Travel theme: Sparkle

The fizz and sparkle of fireworks and champagne is such a thrilling way to launch into a brand new year, but once the fireworks have fizzled out and the champagne has been drunk, January slopes in with its resolutions and responsibilities like a well-practiced party pooper, telling you to clean your room and do your homework; you can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your greens. No wonder phrases like ‘January blues’ and ‘January doldrums’ abound. But not this year. Instead, I  have determined to capture a great big handful of that New Year’s sparkle and intend to sprinkle it liberally throughout the rest of my year like mood-enhancing fairy dust. So for this very first travel theme of 2015, with January looking disapprovingly over my shoulder, I am revelling in all things sparkly.

My first thought was this photo of handheld sparklers on Guy Fawkes Night; it is hard to out-sparkle sparklers!

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Then I remembered sunlight sparkling on the ice blue waters of Lake Atitlán.

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My recent wander around Waterford Crystal’s showrooms was definitely dazzling, but the piece that made me stop and stare was a giant, glittering crystal globe of the world. Travel and sparkles, what a fantastic combination.

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And to round things out, a deliciously sparkly carnival mask on display in Rome. Ahh, the romance.

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Take that, January! Now, hopefully my sparkles have sparked a few ideas for your own interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Sparkle
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
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Let’s make 2015 the sparkliest year ever.

xxx Ailsa

To the dull mind, nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand… and melting like a snowflake. – Sir Francis Bacon

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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72 Responses to Travel theme: Sparkle

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  2. We had never heard of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, but there’s plenty of sparkle there right now! So festive!

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  4. Beautiful photos. Here’s my contribution. Happy New year.

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  7. Sas says:

    As my goddaughter always tells me, everyone needs sparkles 🙂

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  19. Nato says:

    Love the pics and the quote. Very Inspiring. I scheduled this post yesterday but was traveling and forgot to post the link, but here is what your post inspired:

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