Travel theme: Metal

Today started off rather suddenly thanks to a radio DJ’s bizarre early morning decision to play Black Sabbath’s Paranoid at the exact moment my clock radio sprang into action.  I’m still recovering. It did, however, give me inspiration for this week’s theme. Here are a few metal memories I’ve photographed on my travels.

A rather strange metal palm tree on the beach at Coney Island.

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The shiny Spire in the centre of Dublin.

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Two of my favourite sculptures in New York’s Union Station.

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A glorious sight; railroad tracks unfurling through the high desert of western Washington as the Empire Builder clatters towards Snoqualmie Pass.

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If you’re in the mood to put the pedal to the metal and join in this week’s travel theme, here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Metal
  • 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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xxx Ailsa

An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards. – John Locke

But the hardest metal yields to sufficient heat. Even so must the hardest heart melt before sufficiency of the heat of non-violence. And there is no limit to the capacity of non-violence to generate heat. – Gandhi

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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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178 Responses to Travel theme: Metal

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  2. Sorry about that crazy wake up song but I’m happy it prompted you to select Metal as this weeks travel theme. 🙂 Those train tracks make me want to plan a new trip across the mountains! My metallic choice is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/05/23/travel-theme-metal/

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  5. That would definitely drag me out of my sleep, my alarm consists of the wet nose and heavy breathing of our smallest black dog, Bundy. Metal makes for an interesting travel theme as your photographs clearly demonstrate – love the palm tree! Here is my contribution for this week: https://twoblackdoggies.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/travel-theme-metal/

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Thank you for another great challenge. Here is a post about Testing’s One’s Mettle.
    http://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/testing-ones-mettle/

  8. Tish Farrell says:

    I was spoiled for choice for this challenge, Ailsa., since I have a passion for corrugated iron. Then remembered OH’s Welsh cliff top warrior, and then it fitted with the WP challenge of twist too:
    http://tishfarrell.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/last-warrior-standing/

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  10. See an amazing colorful metallic peacock boat next to the Songhua River walk in northeast China: http://lonnalisawilliams.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/songhua-river-walk-in-jilin-china/

  11. Here’s my picture, Ailsa. Sacred metal: http://wp.me/p16tta-ye

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  15. Marcy says:

    It’s my first time giving this challenge a try. Fun! I chose The Bean in Chicago, a street performer in New Orleans, and a shipwreck in Ireland. http://www.tootimidandsqueamish.com/2014/05/three-pieces-of-metal/

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  17. K2 in Canada says:

    I love those statues in NY – cutest ever. Sorry not finding enough time in the spring to participate much these days although you had all those great themes. Too much outdoors stuff to do. But keep it up, still love reading your posts – I’ll be back when the days get shorter 🙂

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  21. simaroseblossom says:

    Thanks for the great idea! This was a excuse to go re-edit some photos.
    http://sangriastainedlips.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/travel-theme-metal/

  22. Madhu says:

    The two animal sculptures are adorable!! 🙂

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  25. Sony Fugaban says:

    That featured photo looks so much like the one I snapped at Azizia Beach/Half Moon Bay in Dammam Saudi Arabia.

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  28. goannasnake says:

    Here’s my entry for this week, from my trip with Mum in 2007.
    http://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/travel-theme-metal/

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  30. As soon as I saw “metal” as the prompt I thought “Oh I will change it up by doing heavy metal” and then I read your post. Aaah well, I have something in mind I think will pass muster, or should I say “mettle”?

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  33. Preeti says:

    Nice shots! And I loved the quotes…here’s my ‘metallic’ entry to the theme. Cheers!
    http://lenzexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/a-tree-like-no-other/

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  41. Clever and shiny pics and fun posts on this challenge. I’m sharing an artistic metal post of imagination: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/an-artists-metal-2/

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