Travel theme: White

Friday September 21st is the UN’s International Day of Peace. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982; this year marks the 30th anniversary. The theme for 2012 is ‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future’.

From the UN web site:  There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable peace. Sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.

The message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reads:

Armed conflicts attack the very pillars of sustainable development.

Natural resources must be used for the benefit of society, not to finance wars.

Children should be in school, not recruited into armies.

National budgets should focus on building human capacity, not deadly weapons.

On the International Day of Peace, I call on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts.

Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.

People around the world mark the day in various ways; observing silence at noon around the world, lighting candles, wearing white. The organization Peace One Day is holding a celebration in London featuring Elton John – you can watch it live on their YouTube channel here. In honour of the International Day of Peace, I would like to go all white for this week’s travel theme. I’m posting it a little earlier than usual, so that we can get as many white posts as possible up by Friday. Tell your friends, get them to join in too. Here are a few white-themed photos I’ve taken on my travels.

Up first, a snowy white peacock I met in the grounds of St. John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan.

white peacock albino snowy balcony new york st john the divine manhattan

The illuminated curve of Washington DC’s Martin Luther King Memorial:

martin luther king memorial washington dc illuminated white

A very fitting quote from Martin Luther King, illuminated in the dark.

martin luther king quote washington dc memorial

Finally, my favourite white photo of all time. Taken in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields just after a snowstorm; the Imagine memorial to singer, songwriter and peace activist, John Lennon.

imagine john lennon peace snow strawberry fields

If you would like to join in this travel theme in honour of the International Day of Peace, here’s what to do:

Create your own post and call it Travel Theme: White. Put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes.



Correction: International Day of Peace celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011. Although it was first celebrated in 1982, it was established in 1981.

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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276 Responses to Travel theme: White

  1. scrapydo says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for the theme WHITE

  2. Gracie says:

    Great photos!

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  5. Ailsa, I love your white photos, especially that snowy white peacock and the snowy “Imagine” memorial! Excellent theme for this week. Here’s mine, from Santorini, Greece:

  6. I love the pic with the quote! So true and so real. Goodness. Great work! 🙂

  7. adinparadise says:

    Wonderful whites, Ailsa. Love them all, but especially the John Lennon.

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  10. Marianne says:

    I can well understand why the Imagine Memorial is your favourite white photo – it´s mine too, though all your photos are outstanding this week, Ailsa. Very appropriate theme for the International Day of Peace 🙂

  11. These are from the wrong season, but they are white:

    Love the peacock!

    • ailsapm says:

      Beautiful white flowers, Vlad. and I adore the Housman poem from your ‘Spring Blossoms’ post. I love the peacock too, he was spectacular (and he knew it!)

  12. trishworth says:

    What a gorgeous peacock, a real look-at-me white! You’re such a great photographer, Ailsa. I found this one in my collection from a trip to Paris a couple of years ago:

  13. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wonderful white photos and brilliant to link it to World Peace Day!

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  15. Suzanne says:

    I’ve recently starting following your blog. This is a wonderful theme and your photos are terrific. Here’s my response.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Suzanne, you’ve created a gorgeous post. That prayer wall photo is fantastic, and as for Picasso’s Dove of Peace, what a perfect photo for the theme. Really lovely. xxx Ailsa

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  17. Great theme, I just LOVE the color ones, they’re probably my favorite. For this one I did something different than normal; I chose all the pictures from a single road trip =)

    Ailsa, LOVE the peacock and the Imagine memorial (I’ve been there too, what an emotional place)

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

    • ailsapm says:

      You’re right, Jan, Strawberry Fields and the Imagine memorial are very touching. Love your post, the salt flats are amazing, and Ronnie Lee is just so cute! xxx

      • Thanks, Ails. Unfortunately I went to Strawberry Fields and the place where John was shot when I was 14 and had no real historical appreciation for the man and his legacy, and it didn’t mean much to me–just one of those kind of, “Oh, that’s sad… let’s go to the Statue of Liberty!” kind of things. I know if I went there now I would probably bawl my eyes out. In fact I still cry just about every time I listen to Imagine.

        Thanks for your kind words! That trip was very special, I discovered a whole new side (literally, haha) of California that was like this obscure Narnian place that now is in my thoughts and my dreams all the time.

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  20. Love the peacock, so beautiful. Another great theme on such an important day. Thank you.

    • ailsapm says:

      Brilliant, Jennifer, I love that shot of you in your peace t-shirt and the photo of the Madonna di Trinita is delightful. Superb quotes, too, just such a lovely post! xxx Ailsa

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Deepa, a terrific post, beautiful photos and a great quote from the Dalai Lama, but oh, that panda stole my heart. Just wonderful! xxx Ailsa

  23. Wow! Beautiful shots !

  24. Beautiful photos, Ailsa! Congratulations! Here in Bolivia, besides celebrating the International day for Peace, its also a no-car day (in preparation for Saturday, the 22nd), so, everybody is trying to leave their cars at home and PEACEFULLY WALK TO WORK. My contribution for this week’s travel theme is a New Year’s celebration, by the beach, along the Brazilian coast… and the tradition says: “Wear White to Bring Us All Peace”. Have a great weekend!

    • ailsapm says:

      Ah, wonderful, 3rd Culture Children, I remember this post from the beginning of the year, what a great way to ring in 2012. I love the idea of no-car day too. xxx

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  26. fgassette says:

    Love your peacock and the theme for this week. Here is my entry. Thank you for your wonderful influence in our lives.


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  30. An inspired and much needed theme to focus on peace. 🙂

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  32. ilargia64 says:

    A nice theme…In my post I start looking for peace for my soul…

  33. frontrangescribbles says:

    Nice theme. I decided to go simple to try and honor the day.

  34. arturovillarrubia says:

    This is a sad tale with a happy ending.
    Barquillero, the horse in the picture, was raised as for shows. Sleek and elegant he was meant for the light weight of race course riders.
    But his owner went broke and he was sold to a tourist company in Andalucía where he was put to carry heavy carriages filled with tourists. The new owner was beating Barquillero within inches of his life when a friend of my wife passed by. To cut a long story short, she took away his whip by force , they had a mighty row and she ended up spending a sizable amount of her life savings paying for Barquillero¨s freedom. (And no she is not rich)
    Now Barquillero runs around with other horses on the field and is crowned with wildflowers.
    English is my second language so please; excuse the mistakes and the surely odd grammar

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  37. sinpolaris says:

    I especially like the photo of the “Imagine” memorial.
    From Peru, here is my offering…

  38. Imelda says:

    The stark beauty of white against black is lovely and arresting. The composition of the second picture is terrific! 🙂

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  40. Tahira says:

    All the pictures are so appropriate for this great theme, Ailsa, but the imagine shot is just striking. Thank you for doing this.
    Here is my contribution:

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  42. Hi Alisa, all your photos are powerful, and a wonderful theme. My photos in white:

  43. Anne Camille says:

    Your photos are gorgeous — especially the peacock’s tail in the banner photo! Mine will be up soon. Have had fun selecting white photos.

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