Travel theme: Festive

After my recent excursions to Candy Cane Lane and Gingerbread Village, I couldn’t help but choose ‘festive’ as this week’s theme. I love how the word ‘festive’ sounds when spoken aloud; it has a deliciously rich, full-bodied mouth-feel like a good Cabernet Sauvignon. Coincidentally, a good Cabernet Sauvignon is guaranteed to put me in a festive mood!

I’ve been wandering around Seattle checking out the festive sights on offer; here are a few of the photos I took along the way.

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The pigs at Pike Place Market get a holiday makeover

seattle christmas star macy's

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Seattle without that big star. Oh, and that’s my favourite Seattle clock too.

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The giant tree at Westlake Center

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The giant tree and the giant star; a sassy double act

Seattle space needle christmas tree

Iconic Seattle – the tree on top of the Space Needle

Now, if that’s not enough to get you feeling festive, I took my video camera along when I visited the moodily-lit Teddy Bear Suite at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel – another great free thing to do around this time of year (donations accepted, all proceeds go to Seattle Children’s Hospital). Those bears can be a little hard to find; you have to take the elevator to the third floor and look for suite 342. I filmed the teddy bears, threw in a few Nutcrackers, Carousels and Gingerbread Castles, added one Space Needle and stirred with my favourite Christmas song to create a festive video. I had entirely too much fun running around the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s lobby filming their Nutcracker figures; it probably shows in the video. I hope you enjoy it.

Now it’s your turn to show me what festive mean to you. What’s your favourite feast, festival or celebration? What makes you jolly, gets you merry or fills you with cheer? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Festive
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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I can’t wait to feast my eyes on your interpretations.



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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186 Responses to Travel theme: Festive

  1. says:

    Wonderful pictures Ailsa!

  2. Lovely photos! Maybe I’ll have something to share this week.

  3. Ailsa, they’re fabulous shots of a wonderfully festive Seattle. 🙂

  4. Great as ever. Did you get my message about the award I passed onto you? Now I cannot remember which post I tagged it to…..Damn

  5. cocoaupnorth says:

    Awesome festive photos:-)

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  7. Love your festive photos and challenge, Ailsa. That big star and clock in Seattle are fabulous. Here’s my entry:

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  9. kz says:

    those trees are stunning! 🙂

  10. Wow, those trees are beautiful! I’ll keep my eye out for festive images, though it’s very quiet in rural Ecuador. That will give me a challenge for sure!

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  13. kz says:

    here’s mine ^^ a little different but well, festive for me ^^ happy holidays!!

  14. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful captured… 🙂

    – most of all the tree on top of the Space Needle. great… 🙂

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Great perspective on you tree shot – stunning and i love the star as well 🙂

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  17. aj vosse says:

    I’ve got a bit more Dublin for you… do remember tto drop by on Christmas day… 😉

  18. markd60 says:

    I like the way the top Christmas Tree pic looks so fat,

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  20. viveka says:

    Wonderful shots … wish I was back in Seattle *smile – never been there this time of year.

  21. Debbie says:

    Thanks for sharing our great PNW during the holidays!

  22. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous Ailsa! How do you capture the sparkle on those ornaments? Looking up that tree… you are amazing! One of these weeks I’ll get my act together with the challenges. I’ve just put up a post which would have been great festive material. Ah, me! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  23. ideflex says:

    Pigs! Trees! Lights! Great pix all… Thanks for the video tour!

  24. cobbledtoolbox says:

    I especially like the clock shot. Thank you.

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  27. DagEnDauw says:

    Wonderfull pictures from a wonderfull time Ailsa!

    A surprising view on “festive Ghent” … is my entry for this weeks challenge.
    hope you ‘ll like it too.
    Enjoy your weekend folks!

    A hug from Dauw

  28. Angelia Sims says:

    The clock and the star are just STUNNING. Love… I have always wanted to visit Seattle. More so now from your photographs at Christmas. Festive! It does have a nice ring to it. 🙂

  29. Jo Bryant says:

    Here is mine for this week Ailsa.
    Wishing you a very happy holidays !!!!!!!!

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  35. riah_e says:

    Hi Ailsa! My entry is here..
    im so glad we can celebrate Christmas here in Oman Merry CHRISTmas to everyone!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Love the Boston shot, Livvy – I bet it’s gorgeous in the snow! I love the idea of going away for New Year. That’s a tradition I can definitely get behind! xxx

  37. horimasa says:

    This is my first Travel Theme post. From Japan, here’s mine.

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  39. Madhu says:

    Beautiful festive photos Ailsa! Happy to be taking part after such a long time 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, good to see you back, Madhu, and thanks for sharing a very Bangkok Christmas – I want to go for a ride in that sleigh right now! 🙂

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  42. patriciaddrury says:

    Love this topic… many ways to look at it!

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