Travel theme: Inviting

Up here in the northern hemisphere the nights are closing in and there’s a slight chill to the air. I usually spend a large part of my travel days on the go, exploring new places, but on days like these, cosy coffee shops like Rome‘s Caffè Greco start to look inviting.

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Also around this time of year, the smell of roasted chestnuts starts to waft through city streets, inviting you to follow your nose and purchase a bag of sweet floury treats.

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The melodic sound of harp strings being played on a bustling Dublin street invites passers by to take a few moments out of their busy lives and relax.

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On a sweltering hot summer’s day along California’s Lost Coast, the ocean almost calls your name, inviting you to jump headfirst into the cool, clear surf.

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What do you find  inviting? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme with your own interpretation (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

Autumn in New York; why does it seem so inviting? – Vernon Duke

When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room. – Tom Waits

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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105 Responses to Travel theme: Inviting

  1. justmusing says:

    This post is poetically beautiful ; ) thank you..

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  4. Ese' s Voice says:

    Very…inviting gallery, Ailsa! I wouldn’ t mind to crunch on some chestnuts while enjoying the sound of waves. 🙂 Here’ s my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, Ese, that yurt is marvellous and I want to take that little troll home! Hee hee. I love that you included one of my favourite John Muir quotes too! xxx

  5. Ben says:

    Those pictures of the Lost Coast look quite inviting. Is it always so empty? Looks like a great place for some solitude.

    I chose a border crossing as inviting;

    • ailsapm says:

      Love your interpretation, Ben, endings and beginnings at the same time! The Lost Coast is pretty tricky to get to, unless you’re driving a heavy duty off road vehicle, so it doesn’t get the usual influx of RVers and daytrippers, so while I’m sure it’s not always that empty, it would never succumb to the dreaded influx of summer tourists! Definitely worth a visit if you can. xxx

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  7. Leya says:

    Extremely inviting, Ailsa! And the café I completely agree on…

  8. Lovely photos. The chestnut stands brings back memories of Innsbrueck in the winter. 😀

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  11. Very inviting photos, Ailsa, I’d love to roam there… One day I’ll go back to Dublin!
    Here are my pictures:

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  14. Jaspa says:

    A hilltop town of towers in Tuscany at night, where the restaurants give you wine in the street while you wait. What could be more inviting than that?…

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  17. aj vosse says:

    A soothing pint of the Black Stuff in Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse?? Or a bit of Black Bush while sitting around a peat fire?? 😉

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  22. kirkistan says:

    This small spring kept inviting me:

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  25. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Love the thought of a toasty coffee (or tea) shop as days get shorter & cooler!

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  33. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody friends
    here my invitation to taste this…

  34. The Café featured in this post is darling! If I’m ever in Rome, I hope to remember to check it out.


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  38. Raconteur says:

    Winter is soon approaching and will be inviting to explore…snow.
    I am inviting you to board the train…

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