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…
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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…
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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.
I’ve been thinking about this year and all the opportunities that I’ve had to see flowers while traveling. It seems that each season features colorful and unique flowers. Here are some of my favorites from the spring, summer, fall and winter. It’s a nice way to remember the year! I’m looking forward to the year ahead with new opportunities to travel as well as time to enjoy being near home.
I’ve noticed that spring and summer flowers are both bright and dainty:
Flowers in May
Flowers for sale
Fresh spring color
Here are some interesting autumn and winter flowers:
Early fall with bees…
Flowers in December
I wish you a very Happy New Year!
I thought it would be a good time to take another visit to Williamsburg and see how things look at this time of the year. Since I went there on a weekend there were lots of other people with the same idea. Starting at the Visitor’s Center I made the short walk to Colonial Williamsburg. It was a sunny day and quite comfortable being outdoors and walking for several hours. There are many interesting and unique scenes from the past and it is easy to imagine how it might have looked hundreds of years ago. These are some of the places I passed on my walk.
follow this path
a nice day!
Here are more of my favorite places.
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There are some places that are so welcoming and friendly that they have become some of my favorite memories of those visits. When I was growing up my family used to drive to the coast of Maine during the summer to go to the beach. I had the opportunity to return to one of these beach towns recently and I found the same sense of relaxation and fun that I remembered from the past. In addition to the ocean there are shops, ice cream stands and summer cottages that make a visitor feel welcome. Here are some of those inviting scenes.
An interesting display
Fragrant souvenir pillows
Time for ice cream!
Herbs in bloom
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