Travel theme: Summer

I’ve been assured by several native New Yorkers that a sure sign summer is here is when they turn the fountains on in Columbus Circle. As I was leaving Central Park a few evenings ago, I heard several people squeal in delight and exclaim “It’s summer!” I looked around and sure enough, there was the fountain, illuminated, bubbling and gurgling away, welcoming summer with graceful arches of water shimmering and dancing in the dark.

summer fountain columbus circle new york

summer fountain columbus circle new york

I took a seat in the centre of the circle and watched as passersby acknowledged this harbinger of summer; their steps suddenly lightening and broad smiles breaking out on their faces as they glimpsed the dazzling display. And as I sat there, I started to think about what summer means for me. My answer, oddly enough, was bicycles. You see, growing up in Ireland, the only feasible time to ride our bicycles (without getting utterly drenched by rain) was summertime. During the summers, my brother and I would take off on our bicycles down winding, leafy lanes, exploring the countryside, stopping along the way at tiny little cafes for a cup of tea and some homemade scones. Sometimes we’d stay overnight in a youth hostel so we could venture further afield the next day. I can still remember the heady scent of the gorse and meadowsweet that lined the lanes we biked down on those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. To this day, when I think of summer, I think of bicycles.

summer bike bicycle

Last week’s impromptu ‘Reflections‘ challenge was so much fun, could we do it again? There are many other photo challenges out there, but how about one with a travel theme? I love finding out about great places waiting to be discovered, and it doesn’t have to be an exotic location, either. What’s everyday in your part of the world is exotic to someone who doesn’t live there.

So if you’d like to join in, create your own post about summer, title it “Travel theme: Summer” and put a link to this page in your blog post to make it easy for others to find your post.

What does summer mean to you?

xxx Ailsa

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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 - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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277 Responses to Travel theme: Summer

  1. Pingback: Travel Theme: Summer « a hectic life

  2. Mystiic says:

    :)) We already have one pingback!!!… YAY!! here’s my first 😉 …………Summer Drink 😉
    http://mystiic.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/the-unofficial-photo-challenge-summer/

  3. Mystiic says:

    Ailsa… your pictures are sooooooo fantastic… Love em!!

  4. Nice segue from fountains to bicycles to the REAL point—more challenge! 😉

    Beautiful photos, of course!

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  6. reb says:

    Terrific shots of the fountain! Totally awesome.

    I will join the summer fun, tomorrow. These last few years, my outlook on summer has changed somewhat.. Bear in mind, I entitled my whole blog «colderweather» LOL

  7. Hey there! Thanks for the opportunity… so here goes my first contribution for this week’s challenge (it’s pretty hard to make only one pic when you’re posted, living and working in Brazil (with the possibility to travel to neighboring states!). A snapshot from the blue lagoon paradise!
    http://wp.me/p1oMvI-14H
    Greetings from Recife, Brazil

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  9. I guess I’m having trouble (again!) with the link! There’s a post waiting for you at 3rdculturechildren… 😮 Cheers from Brazil!
    http://wp.me/p1oMvI-14H

  10. thirdeyemom says:

    Hi Ailsa! Thanks so much for including me on this! I LOVE your entry! I love the fountains and also your descriptions of your childhood. Where did you grow up? We also rode our bikes everywhere! I grew up here in Minnesota and my summers are filled with swimming and biking. We have over 13,000 lakes here so swimming and boating was always constant. I am going to work on my post for this tomorrow. What a great idea! I adore these photo challenges. They are so much fun as they truly make you gather your creativity and reflect upon your life. 🙂 nicole

    • ailsapm says:

      I grew up on the outskirts of Dublin in Ireland, beautiful part of the world. During the summers my brother and I would bike around the mountains and lakes in the area. Your Minnesotan summers sound just as idyllic! Looking forward to seeing your entry, Nicole.

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  13. Imelda says:

    Hi Ailsa. Thank you very much for your invitation. The photos of the fountains are lovely. And your past summers sound so much fun. Alas, mine were not as exciting. Summer was heat and dust and occasional trip to the beach. And it was always summer in the Philippines. Oh, the fun part. Food. There were so many fruits all over the place, especially the neighbor’s places. I remember the times we were yelled at because my friends and I were trying to sneak out some tasty fruit from a tree. 😀
    Here is my entry – http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/exotic-boston-hah/

    • ailsapm says:

      Summer in the Philippines sounds like most people’s idea of heaven 🙂 I love the sneaky fruit story, there were plenty of apple orchards on our bike travels in Ireland too 🙂

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  15. Hello Ailsa, and thanks for the invite. I’m ready for summer. My summer is easy “just add water” for summer fun: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/travel-theme-summer-fun/

    Looking forward to seeing the other photo posts, always enjoy them.

