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

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  3. Greetings from La Paz, from another ‘travel theme blogger’! Let us all have a peaceful weekend!

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  6. Max510 says:

    Another awesome idea Ailsa, very nice your shots, my favorite is the Martin Luther King Memorial.
    Here my white shots…

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  8. Shaanthz says:

    Great theme Ailsa – never seen a white peacock – beautiful. Here is my entry – I’ll leave my snowy whites for another day….

    • ailsapm says:

      I’d never seen one until that day either, Shaanthz. He was very special indeed. 🙂 I love your whites, the flower on the car door is particularly lovely! xxx Ailsa

  9. TBM says:

    Another great idea and thanks for raising awareness.

    Here’s my contribution:

    And great peacock!

    • ailsapm says:

      Beautiful photos and narrative, TBM, I especially love the flower from Botswana. Glad you liked the peacock, I can’t take any credit for his splendour, he just oozed fabulousness. 😉

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    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Joy, I loved your post, a wonderful quote from Mother Theresa and some great photos – the white picket fence and the three crosses were my favourites, really eye-catching. And what a sweet doggy! xxx

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Anna, a fantastic series of whites, the clams and the viburnum are glorious, but that last shot, LOVE in the snow, just spectacular. Great capture! xxx Ailsa

      • Anne Camille says:

        That was one of the very first pictures I took with my DSLR, taken the day after I received it in 2009. Didn’t have a clue what I was doing and was terrified of anything other than “FULL AUTO”. Glad I got over that!

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  14. livvy30 says:

    I love the way Imagine is cleared from the snow! Here’s mine for this week.

  15. writecrites says:

    The first thing that came to mind for this very special post was the white Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

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  17. s1ngal says:

    I love the picture in your banner. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Plus, the other theme photos are equally magnificent. Well, here’s my hurried entry ONLY because I love white.
    I’ll try to post another un-hurried post [as soon as I get peace-related white photos, I promise].

  18. Coreen says:

    My first contribution to this weeks theme White. Have some more white up my sleeve. 😉

  19. Jo Bryant says:

    That peacock is gorgeous Ailsa…and i love ‘Imagine’

    Here’s mine for this week:

    • ailsapm says:

      Hysterical, Jo, I haven’t read the book yet and I’m pretty sure, after reading your post, I’m not going to bother. The wee doggie, on the other hand, is adorable! 🙂

  20. Amy says:

    Great theme! Beautiful images. Love the shot of the Martin Luther King Memorial, powerful message! Here is my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes, Amy, the MLK Memorial was a very moving place indeed. Loved your post, with the terrific Gandhi quote, and that top photo in particular looks like a haven of solitude. Gorgeous.

  21. Madhu says:

    Brilliant theme and images again Ailsa! Imagine is particularly evocative and beautiful!
    Here is my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      I’m having a moment of Zen having just looked at your photo, Madhu, it’s perfect. And the quote, where is it from? It’s wonderful. xxx Ailsa

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  24. cinova says:

    A lovely collection of photographs and a wonderful theme. I absolutely LOVE the snow covered Imagine memorial. I have reprised some of my Canadian snow pics. Your post also inspired me to discuss the role of education in the creation of a peaceful world. Thanks, Ailsa. Peace be with you and your readers.

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  26. stefanini says:

    Great theme with lovely contributions. Mine could be taken anywhere – so it’s to do with travel (or not):

  27. Sas says:

    Great photos this week Ailsa. Visiting all the monuments in Washington DC was a very profound moment for me, thanks for bringing back nice memories. Here’s my contribution:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Sas, what a glorious post – the photo is lovely, but your words make the spirit soar. I love the line ‘respect for the mountain and planet Earth’. Beautiful.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Squee, I love this, Robert – oh, and I’m definitely a glass half full person, peace is breaking through, no doubt about it! Where was this taken? It almost looks like a subway station.

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  30. Here are two from our contributors. Not totally travelly, but work well for the white theme, especially the 2nd! Both can represent trying to find peace on a personal level.

    White background and mask:
    Haunting woman in all white in an abandoned building:

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  32. Fats Suela says:

    Oh, what a wonderful and heartfelt theme, Ailsa! Thank you for putting it up this week. Love all your photos, especially the tribute to John Lennon. I’m a fan of The Beatles. Please check out my photo entries this week:

    I didn’t realize ’til now that we both started our post with a bird picture. How awesome is that! =)

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  34. This is our first time participating in your Travel Themes. Thank you for doing this. I do love looking at everyone’s photography!

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  39. Happy weekend @Ailsa, Nice theme this week. I have some pictures for this. Here’s mine 😛

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  41. viveka says:

    Your head photo is breathtaking beautiful, white peacock with all his feather out – stunning. .. and I like the last one, If I have to pick I would go for the last one because it’s raw and soft in its beauty.

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