On the Move

One of the more picturesque means of transportation that I can remember was going up the side of a mountain near Lugano, Switzerland on a gondola.  It was silent except for the whirring sound of the machinery moving the gondolas.  There was plenty of time to enjoy the changing view and I took lots of pictures.  Although it was May when I had this adventure it was still chilly with traces of snow on the ground.  Here is some of what I saw that day.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

A visit to Monte Tamaro near Lugano, Switzerland provided some panoramic views of the area and the mountains seemed to go on and on.  Yet where I was standing there were also everyday things such as  a playground and paths to look out over the mountains.

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CBBH Photo Challenge: BLUE

This theme from East of Málaga reminds me of the time I took a gondola to the top of Monte Tamaro near Lugano, Switzerland.  Although it was May there was a chill in the air.  Here are some of the views from that day that feature the color blue.

And there were even some blue flowers!


The two blogs I’d like to recommend are:


Adventures of a Carry-on

Until next month…

Capture the Colour

I want to say “Thank you” to Kathryn from  Travel with Kat for this nomination.  I’m happy to have the opportunity to show photos I’ve taken that correspond to the following colors: blue, green, yellow, white, and red.  If you go to TravelSupermarket.com you’ll find out more about “Capture the Colour.”  It explains all the steps needed to participate, and there are prizes, too.   And now here are my photos.



I was in Capri, Italy and used a chairlift to get to the top of the island.  While there I enjoyed watching the progress of the boats in the water.  I recall the experience in Capri from a Chair Lift.


These are some water lilies from Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.  I was there in the spring and I thought there wouldn’t be much in bloom.  As it turned out, there was no need for concern.  I wrote about what I saw that day in The Beautiful Flowers of Giverny


When I’m in Venice, my goal (once I’ve stood in Saint Mark’s Square) is to wander and get away from the crowds.  I’ve always found that once I’m off the main road there are more everyday – and less touristy – sights.   I really like seeing laundry hanging from the windows too.


I was in Zermatt, Switzerland on a warm spring day with a clear blue sky.  But the whole time there was a little cloud around the Matterhorn.  I finally realized it wasn’t going away and it made the scene a little more dramatic.


I took this picture while I was walking around downtown Dallas, Texas in January.  I was looking for the flagship Neiman Marcus building when I saw this oversized Christmas ornament.  I describe my visit in Greetings from Dallas.



Saving For a Trip

Here’s something I do to save money for trips that started when I brought some coin banks home from a visit to England.  These little banks were originally containers for caramels and shortbread that came in the shapes of double-decker buses and post boxes.  Once the treats were gone, I made a display of them at home.  But then I thought:  why not use them to save money?  I started using one of them to keep the extra coins I’d brought home from England.  I reasoned this would give me some starter money to use on my next trip there.

An opportunity to buy a piggy bank happened when I was in Switzerland.  I saw a really cheerful one and thought I could use it for the Swiss francs I didn’t spend.  At this point I decided to build a collection of banks.  And I might mention that they also make nice souvenirs!

So now I fill them with extra coins I’m saving toward future trips (this includes shopping trips).  It works well for me.

Chocolate as a Gift

Chocolate is something that many people enjoy receiving as a gift.  However, I’ve found that chocolate rarely makes it back to the people who might have liked it.  This is because I can’t stop thinking about the delicious chocolate bars sitting in my suitcase, and I really can’t resist them.  It’s almost a relief when I’ve eaten them.  Then I can think about something else to take back as a gift.

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