Travel theme: Play

On the way back to Seattle from a recent camping trip, my friend Sylvia and I encountered a massive traffic jam coming over Snoqualmie Pass. As the heat index rose, people abandoned their vehicles and a group of children up ahead of us started a game of football. Watching them play in the hazy heat against a line of silvery trucks, I couldn’t resist taking a photo. The guy camped out on the side of the road in his chair makes me giggle too; he came prepared for traffic.

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Here are a few variations on the theme of play that I found looking through my travel photos. How about bagpipers piping up a storm in Edinburgh…

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…or a glass of wine after playing the slots in Vegas

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…playing dress up on Hallowe’en in New York…

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…and playing with fire on Bonfire Night at Golden Gardens in Seattle.

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Now it’s your turn to play with your own interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Play
  • 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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Can’t wait to see your take of this week’s challenge. Play ball!

xxx Ailsa

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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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154 Responses to Travel theme: Play

  1. aj vosse says:

    Play is a fun thing… as I’m big into fun I’m sure I can think of something… I’ve already Thought of a photo or two… based on what you have shown us! 😉

    All good clean playful fun! 😛

  2. Debbie says:

    Great selection of photos Ailsa, This will be fun. I have an idea…

  3. viveka says:

    Great selection of …. photos again and great challenge subject. Edinburgh photo – excellent, Ailsa!

  4. dadirri7 says:

    wonderful photos for the theme Ailsa …I love how you always find so much variety … now I will have to search for some too 🙂

  5. bevchen says:

    Great theme! I’ll have to see what I can find for it.

    Love the bagpipers photo.

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  7. The Rider says:

    I couldn’t resist using family photos for this theme- sorry!

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    • ailsapm says:

      I love that shot of the beach at Carmel, at first glance I thought it was covered in snow! And that first photo makes me want to rush out and get a hula hoop, it’s been ages since I last did that. 🙂

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  12. Ese' s Voice says:

    This is such a fun theme, Ailsa! Your collection is beautiful but those bagpipes…impressive! 🙂
    A bit of my playfulness:

    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Ese, what a fun collection of shots you have this week – those bubbles are great, but my absolute favourite is of that football field in Marseille, what a wonderful photo with those dramatic cliffs and the water in the background. Love it!

  13. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful photos, excellent captured… 🙂

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  15. Ben says:

    A leather-clad skeleton and vampire amidst a horde of zombies?

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  18. suej says:

    Hi Ailsa, great images! Here’s my take on children at play from my travels:

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  21. Another fun challenge, Ailsa. Love the Halloween costumes. And of course,the glass of wine and the Scottish bagpipers! Here’s mine:

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, I love it, the bottle cap checkers in Ethiopia is my favourite, and what a fantastic spot for a glass of wine. Cheers! 🙂

      • Thanks, Ailsa. I loved that checkerboard with bottle caps too. Yes, a glass of wine with views of the Acropolis was one of those wonderful experiences in a lifetime! 🙂

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  25. Alisa, I heard about that back up over the pass and am happy to see you found some fun in the very long wait!
    My summer play picture is here:

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  29. Heyjude says:

    Interesting theme and great photos Ailsa, my playful interpretation is from a selection of images of Geneva:
    Jude xx

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  31. ciao! just the best theme and photos. yes, keeping the child in us at play is what it is about. i am giggling.:)

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  36. Anne Camille says:

    Play = fun! This was fun! Chose today to show you the results of some fun:

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  38. Had a lot of fun and got very creative with this week’s theme Ailsa – thank you! Here’s my play on the theme

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