Travel theme: Gaudy

A friend of mine suggested the travel theme ‘Gaudy’ after reading about my trip to Las Vegas. That made me giggle; it’s true that Vegas is quintessentially gaudy but I didn’t want to single it out as the sole perpetrator of flashy ostentation, so here are a few flamboyant encounters I have had in other cities.

Never, ever combine silver leggings, ethnic prints and blue wigs. Unless you’re promoting a show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

edinburgh fringe festival scotland theatre performance street performers

I was happily enjoying an amble along the Jersey shore when I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of these shorts for sale. They scared me a little – pink’s not a good colour for me 😉

jersey shore hot pink lace shorts hotpants

Hiking out on the Olympic Peninsula, my gaze was torn away from the breathtaking scenery by a rather ostentatious sign advertising fishing bait. A giant, irridescent metal fish was suspended from a 20 foot high fishing rod. I found the pink eye a little unnerving.

olympic peninsula washington fish bait sign

And last, but by no means least, I give you New York. Every year, Governors Island hosts the Figment Festival, giving New Yorkers a reason (as if they needed one) to dust off their fairy wings, don their tutus and break out the roller skates.

figment festival governor's island new york

figment festival new york governor's island

figment festival new york governor's island

The word gaudy comes from the Latin gaudium meaning enjoyment or merry-making and while today the word may have a slightly negative connotation, it is, at its root, a celebration of the joy of excess. So go on, I dare you, embrace your inner desire to revel in colour and go seek out the excessive, the flashy, the clashing, the showy and the offensively bright. You might just have an awful lot of fun along the way! If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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Razzle-dazzle me.



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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201 Responses to Travel theme: Gaudy

  1. Pamela says:

    I love the helmet – and the boots – and the wonderful sense of humour the man must have. Do tell me, is the bottle containing water actually striped pink too?

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  3. nuvofelt says:

    My photos are rather mundane. I discovered that apart from ones like this I don’t take ‘gaudy’ pictures.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Yikes, the lights in that top photo were toned down? Really? The ceiling of the map room is amazing. and yes, Louis’ hair is terrifying! 🙂

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  6. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love all those colours, here is my contribution

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  11. allsho says:

    Ok, I like this! I’m joining the crew! And here’s my gaudy:

  12. OMG awesome! Figment Festival??? It’s like Burning Man decided to throw up on NY for a day!

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  14. This is a fun one, Ailsa! I’ve got some gaudiness for Valentine’s Day, since it’s coming up this Thursday –

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  20. frizztext says:

    my version of GAUDY:
    dressed after caught by carnival bacillus!

  21. says:

    I will do this! I just spent a week in Vegas- wish I’d known sooner – I could have tailored my pictures!!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Vegas, the capital of gaudy. Did you have a good time, vastly – and did you win big?

      • says:

        It was all work- no play! After 8 hours on my feet we all came back and had some great Dinners and then that was it. I was hesitant to wander around alone but the Cosmopolitan Hotel is FABULOUS- 3rd time I’ve stayed there- I highly recommend it. If I can ever figure out the mosaic feature I will run a blog about it! Kathryn

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  23. EhkStream says:

    Thanks for a much needed blast of color! I found some too:

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  30. patriciaddrury says:

    Gaudy or gorgeous? You be the judge!

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  33. My attempt for the week:
    Hopefully, memories of this hot day will help warm things up in New England!

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  35. Colorful and happy gaudy images, Ailsa! 😀
    My entry for this week:

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  37. dadirri7 says:

    here are mine ailsa, maybe not too gaudy, but colourful and fun ..

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  41. Georgia says:

    That first shot is brilliant Ailsa. Mine is about Pena Palace in Portugal

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