Travel theme: Arches

I saw a black cat this afternoon scaring off the unwanted attentions of a passing dog by hissing and curling its body into a perfect arch. When I got home I started looking through photos to see what arches I had captured on my travels. I found bright blue Christmas arches in London

blue christmas london

A blue Christmas in London

…delicate, aged window arches in Yale University

yale university windows

…ornate and rose-decked arches in Washington DC

tradition franciscan monastery washington dc

…and arches of antiquity in Rome.

Circus Maximus, Ancient Rome, Roman Forum, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney, Italy

Now that I’ve started looking, I’m seeing arches everywhere and I’m willing to bet almost everyone has got at least one amazing arch photo to share. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Arches
  • 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
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xxx Ailsa

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Human society is like an arch, kept from falling by the mutual pressure of its parts. -Seneca


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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120 Responses to Travel theme: Arches

  1. Great photos. I will have to get my thinking cap on for this. 😀

  2. Nice collection of beautiful places in Camera

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  4. The window arches are beautiful, Ailsa. Thanks so much for another great theme!
    Here’s my choice in arches:

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    You have some wonderful arches.
    Here is my take for this week. ENJOY!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Mick, I love your shots, the Richmond bridge is fascinating, especially up close, all the different textures in the stones are lovely. xxx

      • mickscogs says:

        Built by convicts, too. One of my ancestors, who was also a convict, lived in the area at the time, but I don’t think he helped build the bridge. 🙂

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  9. Hi

    I just discovered your excellent blog and came across it while scouring for bloggers with a similar topic to mine. I’m envious of your life experiences and often wish I had a chance to do it over. But now that I was recently laid off, my 30 years in a cubicle are over and we’ve decided to retire early and try life as an overseas expat next spring. Hopefully we have many years to catch up!

    My blog is new and you are exactly the kind of blogger I search for while trying to build a readership and make new friends. If you could check out my blog briefly at, I’d be honored to have you as a follower if you enjoy it.

    Thanks; I look forward to following you and reading more interesting posts
    Rob and Diane

    • ailsapm says:

      Hey guys, good luck with your early retirement, how much fun. I would love to retire early but will have to suffice with trying to fit my travels around needing to earn a crust or two to keep a roof over my head. Oh, to be independently wealthy! 🙂

  10. Jaspa says:

    A great collection of arches, Ailsa. The blue ones in London have got me feeling all Christmasy. Which is just what I need, given my arches are those of prison cells…

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  12. Nurul Lubis says:

    A blue christmas in London is beautiful. Thanks for the idea, Ailsa..
    These are my arches:

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  14. goannasnake says:

    I love arches too. I particularly the blue lights. I had lots to pick from but chose a slightly different take on this one.

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  16. Leya says:

    Wow – love those arches! The second one is my favourite – if I have to pick one…but the third is lovely and…Well, I’ll have to search my treasury to come up with something!

  17. Ana Perry says:

    those blue lights are beautiful

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  19. Leya says:

    Just back from Rome – here are some Roman arches!

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  22. Fun challenge, thanks! It’ll be great to see arches from around the world.
    Here’s mine:

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  30. Francesca says:

    Hi Ailsa, Some more arch- themed activity from trhe home of the arch.

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  33. sunsetdragon says:

    These are great and Love the first and third ones the most.

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  35. Those pics are STUNNING

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  37. Stunning photos! Wow, each of them are unique. I’ll look for some in my portfolio 🙂

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  39. Marcy says:

    I love your picture from Yale. I featured a New Haven arch in my collection too:

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