Travel theme: International Women’s Day

I had dozens of photographs in mind when I first started thinking about doing a post for International Women’s Day; but in the end I distilled my choices down to one single photograph; a white water lily as a symbol of life and love and also representative of the hope for peace in these violent times.

white water lily international women's day

This Sunday is also Mother’s Day, at least where I come from, and, more to the point, where my mother comes from. It is a holiday fraught with danger for anyone who travels, because dates differ dramatically around the world. In 2013, Mother’s Day falls anywhere from February 10th (Norway) to December 22nd (Indonesia) which you have to admit is a pretty wide date range to grapple with. Without the gentle prompt of card-decked shop windows to remind you, this moveable holiday can sometime sneak by despite your best intentions. But not this year, Mum – look, I remembered and this post is for you.

This week’s theme is wide open for however you want to celebrate the woman or women in your life, or all women in general. A portrait, essay, something symbolic, or a place that reminds you of someone, like Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge which I’ve crossed many a time in the past with my mother by my side.

dublin hapenny bridge ireland halfpenny travel

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: International Women’s Day
  • 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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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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219 Responses to Travel theme: International Women’s Day

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    • ailsapm says:

      What a wonderful series of portraits, Tina, they’re marvellous, and the quotes you have chosen are perfect too. Really lovely post. Enjoy the other entries, there have been some amazing ones. xxx

  3. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautiful post!

  4. danielfee says:

    Here is my entry for this weeks travel theme International Women’s Day. This was much harder than I thought it would be, because I found I have very few pictures that I thought fit the theme. I don’t normally take photos of the people in the places we travel because I feel like it is invading their privacy. But I found a few from our China trip.

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, it’s not the easiest theme this week, pretty challenging for sure. I used to rarely take photos of people for the same reason, Daniel, but now, if I see someone I feel compelled to photograph, I ask their permission, spend a little time talking to them and then take a few photos, if they agree. It makes a world of difference. xxx

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  7. Mona says:

    That lily is beautiful.

  8. ledrakenoir says:

    A very important theme and some wonderful photos… 🙂

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  10. cinova says:

    Thanks for raising awareness by featuring this theme, Ailsa. My photographs were taken in Canada during the slutwalk movement. I’ve also included a reflective piece of writing. Hope it inspires some of your readers. HAPPY IWD!

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  12. Amy says:

    Hi Ailsa, Thank you for the great theme for this week! I truly enjoy reading you post and other entries. I did a post for Tagged J. I think it may fit in your International Women Day theme (I’m a day late, sorry about that.)

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous post about Lady Bird Johnson, Amy, she was an amazing woman. I adore those photos of her in her wildflower gardens. xxx

      • Amy says:

        I admire her courage, vision, and intelligence. So glad you were okay with using the post… 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and commenting, Alisa!

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  15. patriciaddrury says:

    the freedom to acknowledge the women in my life who make a difference daily

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  17. Hey Ailsa, A great pick for the challenge! I love your white water lily. 🙂

    Here’s mine:

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  20. Madhu says:

    Terrific shots Ailsa! Love the symbolism of that white lotus.
    Here is my slightly belated tribute:

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  22. ideflex says:

    When I read “mother’s day” I gasped (here I have until May) then the second thought was where to begin? At the beginning of course – please have a look at

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  24. Some really thought provoking entries and some very beautiful ones. This is a very big area to cover – here, seen from my angle:

    • ailsapm says:

      Marvellous post, lagottocattleya, more power to your daughter and boy oh boy, I can’t believe your mom was 75 in that photo out hiking – looks like you and your daughter have some seriously good genes! 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hi gigi, what a great piece of writing, I couldn’t stop reading it. Here’s to sexy, nurturing, business-savvy, funny and oh so real feminism. xxx

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  27. Wonderful thoughs about a special place that dear to your heart.
    The single white flower gave me pause …. I liked it very much.
    Here is my entry for your challenge:

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  30. elizz says:

    hi ailsa, i love your photo of white lily.. here’s my entry for this week’s theme

    • ailsapm says:

      What a lovely homage to your mum and sister, Elizz. That photo of your sister is just too adorable for words, and I love that line “she’s the one who really know me to bits” xxx

  31. Malou says:

    Great post, Ailsa! 😉

  32. samokan says:

    Instead of a picture , I am dictating a song to all the women in the world.

  33. Madhu says:

    Ailsa, my comment and ping back seem to have vanished into thin air! You might find them in your spam folder. If not here is my link again:

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Madhu, they showed up on a previous comment page – there have been so many entries that every 50 comments gets divided into a ‘comment page’ so you have to click through the pages with the link at the top that says ‘newer comments’ or ‘older comments’ – it’s proving to be a popular theme. Happy IWD, I’m humming Helen Reddy as I type this. 🙂

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  35. Thanks for another lovely theme Ailsa…..I didn’t know this day exisited till now. Here is my celebration of a womans world.

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  37. Such a great post, thank you so much for your words. 🙂

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  39. hope your mum had a great valentines day. great post as well 🙂 and thank you so much for visiting my blog

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