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

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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

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Tahira, I fell in love with Edinburgh when I did a show at the festival in ’09. It was wonderful in summer, but I bet it’s all kinds of magical in winter. Lovely post. xxx

  2. Here’s my favourite festival, Parata Par Tòt:
    Ciao 🙂

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  4. Your photos are AMAZING! I especially like the clock pic. Here’s my, late as always, post. 🙂

  5. petit4chocolatier says:

    Everything is gorgeous!!

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  10. fgassette says:

    STUNNING PHOTOS! Here is my entry:


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  12. A gingerbread anything appeals to me. Happy Holidays!

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  15. bebs1 says:

    Love the inspiration Festive. Here is mine:
    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Ailsa!

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  18. awesome pics for this week’s theme, Ailsa … LOVE the pigs!
    Here’s my festive take on this week’s Travel Theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      Those reindeer pigs made me clap my hands in glee, Stephen – so did that lone Christmas tree on Fisherman’s Wharf – wonderful photo! Hope you made Santa’s nice list this year 😉

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  22. Those trees of yours are magnificent! This is my angle of the theme! Hope you will enjoy!

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  24. Georgia says:

    Happy Festive Season to you Ailsa! I love the perspective shot of the giant Christmas tree.

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  26. Putting up the Christmas tree always gets me in the festive mood 🙂

  27. danielfee says:

    No matter where you celebrate, either on land or the high seas, all over the world New Years Eve is always a festive time of the year.

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, that dessert looks amazing, I can’t quite get my head around how they wrote the ‘Happy New Year’ on it! Have fun in the Caribbean – what a great place to see in the New Year! xxx

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    I hope to get one posted about the tradition of Ano Viejos’ but we’re losing power a lot! Hope to be back soon with the second one.
    Feliz Navidad.

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  34. rigmover says:

    Nice set of shots, Have a great Christmas.

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  38. Marianne says:

    Love your photos – they’re stunning, as usual.

    Here’s my festive entry to this week’s Travel Theme.

    Happy Christmas Ailsa and everyone!

    • ailsapm says:

      Merry Christmas, Marianne, what a beautiful sight to greet you on Christmas – it was very, very different in Seattle – think grey everything and lots of rain! 🙂

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