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

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: Weekly (Unofficial) Photo Challenge : Summer « Mystiic

  2. Mystiic says:

    here’s my summer second 😉 Guess… Summer is all about getting in the liquids!! :)) Love how much water… summer is all about… in absolutely amazing colours!!! :))
    http://mystiic.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/weekly-unofficial-photo-challenge-summer-2/

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  5. trishworth says:

    Hi Ailsa, I posted a summery post last night and thought it might ‘pingback’ if I put your url in it, though I’m not really sure what that even means… You can see it here: http://soundslikewish.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/ailsas-photo-challenge-summer/

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Trish, it did pingback’ – if you look in the comments stream right after my comment, you’ll see a little link in italics that says Pingback in grey – when you post a link to this page in your post, it automatically sends that to the comments stream here. That way, if people want to skip reading the comments and just see the entries, they can skim through the comments and just click on the pingbacks, makes it easier to see all the entries. Really enjoyed your take on summer, such lovely colours! xxx

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    • ailsapm says:

      I have got to see this for myself, simply spectacular scenery. Where exactly were those red rock formations? Looks like you had quite a remarkable honeymoon!

  7. Sure! It’s nearly winter here – overnight temperatures going down to 9 or 10 degrees Celsius (50 F) but here’s a summer pic for you! http://framtonstreet.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/lunch-time/

    • ailsapm says:

      Keep warm, Martin, and watch out for those crocs. It’s weird, I never think of crocodiles in Australia, even though Paul Hogan kind of made them famous 🙂 Thanks for joining in the summer fun! xxx

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  10. What a great memory of summer… everytime you see a bike you must remember all those travels.
    Here is mine for the week… my childhood memories of summer. Thanks.
    http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/travel-themesummer

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  13. reb says:

    Okay … here it is now http://wp.me/s2aCUH-summer 😀

  14. Anne Camille says:

    What a great idea. It’s late, so I won’t post anything new tonight, but this photo says “summer” to me. http://fourdeeroak.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/photo-friday-glow/ Hardly a hidden place, this is Millenial Park, Chicago. The best part of this very public and well-known gathering place is always the smiles on the faces of the people having a great time. I think you don’t need to see the faces of the kids in this photo to know that they were smiling!

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  19. Lauren Rayner says:

    Lovely pics as usual 🙂 Here’s mine! http://someunfamiliarplace.com/wherefore-art-thou-summer/

    • ailsapm says:

      Loved it, dreaming of Positano while dodging puddles in rain-soaked London. Hope it stops raining soon. I have to admit I enjoy the rain, it was the height of summer in London that I found hard to deal with – especially on the Northern Line – hotter than the Gobi desert!

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  21. Madhu says:

    Stunning photos Ailsa, especially the fountains! Here is my interpretation of summer fun 🙂
    http://theurgetowander.com/2012/05/20/sunday-morning-on-ipanema/

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  24. wardentee says:

    Love your photos and your theme idea. Will you have a weekly theme from now on? Here’s mine http://thebestyearsare.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/alisas-photo-challenge-summer/

    • ailsapm says:

      Really enjoyed your Alaskan summer adventure. I’m thinking I might do a weekly theme, at least for a while, it’s turning out to be an awful lot of fun getting to know so many bloggers and seeing such wonderful parts of the world. Thanks for joining in this week and hope you join in again next time! 🙂

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  26. Hi Ailsa,

    Vlad adn Rebekah lead me to your challenge and I just posted. Summer on!

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, welcome to the summer party, Robert. Your shot of the Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center is brilliant. xxx Ailsa

  27. Oh, I am definitely in! just have to find a favorite to post…:)

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  29. gingerbreadcafe says:

    Thank you for inviting me to take part here is my take on summer – http://thegingerbreadcafe.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/unofficial-summer/

  30. thirdeyemom says:

    Here is my entry! I’m loving it!
    http://thirdeyemom.com/2012/05/20/sunsational-summer/
    Today is not like yesterday’s amazing summery weather…but tomorrow will be again!

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  33. livvy30 says:

    Thanks for the invite Ailsa. Your shots are lovely. Here’re mine. I decided to go with an Irish summer!

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  35. BobR says:

    Thanks again for the invite! I hope you like tomatoes.
    http://pirancafe.com/2012/05/21/summer-festivals-and-tomatoes/

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  37. Thanks for including me in the Photo Challenge! I like yours Ailsa. 🙂 Those bikes are so colorful and certainly remind me of summer. By the way here’s my entry: http://picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/summer/

  38. Catherine says:

    summer time on the Atlantic coast http://wp.me/p2kyhh-8i

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  41. Thanks for letting me know the challange. And congrat for your “start-up” photo challange ailsa. Here is my share http://albadrln.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/travel-theme-summer-monas/.

    • ailsapm says:

      Jumping in the air trying to get a photo of everyone walking on air is the perfect summer photo, Albadr. Fun 🙂 xxx Ailsa

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