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. wonderful selection!

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  7. KILA says:

    aloha- mahalo for this color-inspired theme!: )

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  10. Francesca says:

    i love that poem Ailsa and haven’t read it in ages! Also your purple tulip photo is stunning. Here’s some purple from my garden.

  11. Sallyann says:

    I just love that poem about getting old and wearing purple, I’m starting to practice the same sort of relationship with orange, just so that people aren’t too shocked when I’m ready to finally admit that I’m getting old too. 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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  14. tgeriatrix says:

    Great choice! I love the kids in the tulip field! Here’s my purple:

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  20. joannesisco says:

    Your photos are all beautiful but I particularly love the sunset …. and that marvellous poem. I think I too would like to be that kind of old lady 🙂

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  30. K2 in Canada says:

    A shot I took today on a rainy day in the mountains prompted me to join in again:

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  32. kelihasablog says:

    I’d have to agree with Alice Walker! Purple is one of my favorite colors 😀 These are a wonderful variety of the lovely color. 😀

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  34. Jo Bryant says:

    I did leave an earlier comment Ailsa…not sure what happened to it. I do love the shot of the field of tulips…that gets a wow from me.

  35. Jo Bryant says:

    Oh that is weird. As I scrolled down my earlier comment was not there. Now that I have commented again…it popped up. Maybe it is my computer. Very odd, very odd indeed. Sorry for the double up Ailsa.

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