Travel theme: Mask

If you’ve seen some of my older posts about Wren Day and Devils in Guatemala you might already know about my fascination with masks. So as you can imagine, I was in my element checking out Carnival masks on display in Aachen in the run up to Fasching, and I thought it might make for an interesting theme this week. Here are some of the masks I spotted.

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But it doesn’t just have to be about carnival masks, there was the stone ‘mask’ of the Bocca della Verita – the Mouth of Truth – in Rome

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… and a stealthy alligator in the waters of South Carolina masquerading as a piece of driftwood – but with a set of beady eyes firmly fixed on what he hoped would be his next meal. Gulp.

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How about a wintry mask of snow turning NY’s Central Park into a winter wonderland?

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Are you ready to unmask 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: Mask
  • 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

It’s in literature that true life can be found. It’s under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth. – Gao Xingjian

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend. – Oliver Wendell Holmes


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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59 Responses to Travel theme: Mask

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  3. Hi Ailsa,
    here is my contribution this week. I had already 2 posts the last couple of weeks about a litte Venice carnival in Hamburg. So this weeks travel theme fits perfect 😉
    Cheers Angela

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh wow, Angela, what amazing photos, Hamburg really got its Venice on, didn’t it, how wonderful, those costumes are so, so beautiful, I would love the opportunity to wear some of those dresses (and masks of course!)

      • Oh yes, it was a nice event. It happens to be in Hamburg for about 15 years but this year was the first I had a look at it. I am sure will go there again next year 😉 It was great fun on a grey winter sunday.
        Cheers Angela

  4. Pickleope says:

    What, no pictures of Jim Carrey or Eric Stoltz?
    The Central Park picture is beautiful and haunting.

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha good one, I never even thought of those movies. Yes, I just love Central Park in the snow, especially if you get there before anyone else is around, it’s quite magical. xxx

  5. Colline says:

    The masks are beautiful

  6. What a great idea for a theme! We’ve probably all seen (or bought) masks during our travels. Thanks for posting these pictures of yours.

  7. aj vosse says:

    I shall put on my happy spring sunny mask for today!! 😉

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  9. Majka says:

    Hi Ailsa, your masks are beautiful! My favourite one is with the third one. Here is my entry

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  13. Such pretty Venetian masks! Here’s my contribution of a sunnies salesman in a mask

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  18. goannasnake says:

    Hi Ailsa. Thanks for continuing this fun challenge. I’ve been away a while but am hoping to be back on a more regular basis. Here’s my entry for this week.

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  20. travelrat says:

    Since it’s Chinese New Year tomorrow, I just had to write about something Chinese!

  21. goannasnake says:

    What a great variety of masks!

  22. klara says:

    we are in the Carnival season with a parade of masks every weekend so I’ll go with a mask, but I love your ‘alternative’ interpretations very much. NY central park looks beautiful.

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  25. That’s a lovely collection of masks, Ailsa. Except the alligator, though he’s beautiful in his own way.
    Here are my masks:

  26. Lynne Ayers says:

    As usual, great shots and an interesting theme Ailsa.

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  33. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, here is my mask-entry:

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  36. pommepal says:

    An unusual theme Ailsa and you have shown us some great examples. Here is mine this week

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  41. leannenz says:

    Green Mamba was well masked in the foliage but my eagle eyed guide found him for me.

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  43. leannenz says:

    Come Join me at the Christian and Moor Festival in Alcot Spain! Check out these costumes and masks!

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