The Search for Souvenirs

Part of the fun of travel is bringing back souvenirs that have memories of where and when they were purchased.  I have lots of postcards and refrigerator magnets but some of my favorite souvenirs are things I can look at such as art prints and calendars.  I also like things I can wear like scarves and bracelets.  When I was in Italy I wanted to find some unique souvenirs, but where should I start?  Wherever I went there were so many choices it was difficult to decide.  As I looked around I saw possibilities like these:

It’s a good idea to stop for some refreshments along the way.

Souvenirs

But instead of fruit I decided to stop for a gelato and this photograph is a great souvenir!

gelato

Snow with a Chance of Flowers

 

As I look out my window I can see a snowstorm in progress.  Here is what it looks like from inside.

Snow

Although it looks attractive I can’t help but think about how nice it will be when it’s spring.  And spring means cheery, colorful flowers.  I am so fond of flowers that I thought I’d create a scene with lots of flowers and gardens to help get through the rest of the winter.  It reminds me that it won’t be long before there are blue skies, warm sunshine and the beginning of a new season.

I’m looking forward to spring – the sooner the better!

 

Flowers in December

I was in Florida last week and in addition to the warm weather and sunshine I saw lots of flowers still in bloom.  This was a wonderful sight for December!  Now that I’m back home where it is a bit colder I’m looking at these pictures and already looking forward to the spring.

Flowers

…and one more cheerful flower.

Flowers

I’m also looking forward to the holidays!

November Scenes

I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable.  When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs.  A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale.  Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge.  It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone.  Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.

Williamsburg in early November:

autumn

A few weeks later:

autumn

 

Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn Leaves

Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors.  I picked a good day for a visit because this is what I saw.

Blue RIdge

Autumn colors are everywhere.

Sometimes it isn’t necessary to say too much about your subject.  The scenery is simply perfect.

Blue Ridge

 

A Walk in the Cinque Terre

When I got off the local train that stopped at the villages of the Cinque Terre I carried a copy of the train schedule.  That way I’d know when to be back at the station to go to the next stop.  Once I knew how much time I had for my walk I decided to take in all the charming sights I could.  It had rained earlier so I had a slightly soggy umbrellas in my bag.  Although there were lots of visitors that day I managed to get away from the crowd and enjoy my walk.  These are some of my impressions.

It’s a good idea is to have boats available…

Cinque Terre

And wherever you are, there is the sight of water:

Cinque Terre

 

Check out Jo’s Monday walk here.

Windows and Balconies

I like looking up to see windows and balconies when I’m in Italy, and this last trip was no exception.  Where there are windows there are usually shutters, which I find interesting because they might be open, closed or partially raised.  Balconies often have colorful flower arrangements as well as laundry cheerfully hanging from the railings or attached clotheslines.  In other words, there is a lot to see when you look at windows and balconies!

This picture has many of my favorite elements:  windows, balconies, shutters, flowers and laundry.  Adding to the scene that afternoon was the bright blue sky.

Windows

Simply Flowers

Some of my favorite memories are of the flowers and gardens that I see when I travel.  When I was in Italy a few months ago I couldn’t help but notice the bright and colorful flowers.  Here are some that I especially liked.

Flowers

The Travel Years

I began Meg Travels in August and this month is my fourth anniversary!  It has been so much fun sharing travel adventures from near and far.  When I look for themes over the years I can see that flowers and gardens are some of my favorites, along with doors, sunsets and signs.  I tend to travel in the spring and that is an ideal time to see fresh and colorful flowers.  Autumn is another beautiful season for watching the leaves change color, and it is still warm and sunny.

I will continue to travel so there will be plenty more adventures (with pictures) to share over the next year.  Here are some of the flowers, doorways and other souvenir pictures that I’ve taken over the past four years.