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.

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And there were even some blue flowers!

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The two blogs I’d like to recommend are:

DUTCHgoesITALIAN

Adventures of a Carry-on

Until next month…

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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