on walks in the mountains or even decorating the outsides of buildings.  Spring flowers are charming because the bright colors are especially welcome after the winter.  Today I went in search of flowers and I was happy to find all of these.  I also like the colors of other spring accessories such as bird baths and planters.  It is starting to get warmer outside and the days are longer.  It really looks like spring!

Spring

 Here are more spring pictures.

Wall

I like to find unusual walls when I travel just as much as I enjoy looking for interesting doors.  I particularly liked this wall that was between a walking path and the water in St Ives.  It had been raining that afternoon and everything looked fresh and green.  I thought that the wildflowers and vines growing in and around the wall were charming.  Later on I realized that I’d taken as many pictures of the wall as I did of the beach.  This shows where it began.

St Ives

Here are some details of the wall.

More walls can be found here.

Almost Spring

After some snow and ice earlier this week the sun has reappeared, the weather has gotten warmer and the snow is melting.  I thought that today was perfect for a drive to Williamsburg.  It was warm enough outside that I could carry my coat and even sit on a bench and enjoy the sunshine.  Many people were in shorts and tee shirts so I’m not the only one that thought it seemed like spring.  Although it is still early in March I saw a few flowers in bloom.  I was also looking for scenes that featured the color orange for this week’s theme and I found it in the bricks of the buildings and sidewalks as well as flower pots and other accessories.

 

It is getting closer and closer to spring…

Williamsburg

Here is more about the orange theme.

A Snow Day

The snow began to fall during the night and by morning this was the scene in my yard. So just for today my only traveling consists of walking to the back door and seeing this.  I haven’t noticed any birds and the only sound is that of snow sliding off branches to the ground.  I’m not sure how much snow has fallen but I can see it stacked on the post and the bird feeder.  Later on I will probably look at my books about Italy and do some daydreaming, but for now it is enough to be indoors, look at the snowy scene and make plans to go outside this afternoon to shovel the driveway!

snow

Here is the same scene in color and then in black and white.

Next month should bring warmer weather…

snow

More Travel Adventures Ahead

Since it is the middle of winter I think that now is a good time to look forward to future travel adventures to help get through the cold, snowy days of February.  Even in Virginia there is snow and ice and I can’t wait until it’s spring and time for a visit to Italy in May.  This time I’ll be in northern Italy and going to Lake Como, Milan, and the Cinque Terre, among other places.  Traveling to Italy is something I enjoy so much and the time spent planning is really fun.  I’m going to get travel books and guides from the library and check for information at the local bookstores too.  I also like to read travel blogs that have stories and pictures from Italy.  I’m always interested in learning more since my mother’s family is from Italy and somehow it seems very familiar to me.  I’m also looking forward to discovering new places to find my favorite treat, gelato.  That is something that never disappoints!  It will be wonderful to add to my knowledge of Italy as well as interesting travel experiences and my collection of pictures.  Here are some places in northern Italy that I’ve been and hope to see again.

Milan

Italy

Italy

Travel theme: Details

When I was in Avignon, France, I saw this sign and decided that I should try to see as many of these places as possible.

Avignon

The first place I went was to the Palais des Papes that was full of interesting rooms, nooks, and details on display.  Here is some of what I saw.

 

Later I decided to visit some of the shops in the same area.  I liked the brightly colored fabrics and all the lavender items for sale.  I purchased quite a few of the soaps and sachets to take home as souvenirs.  These pictures include important shopping details!

You can find more details here.

 

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

To see more doors look here.

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.