Travel theme: Walls

I just heard Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ on the radio, which reminded me of the photos I took of the section of the Berlin Wall in New York and the amazing translucent marble walls of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library . That got me thinking about other walls I have photographed and before I knew it, I had this week’s travel theme.

Camden Market in London always offers up great photo opportunities, but my favourite area is Stables Market, a converted Victorian horse hospital which is a maze of cobbled streets and tunnels. The walls are adorned with ornate friezes; here is a section of one of them.

camden stables market horse tunnel london brass wall frieze

No hike along the Irish seafront would be complete without at least one great stone wall. During a hike around Howth Head one blustery December day I spotted this one.

dublin ireland howth wall sea seaside seafront hike, howth head

When I was visiting villages around the edge of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, I noticed many waterfront buildings half-submerged by the rapidly rising level of the lake. Fragments of wall bore witness to what had once been a thriving business or someone’s home.

lake atitlan lago de guatemala

Along the Asbury Park boardwalk in New Jersey, there’s an amazing old casino. It’s just a shell of a building today, but its interior still shows the traces of its glory days.

asbury park casino wall new jersey

So the writing is on the wall; what’s your interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in the travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Walls
  • 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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Don’t be a fly on the wall – join in the fun! Looking forward to your post.



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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280 Responses to Travel theme: Walls

  1. These are all marvellous! How will anything compare to these?

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks lagottocattleya, there have already been some really wonderful interpretations, and the challenge has only been up a few minutes! xxx

  2. Biocadence says:

    Beautiful! I just completed an album on Wall Art in Buenos Aires ( I will now consider “joining the fun” by next Thursday!

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  4. Claire says:

    Hey Ailsa, love this weeks theme, here is my take on it inspired by wall carvings at ancient historical sights Angkor Wat and Chichen-Itza…Enjoy!

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  7. Great theme—love your pictures! Here are some walls from our own special perspective:

  8. This one is really fun, Ailsa – enjoying! 🙂
    And here are mine:

  9. markd60 says:

    The half underwater wall is coolest, and saddest. I like the meremaidopus too.

  10. viveka says:

    Wonderful shots – for your walls … have you been in Berlin???
    All of your wall have a powerful story to tell – my pick has to be the stone wall at Howth Head.

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  12. Cee Neuner says:

    Such great photos you have displayed for this week’s challenge.
    Here is my selection. Hope you ENJOY!!

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  14. aj vosse says:

    Hot walls… bits of resistance… hopefully I’ll throw in a straight edge or two.. 😉

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  16. Connie T says:

    I really like the first wall and the last one. I love Pink Floyd.

  17. says:

    You found some great walls- what is the binder in the second shot?

  18. ledrakenoir says:

    Great theme, and wonderful photos of yours… 😉

  19. adinparadise says:

    Wondrous selection of walls, Ailsa. I went to see your Berlin Wall post too. Fascinating.

  20. A more modest wall:

    Not as amazing as your shot of the New Jersey wall.

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely, mostlymonochrome, that bottom one with the slashes of paint is wonderful. That casino in New Jersey was a real joy to find, such a beautiful building even though it was almost falling apart.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, lagottocattleya, such an incredible array of walls from all over the world, I love them all. But those hydrangeas on the stone walls stole my heart. 🙂

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  23. Wow – wonderful selections, as usual! I love the Irish sea wall, and of course Asbury Park is a blast from my past! I thought about the Great Wall and some others from my travels, but something made me stick close to home today – so I went outside and took some new photos for my post. Hope you enjoy them!

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  25. trishworth says:

    I like the wall in Howth Head. Walls is a great theme for photos!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, Robert, what a great post. That Ellen deGeneres quote cracked me up, and I love how you started with the Berlin Wall and then went on a journey. I like that Ephesus wall too, you’re not alone!

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  28. loganbruin says:

    I have a friend who grew up near Asbury Park, she’d talk about it all the time. Haven’t seen her in a couple of years, so thanks for reminding me of her. And in Mexico there’s a belief that if you paint your walls that shade of blue, like your shot in Guatemala, it’ll keep flies out of your home; guess it doesn’t work when there’s no roof.
    Anyhuey, here’s what’s hanging on my blog. . .

    • ailsapm says:

      Awesome, Logan – I am stealing that Pink Floyd parody, might come in useful someday. I love Chemainus, the little town that did, those murals are incredible. Oh, and I’m willing to bet you could rock that earring. 😉

      • loganbruin says:

        I would need to have rocks in my head to wear an earring, especially that one!

        Nikki Katt is the musician who came up with that Pink Floyd line. She does a song about how she’s dating the most boring guy ever that’s even more hilarious, and another about what to do when your neighbor sleeps with your boyfriend. . . ;o)

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  30. cinova says:

    A terrific theme and I love all your photographs, Ailsa! My contribution includes a discussion of history and politics, couldn’t resist with this topic 🙂

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  32. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Here is my entry for this week:

    I love the Pink Floyd hook.

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  34. Shaanthz says:

    Love the theme and the pictures, Ailsa. Here are some pictures from the NYC Subways…they never stop surprising me…..

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  37. I love the horse market wall and the mermaid/octopus! Here are my walls –

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  40. ideflex says:

    So much choice – here’s a fave to start – get out your magnifying glasses and have a look at

  41. kz says:

    those are great walls!! i’ll try to see if i could find a suitable entry ^^

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  43. fgassette says:

    Amazing photos of walls. Here is mine:


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  45. Ben Nelson says:

    I love your walls – check out mine –

  46. Wow… your photos are stunning, I love the walls! (:
    Here are mine

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