Travel theme: Smooth

Gale force winds are making for some rough weather in my little corner of the world, so to calm things down, I’m perusing some of the smoother photos I’ve taken on my travels. The smooth, glassy structures surrounding New York’s 9/11 Memorial reflect the sky so perfectly they almost disappear.


The smoothest lake I have ever seen was Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The surface was like a mirror of turquoise, until our little boat kicked up spray and sent ripples scudding towards a distant volcano.

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The rose sellers of Rome were some seriously smooth operators; what girl doesn’t love flowers?

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Highly polished stone decorated with an adorable Kokopelli, one of many artworks on sale near Canyon de Chelly.

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Man and his best friend spending quality time together on the still waters of the Cle Elum river in Washington.

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The smooth metallic tunnels of the train station in New Haven, CT, wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a Star Trek episode.

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Hopefully I’ve smoothed the way for your interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

The course of true love never did run smooth. – William Shakespeare

I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. – Peter O’Toole


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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70 Responses to Travel theme: Smooth

  1. DailyMusings says:

    that water looks like glass! and I love that metallic tunnel

  2. Mariel Tan says:

    That’s an amazing gallery of photos. Your way of writing is also interesting and nice to read 🙂 inspiring!

  3. Heyjude says:

    Earworm alert!!
    No need to ask
    He’s a smooth operator
    Smooth operator, smooth operator
    Smooth operator

    Sorry – the first thing that came to my head!

  4. Xelca says:

    I love the photo of the lake! And the smile on that girl’s face–great timing that you captured it!

  5. Leya says:

    Lake Atitlan and the tunnel are my favourites in this smooth gallery. An interesting theme indeed – as usual! Happy Holidays!

  6. Debbie Smyth says:

    Oh I do so want to go to Guatemala!

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  9. A smooth theme this week, Ailsa. I love the way you always find new and surprising ideas. And again such beautiful photos!
    Here’s my smoothness:

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  11. Great photos. Love the smooth operators.

  12. joannesisco says:

    I love the photo with the dog hanging over the side. It’s like he’s acting as the look-out for fish 🙂

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  16. mickscogs says:

    Lake Attitlan in Guatemala. That looks so good. Having said that, our Western Port Bay here in Victoria can be like an absolute mirror at times. Mine is of Port Phillip Bay

  17. Just Jude says:

    I enjoyed this post very much. Lovely scenes of culture and quiet.

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  20. Sabina Ayne says:

    I like how the dog is watching the water waiting for a fish to come by. Here is my entry:

  21. Some really gorgeous images here, Ailsa. I love the dog in the canoe. 🙂

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  25. Beautiful Photos. Smooth was harder than last weeks theme, but here’s my entry!

  26. A very smooth presentation. Lovely pictures.

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  30. chava61 says:

    Nice challenge! I did the previous challenge but for some reason I wasn’t able to post the link at the time on your appropriate page.

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  32. Love your photos this week, especially the tube!! Here’s a well-loved tortoise that’s been rubbed smooth by kids who love him!

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  42. fgassette says:

    Here is my entry.


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