Travel theme: Round

I’m still a little enchanted by the magic of Brian Boru’s fort, with its rounded earthen walls guarded by a ring of trees, so I went looking for a few more rounded photos I’ve taken on my travels.

First up, the glowing and humming round flowers of the Sonic Bloom exhibit in Seattle.

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An eye-catching ball of water fountain in the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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Looking through the round portholes of a rather unusual ship in a bottle along the banks of the Hudson River in Manhattan.


The stunning ceiling of an unexpected monastery with more than a few secrets on the outskirts of Washington D.C.

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I hope you’re going to stick a-round to come up with your own interpretation. 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: Round
  • 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



Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate                                  – J.R.R. Tolkien

Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home. – James Joyce


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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156 Responses to Travel theme: Round

  1. pommepal says:

    Hi Ailsa this is the second time round this week. Sue from “a word in your ear” had her word of the week as round you can see my interpretation of that challenge here now I will look around for another round of pictures…

  2. Trish says:

    You reminded me of the hobbit-hole: It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle.
    The tunnel wound on and on … and many little round doors opened out of it. J.R.R. Tolkien

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve always wanted to live in a hobbit house, Trish, the idea of round doors and windows is just so appealing to me! 🙂

  3. aj vosse says:

    I may have to stick a-round a little longer with this one… 😛

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  6. I’ve found some more ’round’ images for your challenge, as well as finding some for Sue’s.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, Carol, that cystern shot is fabulous, and the cat on a plate made me laugh out loud, Wonderful. How much fun that Sue and I both chose the same theme this week. 🙂

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  8. Angeline M says:

    Happy Friday, Ailsa. I love your looking through the portholes photo, great perspective!
    Here’s my entry today

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  10. Jaspa says:

    As it happens, I used Round as a theme in my blog this past Wednesday:

    But that seems a bit of a cheat, so I’m working a new Round post for today. Stay tuned!!

    • ailsapm says:

      Looks like everybody’s going round and round this week, haha. This was a fabulous post, I’ve never heard of and never seen sun dogs before, how wonderful. Thanks for showing me something new and so beautiful! xxx Ailsa

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  12. Ese' s Voice says:

    Those glowing flowers are surreal, Ailsa! 🙂
    Here’s my entry this week:

    • ailsapm says:

      I love those glowing flowers, Ese, they’re such a lot of fun. Loved your post, especially that bright red flower ball, how dramatic. Was it for a wedding? It’s lovely.

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  16. Jaspa says:

    My favourite of your photos has to be the porthole, Ailsa.

    Here’s my proper contribution to your theme this week…

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  20. Rosa says:

    Love these pic’s especially the water ball (2nd pic)

  21. Brilliant photos. 😀

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  24. DagEnDauw says:

    What a coincidence, today I posted a poem on my blog with a picture of a “bubble” in the background and afterwards I found out the traveltheme of this week is round…
    I guess it must have something to do with the shape of the eastereggs we’re expecting this weekend =]
    Maybe that’s also why I like your picture of the ball of water fountain so much. It’s bright and colorfull and it looks a tiny bit like my contribution.
    Anyway, you really know how to make it easy for me Ailsa, because it’s not the first time this happens. Thanks and have a great Easter!
    I apologize for those who don’t understand Dutch, but I do hope nevertheless they enjoy the picture.
    Ps: what a great story and lovely images you shared on your previous blog. I enjoyed them a lot and with the clip it almost felt as if I was there too. Thanks!

  25. DagEnDauw says:

    Ow, I completely forgot to link… to my “round”
    Here you are 😉

  26. Leya says:

    Fun theme again, Ailsa! The porthole is my favourite! I’ll be back…

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  28. Jo Bryant says:

    That ceiling is just amazing. I think I could sit and stare at that for hours Ailsa. I went a little outside of the box this week. Hope that is okay ????

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  31. Round or square lighthouse—which do you think will last longer through the coming storms?

  32. Love the fountain and porthole, Ailsa!
    Here’s my round stuff:
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  39. pommepal says:

    Back again Ailsa and still in a gardening mood I have picked you a bunch of flowers.

  40. ladyredspecs says:

    Hi Ailsa, I’ve joined the photo challenge at
    Thanks for the inspiration, cheers Sandra

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