Travel theme: Broken

Noooo! My trusty little car that so bravely clambered the heights of Mount Leinster made a noise today that it shouldn’t have made and stopped working. I’m hoping it’s not too broken, but while I await the verdict and steel myself to be broken-hearted and broke financially, I am consoling myself by seeking out other broken bits and pieces I’ve found on my travels. First up, appropriately, a rusted and broken up old car at an outdoor museum in Winthrop, Washington. My car looks shinier but is equally immobile at the moment. 😦

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This gorgeous pergola in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square has been broken more times than I can count. In fact, just after I wrote this article about it, a bunch of reckless Seahawks revellers damaged it by partying on its roof! The good news is that a whole group of more responsible Seahawks fans, not wanting to be tarred with the same brush, chipped in to have it repaired.

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And finally, a much pleasanter kind of broken – watching dawn break over the wings of an airplane.

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Are you ready to break out some of your shattered, smashed and broken photos for this week’s travel theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass. – Anton Chekhov

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. – Leo Tolstoy


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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130 Responses to Travel theme: Broken

  1. suej says:

    I hope your trusty little car pulls through…. Great broken images, I’ll go have a search for one or two.

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  3. Cindy Naidoo says:

    Good luck with your car Ailsa.

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  5. I know the feeling. Our beloved car broke about a month ago, right after we gave him new brakes. It’s still going but not as good. Good luck with yours!
    And here are my broken photos:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh I do so hope I get to drive my little car again Mani. In the meantime, however, thanks for letting me travel vicariously through your photos. A series of brilliant takes on the broken theme, the cobbler shot is fantastic, and the bee pinata looks like a ton of fun, but my favourite, just because I find them so much fun, is the rickshaw in India. Maybe I should think about getting one of them instead… 😉

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  7. Hi Ailsa,
    here is my entry of “Broken” taken at Beelitz Heilstaetten. The whole area will be restored starding in 2015. I am sure it will take some years.
    Cheers Angela

  8. What a dreadful thing to happen! So happy it got repaired so beautifully. That broken old car looks very sad indeed. Hope yours is soon on the road again. Lovely sunrise! 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, that poor old pergola has seen some crazy things, but is still hanging on! Here’s hoping my little car is off adventuring again sometime soon! xxx Ailsa

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  10. Ese' s Voice says:

    That car is out of this world (almost!) but the breaking dawn…oh, what a beauty!
    Here’s my contribution:
    PS: I hope your car will be fixed soon and you will be back on four wheels again, Ailsa.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh I adore that last photo of the half open conker, Ese, how beautiful! Autumn is coming. 🙂 Yes, here’s hoping me and my car are back on the road soon. Keep your fingers crossed. xxx Ailsa

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  13. Francesca says:

    I also like that car in the first Ailsa.I’m glad the wing wasn’t broken!
    Here’s my broken contribution.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ah yes, a broken plane wing is a lot more concerning than a car that stops running, that’s for sure, Francesca! What a wonderful find in Yunnan, I love the idea of up-cycling cycles 🙂 That shot of the bike fading from b/w to colour and back again – marvellous!

  14. Heyjude says:

    Ooh, I hope your car isn’t badly broken Ailsa. Crossed fingers for you! I shall have to think about the theme this week. I have a lovely old car photo, but have used that. Brain whirring….

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, I’ve heard about the Donald Campbell accident, I think I’ve even seen footage of him speeding across the lake back in the sixties. I’ve always thought of it as history from another generation because he died before I was born, but I had no idea his body was only recovered so recently, that’s a heck of a long time for his family to wait to recover the body. Seeing the photo of the wreckage really brings home how fast he must have been travelling, doesn’t bear thinking about.

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  18. mickscogs says:

    That is the best plane wing shot I have ever seen. My contribution this week

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  21. tchistorygal says:

    Great pictures and story, Alisa. I love the pergola in Seattle. that’s a great shot of it. Here is my story of a different kind of broken.

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  24. Hope you got the car fixed! Broken is such a great theme for around here. I decided not to write a rant, but something charming instead:

  25. Lovely breaks….and I’m sorry about your car 😦

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  27. Perhaps your little friend on wheels can be fixed! I’m keeping my fingers crossed, Ailsa. That pergola might have been broken, but it is very pretty. Have a whole weekend!
    Meanwhile, here are my broken things:

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  29. Jaspa says:

    When the Canyon Diablo Meteorite struck what is now Northern Arizona, it nearly broke the world!

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