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. here’s my response : white photos and 2 of the peace dove sculptures in Cyprus

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  3. Georgia says:

    Great idea Ailsa. That shot of the Imagine memorial is really powerful, great capture!

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  5. pommepal says:

    G’day Ailsa, wow what a lot of responses this week, you choose such good themes and set a great example with the photos you illustrate your theme with, and I love looking through at other bloggers interpretations. You give such encouraging comments to every one.

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  7. stephen says:

    i especially loved the “imagine,” in the snow. that is a place that is on my someday wish list. beautifully seen.

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  9. teedeevee says:

    Cool to link your theme to international peace day. Beautiful pics as well. My photo has nothing to do with peace but I found it peaceful –

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  12. Angelia Sims says:

    Amazing photography! The Martin Lither King wall is phenomenal. Love these.

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  17. I picked my photos before reading your post and I think it fits… inner peace is also important 🙂
    Great Post and link to current events Ailsa! I too love your John Lennon shot… fabulous!
    See mine here…

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  19. What a wonderful theme and challenge! Your images are beautiful too – I really love the peacock, and he monuments are such lovely reminders of what’s important – Thanks for that.
    I am unfortunately a little late with my post, but here it is:

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  21. Sunshine says:

    I love this week’s theme and how you linked it with peace. Thanks for the inspiring post…of course, the Imagine photo is simply classic. Here is my take on white: White Appreciation:

  22. Madoqua says:

    Superb photos, especially the peacock. My cloud phenomenon is a totally different interpretation:

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  27. LOVE your peacock banner! And the snow-trodden ‘imagine’ image. My selection is here:

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  31. Beautiful shots, Ailsa, especially that amazing peacock. Here’s mine:

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  33. speakcheats says:

    The peacock’s rather beautiful, thinking I might actually like it more than the multicolored ones. Thanks for the theme that lets me show off one of my favorite sculptures and lets everyone learn how to say “white” in many languages

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  35. Took a great white photo recently so I’m joining in for the first time 🙂
    thanks Ailsa !

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  39. Beautiful photos and a wonderful theme! Here’s mine – the hand of peace

  40. polly says:

    Great photos, here is mine for this week theme

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