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!
Many levels of windows
Balcony with laundry
Many shutters to see
Laundry and flowers
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.
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 for sale
Bright and colorful
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.
Try new flavors
Autumn in Williamsburg
Doorway in Avignon
an important sign!
St. Petersburg, Florida
Door to Monet’s house
Prince Edward Island
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.
Along a path
Door from a castle
Reflections in a sign
A simple bench
This looked like a fun way to get around in Milan, and there was even a bicycle traffic light.
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.
Colorful terrace flowers
Spring is a perfect time to see the new flowers and simply enjoy their fresh beauty.
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.
Along the path…
Fresh green leaves
A tree in bloom
It’s really spring!
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!
For a better view…
For more about this theme check here.
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!
Fresh spring flowers
Here are more spring pictures.
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.
Getting ready for spring
For the garden
It is getting closer and closer to spring…
Here is more about the orange theme.
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:
Plants grow in January
In a few days it’ll be February and then it will almost be spring!
Here is more about Jo’s Monday Walk.