Travel theme: Benches

Every park bench has a story to tell and when I see one, I can’t help dreaming up a history; a first date, a stolen kiss perhaps, an argument, tearful goodbyes, old friends laughing, children feeding birds or a couple sharing a picnic. Here are a few benches with stories to tell.

Walking through the University of Washington campus in Seattle, I spotted this great stone bench against a bloom-filled hedge, with a drift of fallen cherry blossom on the ground. What an idyllic spot to cram for finals.

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A bench with a view at the Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens on Staten Island, overlooking the Healing Garden; a living memorial to the Staten Islanders lost on 9/11.

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Manhattan‘s Battery Park wins my vote for the comfiest and most beautiful benches I’ve found to date. I’ve whiled away many a happy hour here, watching the world go by.

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I was stopped in my tracks along the Jersey Shore by this startlingly beautiful wreath and dedication on a bench looking out to sea.

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These are my favourite benches in Central Park. There’s something so elegant about their simplicity, and a dusting of snow makes them look even lovelier.

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I usually try to find an empty bench I can have all to myself, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. This little guy didn’t even bother wiping the remains of his lunch off his whiskers before getting all up in my personal space.

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Now it’s your turn while I take a back seat. 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: Benches
  • 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
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what you come up with!

xxx Ailsa

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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 - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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267 Responses to Travel theme: Benches

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post Ailsa! I shall be back for this one. I share your love of benches :0)

  2. You saved the best shot for last — the squirrel. Impressive!

  3. beautiful post, and i love that final shot! the squirrel made me smile! z

  4. Alastair says:

    Yay I can do this one 😀 Great photos. Love love LOVE the squirrel 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, how lovely looking out over that water. Where were these photos taken? Those rounded benches are cool too, they remind me a little of beer kegs 🙂

      • Admin says:

        The only pics with benches that I could find, they were not the main subject of the photos but the view was awesome and they appeared in there lol! I took them at Lago di Garda, Italy, about an year back…

    • ailsapm says:

      What a dizzying array of benches, Mrs C and yes, I’m afraid I got entirely distracted by that blue sky, how lovely! Fear not, beaches is a theme I haven’t done yet, so chances are it’ll show up sometime soon. When I make it to a beach 😉

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  8. Ese' s Voice says:

    Ailsa, the squirrel is sooo adorable but I love also the Manhattan‘s Battery Park bench. Beautiful captures as well as the theme.
    Here’ re mine: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

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  10. mvschulze says:

    Great theme, as is usually the case. There is a poignant song from Simon and Garfunkel, from their 1960’s Bookends album: “old friends, sat on their parkbench like bookends” with a further reference noting “How terribly sad to be seventy…” the lyrics continue with amazing insight, concerning older, silent, contemplative thoughts amongst the old friends.
    Love your commentary, and your pictures are extraordinary.

    • ailsapm says:

      I don’t actually know that song, MV, I’ve never listened to the full album but I love their song Bookends. I shall have to listen to the album at some point. So glad you enjoyed my little homage to the humble bench.

  11. What a creative theme, love it. And I love Snug Harbor, such a cool place! My own Jersey Shore bench photo coming up later 🙂

  12. ideflex says:

    Great bench pix – that squirrel looks like he is telling you that you are in his personal space! Back soon…

  13. aj vosse says:

    I think you may well know what you’ll be getting from me… one or two along the canals?? Yep!!

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  15. cinova says:

    Such a stunning variety of benches, Ailsa! The stone bench in Seattle is my favourite as it’s so evocative and very cinematic-would be perfect place to shoot a scene for a film. Here’s my contribution, featuring benches from four different locations (in Canada and Australia). http://cinova.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

    • ailsapm says:

      Beautiful, cinova, I loved your prose and that bench with the bird faces is adorable! Where was that? xxx

      • cinova says:

        Thanks, Ailsa. If you hover over each photograph, there should be a description of the location. That bench is at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. I believe that it was carved by First Nations people.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh, how sad to see those poor, forlorn benches. There’s something so poignant about those broken seats, with the frames still standing proud and elegant. I hope the government sees fit to return them to public use soon. Beautiful post. xxx

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  18. Really loving that top photo. Those blossoms are really something. And what a cutie that squirrel is!
    Here are mine for the week. http://ididitforjohnny.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous shots, those O’Hare benches are really cool, and I love love love your shot of the benches at Strawberry Fields, those are the iconic Central Park benches, wonderful photo. 🙂

      • Thanks. I loved the Central Park benches, too, though I’d have loved them better if all the people would have moved out of the shot! I’m picky like that.

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  20. loganbruin says:

    Where exactly is that bench at U Dub? I don’t think I cuold study for finals if I was worried about getting my feet wet!
    I looked for a shot of a squirrel on a bench, but all I had was on the rims of garbage cans. . . ;o)
    If you need a place to rest, here’s mine: http://loganbruin.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s just at the top of the steps leading to the fountain, yeah, you’d need to be dressed for the weather to sit there. Love your Stanley Park shot, and tell Gen she makes even an ordinary bus bench look cool. 🙂

  21. Inge says:

    I love photograph benches. I am always fascinated by. Hope I have time to join this challenge. Very nice theme, Ailsa. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      I actually missed that installment of your circumnavigation, what a wonderful treat in between beach camping, it looks idyllic.

  24. markd60 says:

    I like your ‘themes’

  25. Cee Neuner says:

    These are great benches you have. I really like the circular one!
    Here is my entry for this week!!
    http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

  26. Beachbums1 says:

    Love this theme (and your photos/post) ~ would love to participate but must go through lots of photos to find my benches. I need to have better photo organization.

  27. Indira says:

    Very nice theme, every bench has a story to tell. Awesome pictures, especially squirrel’s.

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  30. Max says:

    Hi everybody
    Have a nice weekend.
    Here my benches…
    http://wp.me/pjXOq-1se

  31. Max says:

    Hi everybody, sorry for double, I didn’t understand why ask me all details… I’ve logged
    Here my benches…
    http://wp.me/pjXOq-1se

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  33. ledrakenoir says:

    “Leave my bench alone” was it the message from the lovely fellow (iast photo)..?

    Very well captured… 🙂

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  35. Your post shows how benches can be part of the landscape design expressing the style of a park, pier or bordering building. Here is my fun, colorful take on benches: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

  36. lylekrahn says:

    It might be a post about benches but that squirrel go my attention. I thot he was going to jump right out of the computer.

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  39. One of my favourites – again! You are amazingly inventive and it’s always a treat to see what you come up with. Beautiful benches and that lovely squirrel! I’ll see what I can find…

  40. viveka says:

    If benches could talk … every bench has some stories to tell. Fantastic gallery again, wouldn’t expect anything else from you. The round bench is my pick of this .. fantastic gallery. Have a great weekend now.

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  42. It’s Friday! Time for a new Travel Theme, hurrah. You have captured a collection of special benches and a squirrel, so cute. The white bench is beautiful.
    Here are mine – you might even recognize two of them, Ailsa!
    http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/travel-theme-benches/

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