  16. cinova says:

    Great idea, Alisa! The trouble is that all these challenges are keeping me from marking my English papers! I shall be back later with some summer fun in the Southern Hemisphere 🙂

  17. We definitely can. The more the merrier. This is what Summer is all about. Celebrating life. Having fun. Meeting new friends. Being happy and just finding that part of us we seemed to have forgotten during our hectic busy lives.Beautiful images. Thanks…..

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  19. Well, this is an old post but it shows what summer’s often like round here:

    http://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/better-bring-a-coat/

  20. DagEnDauw says:

    Hi Ailsa, I found your invitation and am glad to join your challenge…
    Here ‘s my contribution to summer :

    http://dauwgalerij.blogspot.com/2012/05/bijna-zomer-almost-summer.html

    Have a nice weekend!

  21. Catherine says:

    Your writing and pictures are heartfelt and captivating. Thanks for sharing and setting the travel theme of the week! 🙂

  22. congrats for starting a new photo challenge again!
    here is what is in my mind, when I hear the word summer:
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/clash-of-civilizations/
    got not a single “LIKEs” for this till now …

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  24. Nice to be able to participate , this is my entry “Summer” http://campanulladellaanna.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/weekly-photo-challenge-unofficial-summer/, thanks @Ailsapm, warm regards

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  26. Macy says:

    And I’m entering your challenge! 😛 http://islandergirl.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/leave-no-footprints-behind/

    As I live and work on an island resort, summer means more guests and more work 😛 It also means I have to slather on SPF 70 sunblock before I do my make-up and start work. It means more snorkeling trips with the guests, more nature talks, and more sand beneath my feet 🙂

  27. beautifulimages says:

    Thank you Ailsa for inviting me to be a part of this challenge, there are many photos that I could have used for this challenge but I chose the one that simply means the most to me. I hope that you like my photo and my summer childhood memories too!
    http://beautiful-images.com.au/2012/05/19/weekly-photo-challenge-summer/

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  29. Rob says:

    Thanks for the invite Ailsa…here’s one I chose that always reminds me of summer no matter when I see it.
    http://wp.me/p2aA06-Fy

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  34. Jude says:

    Hey Ailsa – a great idea! I came up with a few ferns!
    http://judesphotography.wordpress.com/

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  36. Jude says:

    I forgot to say I love your fountain pics – completely unique! 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Jude, I used a longer exposure so the water appears a little silky. I love playing around with shutter speeds. 🙂

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  38. Great theme and lovely idea to carry on the travel photo challenge. I love the photos of the fountains, technically brilliant.
    Thanks for inviting me to join this!
    http://thegirlinthesunglasses.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/travel-theme-summer/

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  40. cinova says:

    Too many summer snaps to choose from, so I have prepared my first ever slideshow, to tempt you all to fly south during the northern winter 😉
    http://cinova.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/travel-theme-summer/
    Thanks again Ailsa for getting this party started! Our summer may be six months away, but this theme reminded me those warm ocean breezes.

    • ailsapm says:

      Those shots of the Twelve Apostles are wonderful. I have to ask, is that a wild bird perching on your deckchair? Love the spiky yellow plumage on his (her?) head!

      • cinova says:

        Thanks! I have plenty more shots of those stunning cliff formations. Those native birds are Sulphur-crested Cockatoos…they are bold, noisy and crazy! At one stage, there were seven of them perched there…I wish that was my patio…alas, it is one of many holiday houses along the Great Ocean Road.

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  42. TBM says:

    When I was a kid we used to love our bikes. Great summer memory. Here’s my summer post. I love sports and summer to me means baseball and tennis. Thanks for hosting again!

    http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/travel-theme-summer/

    • ailsapm says:

      And thanks for joining in again. Loved that photo of the tennis player on stilts, might be hard to hit a good backhand with them on! xxx

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  44. Thanks for inviting me to take part in this. Here’s my entry. Cheers!
    http://lonelytravelog.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/summer-bjs-chunkfest/

    • ailsapm says:

      I cannot believe I have lived this long and never heard of Chunkfest. Now I know it exists I HAVE to find my nearest one. So much fun, loved your entry 🙂

  45. 4otomo says:

    Hi Ailsa
    Thanks for the invite…………….
    here’s my entry…its a link to a previous photo challenge post about summer sunsets……
    http://4otomo.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/weekly-photo-challenge-sunset/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow! Those silhouettes against the golden sunset are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing some Cape Town summer with us, 4otomo. xxx

  46. heya ailsa … thanks for the invite … luvin’ the new photo challenge! here’s my summery take:
    http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/ailsas-photo-challenge-summer/

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