Some of my favourite travel moments have been dominated by the colour blue.

I still dream of the endless blue of Kailua Bay on the west coast of Oahu

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How Hawaii does blue

and the turquoise blue crystal waters of Lake Atitlán surrounded by misty volcanoes will live in my soul forever.

blue lake atitlan Atitlán Guatemala

No better blue than Lago de Atitlán in Guatemala

In London, I remember the electric blue of the Christmas lights

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A blue Christmas in London

and the pale blue waters of the fountain at Trafalgar Square

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Illuminated blue waters in Trafalgar Square

and in Scotland, the steely blue street performer on the steep inclines of Edinburgh’s old town.

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Steel blue performance art at the Edinburgh Festival

My heart skips a beat when I glimpse the impossible skies over Ireland.

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Blue and gold streaked skies over the Sugarloaf Mountain

Then there is the exclusive cerulean of the rich and fabulous in the Hamptons

blue main beach hamptons

Rich and fabulous blue Hampton-style. Wait, is that Carrie Bradshaw?

and the rich and famous azure of the pools at Hearst Castle.

blue hearst castle pool

I’ve got a case of the ‘I want to live here’ blues

While there are many, many more blues in my travel history, I’ll leave you with one final image – a hummingbird silhouetted against the blue skies of California.

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Hummingbird in the blue skies of California

I had a ridiculous amount of fun with our unofficial photo challenge this weekend. A huge, huge thanks to everyone who took part. I wonder if there’s room for two photo challenges…

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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159 Responses to Blue

  1. 2e0mca says:

    I wonder if we passed each other on South Moulton Street – I have shots of the same blue arches 😉 Nice selection of Blues from around the world 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I wonder if we did. The Christmas decorations were fabulous that year. I love London at Christmas. Have you ever done the Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk? If not, I highly recommend it! xxx Ailsa

  2. jillacox says:

    It’s over 100 degrees F where I am… I want to get in that pool! Lovely photographs. Lovely shades of blue.

    • ailsapm says:

      Good grief, Jill, where do you live, the Gobi desert? I struggle with 80 degrees, once it hits 100 I’m indoors, attached to the air conditioner. 🙂 Thanks for the compliments and I’m very happy you stopped by! xxx Ailsa

  3. wardentee says:

    Thank you for stopping by. It left me a trail to follow back. Love all of your selections… so hard to pick a favorite. You are so blessed to be able to travel and see all of this. At one time that was my dream.

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s never too late to travel, you know 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed my photos, thanks for following the trail back. Looking forward to reading future posts. xxx Ailsa

  4. Sania says:

    great job! amazing photos..

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  6. awesome variety of blue

  7. Robin says:

    Such beautiful blues. It’s difficult to pick out a favorite. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Robin, your blog title intrigued me so much I had to go over and check it out, (loved your post about the Calhoun Paint Mines by the way) – thought you might enjoy tales of another bog – in Ireland last Christmas Eve – I wrote about it here: Yule Bog Thanks for stopping by and commenting so I could discover your blog too. xxx Ailsa

  8. Your entries are fantastic–every one of them! And I enjoyed reading your descriptions, as well. 😉

  9. sinpolaris says:

    Thanks for posting and for that absolutely gorgeous shot of the skies over Ireland.

    • ailsapm says:

      So glad you enjoyed the photos, sinpolaris, Ireland has the most spectacular skies, hope you get to see them for yourself one day! xxx

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  11. dailydose10 says:

    The street performer is my favourite. Edinburgh is a cool place.
    PS.Thanks for following my blog.

  12. fiztrainer says:

    Your photos are fantastic!! I love each and every one of them. Have you personally been to all these places? How wonderful. I look forward to traveling more in the future. Thanks for posting all of these. Such inspiration. 😀

  13. ailsapm says:

    I have, fiz, they’re all my own photos, I count myself as incredibly lucky to have seen so much of this wonderful planet, and I encourage everyone to travel just as much as they can. It’s one of the reasons I started blogging about my travels, to write about the crazy, awe-inspiring world that is out there waiting to be discovered. I hope you get to see all of these sights and more in the future. xoxo Ailsa

  14. Blue and magical! It’s like I travelled around the world, catching some amazing images that brings fun to it’s fullest potential. The second picture was my favorite, It’s like getting closer to that beautiful place I always yearn to visit…

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Mr B, if there’s one place in the world I would wish everyone to see, it is Lake Atitlán. Not only is it one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever visited, but it also possesses a kind of strange energy that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. It is supposed to be one of three energy vortexes on the earth’s surface, and after visiting, I can believe it. I’m so happy I could take you with me on a little blue whirlwind tour around the world. xxx Ailsa

  15. abusymom says:

    Awesome blog… I love every picture. 🙂

  16. ysalma says:

    Blue is inspiratif images.
    bird photos was awesome.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thank you, Ysalma, I was very happy with the bird photo. He moved so quickly he was pretty difficult to photograph 🙂

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love this collection of blue images. Makes me wistful for my carefree traveling days.

  18. LivE says:

    so many lovely takes on BLUE! i especially loved the water droplets against the blue backdrop of the guatemalan waters! and the carrie bradshaw caption totally made my day, haha!

  19. joshi daniel says:

    very beautiful 🙂

  20. I love how you used a colour to put together this collection. My favourite is your last photo.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Megan, that little hummingbird was a very polite little fellow, staying still for long enough for me to snap a shot. Was just over at your blog – those red rain boots – must have them, so darling! xxx Ailsa

  21. Paula says:

    I like the Trafalgar Square pic the best… great composition with the fountain 🙂

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