Travel theme: Cities

After last week’s slice of rural life at the Sheep Olympics, I thought I’d change things up a little with a very urban travel theme.

Graffiti on London‘s South Bank.

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A rainy day on the Via Condotti in Rome.

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Seattle by night from the top of the Space Needle.

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Manhattan, in all her quirky loveliness…

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…and again – I adore the Big Apple, there’s always something quite magical to photograph.

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So join in this week’s travel theme and take me on a tour of your favourite concrete jungle. Here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Cities
  • 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. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman. – John Berger

The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic, synchronic. Only one exists and you are always in the same one. It’s the effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism. – Jean Baudrillard

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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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132 Responses to Travel theme: Cities

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  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    I am always really drawn to the night shots and this is not an exception, Ailsa…though reflections of Manhattan…yes…as well! 🙂
    Here’ s my contribution this week: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/travel-theme-cities/

    • ailsapm says:

      I love the look of cities at night, Ese, they take on a whole new persona when the sun sets. Love your post, that shot of Porto is fabulous! 🙂

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  5. Jaspa says:

    My favourite this week, is your night shot from the Space Needle. I’ve gone for an often forgotten aspect of modern cities, which hides in plain sight… http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/nyc-water-towers/

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, Jaspa, something about those water towers is quintessentially American – I was fascinated by them when I lived in Manhattan – I had a secret rooftop hideout where I would escape on hot summer days and balmy evenings and just stare over the rooftops at all those water towers. Magic. xxx

  6. Lynne Ayers says:

    Like that quirky Manhattan shot, Ailsa – nice reflection.

  7. sueslaght says:

    Ails I love the Manhattan scene and your clever gym photo. 🙂 I hope you will come with me to Athens this week. http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/05/30/travel-theme-cities-athens/

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, Athens, I was only there once, Sue, a long time ago, but it remains etched into my mind’s eye. I must revisit it sometime soon. Gorgeous photos, but I love the one of hubby climbing a city fence the best. 🙂

      • sueslaght says:

        Ailsa thank you for your visit and your lovely comment. I feel like I want to stand up and introduce you to everyone. I appreciate these challenges you set forth every week. It really has me thinking and spurring me on.
        I do think that Athens is one of those places that you can close your eyes and picture again no matter how long ago the visit. Glad you enjoyed my mountain climber. He’s great fun to travel with, and sometimes a bit exhausting 🙂

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  9. viveka says:

    As always … do you present a fantastic gallery – Rome, is my favorite. Have to check out my files if I really have some images that give a picture of any cities. Great subject.

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  12. Kongo says:

    I love cities, Ailsa. I’m an urban monkey. No campouts for me. Great theme.

  13. Mikemike says:

    Lots of small “cities”, the last is Chestertown, Md

    http://wp.me/p3PVus-2u

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  15. A fun theme, Alisa! I have a photo from the Space Needle today too. 🙂 http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/05/30/travel-theme-cities/

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  17. What a great challenge! And the Big Apple is stunning! (:
    Here is my entry – not only big cities 😉
    https://mannalexandra.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/travel-theme-cities/

  18. jillscene says:

    I love New York, too! Manhattan especially! I’ve been twice. Once when I was only a girl.That time I peered at the people on the city streets from a bus window on my way to somewhere else and wondered whether I would ever get to visit. I did in 2006. And it lived up to all my expectations. But to choose one beautiful, awe-inspiring, concrete jungle over another – that is a really tough call. I’ll have to think about this one.

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  22. viveka says:

    Ailsa, love your subject … a while since I visit or entry. Here is some of my favorit cities, http://wp.me/p293Pw-9bJ – have a lovely weekend.

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  24. Great Big Apple capture, Ailsa!
    Here’s my metropolitan shot: http://wp.me/p16tta-yj

  25. aj vosse says:

    And Dublin? Maybe she’s a teen trying her best to copy the glamour and glitz of her bigger (and better) rivals across 2 ponds. She’s got spots on the chin and scraggly hair… her attempts at make up are a little smeared and amateurish… she dresses funny yet everyone seems to love her and want a bit of her!

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  27. Francesca says:

    I ove your city shots Ailsa- such a good cross section of city life. I’m in Bangkok, so here are mine-
    http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/my-bangkok-travel-themes-cities/

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  29. Francesca says:

    Due to the slowness of this service in Bangkok, I am unable to view all the other contributions on this city theme at present. Lets hope the thing speeds up so I can turn a page! Apologies.

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  33. ideflex says:

    We should all be tourists in our own towns once in a while – please have a look at
    http://acrossthebored.com/2014/05/31/travel-theme-cities/

  34. Hemangini Maddy Patel says:

    I have been to London and that graffiti wall is just so amazing! You reminded me of such joyful moments!!! 🙂 thank you

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  36. pigeonwanted says:

    This is great, you’ve given me some great inspo for where to travel. Rural or Urban?
    Also, I’m just starting out and I’d love it if you could check out my blog: http://thatmangypigeon.wordpress.com/ Thanks!

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  38. sonyavdg says:

    Good timing on this challenge since I was in New York last weekhttp://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/travel-theme-cities/

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  41. vastlycurious.com says:

    The second photo is my favorite ! What a great perspective !

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