The Travel Years

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.

 

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Simply Gelato

Over the past three years I’ve written so much about gelato that I had to check my previous posts to make sure I was using an original title! Gelato is a treat I look forward to when I go to Italy and I found a new flavor in Parma called Parmigianino that was light and fluffy.  When I get gelato I usually choose two flavors so I can sample something different as well as picking one of my favorites.  It is fun to walk and enjoy the scenery with a refreshing gelato.  I’m not the only one who does that either – I saw lots of people walking with their gelato cones and cups!

gelato

I decided to continue with this theme so here are some of the signs I saw as well as actual gelato.  These pictures make me want to go back to Italy as soon as possible.

Travel theme: Details

When I was in Avignon, France, I saw this sign and decided that I should try to see as many of these places as possible.

Avignon

The first place I went was to the Palais des Papes that was full of interesting rooms, nooks, and details on display.  Here is some of what I saw.

 

Later I decided to visit some of the shops in the same area.  I liked the brightly colored fabrics and all the lavender items for sale.  I purchased quite a few of the soaps and sachets to take home as souvenirs.  These pictures include important shopping details!

You can find more details here.

 

Travel theme: Numbers

When I visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, there were many places where I saw numbers.  I walked up a steep hill to get there and discovered numbers with useful information.  This clock was prominently displayed and very unique.

Greenwich

Here is an important sign that tells you what you need to know using numbers.

Greenwich

I found more information showing not only Greenwich but many other cities.  I was so interested in this that I didn’t notice the shadow that my arm created as I took this picture.

Greenwich

I also saw this view of London which may not have had any numbers but it was worth the walk to see!

Greenwich

 

More numbers can be found here.

Signs

One of my favorite things about traveling is looking for signs while I’m walking.  When they are directional signs they can be very useful because as a visitor I’ve noticed that it isn’t always clear how to get to a place.  I also appreciate signs for food and treats, especially gelato.  When I was in Madrid I thought that the ceramic tile street signs were very decorative.  Later I saw replicas of these signs for sale as souvenirs at gift shops.  There were a variety of signs that I remember from Madrid and here are some of them.

Signs and their reflections can also be seen.

Madrid

Learn more about this topic here.

Letters

On a visit to London last fall I saw many ways that words and phrases presented themselves.  There were signs, souvenir shirts and even one of my favorite landmarks that uses numbers instead of letters.  When I look at these pictures now some of them give the appearance that the weather was gloomy.  It was cloudy part of the time but it didn’t rain.  That made it so much easier to take these pictures!

Here it was cloudy but you could also see some blue sky.

London

For more pictures look here.

Travel theme: Yellow

When I was in Provence last May it was sunny and bright.  In addition to the sun there were many examples of the color yellow that I noticed.  Here are some of my souvenir pictures from Provence.

A Walk in London

When I’m walking in London there are certain places I can’t miss such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  But this time I decided to take a look around and notice other things such as…

It is also nice to see something familiar while walking in London.

London

Here my focus was on the basket of flowers rather than the bus!

London

A Carousel and Other Souvenirs

When I was in Arles, France this spring I wanted to take a look around.  Following a sign seemed like a good way to begin.

sign

The buildings were colorful and there were interesting places to shop.

building

shop

Then I discovered a carousel and decided to take some pictures as souvenirs.  Although it wasn’t open at the time I thought that the cars (including the animals) were charming.

Here is the entire carousel and a detail of one of the panels that features the amphitheater.

Carousel

carousel

These pictures are now my souvenir postcards from Arles.

Ice Cream and Cream Tea

I have a tradition of looking for ice cream when I travel and this continued when I was in Cornwall.  I also decided to try a cream tea.  With the idea of cream in mind I discovered other treats that contained clotted cream such as fudge and shortbread.

Cornwall

It was easy finding all the places I was looking for because of the strategic placement of the signs.  There were lots of possibilities and it was difficult to decide where to go but after a good walk it was time to choose.  The place that I went for cream tea was very good and I used all the clotted cream and jam on my scone.  Soon after the tea it was time for an ice cream cone.  After sampling several flavors on tiny spoons I chose vanilla with clotted cream fudge and it was delicious.  I should have taken a photo as a souvenir but of course I couldn’t wait to try it.

One of the best things about ice cream is that it is simple to walk around or find a bench outdoors and enjoy a view like this.

Cornwall