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

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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267 Responses to Travel theme: Benches

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  2. fgassette says:

    BEAUTIFUL BENCHES! Here are mine, a little occupied.


  3. restlessjo says:

    Love this post, Ailsa. That first bench and the photo are absolutely the business!

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  5. Here’s my very first entry to your weekly challenge, Ailsa! Benches from Curaçao to Canada…

  6. says:

    The cast concrete bench sit]tting in the pool of floating petals takes first place amongst all of the bench’s I have seen. I wish I could find more time to do these Challenges!!

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  8. DagEnDauw says:

    You show a fine collection of benches here, Ailsa!
    Can’t say which one I like the most this time.
    I also have a crush on the item, so the only problem that occured to me, was to decide which image I was going to start with. Probably I will come again with some more pictures of benches one of these days.
    Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
    Here ‘s my first entry for this theme 😉

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  10. ideflex says:

    Something bright to remind me there is a summer – please have a look at

  11. These benches are usual and very cool. The squirrel is starring at me, though ;-). Hope to be back…

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  14. Hey Ailsa … wow! LUV that shot of the benches in the snow!!! SCHWEET!!!
    Anywho, here’s my take on this week’s Bench Theme:

  15. What a fun topic – and what an interesting selection you found – all lovely! That curved one is really something. I never realized I had pictures of so many… I actually had to weed some out! Here’s my post –

  16. Alisha,

    I didn’t think I’d be able to participate in this week’s theme … turns out, I enjoy taking pictures of my husband (sometimes without his knowledge) while he is “people watching” on benches…. does that mean I am people watching him, even though I know him? 🙂

    Anyway, check out my take at


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  20. Loving the benches and the squirrel is so cute, will have to see what I can come up with 🙂

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  23. I must admit I don’t have that many pictures of benches…wonder why, because I do love them. These are some odd ones, though

  24. Oh, dear…the link doesn’t seem to work, sorry – try this one!

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  27. That first picture of yours is wonderful – others very nice too…Cornwall, beautiful ..

  28. ginnietom says:

    …huh…I looked at Marion’s benches, as well as your’s, each of them with deep interest…but if the day will come to post something about “dumpster, rabbish skip or some else container” – I will post my personal container, modified as winter panorama, highly precessed in warm lightened lightroom 4 processing, assisted by color-efex NIK filters, in twilight (!!!) – please give me a chance …(in peace)
    I beg fore, plzzzz….:-D …:-))) *lol*

    cheers, werner

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  30. Debbie says:

    2 benches came to mind immediately I read this latest post from Ailsa. The one, I couldn’t find a digital photo of, so it just had to be the beautiful mosaic benches in Barcelona for me.

  31. dadirri7 says:

    well, not to be outdone, i love them too ailsa, so off to look at the photos in case i have any benches to share …

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  33. pdjpix says:

    Keep those great themes coming Ailsa. Here’s another effort from me. Gotta go… “squirrel”.

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  35. Tahira says:

    Absolutely lovely benches, Ailsa! Great theme. Here is my submission:

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  37. livvy30 says:

    Great theme Ailsa. Lovely shots, but you know I’m partial to a squirrel shot myself! Here are mine for this week.

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  40. I spent time searching this one out last night, as it’s been a few years since my fella’ was this small! He fairly well fills that bench out these days!

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