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!

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.

 

Travel Details

It is always exciting to see famous landmarks when I’m traveling.  But I also like to notice other things in addition to the places I either read about or saw pictures of in books and magazines.  The more I travel the more I remember details of a place such as doors, signs, some flowers or even a simple bench.  As I walked around Milan I saw so many details and they have become part of the experience of being there.  When I look at these pictures I know that although they are less recognizable they are just as meaningful as I look back at my time in Milan.  Here are some examples of what I mean.

This looked like a fun way to get around in Milan, and there was even a bicycle traffic light.

Italy

Italy

 

Spring Flowers

Wherever I went in Italy I saw flowers.  There were flowers on terraces, flowers in wall planters, on sidewalks and in gardens.  When I looked up I could see flower boxes full of red and pink geraniums as well as petunias.  The colors were so cheerful that they transformed many terraces into bright and eye-catching spaces.  It was exciting to see so many flowers in bloom and one garden I visited in Milan was full of people having their pictures taken among the flowers.

Spring is a perfect time to see the new flowers and simply enjoy their fresh beauty.

Italy

 

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.