Travel theme: Purple

With visions of sugarplums cardinals still in my head after my bizarre day in Vatican City, I have gone looking for my purplest photos. Sitting on a Manhattan rooftop waiting for 4th of July I was treated to this lavender-pink sunset.

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Radiant faces filled with glee and covered with gulal powder at Maple Valley’s Holi Festival.

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Toddlers tiptoe through the tulip festival in Skagit Valley.

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Watching a traditional Quinceañera coming of age ceremony in the grounds of a rather unusual monastery in Washington D.C.

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If you’re in the mood to create your very own purple patch, get out your lilacs and lavenders, plums, mulberries, mauves and wines and join in this week’s travel theme. Here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. – Alice Walker

Warning – a poem by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


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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134 Responses to Travel theme: Purple

  1. Great selection of purples!

  2. Amy says:

    Beautiful purple gallery!

  3. Heyjude says:

    What a beautiful range of purples AND my favourite poem 😀

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  5. Ese' s Voice says:

    So purple and so beautiful, Ailsa, especially those raw emotions from Holi Festival!
    Here’s my entry:

  6. Can’t go wrong with purple! (Alice has to be right)

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  9. Great ones! Looking forward to finding purple amongst my photographed travels.

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  11. Jaspa says:

    I know I’ve used my visit to Lumaha’i Beach on Kauai for one of your previous challenges, Ailsa. But with purple the theme this week, I just couldn’t resist going back there. I hope you don’t mind!

  12. chirose says:

    my favorite color.! and tulips too 🙂

  13. BEAUTIFUL!!! Tulips are our fav flower!

  14. Colline says:

    My favourite colour! Love that purple dress in the last photo. And what heaven to walk in that field of purple tulips.

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  16. ladyredspecs says:

    Ah, Jenny Joseph’s poem, a great guideline to ageing disgracefully! Off to search for purple!

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  18. kilaheem says:

    Really dig that poem

  19. says:

    YAY ! I got this . I joined a spontaneous twitter thread that sponsors one photo per day with 15 minutes to participate. It’s called Photo Republic and it’s so fun watching people post from all over the world. It is in it’s infancy but I love spontaneity ! Check it out! (Last night was purple)

  20. Awesome photos, I particularly like the sunset, it’s beautiful! Purple is my favourite colour so I absolutely love this theme, I should definitely try out my own weekly themed posts on my blog, although my pictures and no where near as awesome as yours!

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  25. I’ll repeat: I love your tulips shots, Ailsa!
    Here’a my take:

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  27. aj vosse says:

    Let’s see… a bumblebee on a lavender bush? A butterfly on an alluim? I wonder? 😉

  28. DagEnDauw says:

    When reading the poem I decided to be old today. The weather here is perfect to act crazy!
    And maybe after this sunny saturday, tonight I can dance in a purple rain …
    Enjoy the weekend too, Ailsa! I’ll see what my lens finds on my way through it. Hopefully some devine pictures as yours here. What a great theme by the way.
    And the story that caused it was just beyond belief!

  29. poppytump says:

    Enjoyed all your purplyness Ailsa !!
    That’s one memorable sunset for 4th july …and my word that dress shouts verve and happiness… 🙂

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  31. goannasnake says:

    Here’s my “purple” photo. I didn’t have to travel further than my front yard to take this one. Thanks for another great theme.

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  33. Gorgeous purples, Ailsa. That poem is one of my favourites. 😀

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  35. is where you will find my purple, or is it magenta, or violet, or lilac? The tulip are simply gorgeous

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  38. I like Quinceañera photo…I don’t think of them around DC because there are so many out here in CA and It’s nice to see the boys often overlooked at such events but very imprtant.
    Here’s my local purples

  39. chava61 says:

    More challenging topic but I managed to find some photos with different hues of purple in them.

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  41. Lynne Ayers says:

    Great images, Ailsa.

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  43. DagEnDauw says:

    As I predicted this morning, here ‘s my catch.

    After a steemy day bicycling at the border of the river, we arrived home at sunset just in time for my love-in-the-mist and I to dance together in the purple rain …
    Enjoy the weekend back pack friends 😉

    Ow, and this one was bathing in purple too …

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