Travel theme: Harmony

With US Independence Day up ahead, I was thinking of a related theme this week, so I was contemplating all the meanings the word ‘independent’ conveys.  First, not being under outside control – sovereign, if you will – we’ve heard a lot about that with the recent Brexit debacle. Second, not depending on another for survival – self-sufficiency, the ability to stand on your own two feet. But it’s the third meaning that stood out for me – not connected with each other.  Independence is, of course, a good thing, but so too is connection. In today’s troubled world, it seems that, despite technologies making it ever easier to stay connected, humankind is becoming more and more disconnected as nations, unions, religions and ideologies rip themselves asunder. And so instead of celebrating independence for this week’s theme, I thought ‘harmony’ might be a little more aspirational, and what could be more harmonious than a harp player on the streets of Dublin.

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A plea for harmony, Martin Luther King’s words etched in stone at his Memorial in Washington D.C.

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Just one word from John Lennon, in Strawberry Fields, forever. Imagine.

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If you’re celebrating Independence Day this weekend, I hope you do so in the best possible way, by connecting with friends and family. And if you would like to come up with your own, independent but connected version of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome to join in!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Harmony
  • 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 (unless, of course, I get locked out again!)
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xxx Ailsa

I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude. – Albert Camus

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. – Aldo Leopold

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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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49 Responses to Travel theme: Harmony

  1. Sue says:

    That’ll have us thinking!

  2. aj vosse says:

    I have a photo of the lady with the harp a well… so… we must’ve walked the same Dublin streets at some point! 😉

  3. Miriam says:

    Hi Ailsa, wonderful post. No celebration weekend here in Australia but here’s my slightly different take and contribution for your theme this week. https://outanabout.com/2016/07/02/opposite-in-nature/ Cheers! 🙂

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  5. Harmony, balance and connection are more important, more treasured, than independence. Beautiful post, Ailsa.
    Here’s my entry: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/travel-theme-harmony/
    This person simply sat there –just being– and it struck me as very harmonious. At peace with himself and with nature.
    Hugs for a happy weekend.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Marion, lovely photo, perfect for this week’s challenge, and what a fabulous quote about wandering, I love it! Have a wonderful weekend too! xxx

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hilarious, the battle of the bands. Oh and I’m trying to imagine what Pop Goes the Queen sounds like. You’ll have to give me a rendition of it some day. 🙂

  11. DailyMusings says:

    Beautiful choices for harmony.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks! I just read your piece about the dinosaur memorial in Cold Spring, very touching way to remember someone taken so young, I got a little verklemmt. xxx

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  14. Thanks for another great challenge, Ailsa. Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/happiness-runs/

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  17. Leya says:

    Wonderful choice for this week, Ailsa! And I love your entries – Lennon cannot go wrong…
    https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/travel-theme-harmony/

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  19. pommepal says:

    We really do need as much harmony as we can find in this dysfunctional world and I was lucky to stumble into a haven of harmony and peace recently. https://pommepal.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/travel-theme-harmony/

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  21. tgeriatrix says:

    Lovely Travel Theme! I found my picture in a tiny French village: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/harmony/

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  23. Jaspa says:

    I love the John Lennon Memorial, Ailsa. Somehow it’s even more poignant half-covered with snow.
    The Ponte Vecchio in Florence provides beauty and functionality in perfect Harmony… https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/ponte-vecchio-florence/

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  25. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa, Here is a set of pix for your new theme ‘Harmony”. Mine don’t quite have the humanity of yours but they still resonate harmony to me. Regards Peet

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  27. I love this week’s topic Ailsa as I had a post written, just waiting to be tweeked and then published and you inspired me to get a move on. I had entitled it Heaven in Hiroshima but then Harmony seemed to fit so much better. I hope you enjoy it:

    https://lifeincamelot.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/harmony-in-hiroshima/

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