When I was in Genoa I walked in an area with lots of fruit and vegetable shops. It was just about time for lunch and I thought it might be fun to buy an orange or some strawberries that I saw displayed to have as a snack. There were also places where you could walk in and buy something more substantial that could be warmed up. Since I didn’t see anywhere to sit I also considered other options such as buying a gelato and continuing to walk. After a while I realized I wasn’t even hungry so I decided to wait and simply enjoy the day!
This looks good too
This faithful friend waited patiently outside.
During my visit to Italy last May I took an afternoon walk one day in Baveno along Lake Maggiore. When I look at these pictures now I can see that it wasn’t a sunny day, but I didn’t notice it at the time. This is probably because the views of the lake and mountains were so compelling the cloudy skies didn’t matter. There weren’t too many people around that day so I could focus on the scenery. I also remember seeing the flowers beginning to bloom on the hydrangeas. Just as I thought it would be nice to have a treat I found a gelato shop. This was an important part of the walk too.
What I saw along the way.
Sit and enjoy the lake
Just beginning to bloom
I always find gelato :)
Seen from a distance
It was a charming walk.
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:
Souvenirs and flowers
These won’t last long…
It’s a good idea to stop for some refreshments along the way.
But instead of fruit I decided to stop for a gelato and this photograph is a great souvenir!
Now that we’re beginning a new year it’s a perfect time to look forward to more travel adventures.
Happy New Year!
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…
Shopping for souvenirs
A door to…?
Flowers and shopping
Nice place for a walk
And wherever you are, there is the sight of water:
Check out Jo’s Monday walk here.
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
On my final morning in Italy last May I stepped out on my hotel balcony in Baveno to see this sunrise. I took many pictures of what I saw but I’ll always remember this scene until I return to Italy, and the sooner the better!
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.