Travel theme: Golden

This time of year puts me in mind of all things golden – from fizzy bubbles in glasses of champagne to baubles and tinsel and flickering candlelight. It also reminds me of the amount of money that gets frittered away on gifts that are either unwanted or will get used a handful of times and then forgotten about. Wherever possible I try to gift experiences rather than objects –  theatre tickets, a spa day, a skiing lesson or cookery class. Experiences live in your memory for ever and there’s even a chance you’ll come away with a new skill. Of course, the gift of adventure is my favourite; I would quite happily go without the latest, greatest iteration of phone/computer/tablet in exchange for a hot air balloon ride, wouldn’t you? And while I would be thrilled that you thought enough of me to buy me a diamond necklace, would you mind awfully if I swapped it for a ticket on the Trans Siberian Express? With that in mind, here are some golden moments from past travels.

A stunning exhibit at the Tacoma Museum of Glass.

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A golden pig in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

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Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge en route to the Lost Coast.

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These gorgeous, ruffled, puckered, golden hills of California.

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Last but not least, this cheeky European Goldfinch outside my window in Ireland.

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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: Golden
  • 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

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.  – James M. Barrie

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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 - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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112 Responses to Travel theme: Golden

  1. aj vosse says:

    Golden moments!! 😉

  2. Funny you should choose ‘Golden’ and the WPC theme is ‘Yellow’. 🙂 The goldfinch is exquisite. Happy weekend to you, Ailsa.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ha, I love it, two perfectly synchronous themes, that should make for some interesting golden yellow posts! Happy weekend to you too! 🙂

  3. Great golden photos. 😀

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  5. julieallyn says:

    You hit the nail on the head! After grumbling and struggling and stressing over Christmas gifts year in and year out with the in-laws (MIL does the stressing that is which impacts the rest of us!), my sister-in-law and I have begun discussing alternatives that include experiences that allow us as a family to do things together rather than waste money on gifts not used, wanted or appreciated!

    LOVELY photos as well. Great post!

  6. lexklein says:

    That museum piece is really interesting!

  7. Leya says:

    Great golden shots – my favourite is the goldfinch!

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  9. Such a cute little bird, Ailsa! And a golden pig, I didn’t know they still existed. 😉 Love the golden hills of California.
    Here’s my entry: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/travel-theme-golden/
    Have a golden weekend x

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  13. Angelia Sims says:

    I have golden on the mind too. I posted a lot of pretty golden Christmas light orbs. I would link, but I don’t have the travel theme in my blog post title. Wonderful images! I love golden!

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  16. Great photos, as always! My favorite is the first one. So beautiful! Here is my entry for “Golden”: http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/travel-theme-golden/

  17. DagEnDauw says:

    Those Californian Hills look like a big couch full of cushons to cocoon in and dream away…
    Great theme for this time of the year, tough “not everything that shines is gold” says a dutch proverb…

    But this one sure is :
    http://dauwpics.blogspot.com/2014/12/travel-theme-golden.html
    Have a golden weekend Ailsa!

  18. Ailsa, I could not agree more. Experiences over things any day. Merry Christmas!

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