Travel theme: Tiny

The hedgerows around Ireland are currently filled with tiny fledgling birds just learning to fly. It can be quite startling when they drop out of the sky and plummet towards your windshield as you drive along, but somehow, thankfully, they manage to flit away just in the nick of time. I started looking at other tiny things I’ve happened across on my travels, like this ever so tiny ground squirrel trying to be invisible on the slopes of Mount St. Helens.

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A teeny tiny Holi reveller getting to grips with all that colour.

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The biggest view imaginable, of three separate nations, visible through one tiny keyhole in the gate to the Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta at the top of Rome‘s Aventine Hill. I took this photo through the keyhole.

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As churches go, this one has got to be one of the tiniest. Billing itself as the World’s Smallest Church, the Cross Island Chapel just outside of Oneida, NY, measures just 51 inches by 81 inches.

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So here’s to celebrating all things diminutive and miniature. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Henry Stanley Haskins

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustave Flaubert

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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77 Responses to Travel theme: Tiny

  1. striketravel says:

    That’s a nice view you share

  2. aj vosse says:

    If it’s small things that amuse small minds then this tiny challenge is just right for me!!! Wha ha HAA!!! 😉

  3. ailsapm says:

    Haha, that’s what I like to hear, AJ. xxx

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  5. Now that’s a small church. Not much room for congregational growth I’d say.

  6. Sue says:

    Some great images, Ailsa – I love that squirrel!

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  9. Jaspa says:

    I have a very similar photo to yours of St. Peter’s through the keyhole, Ailsa. What a fantastic location that is.
    Being only 3 1/2 inches tall, I take ‘tiny’ with me everywhere I go… to Venice, for instance:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, Jaspa, you certainly get to see some gorgeous places, Venice is one of my all time favourite cities. Tell me, did you know your friends were going to be in Venice or did you just run into them in St Mark’s Square? That green guy on the left looks like a bit of a troublemaker. 😉

      • Jaspa says:

        Actually, my friends and I travelled there together, Ailsa! We’re all characters from Rich’s Jaspa’s Journey novels (

        The green guy is called Nippee and despite his looks, he’s quite a gentle soul. But if you want trouble (in an unintentional, oops! kind of way), look no further than my brother Bisckits, who’s third from the right! 😀

  10. No tiny smiles from this post. (The hedgerows must seem alive with so many living and growing up among the branches)

    • ailsapm says:

      They’ve started a new game now, phil. Early in the morning as I’m winding my car down misty country lanes, the fledglings seem to be playing a game of chicken with the car, sitting in the middle of the road and waiting until the last possible moment to fly out of harm’s way. Gets my heart fluttering. Silly birds.

      • I know exactly what you mean. They just sit and stare….do they really expect me to get out and escort them to the side? Always glad when they get a bit more flying practice – and street smarts.

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  13. mickscogs says:

    Cape Cod chairs were on sale at our local German supermarket yesterday. And I was thinking how big they were!. Then I saw the church – fascinating.

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  16. great photo through the keyhole! I am staying in a tiny hotel room tonight, and that inspired me. Here is my take about tiny:

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  20. Awesome theme! The tiny church looks so cute! Here’s my contribution

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  23. Bob Ramsak says:

    Hi Ailsa,

    It’s been a while, hope this finds you well! 🙂 Great shot of the little boy – before I grow up I want to have as much fun as he obviously had.

    Here’s something tiny for you:

    Cheers and enjoy your weekend!

  24. klara says:

    a huge smile for the tiny topic. that boy is adorable. and you reaction was fast (capturing the squirrel).
    i have a sweet,teeny-tiny group of people myself:

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  26. leannenz says:

    That little squirrel looks like he is sitting up and framing a shot himself! Posted my tiny Costa Rica as Pingback. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for hosting this great challenge. I look forward to it each week.

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  36. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely range of photos, Ailsa – thank you!
    Here’s a contribution:

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