Travel theme: Statues

After my brief encounter with Rome’s talking statues, I went looking for other memorable statues I have found on my travels. I will never forget the heartwarming statue of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, erected in memory of a faithful Skye Terrier who is believed to have followed the coffin of his master to Greyfriars churchyard and guarded the grave for 14 years. When he died of old age, he was buried just inside the church gate, close by his master’s grave. What a good boy.

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I caught this silhouette of Lady Liberty towering over the cranes of the New Jersey docklands during a fiery sunset in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.

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Here’s the moving Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. It was the height of summer and there was an insane heatwave so I didn’t venture outdoors until evening, but thankfully they illuminate everything in D.C.

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The giant Muffler Man cowboy who loomed large along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas until late last year, when he was sold in an auction to a private bidder.

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One of my favourite Seattle statues; the late, great Jimi Hendrix in full rock star pose on the corner of Broadway and Pine.

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Looking forward to seeing your figures and figurines; your bas-reliefs and bronzes!

xxx Ailsa

The statue of Freedom has not been cast yet, the furnace is still hot, we can all still burn our fingers. – Georg Büchner

Sometimes you’re the pigeon and sometimes you’re the statue. – Unknown; attributed to many, but applicable to all. 🙂


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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185 Responses to Travel theme: Statues

  1. ailsapm says:

    Posting this early seeing as pommepal, restlessjo, missL, Claudine and sueslaght have all popped round to say hi! xxx Ailsa

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  4. Ese' s Voice says:

    Beautiful, Ailsa, especially Lady Liberty in that gorgeous copper sunset!
    Here’re mine:

  5. Lovely selection Ailsa…especially Greyfriars Bobby of course 😉

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  9. I took some liberties with the word “statue” and used “sculpture” instead. I couldn’t help myself! The mermaid made me.

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  13. Beachbums1 says:

    Great theme! I’m wondering how I missed the Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh. I’ll have to check in out when we’re there this summer.

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  15. fgassette says:

    Wonderful photos of statues. Here is mine.


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  20. Anne Camille says:

    Here’s my contribution for the week: Balzac!

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  22. Lynne Ayers says:

    Such great choices, Ailsa. I learned the story of Greyfriars Bobby as a young girl from my mother – such a touching, tearful story. And I love the statue of Martin Luther King, shown emerging from the stone – very symbolic.

  23. Ben says:

    The ways the Statue of Liberty can be obscured by its surrounding structures is odd, those bridges in you photo in particular, at least I thought that’s what they were when they did the same thing to my photos.

    Mine this week is just a happenstance marker in on of my favorite locale in Boston.

  24. Amy says:

    Great choices, Ailsa!!!

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  28. Angeline M says:

    Love looking at statues as I travel around. Thanks for today’s theme.

  29. acuriousgal says:

    Just love your statues here. Lady liberty all aglow, is beautiful!!

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  31. suej says:

    Like your variety of statues’ Ese! Here are a few from Italian gardens:

  32. Shaanthz says:

    NYC has many statues to offer, but here are a few I chose for this week’s theme:

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  34. Love the doggie. The details of his fur are phenomenal. They are terrific artists.
    I can’t believe I had a bunch of photos waiting for a challenge like this. YIPPEE … I’m on time!!!

  35. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Here is my statue photo:

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  37. What colors in your photos. :0 I’m sharing a statue of a freedom fighter taken in a colder clime.

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  41. Jo Bryant says:

    Lovely selection Ailsa…Greyfriars Booby made me cry…what a faithful friend he was.

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  43. loganbruin says:

    Only you could get dogs, MLK, and Jimi in the same blog! ;o)

    Mine are not nearly as prosaic. . .

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  45. timwolverson says:

    Great theme this week. The illumination of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial makes for a great shot.

  46. aj vosse says:

    Aha… I shall go a-strolling along canals and lanes in fair Dublin tomorrow… see what I can return with. I can think of one or two likely candidates… the 3 bears at the O2… Molly and her burnished wares… no, I showed her a week or so ago… the fella sitting on his bench along the Grand Canal… no, old news. I’ll see… there’s likely to be something of interest. No, I won’t copy your Jimmy with a Phillo… I don’t like that statue… 😉

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