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 - 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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185 Responses to Travel theme: Statues

  1. lolaWi says:

    love your gallery of statues, Ailsa. here’s my entry: http://lolawi.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/travel-theme-statues/
    have a great weekend!

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  9. Here is my picture for this week! Ramses II in Memphis Egypt!
    http://cadyluckleedy.com/2014/03/28/travel-themes-statues/

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  11. I love that little Terrier! This week I’ll have a lot of fun looking at images of unique statues around the world. 🙂 My photo from Santa Fe, NM is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/28/travel-theme-statues/

  12. pommepal says:

    Thanks for this theme Ailsa, gives my the opportunity to show you some NZ Maori statues
    https://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/03/28/travel-theme-statues/

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  14. Indira says:

    Beautiful statues Ailsa, loved all of them.

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  17. Jaspa says:

    I’m away from home until the beginning of next week, and so I’d talked myself into not bothering with a photo challenge post this week.

    Then I saw your picture of Greyfriar’s Bobby (which features in the prologue of Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London) and it inspired me to set my laziness aside. I hope you think it was worth it…

    http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/dixieland-statues-new-orleans/

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  22. Beautiful Lady Liberty, Ailsa!
    Here’s my choice: http://wp.me/p16tta-xe

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  26. Pamela says:

    Love Greyfriars Bobby. I must have seen the film half-a-dozen times and still I cry buckets!

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  28. kirkistan says:

    In the West-by-Midwest, have our own peculiar statues: http://wp.me/pqJ7j-1xE

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  31. I remember the Muffler Man. We needed those landmarks when driving that long boring road. Thanks for the remainder.
    Here’s my art collection for this week.http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/statues-from-mexico-city-and-berkeley/

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  35. Cee Neuner says:

    Marvelous statues you have presented us.
    Here is my entry for this week. ENJOY.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/29/travel-theme-statues/

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  37. This statue at the Louvre is one of my favorite pics this year. I love taking pictures of statues because they’re so darn easy, compared to moving things.
    http://angloadventure.com/2014/03/29/my-statue-pic-for-a-travel-photo-challenge/
    Love the Jimi Hendrix one. I live in Seattle, so I kind of have to.

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  39. I love the shadows in the MLK statue. Taking it at night turned out good 😉
    Here’s my entry: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/03/29/travel-theme-statues/

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  41. I’m always on the lookout for statues to photograph. Here are some of mine:
    http://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/travel-theme-statues/

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  44. sueslaght says:

    Thank you Ailsa for picking statues as this week’s theme as I arrived to London. http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/03/29/travel-theme-statues-of-london/

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